Cougar basketball back in action

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After a week off, WSU's men's basketball team will host Pepperdine on Sunday.

For the first time since November 24, the WSU men's basketball team will play a game in Pullman. The Cougars will host Pepperdine at 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, their first home game since losing to TCU.

Washington State has been off for more than a week following its 67-66 win against Idaho. Finals played a big part of the hiatus, but with the semester out, the team will be back on the court. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network and with school being out, I wouldn't expect a very big crowd in Pullman. Rich Waltz and Ernie Kent will be on the call.

This is the third straight season WSU and Pepperdine have played. The Waves upset the Cougars 58-56 in overtime last season. WSU led 50-42 with 5:25 to play, but didn't score a single point for the rest of regulation. Missed shots and untimely turnovers allowed Pepperdine to tie the game. Those issues continued in overtime with crucial missed free throws and a turnover dooming WSU at the end.

Hopefully, for the Cougars' sake, things go better this year.

Football recruiting:

WSU landed two verbal commitments on Saturday which you can read about here.

Football:

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