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WSU vs. Central Washington: Preview and game thread

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The Cougs go for a 2-0 start against the Division II Wildcats.

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WSU, carrying a 1-0 record after defeating Montana State in its opener, looks to move to 2-0 against what ought to be the most beatable of opponents: Division II Central Washington.

The game tips off at 7 p.m. PT, with the broadcast on Pac-12 Network.

The Cougars controlled their opener for the most part, getting off to a quick start against the Bobcats before extending the lead to around 20 points. That didn’t last the entire game, though, as MSU mounted a strong comeback to close within one possession a couple of times in the final minute. WSU was able to hold the Bobcats off with strong free throw shooting down the stretch.

Things I’ll be watching for? The growth of Malachi Flynn — can he control the point? He was a bit out of control in the opener, turning the ball over on approximately half the possessions he used. I’d like to see him settle in against a team that really shouldn’t be able to do much to fluster him.

I’d also like to see the Cougars physically dominate, particularly on the defensive glass. WSU has been simply awful in both its exhibition and opener in that respect against teams that shouldn’t even be able to compete in that regard.

Go Cougs!