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December 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Pac-12 predictions: Washington looking to stay perfect against Grambling State

Robert Upshaw leads Washington in Wednesday's game against Grambling State. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wasson - Seattle Times)

Robert Upshaw leads Washington in Wednesday’s game against Grambling State. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wasson – Seattle Times)

Not a whole lot of mystery to Washington’s game against Grambling State.

The 16th-ranked Huskies can name score Wednesday night at Alaska Airlines Arena. They could win by 50 points if they wanted to. Seriously.

Grambling State is that bad. The Tigers have dropped two 52-point defeats (at George Washington and Purdue) this season.

And at times Washington has been really, really good.

The Huskies held then-No. 13 San Diego State to 20.4 percent shooting during a 49-36 win 10 days ago. They also held high-scoring Eastern Washington to 36.8 percent shooting last Sunday.

If the Aztecs and Eagles couldn’t break 37 percent shooting, then it’s difficult to imagine the Tigers doing any better. Especially when they’ve shot 35.0 percent and Washington allows 34.0 percent, which ranks fifth in the nation.

Grambling State also averages just 47.0 points, which ranks last among the 351 Division I teams.

Senior guard A’Torri Shine (12.4 points per game) is the only player who averages double digits points and Oregon State held him scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting during a 71-43 Beavers win Monday at Gill Coliseum.

Unless the Huskies are completely disinterested, they can set a few team and individual records tonight. Washington’s largest margin of victory in the modern era (since 1950) is 67 points.

And junior guard Andrew Andrews promised the Huskies aren’t overlooking Grambling State despite its 2-6 record and 297 RPI.

“That’s not what we’ve done all year,” he said. “Each (game) it’s about us and trying to see what we can do to try and control that game. So if we forget that for Grambling we’d be taking a step back as far as our mental state.”

If the Huskies eschew the early knockout, adhere to their defensive principles and rely sporadically on their 2-3 zone, they should slowly pull away from the Tigers and by the end double them up in a lopsided victory.

THE PICK: Washington 84-42.

TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:

Game Time TV
Loyola Marymount (3-5) at Stanford (5-2) 6 p.m. Pac-12 Networks
Cal State Northridge (3-7) at Oregon (6-3) 8 p.m. Pac-12 Networks
Grambling State (2-6) at Washington (8-0) 8 p.m. Pac-12 Networks

THE PICKS: Stanford and Oregon.

GUESS THE UW SCORE WINNER: clarence trent bowtie (82-77, UW). The Huskies beat Eastern Washington 81-77. Contact me (pallen@seattletimes.com) to claim your prize. Thanks for playing.

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