The Pac-12 is represented on Wednesday night in Seattle, as the Washington Huskies welcome the Colorado Buffaloes to Alaska Airlines Arena. Washington didn’t win, but at least they put forth a better effort than we’ve seen this season against UCLA. I don’t know if the Bruins just took Washington lightly or what, but the one-win 1-11 Huskies made UCLA fight for the win. In fact, Washington had a 39-29 lead going into halftime.
The second-half performance has me believing that it might have been more a case of the Bruins not showing up to play right away. Once they figured out that they have to get going, the game wasn’t competitive. UCLA outscored Washington 52-37 in the second-half to take full control for a come from behind win. Let that be a warning to other teams that want to take the Huskies lightly. The blueprint is right there for Colorado, but we’ll see if they care to play on the road after a flight to Seattle tonight.
That’s going to be the inside path to a win for Washington. If Colorado arrives in Seattle without a care in the world believing this is going to be an easy win, then that’s going to be the opening for the Huskies to win on Wednesday night. That said, it’s been a major struggle for Washington this season. Their only win was a 73-41 win over Seattle on December 9. I will say they’ve been competitive in spots, including their most recent effort against UCLA in a 81-76 loss. They also took Oregon to the wire on December 12, coming up just short in a 74-71 final.
Colorado enters Washington with a record of 11-3. They are one of a handful of teams that are in the Pac-12 title race. It’s going to be a tight race between Arizona, USC, Oregon, and UCLA for the conference. Nobody is exceptional enough in the Pac-12 to definitively say one team is in the driver’s seat. While it doesn’t look like the national champ is going to come from the Pac-12, the conference race is at least going to be interesting. Washington, sorry, you are far from included in the race. Head below for our free Colorado vs. Washington pick on January 20, 2021.
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Washington will have to concern themselves with McKinley Wright IV. If they can’t contain Wright, then Colorado will be able to pull away for an easy win. Wright has scored an average of 15.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game. He is most certainly one of the better players in the Pac-12.
The Buffaloes are coming off a 77-64 win over the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday. That’s a quality Stanford team Colorado handled rather easily. Prior to that win, Colorado defeated Cal, 89-60, Utah, 65-58, Oregon, 79-72. Colorado is in terrific form at the moment, with the only thing likely holding them back is if they treat Washington as an easy win before they even step on the court.
Colorado has a top-50 defense and top-100 offense. They have netted an average of 75.9 points per game, while conceding only 62.2 points per game on the opposite side of the floor. If the defense wants to play tonight and grind away on a bad Washington offense, then they should be able to have their way. The Huskies have netted just 64.8 points per game for 304th in the NCAA.
Their effort at home doesn’t get any better. In fact, the offensive production drops slightly to 63.8 points a game at home in Seattle. The Colorado defense has been able to maintain their strong presence on the road. They’ve conceded an average of 64.5 points per game on defense as a visitor in 2020-21. Colorado smashed a much better Washington team two meetings ago, and were solid again in their first meeting of the 2020-21 campaign.
The Buffaloes were 76-62 winners on January 25, 2020 and a 92-69 win on December 20, 2020 more recently in Colorado. They contained McKinley Wright in that game, but forgot about the rest of the team. That was an easy win without their best player getting going. If McKinley gets going this time around, forget about this being a close game. Expect Washington to regress after playing a competitive game against UCLA. The team we saw in the second-half in that one was closer to the real Huskies.