Originally written on WSU Football Blog  |  Last updated 11/17/14

Happy Tuesday Morning to you Cougar Fans!

First of all, in the last few hours this here blog has eclipsed 1,000,000 visitors. For that, Shane, Tim, Adam, Sutra, Myself and of course Sean, owe you our sincere gratitude. You are the ones who keep us going, and here is to another million visitors!

Today I am not going to bore you with more banter about the Halliday vs Lobster debate, but instead, want to take a look at our Men's Basketball team who squared off with Gonzaga. For those Geriatric readers of our's, it's highly unlikely you saw the game as it tipped off at Midnight EST as part of ESPN's 24 Hour Tipoff Marathon. If you took Broadcast Management with Glenn Johnson while you were an undergraduate, you are aware that putting a program that will likely have low ratings, after a program that has high ratings, that is called a Tent Pole in "the biz."

So thanks to the Packers beatdown of the Vikings on Monday Night Football, it's likely we got some solid national exposure to start the season.

Lots of questions as the program appears to be in a transition year. For the first time since the 2008-2009 season, we are without the services of Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto. Unless of course, you count Senior Night last season when KT was suspended for smoking pot in his SUV, or the time Casto nearly missed the Northwestern game when too was busted for marijuana possession.

Hope that off-the-court drama is behind us. In-fact, I heard Coach Bone brought in a renowned expert in moral development to work with the guys this off-season.

Click the jump to get my thoughts on last night's game.

I am glad you made it this far.

The rest of this post will not be some boring charts, graphs or annoying Ken Pom statistics, just my observations on the night that was.

Last night our Cougars fell to the Zags on the road, but there are lots of things to take away from that game. Here are some of my thoughts.

-The perimeter defense was ugly in the first half. Gonzaga made something like 10 shots from downtown as we struggled to rotate and man-up to the shooter. This was clearly addressed at halftime and we made them beat us inside at at the line in the final 20.

-Lots of sloppy play. The first 15 minutes of the game were marred with Wazzu turnovers. Early in the second half, turning the ball over on five of seven possessions, allowed Gonzaga to take the lead from six to 16 points.

-Poor free throw shooting. Without looking it up, we finished the night something like 14-21. If it weren't for Reggie Moore going 6-6 when fouled twice from downtown, that number would have been a lot uglier. This has been an area we have struggled greatly under Coach Bone.

-There was lots of speculation as to who would handle the scoring load with the departure of Klay and Casto. It appears we have able scorers in Reggie, Lacy, Ladd and Aden. Oh, and don't think for a second I forgot about the Big Aussie. Brock Motum was a monster, finishing with 17 points (and eight boards to boot).

-I was also really pleased with the return of Mr. Sky Blue. Moore handled the point exceptionally well. He attacked the basket and his crossover has clearly returned to 2009-2010 form.

-The Trapping Defense forced the Zags to get sloppy with the ball, especially down the stretch. Down 17 points, inside of nine minutes to go, we forced turnovers via the Trap and were able to convert from the field and the line down the stretch. Sure the final difference was nine points, but it was a one possession game, when Lacy's three ball went halfway down and popped out, before we began fouling.

-Down low, where we had lots of question marks, I was pleasantly surprised with the play (especially on the defensive end) from Charlie Enquist. Given how strong GU's front court is, to come away only -8 on the glass is surprising to me.

-I loved to see this team fight hard to come back. To open the season on the road, in one of the toughest places to play, against a Top 25 team, not to much disappointment here. My early thoughts are is we continue to grow and play like we did the finaly ten minutes of tonight's game, we should win all but maybe one of our remaining out of conference games, and then we shall see where things go in-conference.

Well that about wraps things up. The Cougs return to action on Wednesday as they host Sac State, and looking further ahead at the schedule, not many challenges present themselves. A 76 Classic match-up in Anaheim with a bad Oklahoma team and a visit from Santa Clara are the two potential stumbling blocks. An exta "like" to the reader who can identify our opponent on December 18th without visiting any other site than the one I linked to.

All for today, make it a good one. Go Cougs!

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Marc Trestman: Benching Jay Cutler could revive QB's career

Rob Gronkowski jokes about Tom Brady saying he's grown up

Rajon Rondo reportedly traded to Mavericks

Washington Post has perfect description for Titans-Jaguars

Wilbon angry at DC for not supporting Wizards

Urban Meyer on Tim Tebow: 'He wants another shot at playing'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Keenan Lewis: Saints preparing 'funeral' for Falcons

Chris Christie defends being a Cowboys fan

Celtics co-owner: 2024 Olympics would be 'boon for Beantown'

Harbaugh turned down Michigan money in 2011

Why the Saints pose a legit threat to any playoff team

Matt Kemp reportedly has arthritis in both hips

Hugh Freeze proud of Ole Miss’ record 2.57 team GPA

Youngstown St. addresses Bo Pelini's profanity-laced rant

It's been almost 40 years since NFL's last untelevised game

The NHL has finally fined a player for diving

Ben Roethlisberger: Le’Veon Bell is having an MVP season

Jim Harbaugh comments on the reported offer from Michigan

Michael Jordan's college Converse shoes sell for $33,387

Week 16 NFL game watchability rankings

Game of the week: Indianapolis Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Chicago Bears are the Monstrosity of the Midway

Tom Brady's TD celebrations frighten teammates

The impact of normalized U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Impact of U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Andrew Hawkins, other athletes gain support for social statement attire

NBA's most underrated players

Michael Vick nearly debt-free

Dolphins CB rips Brady's career plans

Biggest winners of the MLB offseason

Brian Billick owns Browns fan

Pelini has profane words for Nebraska AD

When bowl results mean more for one school than another

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.