FROM PULLMAN — We're back at Beasley Coliseum for tonight's game between the Cougars and Arizona Wildcats. I expect this one to be a bit different than the game these teams played in the desert three weeks ago. Why, you ask? Well, read on.
As we wrote in this notebook for today's paper, the Cougars are a different team than they were the first time these squads met. For one, they're playing at home. Secondly, they've had ample time to adjust to the loss of Faisal Aden. And they're coming off what has to be considered a pretty successful road trip, during which they defeated Oregon State and played Oregon tight for 40 minutes before losing. They've been getting more consistent offensive contributions from more players on any given night — Marcus Capers, Abe Lodwick, DaVonte Lacy, even D.J. Shelton against OSU — in addition to consistent scoring from Brock Motum. Not saying I expect WSU to win tonight, but I'd be pretty surprised if it's as lopsided as the game in Tucson. … The Wildcats will likely be without guard Jordin Mayes, who has only an “outside chance” to play with a foot injury. … Here are WSU's game notes. … A reminder that tonight's game will be televised at 6 p.m. on FSN (Root).
All for now. As usual, we'll be back after the game.