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Washington State learns Pac-12 schedule, TV slots for upcoming basketball season

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 7:53 p.m.

The Washington State men’s basketball team will appear on the ESPN family of networks for 13 its games this season, including nine Pac-12 contests. (File / AP)
The Washington State men’s basketball team will appear on the ESPN family of networks for 13 its games this season, including nine Pac-12 contests. (File / AP)

PULLMAN – Washington State men’s basketball will appear on national television in each of its first two Pac-12 games and then seven more times throughout conference play, the league announced Tuesday when it released its TV schedule for the 2017-18 season.

The Cougars open Pac-12 play at 8 p.m. on Dec. 29 against UCLA in a game that will air on ESPN2. They’ll make the short trip from Pauley Pavilion to the Galen Center two days later to play USC at 6 p.m. in another ESPN2 contest.

Either ESPN or ESPN2 will broadcast WSU’s Feb. 17 home game against Utah and ESPN will be in town on March 1 to air the second-to-last game of the regular season, at 6 p.m. against Oregon at Beasley Coliseum.

The two-game road trip to open the conference slate is followed by three consecutive games at home, on Jan. 6 against Washington (1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks), on Jan. 11 against Stanford (6 p.m., ESPNU) and Jan. 13 against Cal (1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).

WSU then travels into the mountains for road games at Colorado on Jan. 18 (5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) and Utah on Jan. 21 (5 p.m., ESPNU). The Cougars will play a third consecutive game away from Pullman when they visit UW on Jan. 28 in Seattle (5 p.m., ESPNU).

The Cougars host Arizona on Jan. 31 (7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) and Arizona State on Feb. 4 (1 p.m., ESPNU) before visiting the Oregon schools. WSU will travel to Corvallis to face Oregon State on Feb. 8 (7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) then Eugene for a Feb. 11 meeting with Oregon (5 p.m., ESPNU).

Colorado then comes to the Palouse on Feb. 15 (8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) and Utah visits on Feb. 17 (7 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2). The Cougars head to the Bay Area to play Cal on Feb. 22 (8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) then Stanford on Feb. 24 (4 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).

WSU closes regular-season play with the Oregon schools at home. The Ducks come to Pullman on March 1 (6 p.m., ESPN) and the Beavers on March 3 (TBD, Pac-12 Networks).

The Pac-12 Tournament will be held March 7-10 in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena.

The Pac-12 Networks will also televise at least six of WSU’s home nonconference games: Nov. 12 vs. Texas Southern, Nov. 15 vs. Seattle U, Nov. 18 vs. Idaho State, Dec. 2 vs. UC Davis and Dec. 16 vs. IUPUI. ESPNU will carry the Cougars’ Dec. 20 game against Kansas State at Spokane Arena.

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