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Pac-12 Network analysts Kevin O'Neill and Lamar Hurd have good things to say about WSU guard Ike Iroegbu.
Yesterday WSU won a ridiculously fast-paced game against Oregon. My day-after post reflects on the win.
PULLMAN – It wasn’t supposed to happen that quickly for Josh Hawkinson. The prevailing theory was that he would need at least a couple of more years to develop. But there he was, just 13 years old and beating his old man at 1-on-1 on the hoop in front of their house.
At the final media timeout last Sunday, the Oregon State Beavers – a not-quite-unanimous choice a couple of months ago as the most hopeless team in the Pac-12 – trailed seventh-ranked Arizona by a point. Wayne Tinkle gathered his audience and discovered that the words coming out of his mouth were not his own. “I stole a line from Dan Fitzgerald,” Tinkle admitted.
Gonzaga’s 2-0 week, coupled with upsets in the top five, helped the Zags reach No. 3 in the men’s college basketball polls. The Zags (16-1, 5-0 WCC), who visit Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount this week, jumped up from No. 6 in the AP rankings and No. 7 in USA Today. They moved past former No. 2 Duke, No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 5 Louisville.
Let's look back at yesterday's win over the Huskies.
SEATTLE – Washington State ran past and shot over Washington’s shot blockers, simply avoiding the biggest advantage the Huskies had to beat their instate rivals, 80-77, and send nearly all of the 7,595 fans home unhappy. With the win WSU (8-7, 2-1 Pac-12) is suddenly one of the hottest teams in the Pac-12 and the Cougars have yet to play a conference game at home.
SEATTLE – Washington State ran past and shot over Washington’s shot blockers, simply avoiding the biggest advantage the Huskies had to beat their instate rivals, 80-77, and send nearly all of the 7,595 fans home unhappy.
Ernie Kent speaks to the media after the Cougars beat their rival in Seattle.
SEATTLE – A preseason glance at the Washington State men’s basketball roster would have likely yielded the assumption that the Cougars were going to be a team that relied on its backcourt. WSU’s leading returning scorer coming into the year was a guard, as was its second, third and fourth returning point-scorers. In fact, 82 percent of WSU’s returning scoring came courtesy of backcourt players.
BERKELEY, Calif. – At the conclusion of last year’s Pac-12 basketball season, Washington State was the only school without a conference win on the road. After one weekend of Pac-12 action in the new year, the Cougars are the only team that has beaten a conference foe away from its home court.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – There were a bunch of bullies in Maples Pavilion on Friday afternoon and the Stanford players didn’t know how to deal with them. Simply waiting turned out to be the winning method.
There were a bunch of bullies in Maples Pavilion on Friday afternoon and the Stanford players didn't know how to deal with them.
OAKLAND – Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins and Washington State’s Ernie Kent both have a tendency to refer to their first dozen or so games, the ones played against nonconference opponents, as the “preseason.” As in, those games are primarily to serve as preparation for the real show: a January to March grind when the Pac-12 schools duke it out twice a week.
PULLMAN – Ernie Kent said he does not remember Ny Redding making a shot during the freshman’s first three weeks at Washington State, but that story is probably apocryphal. Yet many around the program remember the uncharacteristic scoring struggles from the same player who broke teammate Que Johnson’s record for 40-point games in one season at Westwind Prep and who averaged 29.8 points per game as a senior after transferring to the Phoenix prep school.
Many around the Washington State men's basketball program remember the uncharacteristic scoring struggles from Ny Redding. But those struggles are gone.