Another year, another mid-major conference opponent. Nothing against Pepperdine; a fine institution and historically strong WCC program. It's just that it would be nice to see WSU score a home and home with an AQ-conference foe, with the Cougars' home end coming at KeyArena. Gonzaga has enough draw to do it, so why can't we? However, the really sad part is this came a year too late to be a battle of the Thompson brothers. We all know where Klay went, and Mychel Thompson graduated from Pepperdine last Spring.