Hot Cougar Action: Basketball back on the court

WSU Athletic Communications

The Washington State men's basketball team will play its second game of the season, Wednesday.

With 95 percent of the discussion over the last few days revolving around Mike Leach, Marquess Wilson and whatever happened at halftime of the Utah game, I have to say I couldn't be happier basketball season has begun.

The WSU men's basketball team will be back on the court Wednesday night which should, for at least a couple hours, provide a nice break from the current happenings of the football program. The Cougars' season opener was largely overlooked as Wilson's statement was released during the first half. Brock Motum and Co. should take center stage Wednesday night assuming no statements will be faxed from 7 to 9 p.m. PT.

While the opening game thread was mostly just SoCalCoug and Craig talking to each other, you won't want to miss the thread tonight. Kyle Sherwood will gush over the new perimeter defense, Nusser will groan about rotations and several of us will fight over the position of president of the Junior Longrus fan club.

The game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. You can prepare for Utah Valley by reading the excellent work of Craig Powers right here. If you prefer moving pictures, there is a video of Ken Bone's press conference below.

WSU Men's Basketball: Ken Bone Press Conference Nov. 13 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

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Football

Tuel to start, other WSU notes - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Nov. 13, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — Most probably assumed this would be the case, but it appears Washington State will start Jeff Tuel at quarterback again this week. That's what coach Mike Leach said after Tuesday's practice. He also said other things. Read on.

BMOC surveys the Palouse, perfection and DeflateGate -- college football - ESPN
The BMOC surveys the Palouse, perfection, DeflateGate and more.

Cougars Wrap Up Road Slate At Arizona State Saturday - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
COUGARS WRAP UP ROAD SLATE AT ARIZONA STATE SATURDAY: Washington State University makes its final road trip of the season Saturday, facing Arizona State University Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. Kickoff is slated for Noon (PT) on the Pac-12 Networks.

WSU at Arizona State - Spokesman.com - Nov. 13, 2012
What it means for WSU: The Cougars need to prove that last week’s offensive output – 524 yards worth – wasn’t a one-time thing. WSU showed a lot of heart against UCLA, turning a 37-7 halftime deficit into an 8-point loss that could have ended differently if not for a deluge of special-teams errors in the first half. Could this be the week the Cougars finally put it all together? That question has been asked repeatedly this season. There are two weeks left for WSU to answer in the affirmative.

ASU vs. Washington State: The Statistical Head-to-Head Preview - House of Sparky
For a team riding a four-game losing streak, there are few teams that serve as a better tonic than Washington State.

Men's Basketball

WSU Hosts Utah Valley in CBE at Beasley Wednesday - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
COUGARS HOST WOLVERINES IN CBE: The Washington State University men's basketball (1-0) hosts Utah Valley University (1-1) in its second game of the season, Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum.

UVU basketball: men's team battles Pac-12 Washington State on Wednesday | Deseret News

OREM, Utah – With its first win of the 2012-13 season under its belt, the Utah Valley University men's basketball team concludes its season opening road trip Wednesday night as it plays Washington State in Pullman. The game is set for a 6 p.m. MT tipoff at WSU's Friel Court.

Cougars Gameday vs. Utah Valley " Kitsap Sun

Scouting report: The Cougars play four games in seven days, starting with the lone home game in that stretch. The Wolverines are favored to win a third straight title in the Great West Conference, a lightly regarded NCAA Division I league with five teams spread from New Jersey to Texas.

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