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March 12, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Guess the UW Score contest: Utah

Fantastic prediction by dawgpound99 who won Saturday’s Guess the UW Score contest.

He wrote: “An offensive explosion from Wilcox, Blackwell, and NWG sends the seniors off with a win. 82-74. Dawgs.”

Washington trounced USC 82-75.

With the win, dp99 moved to the top of the GTUWS season season standings with three wins. There’s a six-way tie for second place between andorsjorstad, nwpdxdawg, irwin m. fletcher, progressive dawg and Htop.

Alright, let’s move on.

Early start Wednesday in Las Vegas. Tip off at MGM Grand Arena is noon between No. 9 seed Washington and No. 8 seed Utah and we’ll be on hand to preview the first-round action with a GameCenter live chat at 11:30 a.m.

Thanks and good luck with your predictions.

TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:

No. 8 Utah (20-10) vs. Washington (17-14), 12:06 p.m. PT ………………. Pac-12 Networks
No. 5 Colorado (21-10) vs. No. 12 USC (11-20), 2:36 p.m. …………………. Pac-12 Networks
No. 7 Oregon (22-8) vs. No. 10 Oregon State (16-14), 6:06 p.m. …………. Pac-12 Networks
No. 6 Stanford (19-11) vs. No. 11 Washington State (10-20), 8:36 p.m. … Pac-12 Networks

Picks: Colorado, Oregon and Stanford
Pac-12 tally: 77-31 (.713)
Season tally: 176-54 (.765)

WASHINGTON – UTAH PREVIEW:

Both teams tied for eighth in the Pac-12 standings with a 9-9 record and they split the regular-season series. However, Utah is a 5.5-point favorite.

Washington edged Utah 59-57 in their first matchup at Alaska Airlines Arena while the Utes ran away in the second half with a 78-69 win.

If those games are any indication, then Andrew Andrews and Brandon Taylor will likely decide Wednesday’s rubber match. Both teams rely heavily on a trio of players. At Washington, it’s C.J. Wilcox, Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrews. For Utah its Delon Wright, Jordan Loveridge and Taylor.

Wilcox (17.0 ppg), Williams-Goss (16.0), Wright (23.0) and Loveridge (13.0) were fairly consistent in both games.

Meanwhile, Taylor struggled in major way (2-for-11 shooting, 0 for 5 on three pointers and two points) in Washington’s win while Andrews was outstanding (19 points on 8-for-14 shooting, including two 3-pointers). And Andrews was a disaster (1-for-12 shooting, 0 for 7 on three-pointers and two points) in Utah’s win while Taylor was sensational (20 points on 5-for-11 shooting, including two 3-pointers).

In the eight games since their last meeting, Taylor has been hit or miss. Four times he’s scored fewer than nine points.

In the past eight games, Andrews is playing the best basketball of his career. He’s tallied at least 15 points in each game. He’s averaging 17.2 points and 6.5 rebounds.

In the past four games, both teams are 3-1.

However, the Utes have been battle tested down the stretch with wins over Arizona State, Colorado and California. All three teams finished among the top six in the conference.

Meanwhile, the Huskies knocked off the Pac-12 bottom-feeders Oregon State, Washington State and USC.

It will be interesting to discover if coach Larry Krystkowkiak’s scheduling comes back to haunt Utah. The Utes feasted on a weak nonconference schedule and they’re the only Pac-12 team that didn’t play a preseason tournament. Wednesday’s game will be their first time in a neutral setting since last year’s conference tournament.

A year ago, the Utes beat two higher seeds and advanced to the semifinals before losing to Oregon, which won the tournament title. Utah knows how to win in Las Vegas. And the Utes play a rough-and-rugged brand of basketball that tends to be successful in tournaments. In Pac-12-only games, they’re first in the conference in field goal percentage (46.4) and second in points allowed (66.8).

The pick: Utah 69-63.

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