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Scouting the WSU opponent: Colorado

Washington State hosts the Colorado Buffaloes at 6 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum.

The Pac-12 Network will televise the game and you can find the radio broadcast online by going to

Both Colorado and Washington State are hoping to come away with a split this weekend after dropping their weekday games. The Cougars have already taken advantage of one team that had to cross the mountains after taking on Washington, UCLA, and came away with a victory in that game.

Ernie Kent praised the student section after the loss to Utah. We'll see whether or not the kids come out a second time, despite the loss.

Here's a quick glance at the Buffaloes:

Record: 14-5, 3-3 Pac-12
Points per game: 78.9
Opponent points per game: 70.4
Field goal percentage: 44.6
3-point percentage: 39.8
Free throw percentage: 73.3
Rebounding margin: +4.1
Steals per game: 4.9
Blocks per game: 5.5

And here are some more detailed statistics, courtesy of

Adjusted efficiency national rank (offense/defense): 93/55
Adjusted tempo national rank: 137
Average possession length: 17.0 seconds (No. 155 nationally)
Turnover percentage: 19.5 (No. 247)
Offensive rebound percentage: 35.3 (No. 38)
3-point percentage: 39.3 (No. 25)
2-point percentage: 46.3 (No. 254)
Block percentage: 9.1 (No. 178)
Opponent FT rate: 66.7 (No. 60)
Defensive footprint: Mostly man
So who will win? KenPom gives Colorado a 59 percent chance of winning.

Expected starters:
G: George King 14.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 44.3 3FG%
G: Dominique Collier 8.7 ppg, 3.3 ap, 50.0 3FG%
F: Gordon Wesley 6.8 ppg, 7.1 rbg, 2.3 bpg
F: Tre'Shaun Fletcher 7.1 ppg, 81.0 FT%
F: Josh Scott 17.8 ppg, 9.9 rbg, 58.4 FG%, 36 blocks
Injured players: Xavier Johnson is out with an ACL injury.

Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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