When you think college basketball rivalries you probably think of Duke-UNC or Louisville-Kentucky, but there is a rivalry right in our own backyard that is
just as important... Just as good... Just as long running.
Tonight, the Vandals and the Cougs will meet on the hardwood for the 109th consecutive season putting them at the 6th longest rivalry in the nation (behind 5 pairs of Ivy League schools) and the longest west of the Mississippi River.
The storied rivals first met in 1906 when the State College of Washington defeated the visiting University of Idaho in Pullman 28-11. Over the next 109 years, the two teams would meet
298 278 more times with the Cougs coming out on top more times than not, leading the series with 163 wins to 107 losses. The Cougs won the 2013 meeting in the Kibbie Dome 67-66.
epic rivalry rolls into Beasley Coliseum where WSU will try to maintain their dominance. Idaho, much like Washington State, is off to a rough start in 2014. The Vandalsare currently on a 3 game slid and are 2-3 overall on the young season. Ranked at 268th overall by basketball stats guru Ken Pomeroy (Cougs are ranked 201), Idaho was picked to 8th in the preseason Big Sky media poll. The Vandals are led by senior guard Mike Scott who leads the team in points and assists per game. The Cougs, meanwhile, are fresh off a 2-1 performance in Alaska, which Mark wrote about here.
The game tips off tonight at 7 PM on Pac-12 Network Washington (or online with your authenticated account). Rich Burke and Dan Dickau will have the call.
Oddly enough, the Cougs also hold the 8th longest rivalry in the nation (3rd longest west of the Mississippi). They will renew that series, which they trail 166-124, when they host Oregon State on January 17th.
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PULLMAN – Washington State football coach Mike Leach is in the market for a new defensive coordinator and finding one may not require a lengthy search, according to athletic director Bill Moos.
Key numbers from the WSU season - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Dec. 2, 2014
WSU finished the regular season with the nation's No. 1 passing offense margin, throwing for 477.7 yards per game. How good was Washington State at moving the ball through the air? Well, Western Kentucky was No. 2 in that category with 365 passing yards, or 112.7 yards per game than the Cougars.
WSU Returns Home to Host Border Rival - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Cougars take on the Vandals at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
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Fresh off winning its final two games in the Great Alaska Shootout, Washington State returns home to face border rival Idaho on Wednesday night.
Cougars Continue Road Stretch at UC Santa Barbara - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State heads to California for a Thursday matchup against UCSB