Only a few folks in last week’s Guess the UW Score contest picked Washington to beat Oregon State at Gill Coliseum. And even fewer had the Huskies claiming a 24-point blowout.
Even ahuskyaloneintricities, who won the GTUWS game, predicted a fairly close game: UW 72-65. The Huskies won 86-62. [Corrected: 5:20 p.m.]
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Still no movement at the top of the GTUWS season standings. There’s a seven-way tie between two-time winners: andorsjorstad, nwpdxdawg, irwin m. fletcher, progressive dawg, dawgpound99 and Htop. Hoping someone can break away from the pack in the remaining few weeks.
Alright, let’s move on.
Unusual day for college basketball on a Friday. And the 7:30 p.m. start is a little quirky as well. The showdown between Washington and Washington State is the only Pac-12 game tonight.
And finally, here’s a reminder to join us for a GameCenter live chat starting at 7 p.m. to preview the UW-WSU game at Alaska Airlines Arena. Thanks and good luck.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Washington State (9-18, 2-13) at Washington (15-13, 7-8), 7:30 p.m. PT … Pac-12 Networks
Pac-12 tally: 65-25 (.722)
Season tally: 164-48 (.774)
WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON STATE PREVIEW:
— The Huskies are an 8.5-point favorite, which is the first time Washington has been favored since Feb. 1 when it was a 2.5-point favorite at Washington State. The Huskies lost 72-67.
They’ve been the underdog in the past six games, which is a damning testimony to how far the program has fallen.
After last week’s big 86-62 win at Oregon State, Washington can continue to climb back to respectability with a win Friday against its cross-state rival.
The last time the teams met, the Cougars were riding a four-game losing streak coming off of a 71-44 defeat to Oregon.
This time, WSU has a six-game losing streak heading into the game and it lost 67-53 to Oregon in its last outing.
After beating Washington, the Cougars suffered narrow defeats in two of the next three games. An 80-76 overtime loss at California on Feb. 12 appeared to be reason for celebration for a WSU team looking for signs of progress.
But the Cougars were stomped in their next three games while failing to score more than 57 points in any of the contests.
Meanwhile, it’s impossible to make any definitive statements about the Huskies. They were impressive last Saturday, but were 1-5 in the previous six games starting with the WSU defeat.
Washington State ranks last in the Pac-12 averaging just 62.3 points. The Cougars are also 2-11 away from home, including 0-8 in Pac-12 road games. Washington is 12-3 at home.
WSU’s win over UW 27 days ago suggest statistics and trends don’t mean much in rivalry games, but it’s stretching the imagination to envision how the Cougars score enough points to win their first road games in the conference.
The pick: Washington 82-70.