We have more college basketball on the schedule Thursday with a full slate of action beginning at 4:00 p.m. EST. Surprisingly enough, there are only three games that are postponed at the moment. That’s one of the lowest I’ve seen in a while. None of them are marquee games, with Pepperdine and San Francisco probably the biggest game out of the three.
The Pac-12 is back on Thursday, with Washington and Stanford partaking in a meeting at Maples Pavillion. As has been the case for a long time now, the Pac-12 doesn’t appear to have a national contender in their ranks. Arizona, Washington State, and Oregon might be one-loss teams, but wouldn’t consider them threatening to win a national championship.
The best team on the west coast isn’t from the Pac-12. They’re located in Spokane, and might be the best team in the country. According to the national rankings, Gonzaga is the best team and could beat any team in the Pac-12. There have been rumors for years regarding Gonzaga joining the Pac-12, but given that the school is pretty much only a one-sport school and doesn’t play football.
The Big East would let them join, that is if they weren’t on the west coast. Another team in Washington, the Huskies, play in the bigger conference, but are not going anywhere in 2020-21. Washington finished with a record of 15-17 last season a year after an acceptable record of 27-9. They’ve completely fallen off the map this season, and are looking at a record of 1-7 going into Thursday night. Instead of going to the NCAA Tournament, the Huskies just want to stop the bleeding.
Stanford has been a respectable program thus far in the 2020-21 season, largely because of the arrival of freshman Ziare Williams. Williams is the biggest recruit that the Cardinal have pulled. He was recruited by some big programs, including Arizona, Duke, Wisconsin, Creighton, and UNC among many others. Stanford goes into Thursday with a record of 6-3 following a win on the road against Oregon State on Monday. Head below for our free Washington vs. Stanford pick on January 7, 2021.
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Washington vs. Stanford Prediction:
Washington has one win on the season against Seattle on December 9, 73-41. Otherwise, all Washington has to show for this season is seven losses. In their most competitive, and what was their best effort of the season, Washington came four points away from overtime. The Huskies fell by a score of 74-71, as they just about caught Oregon napping on the road. Since then, Washington has been all out of sorts, with three straight losses against Montana, 66-58, Colorado, 92-69, and Arizona, 80-63.
The Montana loss was particularly bad at home. They can’t allow a team like Montana to march into their arena and win by a touchdown. The Huskies have scored an average of just 60 points per game. That’s hard to do in this era of college basketball.
They rank just about dead last in the NCAA offensively and it’s likely not going to get any better for them at Stanford. Maybe if the Washington defense had something going for them it’d be more acceptable to be playing so poorly offensively. However, they don’t have that either, as the Huskies have conceded 71.5 points per game for 212th in the NCAA.
Stanford has been effective in that regard, with 66.2 points against per game for 96th. The best players on the floor in this game are Ziare Williams and Oscar de Silva. There is no disputing that. Expect them to take this game over and pull away from the Huskies. It’s hard to see Washington having an answer for those two. I’m on Stanford to get up early and pull away at home to cover.