Posted January 30, 2013 on
NOW THAT Washington State has breathed a little life into its Pac-12 and overall college basketball season with a win at Oregon State, let’s see if the Cougars can make something of it this week with a significant home series against the Arizona schools.
BEST OF MAXIM
THE GOOD NEWS surrounding Washington State’s men’s basketball team was short-lived. Following the Cougars’ first Pac-12 road win Saturday against Oregon State, coach Ken Bone revealed during his Tuesday teleconference that the NCAA will not allowed highly touted wing Demarquise Johnson to practice this season.
Cougs Stand at 11-9
After the Washington State Cougars stumbled into Pac-12 play, they find themselves at No. 10 in the conference. They have garnered a reputation for falling apart in the final minutes, giving up second-half leads on a regular basis. If the game were shortened to 35 minutes, the Cougs could very well be 19-1 — the Kansas blow out was over from the start.
THE MAN WHO led Washington State to two Rose Bowls in the span of five calendar years says if there was a recruiting elixir that built his great 1997 and 2002 Cougar teams, he’d write up the recipe and sell it for a mint. While there was no magic potion, the cornerstones of that success are pretty clear, Mike Price told Cougfan.com in a telephone conversation this week from his home in El Paso.
The Brigham Young Cougars don't have a long history of starting the football season by stringing together a lot of wins. Twenty years ago, that wasn't the case. BYU came out strong, and it was crucial to the overall outcome of the season.In 1993, BYU jumped out to a 4-0 start. That has only been done twice in the last 20 years (2001, 2008), and only three times in BYU history...
Winning 16 of your first 20 games is an impressive feat that catches the attention of the national media and now the Arizona State Sun Devils (16-4, 5-2) have to sustain that momentum as they travel to the Northwest to take on the Washington State Cougars (11-9, 2-5) on Thursday night at 9 P.M. MT.
LONG BEACH POLY running back Gerard Wicks, a Washington State verbal commit since June, was definitive Tuesday evening when asked his college plans. So was his mother Stacey, who called nonsense on a report earlier in the day that said her son was planning an official visit to Washington this weekend.
SIX MONTHS remain before future Washington State forward Tanner Lancona arrives on the Palouse to begin his college career. However, the 6-10 sharpshooter from southern California is getting a jump start in Wazzu Hoops 101. Class is in session twice a week, and Lancona is a focused observer.