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WSU goes for the sweep at Colorado

Washington State guard Ike Iroegbu scores the winning basket in overtime over Colorado's Xavier Johnson (11) and Derrick White (21) during an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Pullman. (Kai Eiselein / Associated Press)
Washington State guard Ike Iroegbu scores the winning basket in overtime over Colorado's Xavier Johnson (11) and Derrick White (21) during an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Pullman. (Kai Eiselein / Associated Press)

PULLMAN – Washington State will try to pick up the first Pac-12 sweep of Ernie Kent’s time coaching the Cougars when they face Colorado on Sunday.

The game against the Buffaloes, which tips off at 6:30 p.m., is a rematch of WSU’s 91-89 overtime win in Pullman three weeks ago. The Cougars (11-13, 3-4 Pac-12) have endured a three-game losing streak at the hands of some of the conference’s toughest teams.

WSU took No. 11 UCLA to the wire, and nearly upset Utah in Salt Lake City on Thursday, falling 74-70 on the road to a team that beat the Cougars by 41 points earlier in the season.

CU (14-11, 4-8) was still looking for its first Pac-12 win the last time the teams met, but has won four of its last five games. The Buffaloes even upset No. 10 Oregon, and matchups between the Cougars and Buffaloes have always been close the last few years.

“I wouldn’t expect anything different” Kent said. “We match up well, we’re on their home floor. They’ve got an incredible home court advantage we’re going to have to contend with. This trip is just about handling ourselves in two tough environments to play. Having that poise, having that competitive nature and coming out of the trips feeling like you performed up to your level or better than, which forces you to grow.”

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