Cougar basketball looks to end their slide tonight against Cal

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

After a lackluster road trip to Utah and Colorado, Jordan Railey and the Cougars try to find their rhythm at home against a well rested California team.

After being swept on a road trip to the mountain schools, the Cougars come back to Beasley tonight and start their home slate against the Bay area schools against Cal tonight.

Justin Cobbs leads a talented Cal team into Pullman. The Bears are 6-4 in conference and 15-8 overall. They have only played one game, an 11 point loss to Stanford last Wednesday, since their big upset win over Arizona at home nearly two weeks ago.

The Cougars meanwhile, are still seemingly trying to find a rhythm. A perfect example of this comes from a recent story out of the Spokesman Review from Cougar beat writer Jacob Thorpe. He writes about the up and down season that Jordan Railey has had. Until recently, he's been a starter more often than not, but he went from getting consistent playing time at the start of the season to a player averaging less than 13 minutes per game.

"I’m not worried about whether or not I go back in, coach Bone obviously sees things that I don’t," Railey said. "I’ve been like that with every coach I’ve had, they obviously have a reason for me sitting out for a minute or 10 minutes. There’s obviously a reason behind it and I’m fine with those reasons because I trust him and he knows what’s best."
After the win over Washington, Railey approached Bone in his office and asked him to start Junior Longrus in his place. Rather than fight for more playing time, the Iowa State transfer felt like he needed a step back.

Railey and the rest of the Cougs will try to find their rhythm tonight at 8 on ESPNU. Beth Mowins and John Crispin will on the call.

Basketball

WSU Hosts California Wednesday at 8 p.m. - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
For the first time since the 2011-12 season, the Bay Area schools will come to Pullman, as WSU men's basketball (9-14, 2-9) hosts Cal (15-8, 6-4), Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.

Bears Head To Evergreen State To Battle Cougars Wednesday - California Golden Bears - University of California Official Athletic Site
Cal travels to Washington State Wednesday at 8 p.m. (PT).

Cougs ready to rebound against Utes - Spokesman.com - Feb. 11, 2014
Three of the four area Division I women’s basketball teams are trending upward and one wants to give a little payback to the school that started it on a 1-6 skid.

Football

Four Reasons Washington State Football Is Primed for a Breakthrough Year in 2014 - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: In only their second year under head coach Mike Leach, the Cougars were able to pull off a 6-6 record during the regular season, and gain a postseason berth for the first time in a decade. Although its appearance in the college football postseason ended with a thud, seeing WSU play a game so late in the year was a welcome sight for Coug fans nationwide. With the fervor over the New Mexico Bowl long gone and National Signing Day in the books, where does Washington State stand going into 2014? In fact, this may be the year that the Cougs finally have a breakthrough year and regain their form from the early-2000s.

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