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UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 8:44 p.m.

Washington State point guard signee Ryan Murphy requests release from letter of intent

A Washington State signee who’d previously voiced his commitment to Kyle Smith and the new regime of Cougar basketball has surprisingly requested a release from his letter of intent.


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Local big man Brandton Chatfield agrees to join Washington State, Kyle Smith as preferred walk-on

The All-Great Northern League post was named to the Associated Press all-state honorable mention team after helping lead the Bantams to an 18-9 record and fourth-place finish at the State …


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 7:52 p.m.

Jeff Pollard returns to Washington State after browsing transfer market: ‘I’m too much of a Coug to be anywhere else’

After mulling a transfer from Washington State, Jeff Pollard will return to the Cougars for his senior season, the forward announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.


Report: Washington State’s Ahmed Ali, Isaiah Wade enter NCAA transfer portal

Point guard Ahmed Ali and forward Isaiah Wade, both former junior college players who signed with WSU last season, have entered their named into the NCAA’s transfer portal, according to …


UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019, 6:29 p.m.

Klay Thompson will join Steve Puidokas as only other basketball player to have number retired at Washington State

Eight years later, it’s still the most popular jersey at Washington State home basketball games and before long, Klay Thompson’s No. 1 will be hanging in the rafters at Beasley …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 8:47 a.m.

Nineteen takeaways from the introduction of Washington State’s 19th basketball coach

Washington State formally introduced new basketball coach Kyle Smith in front of almost 100 school officials, fans and media members Monday afternoon in the Rankich Club Room at Martin Stadium.


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 10:52 p.m.

‘Hard work. Tough. Defense.’ The Kyle Smith era has officially begun at Washington State

With no less than five television cameras pointed at Marvin Cannon, and a few more voice recorders sprinkled in, the beads of sweat started forming on the Washington State sophomore’s …


UPDATED: Fri., March 29, 2019, 7:37 p.m.

Washington State freshman CJ Elleby declares for NBA draft, won’t hire agent immediately

CJ Elleby will declare for the NBA draft, but the Washington State freshman won’t hire an agent, leaving him the option to return for a sophomore season with the Cougars …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 7:48 p.m.

John Blanchette: Washington State’s hiring of Kyle Smith suggests determination more than desperation

If you look at the history – the raw numbers of history, at least – the easy conclusion to lunge at is that Washington State mixed some unconventional thinking in …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

Washington State tabs Kyle Smith to restore long-dormant basketball program

One day after initial reports surfaced linking Kyle Smith to Washington State’s vacant men’s basketball job, the two sides have agreed to a long-term contract to make Smith the Cougars’ …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

Report: Washington State to hire San Francisco’s Kyle Smith as men’s basketball coach

Washington State and San Francisco’s Kyle Smith are finalizing a deal that would make Smith the Cougars’ next basketball coach, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Tuesday.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 5:41 p.m.

Washington State’s Robert Franks named to NABC All-District team

Robert Franks earned another postseason accolade Thursday, being named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 20 First Team.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:52 a.m.

Guard Carter Skaggs announces plans to grad transfer from Washington State

Six days after the Cougars fired coach Ernie Kent, Washington State guard Carter Skaggs announced he’ll spend his final year of eligibility somewhere other than Pullman.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Local influence: NCAA field littered with coaches who’ve spent time in Inland Northwest

Here’s a breakdown of eight head coaches, assistants and grad assistants with local ties who’ll be appearing in this year’s Big Dance.


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

Next in line: A breakdown of 10 candidates to replace Ernie Kent as Washington State’s basketball coach

We break down 10 possible candidates who could replace Ernie Kent and use a 1-5 scale to rate how likely it is they’ll become Washington State’s next coach.


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 11:21 p.m.

John Blanchette: After split with Ernie Kent, red flags still surround men’s hoops job at Washington State

Hiring Ernie Kent was tired thinking on the part of Chun’s predecessor, Bill Moos; he couldn’t have done any worse taking a flyer on a younger, cheaper comer. Constantly rolling …


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 11:26 p.m.

After five years of futility, Washington State parting ways with men’s basketball coach Ernie Kent

Ernie Kent won’t return for a sixth season as Washington State’s men’s basketball coach, The Spokesman-Review learned Thursday through a source.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 11:50 p.m.

Washington State makes 10th straight first-round exit in Pac-12 Tournament, bowing to Oregon 84-51

They peaked in the desert nearly a month ago, beating Arizona State and Arizona with fluid ball movement, consistent shot-making from almost everyone in the rotation and sturdy defense.


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

Washington State’s Jeff Pollard named to Pac-12 All-Academic First Team for second straight year

Washington State’s Jeff Pollard was one of six players named to the All-Pac-12 Men’s Basketball All-Academic First Team, the conference announced Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

Pac-12 Tournament: 11th seed WSU eyes first conference tournament win in a decade vs. 6th seed Oregon

When all the seeding chaos finally settled late Saturday night, and the Pac-12 Tournament sorted out who’d play who in Wednesday’s first-round games at T-Mobile Arena, the conference spit out …


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 2:02 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Mark Few, Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke and WSU’s Robert Franks earn District IX honors

Mark Few was named District IX Coach of the Year and Rui Hachimura was named the district’s Player of the Year, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced.


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 9:13 p.m.

Washington State’s Robert Franks earns first-team All-Pac-12; CJ Elleby named to All-Freshman team

Franks, who finished the regular season with the Pac-12’s top scoring average, was named to the 10-player All-Pac-12 First Team, as voted on by the league’s coaches. WSU teammate CJ …


UPDATED: Sun., March 10, 2019, 9:51 p.m.

The five most important games of Robert Franks’ Washington State career, as detailed by teammates past and present

If WSU can’t win four games in four days at the Pac-12 Tournament, Franks will play in a crimson uniform for the last time this week at the T-Mobile Arena. …


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

Robert Franks buries eight 3-pointers for career-high 37 points, but Washington State bows to Oregon State on Senior Day

A vintage scoring effort from Robert Franks, who was marvelous on his Senior Day, scoring 37 points on eight 3-pointers, couldn’t rescue the Cougars from another lackluster Pac-12 performance as …


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 7:03 p.m.

Washington State-Oregon State: Cougars look to end streak vs. Beavers

Oregon State looks to extend Washington State’s conference losing streak to five games.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

Once again, turnovers bog down Washington State in fourth consecutive Pac-12 loss

Oregon scored 20 points off 17 Washington State turnovers and even as the Cougars returned closer to full-strength Wednesday night, the self-inflicted wounds that hurt them last week in the …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Washington State-Oregon preview: Ducks look to complete sweep of Cougars

Washington State seeks revenge on Oregon after dropping the first matchup in Eugene.


UPDATED: Sat., March 2, 2019, 9:51 p.m.

Cal capitalizes on 20 Washington State turnovers in 76-69 win at Haas Pavilion

WSU made a late push to avoid losing to the worst team in the Pac-12 – and arguably the worst in college basketball at the Power Five level – but …


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 4:38 p.m.

Washington State-California preview: Cougars look to complete sweep of Golden Bears

Washington State goes for the season sweep over Cal after winning the previous matchup in Pullman


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

Stanford hands Washington State worst loss of Ernie Kent era in 98-50 beatdown at Maples Pavilion

Stanford delivered a healthy beating and dealt a historical loss to the Ernie Kent era at Washington State, drilling the Cougars 98-50 in front of an announced crowd of 3,139.