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Men's Basketball concludes non-conference play Sunday

The Cougar men face UC Davis today in their final tuneup before Pac-12 play begins.

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The Cougar men conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule Sunday when they take on the UC Davis Aggies at 3pm in Beasley Coliseum. Sunday marks the first meeting between the two teams, so unfortunately we will not be able to throw the records out before this game, even though we may want to. Fun fact: Davis, California is located in Yolo County. That something called Yolo County is in California is about the least surprising thing ever.

When I saw that the Cougs were facing UC Davis, I figured it would at least be a breather before conference play starts, but that may not be the case. Ken Pomeroy has them ranked a full 58 spots higher than WSU (147 vs. 205). There are a couple common opponents, as UC Davis also defeated the San Jose State football team and lost to Idaho. Despite a worse strength of schedule, UC Davis has the better non-conference win of the two teams, as they defeated Utah State (162 KenPom) while WSU's best win is over Missouri State (191 KenPom).

Senior Corey Hawkins looks to be the one player the Cougs need to contain in this game. He leads the Aggies in scoring at 20.1 points per game. He also leads the team in assists and, despite the fact that he's a guard, is second on the team in rebounds. The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks. If you're interested at all in WSU Basketball, I hope you either get Pac-12 Networks via your provider or are able to stream it, because the next time they will be on network television is February 15. The Cougars enter the game as three point favorites.

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