Tonight is a big night for all of the Cougar basketball fans out there (that don't subscribe to DirecTV).
It starts at 7 when the Cougars go to the Galen Center to take on USC. The 10-17 Trojans have had a rough season. It started with a loss to Portland State in LA to kick off a non-conference season that also included losses to Akron, Penn State and Army. The arrival of Pac-12 play didn't help matters much either. USC is 2-13 in conference play with their only wins being over California and Oregon State. KenPom.com puts the Trojans as the 157th best team in the NCAA (39 spots better than the Cougs) and Vegas gives them the edge by 4 points. The young Trojans are led by three underclassmen, freshman Jordan McLaughlin, sophomore Nikola Jovanovic and sophomore Katin Reinhardt, all of which average 12 or more points per game.
Following the game on the Pac-12 Network, a new episode of the documentary series "The Drive" will air focusing on WSU. Previously only looking at football, this is the first season that the series has gone behind the scenes of basketball teams. Each episode of the basketball edition looks at two teams in separate features and tonight WSU is paired with Oregon.
According to the WSU website, the show will look at:
An array of behind-the-scenes footage, including head coach Ernie Kent as he works out, team practice, the team traveling to Oregon and Coach Kent’s pregame locker room speeches at both Oregon State and Oregon. Senior guard DaVonté Lacy is also featured on the episode, which highlights the culture change around Cougar basketball in Kent’s first year as head coach.
The Pac-12 has also posted a "digital exclusive" clip to their website:
You can watch clips from other episodes, and full episodes for subscribers, on the Pac-12 Networks website here. They've done some really cool and interesting stuff in the past, so hopefully tonight's episode can deliver more of the same.
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