Even for Now
After the first month of PAC-12 Conference play, the Washington Huskies are sitting pretty much where I predicted a month ago. Starting the schedule off with four straight victories (WSU, Cal, Stanford, Colorado), the Dawgs hit a three game slide (Utah, Oregon St., Oregon). My crystal ball had correctly predicted victories over the Golden Bears and Cardinal, however it also told me that the Huskies would be successful in their games against the Utes and Beavers (such was not the case).
While whom the victories and losses came against may have been slightly off, the end result in their PAC-12 record is on point with my 4-4 prediction.
Looking ahead to the second month of the schedule, the Huskies come off a tough battle against #8 ranked Arizona at the end of January to take on the Sun Devils of Arizona State. The Huskies will have to use their game against the Wildcats as motivation to help them get past a surprising Sun Devils squad that sits one game ahead of them in the conference standings.
*Predicted record 5-4*
The Huskies then take off for a weekend in the City of Angels as they battle the UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans in the span of four days. The Bruins, predicted to be nationally ranked all season have not lived up to the hopes of many, but still provide a tough matchup for the Huskies. This will be Washington’s first taste of Bruins star recruits Shabazz Muhammad, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson.
Chances are the Huskies will have better luck on Sunday than they will on Thursday.
* Predicted record 6-5*
Up next for the Huskies is a home stand against the two Oregon universities for a pair of redemption rematches against the Ducks and Beavers.
At the time of this article, the Ducks sit at 18-4 overall and have two losses in conference play.
The Beavers, on the other hand, have only one PAC-12 victory to date, a 74-66 victory over the Huskies. While a pair of dubs here would be great, chances are that only the Oregon St. Beavers will fall short.
*Predicted record 7-6*
February ends with a roadie to the desert to take on top-10 ranked (at the time of this writing) Arizona Wildcats and the Sun Devils three days later.
With both schools currently sitting at 6-2 overall in the conference and two games ahead of the Huskies, a pair of victories at this point in the season sets up a huge run during their March three-game run at home against WSU, USC and UCLA.
Unfortunately for UDub fans, the ranked team will once again prevail, but splitting the set is nothing to be too upset about.
*Predicted record 8-7*
Currently sitting in a pack with three other teams (Colorado, Stanford, California) for the fifth spot in the PAC-12, the Huskies are pretty much where most expected them to be in the conference standings.
The bright side to date is that the Dawgs have either beaten or competitively battled those who rank ahead of them, but the flip side is that they have also lost games to the teams that are chasing them in the standings.
The road to the PAC-12 tournament is sure to be a bumpy adventure.