In Kyle Smith’s first season, Washington State looked the part of a team that was beginning to close the gap on the rest of the Pac-12 Conference. The early stages of Smith’s second season in Pullman may be more promising than those in 2019-20.
John Andrzejek will be the first to confess it was a shot in the dark. Even with all the channels of communication available to college basketball coaches and the players they recruit in 2020, there’s no handbook for how to track down a 17-year-old kid who grew up in the Delta State of Nigeria, moved to Senegal to polish his game at the African branch of the NBA Academy, then hopped across the Indian Ocean to train at the Centre of Excellence in Canberra, Australia.
The Pac-12 occupied a precarious perch on the college basketball landscape as it transitions to conference-only play this week — and that was before news came late Tuesday morning that Arizona had self-imposed a postseason ban for “serious lapses in judgment” by staff members.
It's been more than 35 years since a Washington State freshman recorded a double-double in three straight games, so Efe Abogidi, having accomplished the feat against Montana State, Northwestern State and Prairie View A&M was rewarded appropriately on Monday when the Pac-12 Conference announced its weekly honors.
For some reason, I looked at the small piece of paper one last time despite knowing that it represented $50 lost.
She’s won an NCAA title and an Olympic gold medal, which means Kamie Ethridge seldom feels the need to talk about moral victories.
Freshman Efe Abogidi had his third consecutive double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Washington State beat Northwestern State 62-52 on Wednesday to improve upon its best start in 13 years.
They’ve shot the ball at a higher clip, they’ve sustained their intensity on the defensive end and they’ve used their interior size to rebound the way they’re expected to as a Pac-12 basketball team playing against inferior opposition from conferences like the Southland, Big Sky and SWAC.
Freshman Efe Abogidi had his first double-double, Noah Williams scored a career-high 21 points and Washington State beat Montana State 82-54 on Friday night.
Kyle Smith says the moment might call for a toast.
It isn’t that the Cougars were agitated by the nicknames broadcasters and writers had bestowed on them the first four games of the season. They just didn’t want to be one-dimensional.
Former Washington State associate head coach Jeff Hironaka, 63, is enjoying his modest, do-everything gig at Genesis Prep in Post Falls.