The Huskies have three games left, all three of those games are on the road, but they currently share the Pac-12 crown with California. Therefore, if the Huskies win out, they are at least guaranteed a share of the Pac-12 crown. (NOTE: There are no tie-breakers for the regular season champion only for the Pac-12 tournament seeding. Therefore, regardless that Cal has a win over the Huskies, both teams will share the regular season crown.)
Those three games are against Washington State, USC, and UCLA. The Huskies have beaten each team earlier this year at home in Seattle. Is there a game looming that could trip up the Huskies? Knock them out of at least a share of the crown? Read below and then vote.
Washington State- The Cougars just came off a smashing of Arizona State. While their season has had plenty of ups and downs. WSU can put together a quality game. They were able to beat California on Jan. 21 by a score of 77-75.
Brock Motum has the ability to create mismatches and can play inside or outside. He averages 17.8 points and 6.7 rebounds on the season.
This is a rivalry and on the Cougars court. The fans will not come out happy with the Huskies and the noise will be relentless in favor of the Cougars.
USC- The Trojans are not only one of the worst teams in the Pac-12 but they rank amongst the lowest in the nation. However, with that being said, they were able to hang with the Huskies the last time these two teams met. It turned out to be a 69-41 win for UW but USC was within range of catching the Huskies with about 10 minutes left. Read the post game article by Jeff Taylor here.
This is a game the Huskies will be heavily favored in but if the Huskies come out on the court overlooking the Trojans, could there be an upset in the making?
UCLA- The Bruins had the closest game, out of these three teams, against the Huskies. They lost 71-69 and only a point separated the Bruins from the Huskies in each half. Josh Smith had a career game in Seattle, he scored 24 points and had 9 rebounds. He was a wrecking crew against UW’s big men. He helped get Aziz N’Diaye in foul trouble and so N’Diaye wasn’t able to help more, N’Diaye played 23 minutes in the game.
The Bruins lost to St. John’s and now some UCLA fans are calling for Ben Howland’s job. This is the Bruins last game of the season (before the Pac-12 tournament) and so it could be that statement win that Howland will be looking for.
What do you think? Does one of these teams beat the Huskies?