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Basketball: Washington State University men’s basketball team will face the University at Buffalo in the eighth annual Cougar Hardwood Classic, Dec. 21 at KeyArena, Idol Sports & Entertainment announced Thursday. Tickets for the Cougar Hardwood Classic will go on sale Sept. 17 at all Ticketmaster outlets, including ticketmaster.com.
PITTSBURGH – After sharing a plane ride across the country and playing a second game in three nights Wednesday night, Washington State and Pitt just can’t get enough of each other. They’ll play a third game Friday night to decide the College Basketball Invitational after the Panthers held off the Cougars, 57-53, at the Petersen Events Center on Pitt’s campus.
PULLMAN – The opportunity to continue their season was motivation enough for the Washington State Cougars to accept a bid to the College Basketball Invitational. And after winning three games – the most recent one without leading scorer Brock Motum –WSU is being rewarded for its resiliency.
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Washington State’s frustrating, maddeningly inconsistent men’s basketball season is on the brink of something improbable: a happy ending. Playing without its leading scorer and rebounder for all but 2 minutes, the Cougars put together their best performance of the season in rolling Oregon State 72-55 Wednesday night in a College Basketball Invitational semifinal game at Gill Coliseum.
PULLMAN – At this point, Washington State might be playing for the Pac-12 as much as it is for itself. All season, pundits both national and regional have taken turns offering examples of nearby mid-major conferences that performed better than the maligned Pac-12.
Pac-12 women’s basketball has a new home in the Northwest. In a move that commissioner Larry Scott said will generate unprecedented television exposure for the sport and a better game atmosphere, the Pac-12 announced Monday that it has reached a 3-year agreement to play the Pac-12 women’s tournament at KeyArena in Seattle beginning next season.
PULLMAN – The season isn’t over yet for the Washington State men’s basketball team. The Cougars were selected Sunday to make their first appearance in the College Basketball Invitational, and will play a first-round game at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the University of San Francisco. The game can be seen on HDNet (Comcast channel 707 in the Spokane area).
LOS ANGELES – He didn’t have his team well enough prepared on Wednesday afternoon, Washington State coach Ken Bone said, so the Cougars will once again leave the Pac-12 tournament without a victory. The question now is whether WSU’s 69-64 loss to Oregon State at Staples Center will also end the Cougars’ season.
LOS ANGELES – On paper, this was not an impossible task. But it was certainly unprecedented by definition. Beating Oregon State? Nah. The Washington State women’s basketball team had been there before, an overtime victory in Corvallis on Dec. 31 already in hand.
RECORD: 14-14 overall, 6-10 Pac-12 COMING UP: Tonight at UCLA, 7:30; Saturday at USC, 3 p.m.
SEATTLE – June Daugherty was at the helm when Washington started its astounding streak of dominance over rival Washington State. Now that she has switched sides, she’ll likely be waiting another season to end 17 years of Washington wins.
PULLMAN – After another wild finish at Beasley Coliseum, fans filled the tunnel near the exit, their cheers echoing all the way into the media room as coaches and players answered questions from reporters. But given the way the Cougars once appeared in total control of this game, who could have guessed that those fans would be wearing purple?
RECORD: 14-13 overall, 6-9 Pac-12 COMING UP: Saturday vs. Washington, 5 p.m. (Root)
Expect a different game between Washington State and Arizona this time around, if for no other reason than the Cougars consider themselves a different team. In the first game between the two, WSU lost reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week, Faisal Aden, to a torn ACL in the first half. The Cougars had already struggled to defend Arizona’s 3-point barrage, but were lifeless on offense without Aden.
PULLMAN – If Mike Ladd is one of the toughest players on Washington State’s roster, he is also one of the most honest. He knows his right thumb is hurting, just as it has been for much of this season, and the junior guard doesn’t mince words when addressing the amount of pain he’s feeling. The way Ladd sees it, that’s just how it has to be.
RECORD: 13-12, 5-8 Pac-12 COMING UP: Tonight vs. Arizona, 6 (Root); Saturday vs. Arizona State, 5 p.m. (Root)
EUGENE, Ore. – A different kind of frustration was felt outside Washington State’s locker room at Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday afternoon. This was still a loss, 78-69 to the Oregon Ducks before 10,071 spectators. And it still had to be maddening to watch Oregon make 11 of its 20 attempts from 3-point range, a shooting display similar to its 92-75 win over WSU that opened conference play.
RECORD: 12-11 overall, 4-7 Pac-12 COMING UP: Tonight at Oregon State, 7; Saturday at Oregon, 3 p.m.
PULLMAN – All eyes, seemingly, are on Washington State forward Brock Motum. Or, at least, more eyes than before.
PULLMAN – Whether it’s been by superior talent, execution or late-game savvy, the UCLA Bruins hadn’t lost a men’s basketball here since 1993 entering Saturday’s game. They still haven’t. But on this day, it wasn’t so much about the Bruins outplaying Washington State as it was the Cougars simply failing to take care of the ball.