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January 15, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Pac-12 predictions: Washington hoping to snap four-game losing streak

Nigel Williams-Goss tallied 32 points against Oregon State last season during an 87-81 victory on Jan. 25, 2014. (Photo credit: UW Daily)

Nigel Williams-Goss tallied 32 points against Oregon State last season during an 87-81 victory on Jan. 25, 2014. (Photo credit: UW Daily)

During their four-game losing streak the Huskies have taken solace that they haven’t been blown out this season and they’ve had a chance to win every game.

It may not make UW fans feel better, but that’s indeed true.

In two defeats (Stony Brook and Stanford), Washington had a double-digit lead in the first half. UW was up eight on California and it raced out to a 7-point lead against Washington State.

Following last Saturday’s 80-77 loss to WSU, coach Lorenzo Romar identified a common thread in each defeat.

“We’ve come out and we shoot 60, 70 percent in the first six minutes,” he said. “We guard. We get a lead. And then we fade. That’s been the pattern in terms of what has happened. That’s been the pattern.”

You expect Washington will be energetic and enthusiastic for tonight’s 6 p.m. against Oregon State. The Huskies (11-4, 0-3) is falling out of contention for a NCAA tournament berth and can’t afford any more setbacks – especially at home.

Meanwhile, the Beavers (11-4, 2-1) is playing with house money. They were predicted to finish last in the Pac-12 according to a preseason media poll and it appears as if first-year coach Wayne Tinkle’s renovation project is ahead of schedule. Tinkle and the Beavers built up plenty of goodwill among its disenchanted fan base with a 58-56 win over then-No. 7 Arizona last Sunday.

It would seem Washington will need to figure out Oregon State’s stingy defense that’s limiting opponents to 36.8 percent shooting from the field and 28.4 percent shooting on three-pointers.

The Huskies haven’t shot well on three-pointers this season, but they have plenty of scoring options, including Nigel Williams-Goss who tallied a career-high 32 points against the Beavers last year at Alaska Airlines Arena. He’s also coming off of a 30-point outing last Saturday.

Oregon State is riding plenty of confidence into tonight’s game while Washington is trying to regain its mojo.

The Beavers are winless in its past 11 games at Alaska Airlines. Meanwhile, the Huskies are winless in its past four games.

Something has got to give.

THE PICK: Washington 67-64.

TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:

Game Time TV
Colorado (9-6, 2-1) at No. 10 Arizona (14-2, 2-1) 6 p.m. ESPN
Oregon State (11-4, 2-1) at Washington (11-4, 0-3) 6 p.m. Pac-12 Networks
No. 8 Utah (13-2, 3-0) at Arizona State (8-8, 0-3) 7 p.m. Fox Sports 1
Oregon (12-4, 2-1) at Washington State (8-7, 2-1) 8 p.m. Pac-12 Networks

THE PICKS: Arizona, Utah and WSU.

GUESS THE UW SCORE WINNER: progressivedawg 72-69 Washington State. The Huskies lost 80-77. Contact me (pallen@seattletimes.com) to claim your prize. Thanks for playing.

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