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Key games for WSU

At Gonzaga, Nov. 14: The Cougars agreed to open the season with the 23rd-ranked Zags so the game could kick off ESPN’s 24 hours of basketball. Playing your backyard neighbor in an opener with a radically different lineup is a tough assignment.

Oregon, Dec. 29, at Spokane Arena: With the students gone for Christmas break, athletic director Bill Moos has decided to give Spokane a chance to support the Cougars in their Pac-12-opening series with the Oregon schools.

At Washington, Jan. 15: Every game against the Huskies is a key one, but this will mark the last of five conference-opening games away from Beasley Coliseum.

UCLA, Feb. 4: The Bruins, ranked 17th in the preseason, are the one Pac-12 team with size to spare inside.

Washington, Feb. 25: The final home game of the season will be senior night for Marcus Capers, Abe Lodwick, Charlie Enquist and Faisal Aden.