We have a new multiple winner in the Guess the UW Score contest. Congrats to irwin m. fletcher, who predicted Washington would topple Oregon State 88-81 last Saturday. The Huskies won 87-81.
Nice job. Please contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter to claim your prize (hot dog and a soft drink at a UW home game).
It’s the second win for imf who moves into a three-way tie with andorsjorstad and nwpdxdawg at the top of the GTUWS season leaderboard.
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.
Alright, let’s move on.
In lieu of the Super Bowl, we’re going to spice things up in the GTUWS contest. We’re looking for your predictions on today’s Washington-Washington State basketball Apple Cup as well as the Seahawks-Broncos final score in Sunday’s SB48. Please post predictions in the comments section.
The person who correctly picks the winner in both games and comes the closest to the final scores wins TWO – that’s right two – hot dogs and soft drinks at a UW home game. Yum, yum, yum. Can’t you just taste it?
And finally, a reminder to join us here for a live chat starting at 2:30 p.m. to preview today’s basketball game at Beasley Coliseum. Thanks and good luck.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Utah (14-6, 3-5) at Colorado (15-6, 4-4), 11 a.m. PT …………………. Pac-12 Networks
Arizona State (16-5, 5-3) at Stanford (13-7, 4-4), 1 p.m. ……………. Pac-12 Networks
Washington (13-8, 5-3) at Washington State (8-12, 1-7), 3 p.m. …. Pac-12 Networks
USC (10-11, 1-7) at Oregon (14-6, 2-6), 5 p.m. …………………………… Pac-12 Networks
No. 1 Arizona (21-0, 8-0) at California (14-7, 5-3), 7:30 p.m. ……… Pac-12 Networks
Picks: Utah, Stanford, Oregon and Cal
Pac-12 tally: 33-14 (.702)
Season tally: 130-37 (.778)
UW-WSU preview: Washington is a 2.5-point favorite, which seems somewhat conservative considering the recent history of both teams. The Huskies have won 7 of the their past 10 games while the Cougars are 2-8 in the past 10 games, including a current four-game losing streak.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar has an 11-2 winning record against WSU coach Ken Bone. However, Romar would have you believe records don’t matter in rivalry games and there’s some truth to the tired cliche.
What does matter is the health and status of WSU’s leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who has missed eight of the past nine games due to an appendectomy and a separate rib injury. If Lacy returns and he’s able to play like he did before the injury, then Washington State has a good chance at knocking off the Huskies.
But it’s asking as lot of Lacy to return from a six-game layoff and tally 18 points to match his scoring average.
It’s also stretching the imagination to believe freshman guard Nigel Williams-Goss will score 32 points like he did in his last outing. However, Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews are likely to find open looks if WSU loads up defensively to stop C.J. Wilcox. The trio should be enough to subdue a WSU team that averages 62.1 points.
The pick: Washington 68-56.
Super Bowl pick: Seahawks 30-20.