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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

November 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Pac-12 predictions: UW should extend five-game streak in openers

Season openers for teams like Washington are supposed to be a glorified tune-up and this year appears to be no exception.

The  Huskies are 23-point favorites over South Carolina State in Friday’s 7 p.m. matchup at Alaska Airlines Arena. This one shouldn’t be suspenseful or memorable. The Bulldogs return three starters from a team that was 9-20 last season and they’re missing they’re top two scorers. South Carolina State averaged just 63.1 points while allowing 73 points per game.

Style points should matter for the Huskies who played well for long stretches of last week’s 88-65 exhibition win over Division II Saint Martin’s. Washington scored 44 points in each half and held the Saints to fewer than 34 percent shooting in both halves.

It will be interesting to see if coach Lorenzo Romar tightens the rotation after using 10 players in the first half against Saint Martin’s. The Huskies are expected to rely primarily on an 8-9 players this season, which leaves 2-3 scholarship players out of the rotation.

Washington has a five-game winning streak in season openers. The last defeat was an 80-74 setback t Portland.

Barring a total collapse, the Huskies should run their winning streak in openers to six.

The pick: Washington 82-56.

FRIDAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:

Mount St. Mary’s at No. 2 Arizona, 5 p.m. PT ………… Pac-12 Networks
Drexel at Colorado, 5 p.m. …………………………………… Pac-12 Networks
Rice at Oregon State, 7 p.m. ………………………………… Pac-12 Networks
Alcorn State at California, 7 p.m. ………………………….. Pac-12 Networks
Ball State at No. 25 Utah, 7 p.m. …………………………… Pac-12 Networks
Chicago State at Arizona State, 7 p.m. ……………………. Pac-12 Networks
Washington State at UTEP, 7 p.m.
Wofford at Stanford, 9 p.m. ………………………………….. Pac-12 Networks
Montana State at UCLA, 9 p.m. ……………………………… Pac-12 Networks
Coppin State at Oregon, 9 p.m. ………………………………. Pac-12 Networks

Picks: Arizona, Colorado Rice, Cal, Utah, ASU, UTEP, Stnaford, UCLA and Oregon.

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