Several posters jumped off the Washington bandwagon in Wednesday’s Guess the UW Score contest, which wasn’t surprising considering the Huskies were riding a three-game losing streak.
However, those who bucked conventional wisdom and went against the oddsmakers came out on top. And none was better than Bb13 who predicted Washington would upset Stanford 69-63. The Huskies won 64-60.
Good job. Please contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter to claim your prize (a hot dog and soft drink at a UW home game).
FYI, there’s a five-way tie of two-time winners at the top of the GTUWS leader board that includes: andorsjorstad, nwpdxdawg, irwin m. fletcher, progressive dawg and Htop.
In addition to playing GTUWS, be sure to check out Pick & Roll, the Seattle Times prediction contest where you pick the outcomes of Pac-12 men’s basketball games. It’s too late to win the 16GB iPad mini grand prize, but you can still enter, play and keep track of your scores.
Alright, let’s move on.
Early start today so don’t wait to get your picks in. Please post predictions in the comments section.
And finally, here’s a reminder to join us for a Game Center live chat starting at 11:30 a.m. to preview today’s game against Stanford at Alaska Airlines Arena. Thanks and good luck.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
California (16-8, 7-4) at Washington (14-11, 6-6), 12 p.m. PT ….. Pac-12 Networks
Utah (17-7, 6-6) at UCLA (19-5, 8-3) 2 p.m. …………………………… Pac-12 Networks
Stanford (15-8, 6-5) at Washington State (9-15, 2-10), 4 p.m. …. Pac-12 Networks
Picks: UCLA and Stanford
Pac-12 tally: 48-21
Season tally: 145-44
California is a 1.5 -point favorite. It’s the second straight game Washington has been a home underdog.
Their first matchup wasn’t close. The Golden Bears cleaned the floor with the Huskies in an 82-56 dismantling on Jan. 15 at Haas Pavilion that was every bit as bad as the score indicates.
The Bears won every significant statistic. They had more rebounds (44-33), assists (22-12), blocks (7-1), steals (4-2), points in the paint (38-26), points off turnovers (10-4), second-chance points (10-6), fast break points (16-8) and bench points (28-18).
Cal shot 55.0 percent (33 of 60) from the floor and 53.8 percent (7 of 13) on three-pointers while UW was 30.2 percent (19 of 63) and 14.3 percent (2 of 14).
C.J. Wilcox scored 18 points, but no other UW player had more than seven. No one had it worse than Perris Blackwell, who scored one point, missed all five field goals and collected one rebound in 23 minutes against Cal’s big front line..
Meanwhile, Cal had five players in double-digit scoring and two with double-digit rebounds. Richard Solomon (13 points and 12 rebounds) and David Kravish (11 and 11) led the way. Tyrone Wallace added 14 points, Justin Cobbs had 11 and Jeff Powers chipped in 12 off the bench.
After Cal’s 26-point win, Solomon talked about Cal’s size disparity. He said: “They had a four-man in (Mike) Anderson that was about 6-4, (and) their other two bigs, they were stronger, but they were a little bit bulky and they can’t really get off the ground that much. We knew it was going to be, I don’t want to say an advantage, but we knew we were going to be able to use our length to our advantage.”
When asked Friday if there were any positives for Washington in the game, coach Lorenzo Romar said: “No one got hurt. … It wasn’t a very positive night for the Huskies.”
It’ll be interesting to discover if Cal is simply a bad matchup for the Huskies because of its big front line. Romar noted UW has faced beaten several teams and beaten a few squads with big front lines including Stanford and Arizona State.
It’ll also be interesting to see if the home court advantage helps Washington. Cal struggled Wednesday at Washington State before scratching out an 80-76 win in overtime. The Bears are 4-2 in Pac-12 play in road games, which is the most road wins in the conference. Meanwhile, Washington is 5-0 at home against league competition and 12-2 overall.
The pick: Washington 72-70.