Lots of winners in Wednesday’s Guess the UW Score contest. Unfortunately, the Huskies weren’t one of them. Washington lost 78-71 at Oregon.
For the first time in the five-year history of the GTUWS contest there was a four-way tie. The winners include: ’79 runner ups (82-71), dawgpound99 (77-68), Napes (75-70) and dmichel1 (78-67).
Congratulations everyone. 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).
Also congrats to Napes who joins the two-time winners and moves into a six-way tie at the top of the GTUWS leader board that includes: andorsjorstad, nwpdxdawg, irwin m. fletcher, progressive dawg and Htop. There could be as few as five games remaining and the grand prize is still up for grabs.
Alright, let’s move on.
Somewhat early 1 p.m. start Saturday for Washington so I thought I’d post this Friday to give folks plenty of time to get your picks in. Please make predictions in the comments section.
And finally, here’s a reminder to join us for a Game Center live chat starting at 12:30 p.m. to preview the UW-Oregon State game at Gill Coliseum. Thanks and good luck.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Washington (14-13, 6-8) at Oregon State (14-11, 6-7), 1 p.m. PT ………. Pac-12 Networks
No. 23 UCLA (21-5, 10-3) at Stanford (17-8, 8-5), 3 p.m. ……………….. ESPN2No. 4 Arizona (24-2, 11-2) at Colorado (20-7, 9-5), 6 p.m. …………….. ESPN
Picks: UCLA and Arizona
Pac-12 tally: 58-22 (.725)
Season tally: 157-45 (.777)
WASHINGTON-OREGON STATE PREVIEW:
Oregon State is a 5.5-point favorite, which seems a little low. Oregon was a 10-point home favorite against Washington a few days ago. Considering the Huskies’ seven game road losing streak, you’d expect the odds will be stacked against them until they prove they can win away from home.
C.J. Wilcox, who bruised his tailbone Wednesday, is also an uncertainty. It’s not clear if he’ll be available Saturday or how effective he’ll be if cleared to play. The senior sharp shooter is mired in a slump in which he’s failed to score in double figures in three of the past four games.
Wilcox will have a difficult time against Oregon State’s Eric Moreland and Langston Morris-Walker. They held Wilcox to 14 points in UW’s 87-81 win on Jan. 25, but he had to work hard for every basket. He was 7 for 13 from the field and 0 for 3 on three-pointers.
While Wilcox was hounded defensively, Nigel Williams-Goss flat out hammered freshman counterpart Hallice Cooke for a personal-best 32 points. It was the most point scored by a UW freshman in the modern era. It’s far fetched to expect Williams-Goss to duplicate that performance and it’s much morel likely Cooke will get the better of the matchup this time.
The Huskies will need to devise a better plan to stop or slow down Roberto Nelson, who scored 31 points on 11-for-21 shooting in the first game. Washington also need to account for Devon Collier, who had 23 points on 6-for-9 shooting in their game last month.
The Beavers converted 49.1 of their field goals at Alaska Airlines Arena and you’d think they’ll shoot better at home.
Meanwhile, the Huskies are staggering towards the finish line. They’re 1-5 since beating the Beavers.
The pick: Oregon State 82-71.