Ah yes, sporting events on Friday the 13th. You can lie and say you aren’t superstitious, but admittedly all sports fans of all levels of superstition get that prickly feeling on the back of their necks when a Friday the 13th tilt goes a bit awry. Interestingly enough, the Pac-12 bout between Washington and No.7 Arizona isn’t necessarily easy to predict, making that “what’s gonna happen?” factor even greater.
For starters: Don’t let either team’s record fool you.
Believe it or not this game isn’t a “gimme” for UA. Sure, they are 20-3 and leading the conference. But a sleepy performance last weekend which resulted in an 81-78 loss to ASU — following a painfully low-scoring 57-34 win over Oregon State the week prior — has us wondering if the Wildcats are running out of gas as the regular season draws to a close. A win in Washington, in the middle of a three game stint away from the comfort of their home court, is in order.
On the other hand, the Huskies are also coming off of a loss–their fifth in a row to be exact. The last four games, UW has been without leading rebounder Robert Upshaw–who was dismissed from the program for “violating team rules” back in January. But Washington has certainly missed him in his absense, with Mike Anderson averaging 5.8 rebounds a game compared to Upshaw’s collective 8.2. However, if we have learned anything from UW this season it’s that they can be incredibly streaky. Despite being at the bottom of the conference ladder looking upward at every opponent, beating UA isn’t totally out of the question. A home victory against the ‘cats could end up being their big upset.
Tip-off for the Friday the 13th tilt is scheduled for 6pm Pacific time.
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