Washington received a favorable draw in the DirecTV Wooden Legacy.
If the Huskies get past San Jose State tonight, they’ll face either Long Beach State or Western Michigan on Friday in the semifinals. The top half of the bracket features tournament favorites Xavier and UTEP.
Washington (3-0) should have no problems handling a San Jose State team that’s riding a three-game losing streak. The Spartans (1-3) only win is against a NAIA team. They just average 59.3 points on 38.2 percent shooting and allow 68.7 points.
The Huskies will enjoy a size advantage in the post with forwards Jernard Jarreau (6-10), Shawn Kemp Jr. (6-9) and reserve center Robert Upshaw (6-11) matching up against forwards Frank Rogers (6-9) and Jaleel Williams (6-7).
The ESPN-televised games should provide a nice stage for sophomore guard Nigel Williams-Goss to showcase his vast array of skills.
San Jose State will likely defend UW with a zone, which will leave Williams-Goss and company open shots on the perimeter. The Huskies have played their last two games at KeyArena, but this is the first time they’re traveling out of state. So it will be interesting to see how they perform so far from home.
The Huskies were big favorites in their last outing, but were unable to maintain a comfortable 14-point lead in the second half and needed to worker harder than expected for a 76-69 win over Pacific.
Washington is a big favorite once again. This time it’s favored by 12 points. I’m guessing the Huskies will finish a little better tonight.
THE PICK: Washington 74-61.
THURSDAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
No. 22 UCLA (4-1) vs. No. 5 North Carolina (3-1), 4 p.m. …….. No TV
Washington (3-0) vs. San Jose State (1-3), 8 p.m. ………………. ESPN2
Washington State (1-2) vs. UC Santa Barbara (1-2), 9 p.m. …. CBS Sports Networks
PICKS: North Carolina and WSU.
GUESS THE UW SCORE WINNER: bleeding purple and gold (83-69). Washington beat Pacific 76-69. Contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to claim your prize. Thanks for playing.