Big ups to Napes who won Thursday’s Guess the UW Score contest with an 81-77 prediction that Washington would upset Oregon. The Huskies won 80-76.
Nice job. Please contact me via email (email@example.com) or Twitter to claim your prize (hot dog and a soft drink at a UW home games).
At the top of the GTUWS season leaderboard are andorsjorstad and nwpdxdawg with two wins.
Also, be sure to check out Pick & Roll, the Seattle Times prediction contest where you pick the outcomes of Pac-12 men’s basketball games. If your intent is winning the grand prize 16GB iPad mini, then it’s too late to enter and play. But if you like picking games and keeping track of your scores, then sign up and play.
Not sure how this happened, but I moved from 208th last week to 60th among 604 contestants. Wow.
Alright, let’s move on. After three 8 p.m. starts, it’s an afternoon game for the Huskies who tip off at 2 p.m. so there’s not a lot of time to get your picks in. Please post predictions in the comments section.
And finally, a reminder to join us here for a live chat during the game. Thanks and good luck.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Oregon State (11-7, 3-3) at Washington (12-8, 4-3), 2 p.m. PT …………. Pac-12 Networks
Colorado (15-5, 4-3) at Arizona State (14-5, 3-3), 4 p.m. …………………. Pac-12 Networks
Pick: Arizona State
Pac-12 tally: 25-12 (.658)
Season tally: 122-35 (.777)
UW-Oregon State preview: The Huskies are favored by 3.5 points, which probably has more to do with Washington’s home court advantage than anything else. Washington has won five straight games at Alaska Airlines Arena while Oregon State is looking for its first road sweep over the Washington schools since 2002.
The game features the Pac-12’s leading scorers. OSU’s Roberto Nelson is at the top of the conference with 21.7 points per game and UW’s C.J. Wilcox is next at 19.9. Both will be primary targets for the opposing defenses. Nelson is the real deal. He’s gotten better as the season has progressed, averaging 22.3 points against six Pac-12 teams.
The trick for the Huskies is figuring out how to score against OSU’s tall front line that includes 6-10 center Angus Brandt, 6-10 forward Eric Moreland and 6-8 reserve forward Devon Collier, who is seventh in the Pac-12 averaging 1.7 blocks per game. Washington had difficulty last week in the Bay Area against tall post players at California and Stanford.
Perris Blackwell appears to have broken out of a three-game slump and the Huskies could use another big game from the 6-9 senior forward, who had 15 points and four rebounds Thursday. Washington will also need 6-4 guard Mike Anderson to control Moreland (9.7 points and 8.7 rebounds) in the post.
Each team starts three upperclassmen, but the game could decided by the young guys. If sophomore guard Andrew Andrews and Nigel Williams-Goss can win their battles against sophomore guard Langston Morris-Walker and freshman guard Hallice Cooke, then it’ll make life easier take the pressure off Wilcox and Blackwell.
There was a time when Washington owned Oregon State and had a 14-2 record against its Northwest rival between 2004-11. But the series is split 3-3 in the past six games. Still, the Beavers haven’t won at Alaska Airlines Arena since 2003.
The pick: Washington 76-74.