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January 17, 2015 at 5:58 PM

Pac-12 predictions: Washington looking for two straight wins

Oregon's defense turned Washington over 10 times; but the Huskies earned 11 in a 80-76 win on Jan. 23 at Alaska Airlines Arena. Nigel Williams-Goss tries to beat the double-team of Oregon's Joseph Young, left, and Dominic Artis. (Photo credit: Dean Rutz - Seattle Times)

Nigel Williams-Goss and the Washington Huskies will have to contend with Oregon’s trapping defense when the teams meet Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena. (Photo credit: Dean Rutz – Seattle Times)

After snapping its four-game losing streak with a 56-43 win over Oregon State, Washington hopes to collect consecutive victories the first time in nearly a month.

To do so the Huskies will need to topple the Oregon Ducks, which is licking its wounds following a 108-99 overtime loss at Washington State.

The game features the two best shot blockers in the Pac-12. Washington 7-foot sophomore center Robert Upshaw has 72 and averages 4.5 per game. Oregon 6-9 freshman forward Jordan Bell has 60 and averages 3.5.

Scoring inside won’t be easy with those two lurking around the rim.

Washington is missing forward Jernard Jarreau (knee) and it’s unclear if guard Darin Johnson (quadriceps) will return from a one-game layoff. Despite being shorthanded, the Huskies played one of its best games Thursday. The shorter rotation could be a benefit early on, however, UW would be severely hampered if anyone got into foul trouble.

Four starters played at least 34 minutes in the last outing while Andrew Andrews came off the bench and played 29 minutes. He’s expected to return to the starting lineup Sunday.

The Huskies could use some production from junior-college transfer Quevyn Winters and freshman Donaven Dorsey, who combined to score eight points in the last two games.

Washington will have its hands full against Oregon senior guard Joseph Young, who leads the Pac-12 with a 20.1 scoring average. The Ducks have capable scores throughout the roster. They average 77.8 points, which ranks 24th among the 351 Division I schools.

Washington has experience on its side. Three freshmen start for Oregon and five newcomers are among the eight-man rotation. That’s a lot of new faces playing their second Pac-12 road game. Despite Bell in the middle, the Ducks have awful defensively. They allow 70.1 points, which ranks 274th nationally. Giving up 108 points – even in overtime – to Washington State suggest the Huskies will be able to score a few points Sunday.

THE PICK: Washington 73-70.

SUNDAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:

Game Time TV
Oregon (12-5, 2-2) at Washington (14-5, 1-3) 5:30 p.m. Pac-12 Networks

GUESS THE UW SCORE WINNER: Not Banned picked Washington 59-52 over Oregon State. The Huskies won 56-43. Contact me (pallen@seattletimes.com) to claim your prize. Thanks for playing.

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