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WSU basketball looks to complete season sweep of California

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After a surprising, but thoroughly entertaining, win in Berkeley earlier this month, the Golden Bears roll into Pullman tomorrow night looking to return the favor.

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It's been a somewhat surprising in-conference season so far for WSU. After a lackluster non-conference slate, and a loss to Stanford to start Pac-12 play, no one expected very much of the Cougs. They went to Berkeley as major underdogs to take on a Cal team that defeated Washington in their first Pac-12 game. Despite not shooting particularly well, the Cougs came out with a 69-66 victory in a game that our Kyle Sherwood raved about, saying that the win "really didn't seem like a fluke."

Tomorrow night, A slumping Cal team still looking for it's second conference victory, travels into Beasley trying to avoid a season sweep. New head coach Cuonzo Martin brought the team into the season with sky high expectations and, except for a home loss to Cal State Bakersfield, did very well in their non-conference slate and even beat Syracuse at Madison Square Garden. However, despite a home win against UW, the conference schedule has been more or less, a disaster. Their star, sophomore Jabari Bird, missed 10 games with a stress fracture and has been less than stellar since returning including being held scoreless in a 79-44 home loss to Arizona State.

Washington State meanwhile, has been on a similar slump. Since their big 3-1 start of conference play, with wins over Cal, UW and Oregon, WSU has been on a 3 game losing streak, including getting swept by a combined total of 54 points in their road trip to the Rocky Mountain schools. With a very good Stanford team and a road trip to Oregon coming up on the schedule, the Cougars should be looking at this one as a must win to keep their somewhat surprising season on track.

Ernie Kent leads his Cougars to take on Cal tomorrow night at 8 on the Pac-12 Networks. Former Cal coach Mike Montgomery and current best basketball commentator ever Kevin Calabro will be on the call.

Football

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Washington State Head Football Coach Mike Leach announced Tuesday that Eric Mele has been named special teams coordinator and Brian Odom has been added in a defensive quality control position.

Mele to stay on as WSU special teams coordinator | The Spokesman-Review
Washington State coach Mike Leach announced on Tuesday that Eric Mele has been named special teams coordinator at WSU.

Klay Thompson NBA Jam

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The latest NBA news, scores, schedules, statistics, standings, trade rumors and more on Sporting News.

Basketball

What we thought of Pac-12 hoops vs. what happened | Bud Withers | The Seattle Times
When Pac-12 basketball play began 26 days ago, we thought Oregon State and Washington State might have trouble winning a game, even when they were playing each other.

Cougars Head To Bay Area, Face No. 12 Stanford Saturday - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WSU faces Stanford at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the Pac-12 Networks.

Baseball

Cougar Baseball Single-Game Ticket Information - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Tickets go on sale, Jan. 28.

WSU needs "Chunky Dogs"

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Oh man... There's an Apple Cup mom joke in there somewhere...