Friday, March 1, 2013

The Mast Spring Sports Pick'em: March 1, 2013

Props to Hegge, DenAdel and Tacuyan for picking the underdog, road team (Stanford) last week. But the Cardinal lost by 11 in Eugene and the three now have an uphill battle sitting at 0-2.

The rest of the field is wrestling among itself in a first-place tie at 1-1.

We are staying in the Pac-12 conference this week in a game that typically divides the state.

Washington State (11-17, 2-13) travels to Seattle this weekend to play Washington (15-13, 7-8).

The game isn’t nearly as anticipated on a large scale this season, because both teams have struggled. The Cougars are in last place in the conference while the Huskies aren’t doing too much better in ninth place.

But for two teams that aren’t going to the NCAA tournament — unless either wins the Pac-12 tournament — and their fans, this is the biggest game of the year.

Expect to see better basketball than the two teams have played this season as the teams actually have something to play for — pride.

Washington snuck past the Cougars in Pullman, winning by five, the first time the two teams met in early January.

The Huskies have won two of their last three games while Washington State has dropped eight in a row. The Cougars’ last victory came on Jan. 26 over Oregon State in Corvallis.

The basketball version of the Apple Cup tips off Sunday at 12:30 p.m.