The Washington Huskies begin their annual trip to the Bay Area tonight with an 8:00 p.m. P.S.T. tilt at Haas Pavilion on the campus of the University of California. Cal is 9-5 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Washington comes in with an identical overall record and a win against Washington State in their only Pac-12 game to date.
California is a team much like Washington in that they get the majority of their points from the backcourt. The most intriguing matchup of the evening finds junior guards Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs for California up against the Huskies three pronged guard attack of C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs, and Abdul Gaddy.
Washington will need to find a way on the glass. California is 30th in the nation in rebounding while the Huskies are languishing in the 153rd spot. Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar believes that Austin Seferian-Jenkins will help the rebounding effort as he rounds into basketball shape after coming over from the football team. Until that happens Romar expects continued yeoman work from center Aziz N'Diaye, who paces the Dawgs with 10 rebounds per game.
Las Vegas lists the Bears as a 5 1/2 point favorite. The view from here is that the Huskies keep it closer than that. Take the Dawgs and the points. Spend your winnings touring the Bay Area on the Blue and Gold Fleet.
Tonight's game can be seen on ESPN2 as well as on the Watch ESPN app for your mobile devices. The game can be heard on the Washington ISP Sports Network. KJR 950-AM is the flagship station for that network and can be heard through much of western Washington.