The Washington Huskies open their Pac-12 conference season tomorrow against cross-state rival Washington State in chilly Pullman. After an 8-5 non-league slate that asked more questions than it answered, the Huskies are anxious to tip it off against conference foes.
There were good wins along the way. Christmas break victories over Cal-Poly and Northern Illinois showed a team possibly rounding into shape. A home loss to lightly regarded Albany and a shellacking at the hands of Colorado State in front of the home fans left Husky fans scratching their heads.
The Huskies appear to be a heavily guard-centric team, but with deficiencies where distributing the ball is concerned. Washington's top three scorers (C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs, and Abdul Gaddy) are guards, yet the Huskies are 224th in the nation in assists per game. This would indicate that some balancing back-court to front-court is in order. Austin Seferian-Jenkins' and his large body's arrival from the football team should help the Huskies up front.
Las Vegas lists the Cougars as a 4 1/2 point favorite. Washington State (9-4) might be a step or so ahead of the Huskies at this point. Expect the Cougars to make it two in a row over Washington and cover the number. Take WSU and use your winnings to buy chains for the trip over Snoqualmie Pass.
Tomorrow's game tips at 6:30 p.m. P.S.T. It can be seen on ESPNU and the Watch ESPN app on your mobile devices. The game can be heard on 950 KJR-AM (Husky broadcast)as well as on 710 KIRO-AM (Cougar broadcast).