PULLMAN – It was the predominant question beforehand: With Washington State’s Isaac Bonton and Washington’s Quade Green unavailable for Monday’s game between the Cougars and Huskies, which player(s) would carry the baton?
Isaac Bonton won't suit up in tonight's Apple Cup rematch, but the impact of losing the senior point guard should be somewhat offset by a key injury for Washington State's opponent.
Seldom this season has Washington State been a team to live and die by the 3-pointer. Even then, it buried the Cougars Saturday night in a rematch with the best team in the conference.
The high-variance nature of Isaac Bonton's game means the Washington State point guard is susceptible to the occasional off-night. It also means Bonton doesn't often have two in a row.
When evaluating Thursday's game between Washington State and UCLA, it may be easy to revert to the first contest between the Cougars and Bruins in order to anticipate what will happen in the rematch.
From staff reports
Early in the nonconference season, the Washington State Cougars demonstrated they could win games without the best version of Isaac Bonton.
Washington State won the basketball game and survived the war.
Most of the time, the advanced analytics used by Washington State’s coaching staff measure how a basketball team performs when it’s on the court, finding value in various aspects of the game that tend to go underappreciated by others.
Stanford’s Oscar da Silva, USC’s Evan Mobley top our midseason honor roll.
It had been 23 days and 240 basketball minutes since Washington State last left a Pac-12 venue with a victory in hand, so the opportunity that presented itself to the Cougars on Sunday at Washington was understandably too sweet to pass up.
Few teams in the Pac-12 Conference have been mired in a losing streak like the one that's followed Washington State's basketball team for the last 22 days.