The nonconference competition has been relatively soft for Washington (2-0) mostly because Seattle University didn’t show up at the start of the second half last Friday and South Carolina State didn’t provide a challenge in the opener.
It’s difficult imagining the Huskies receiving much of a test today from Pacific.
The Tigers (2-1) were picked to finish last in the 10-team WCC and so far they’ve beaten the teams they should and lost where it was expected. One of the wins was a two-point overtime victory in the opener at Western Illinois. The other victory was against a NAIA team. They also lost 68-50 at UC Irvine, which would be considered their best opponent.
Pacific has good size on the front line (7-foot center Sami Eleracky) and talent in the back court (guard T.J. Wallace is averaging 16.0 points), but the Tigers appear overmatched against a Washington team that’s been dominant in three of four halves.
The Huskies are averaging 70 points and shooting 42.5 percent from the floor while defensively they’re allowing 53.5 points and their opponents are shooting 30.8 percent.
Washington opened as a 10-point favorite and the line has increased to 13.5. I’m guessing it’s not that close.
THE PICK: Washington 75-55.
SUNDAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
USC (2-2) vs. Penn State (3-1), 12:30 p.m. …….. ESPN3
Long Beach State (2-2) at UCLA (3-0), 7 p.m. …. Pac-12 Networks
PICKS: Penn State and UCLA.
GUESS THE UW SCORE WINNER: Not Banned (67-60). Washington beat Seattle University 63-48. Contact me (email@example.com) to claim your prize. Thanks for playing.