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February 4, 2015 at 11:01 AM

Pac-12 predictions: UW seeks first win at Oregon’s Matt Arena

Oregon's Dillon Brooks (24) and Ahmaad Rorie (14) try to box out Washington's Donaven Dorsey during the Huskies' 85-77 win on Jan. 18, 2015. (Photo credit: Sean Brown)

Oregon’s Dillon Brooks (24) and Ahmaad Rorie (14) try to box out Washington’s Donaven Dorsey during the Huskies’ 85-77 win on Jan. 18, 2015. (Photo credit: Sean Brown)

Washington has never won a game at Matthew Knight Arena. The Huskies are 0-4 in the $227 million arena, which opened in 2011.

Here’s a look at the games.

Date Score
Feb. 5, 2011 81-76, L
Feb. 9, 2012 82-57, L
Jan. 26, 2013 81-76, L
Feb. 19, 2014 78-71, L

Not sure how much history will play a role in Wednesday’s 6 p.m. The Huskies will have their hands full trying to contain Oregon senior guard Joseph Young, who is the Pac-12’s second leading scorer at 18.7 points per game. The Ducks also have plenty of young talent in freshman forwards Dillon Brooks and Jordan Bell. Both are poised to be future stars in the conference.

In their last meeting, Washington overcame a 10-point halftime deficit and outscored Oregon by 18 points in the second half en route to a convincing 85-77 win. That performance is one of the few brights spots for the Huskies (14-7, 3-6) recently. They’re riding a three-game losing streak.

Meanwhile, Oregon has won three of its past four games and 10 of the previous 14. The Ducks (15-7, 5-4) still harbor aspirations of making a late push for the NCAA tournament.

Today’s game figures to be a track meet. Oregon leads the Pac-12 while averaging 76.4 points per game. Washington is averaging 81.0 points in the past two games. Both teams like to run and it would appear that whichever squad embraces a little bit of defense will come out on top.

Despite the 90-88 loss last Sunday, the Huskies were tremendous offensively against California. They tallied a season high in points, shot 53.2 percent from the field and relied on an undersized five-guard lineup for long stretches. Not sure if UW will be able to duplicate that kind of performance on the road.

Also not sure if the Huskies can keep Oregon’s explosive wing players like Bell, Brooks, Elgin Cook and Dwayne Benjamin out of the paint and off the glass.

Still, this could be a rubber-meets-the-road moment for the Huskies who fully embrace refurbished defensive concepts, continue their red-shot scoring, snap a three-game losing streak and begin to salvage NCAA tournament hopes.

The Ducks are a five-point favorite. That sounds about right.

THE PICK: Oregon 78-73.

GUESS THE UW SCORE WINNER – jed/uw picked California 72-68 and jr_hik and had Cal winning 81-65. Washington lost 90-88 in a thriller. Contact me (pallen@seattletimes.com) to claim your prize. Thanks for playing.

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