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Verlin on Cougs, other things

The Vandals have a chance to collect a very good non-conference road win tonight at Washington State -- something they were able to do at Utah. But they also stumbled at Texas Southern and Cal State Northridge. So what to expect? It's hard to say, but you can read comments from Idaho coach Don Verlin about the WSU matchup below the link.

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On the rivalry with WSU:

I know our guys are definitely looking forward to it. We played with those guys all summer long and we read about them in the paper just like they read about us. So yeah, it’s definitely a fun rivalry; it’s definitely one our players and our coaches are looking forward to playing.

On the matchup:

Well, it’s going to be a good game. You look at their stats and they’re like we are. They’re shooting over 50 percent from 2 and 40 (percent) from 3 and they make a whole lot of free throws and they outrebound their opponents by about six a game. It’s a real good matchup. They obviously have one really good player. Lots of really good players but one real, real good player in (Klay Thompson). You don’t get 43 in a college game and not be a very good player, and some of the other guys — Casto and Reggie Moore — they just keep coming. So I like their team and I think it’s going to be a great basketball team.

How defenses have changed against Thompson:

Well, I think they’re obviously focusing on him. When you get 43 in a game, that turns on the lights for everybody. I think people are setting up their defenses to stop him. They’re pressuring him. He’s turned it over a couple times at Kansas State. Kansas State is very athletic and very good. They’re setting up their defenses to stop him, which you have to do if you’re going to have a chance to beat Washington State. Not saying they don’t have other good players, because they do. But he’s obvioulsy a guy who can put up a lot of points against you.

Strategy against Thompson:

Well, we’ve just got to be good defensively. We were good defensively the other night. And I think the one thing we can’t do is get too tied up stopping him and not stopping the other guys because DeAngelo Casto is capable of having a big night, Reggie Moore. They’ve got some guys off the bench that can do it. The Capers kid is very athletic, very talented.

Rebounding from loss to Northridge:

You learn a lot about your team during the preseason. I learned some things. They learned some things about themselves. … There’s never a good loss but I think the one thing that was driven home there was the games that we’ve lost are the games that we haven’t defended up to our capabilities. … That’s a big key for our team.

Rotation:

It feels like the 10 that we’re going with right now are the 10 that’s ahead of the other guys. But you never want to rule anything out because of injuries and you’ve got to keep developing guys and just see how it goes.

Any surprises so far?

No. Not really. You know, I’ve been really happy with the progress Marvin Jefferson’s made defending and rebounding the ball. … I think that’s something we hoped would happen. I don’t know if it’s a surprise or not but something that we need to happen. Luiz Toledo, when he’s been on his game and good, we’ve been hard to beat. I didn’t know he would play quite this good early, so he’s a little bit of a surprise.



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