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Washington State men’s basketball will open Pac-12 slate at home against USC, UCLA

Kyle Smith speaks at a press conference in Washington State University’s Rankich Club Room on Monday, April 1, 2019 in Pullman. Smith has taken over head coaching duties for the men’s basketball team. (Libby Kamrowski / The Spokesman-Review)
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PULLMAN – Washington State University’s men’s basketball team will open the Pac-12 Conference season with a pair of home contests against USC and UCLA, the school announced Thursday.

The Cougars, led by first-year coach Kyle Smith, will also appear on Pac-12 Networks 20 times over the course of the season – including 12 times in conference play.

USC visits Beasley Coliseum on Jan. 2, with UCLA arriving two days later. WSU’s first road trip in conference comes the next week with visits to California and Stanford on Jan. 9 and 11, respectively.

WSU will also play three times on FS1, beginning with a Jan. 16 visit from Oregon, followed by the Feb. 28 game at Washington and March 5 contest at Arizona.

ESPNU will also air a trio of home games – Arizona State (Jan. 29), Washington (Feb. 9) and Stanford (Feb. 23).

The Pac-12 Tournament begins with first-round games on March 11 and concludes with the championship game on March 14. All games will be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.