The tweaks WSU has instituted in its offense – more on-ball screens, moving Daven Harmeling back to the 4, giving Abe Lodwick some time – have certainly helped the Cougars stay close, trailing 28-26 at the half. But maybe Taylor Rochestie had it right last week. The Cougars are feeding off their defense. The Cal big men are so offensively inept, WSU's guards have been able to control Jerome Randle and Theo Robertson with help from guys like Aron Baynes and Caleb Forrest. Only Patrick Christopher, matched up against Klay Thompson, has been able to get going, hitting 4 of 5 shots en route to 10 points. Thompson has exceeded that on the other end with 12 points, including a fast break layup that tied it at 26 near the end of the half – a bucket that came when Rochestie picked Randle's pocket.
We'll be back afterward, but this looks like it could be an interesting 20 minutes.