Hot Cougar Action: What to make of the WSU basketball team

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

The Cougars picked up another impressive win on Wednesday. We have recaps and videos from the victory.

The Washington State men's basketball team moved to 2-0 with a second impressive win. But, before we take a closer look at the basketball team's strong start, we have some football news to start with.

Saturday's game against Arizona State is just around the corner and our own Michael Preston used that golden throat of his to preview the game with the guys from House of Sparky. He was a guest on HOS' Speak of the Devils' Podcast and Preston dropped some serious knowledge. You'd think that guy speaks for a living or something. His appearance begins around 32:30.

Now, back to basketball. The Cougars followed up their season opening win with an impressive 72-49 victory against Utah Valley. The perimeter defense and ball movement were excellent once again. Two games against inferior competition isn't much to go on, but it seems the fan base is pleasantly surprised by the early showing. I fully expected the Cougars to win both games by wide margins, but the way they've won has been a pleasant surprise. I'll drop a poll at the end of the links to see if opinions have changed.

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Football

ASU Football: Todd Graham sees 'a very capable football team' in Washington State - SB Nation Arizona
Arizona State head coach Todd Graham was complimentary of their upcoming opponent, the Washington State Cougars, saying they are capable of beating a lot of teams.

Washington State’s Moos ‘hopeful’ football operations building gets go-ahead - Washington State University - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports
Washington State athletic director Bill Moos expressed confidence a $61 million football operations building will be approved by WSU’s Board of Regents on Friday.

Cougars coach Mike Leach's awful first season deserves Empty Corpse Award | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
If you gave an award for the worst Pac-12 coaching job this football season, Mike Leach would win so convincingly that you'd have to name the dishonor after him.

Washington State Cougars at Arizona State Sun Devils: Preview, prediction, TV info - CBSSports.com
Watchability: One fading team and one team that faded long, long ago? The game is already fading from our memories.

Speak of the Devils Podcast: ASU vs. Washington State Preview - House of Sparky
The new episode takes a look at what went wrong against USC and goes behind Washington State lines for a preview

Beating Cougars would make Sun Devils bowl eligible - Spokesman.com - Nov. 15, 2012
Todd Graham’s seemingly eternal optimism remains unblinking, even in the midst of Arizona State’s four-game losing streak, something that became an annual tradition under former Sun Devils coach Dennis Erickson.

Men's Basketball

Post Game Notes - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
POSTGAME NOTES Utah Valley at Washington State- Nov. 14, 2012 - Beasley Coliseum (Pullman, Washington) CBE Classic Preliminary Rounds

Tale of the tape: WSU 72, Utah Valley 49 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Nov. 14, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — Washington State cruised to what figures to be one of its easiest wins of the season, beating Utah Valley 72-49 at Beasley Coliseum. We have our usual game capsule, so read on.

Cougars cruise past Utah Valley, but hard road awaits - Spokesman.com - Nov. 15, 2012
PULLMAN – It was the kind of play afforded by a lead as large as Washington State’s.

Video, quotes after WSU's win over Utah Valley - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Nov. 14, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — Here's a transcript of coach Ken Bone's comments, as well as video of postgame interviews courtesy of WSU athletics.

Cougars cruise to easy win | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune
PULLMAN – Washington State basketball coach Ken Bone, looking to the future, signed three players to letters of intent Wednesday.

Washington State dismantles Utah Valley 72-49 - seattlepi.com
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Brock Motum scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field to help Washington State crush Utah Valley 72-49 on Wednesday night.

Cougars Rout Utah Valley, 72-49 - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Brock Motum scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field to help Washington State crush Utah Valley 72-49 on Wednesday night.

Kingston's Hill joins Cougars as walk-on " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — George Hill, the newest member of the Washington State basketball team, has made a great early impression on coach Ken Bone.

Cougars’ signees lauded on, off court - Spokesman.com - Nov. 15, 2012
PULLMAN – Ken Bone lauded their off-court talents as much as their basketball skills. But Bone also thinks the three players Washington State signed to national letters of intent on Wednesday are going to be pretty good on the court, too.

Women's Basketball

Cougars Open Homestand Hosting Monmouth, Wisconsin - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
COUGARS OPEN HOMESTAND HOSTING MONMOUTH, WISCONSIN: Washington State women's basketball begins a three-game homestand hosting Monmouth University Friday at 5 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum and the University of Wisconsin Sunday at 1 p.m.

WSU Athletics

Cameron and Doyle Named Pac-12 All-Academic First Team - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Senior Mariah Cameron and junior Rachael Doyle highlighted 11 Washington State student-athletes named to the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Women's Soccer All-Academic teams, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced, Wednesday.

Cougar Baseball Announces Signing Class - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Eight student-athletes have each signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Washington State University beginning next fall, Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut announced, Wednesday. Seven of the eight are natives of the state of Washington.

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