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Test awaits WSU in the Valley of the Sun


It’s been called a trap game on television, but today’s WSU game with Arizona State is not so much a trap but a test.

A test of the Cougars’ ability to come off a high and play well enough to win against an out-manned opponent. Can WSU put its best game on the floor? If it can’t, can the Cougs play well enough and tough enough to pull out a win? Or will they Coug?

Glenn Kasses’ advance of the game (4:30 p.m.; FSN; 920-AM) notes that even the Cougars are now talking NCAAs. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. If it motivates them to go out and play at a high level each game, good. If they start looking past today at tomorrow, bad.

If they get there – and, like I said earlier, I’m sure they will – they won’t be playing in Spokane as this story from Bud Withers in the Times explains. As I said below, usually I agree with Bud, but not on this one. I don’t think GU will end up in Spokane, and I also don’t think both the Zags and the Cougars will be in Sacramento.

There’s always more on Glenn’s Cougar blog to read and comment about.

• The Arizona Republic advance points out if the Sun Devils lose, it will be a school-record 12th consecutive loss. That’s some history they want to avoid.

• The ASU women, led by their Inland Northwest quartet, are in Pullman to play the Cougars (2 p.m.).

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