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NCAA HOOPS: 2013 UW Huskies conference schedule – Part III

Under Par

It appears as though I gave the Washington Huskies a little more credit than what they were worth last month as I had them finishing at 8-7 overall.

Not too shabby, considering in reality they were 7-8.

While I had Lorenzo Romar’s team taking a pair of W’s from ASU, and a victory over the Beavers called correctly, the Dawgs left me hanging in a disappointing loss to the USC Trojans.

Currently sitting two games above .500 on the season, and 7-8 overall in the PAC 12, the Huskies are holding down the eighth seed in the conference, one game back of the Arizona State Sun Devils and a half game up on the Stanford Cardinal.

With one week and three games remaining on the docket, the Huskies are going to have step up in order to make sure that not only do they have a winning conference record this year, but also a winning season overall.

March 3 vs. WSU Cougars

The Huskies kicked off their conference schedule with a five point victory against the Cougars back on January 5th.

Since that time, the Cougars have gone 2-12 which is good news for the home team. Nothing like kicking a team when they are down.

What would make this game more appealing to two struggling teams is if it were to be their final game of the season, as at least bragging rights would be on the line.

Considering that the Huskies are 100-35 at home all time against the Cougars, it is a safe bet that the home team will add another positive notch to that tally.

Andrew Andrews Huskies

Can the Huskies finish on a high note this year? (Photo: Google)

*Record 8-8

March 6 vs. USC TROJANS

Out of the two California teams that the Huskies faced last month, one would have figured that the Trojans would have been the easier match of the pair.

Maybe it was the fact that Washington was deflated from a two point loss to the Bruins only a couple days prior.

Yeah, that’s it, that’s the reason I’m going with.

An interesting note from the last time the two teams met is the fact that only seven players saw the floor for the Huskies, whereas the Trojans went ten deep.  The Huskies will be coming into this on a high note after defeating the Cougars three days prior to the meeting (hopefully).

* Record 9-8

March 9 vs. UCLA BRUINS

Conference record wise, the young Bruins are about where many figured them to be, near the top. Nationally, many more predicted that UCLA would rank among the top 25, something which they are not.

If the Huskies are going to have a sniff of a chance to get to the PAC 12 championship game, they will more than likely have to go through the Bruins.

What better way to send a message than by grabbing an upset victory in the final home game of the season.

Whereas their last meeting came down to a buzzer beater, this time the Huskies hope that a nationally televised affair will be the extra motivation they need in order to make sure that a slim victory goes in their favor.

* Record 10-8

Honestly, with the way the Huskies have played this season, does anyone really think that this team could finish the season 3-0?

Chances are it wouldn’t completely surprise fans as the team does in fact have the talent and make up to finish the 2012-13 season on a small run.

Out of the games against top tier talent this season only their February 20th game against the Arizona Wildcats was completely lopsided.  

Other than that, the Huskies have shown that they are capable of running with any team that they have played.

A few favorable whistles and a couple of home court bounces on the rim and the Washington Huskies could in fact salvage what has been a disappointing season.


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