The Washington Huskies open the final weekend of the regular season hosting the USC Trojans at Alaska Airlines Arena on campus Wednesday night. The outcome of this, and Saturday afternoon's game against UCLA, will determine whether Washington finishes the season as high as fifth, or as low as ninth, in the final regular season standings. Washington hopes to avenge the loss that they suffered at USC on February 10th, when the Trojans won 71-60.
The Huskies (16-13 overall, 8-8 conference) come into Wednesday's matchup on a bit of a roll, having won two in a row. That tracks with history as the Dawgs have been a strong finishing team throughout the Lorenzo Romar era. In the last four seasons the Huskies are 13-3 in the last four games of the regular season.
USC (14-15, 9-7) matches Washington's two game winning streak with one of their own. The Trojans will look to exploit the Washington defense with solid outside shooting and effective rebounding. Both of those factors were in play in the last game between these teams.
Las Vegas lists Washington as a six point pick. Lorenzo Romar's history late in the year compels me to give the points and use my winnings riding the Amtrak Empire Builder to Whitefish, Montana.
Wednesday's game will be telecast by the Pac-12 Network with a late tip at 8:30 p.m. P.S.T. Locally, the game will be broadcast over the radio waves by IMG College Sports Network and KJR Sportsradio 950 AM and 102.9 FM with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton calling the action.