The 2015-16 regular season hasn't been kind to the Washington State Cougars, but it will finally (mercifully?) come to an end tonight in Seattle against Washington.
The Huskies host the Cougars tonight at 8 on ESPN and the game means very different things to each very different team. Washington is one of Joe Lunardi's "next for out" for the NCAA Tournament, meaning they are one of the first 8 teams left out of the field. A win against the 9-20 Cougs won't mean much for Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies, but a loss would be disastrous to their resume.
Meanwhile, Washington State is looking for something (anything) to give them hope heading into the conference tournament. The Cougs have lost 15 straight, including a few heart breakers and many more blowout losses. The streak started with one of those heart breakers on January 9th, when WSU fell to Washington in Pullman in overtime 99-95, thanks in part to disastrous free throw shooting down the stretch. And 14 losses later... Here we are.
WSU has locked in their spot as the 12 seed next week in Vegas while Washington's position is still in flux. But this matchup isn't about status for the Cougs. It's about pride...
It's also about turning around their losing record on March 2nd on which, according to the very useful WSU game notes, the Cougs are 13-17 all time with their last win coming in 2002 against the Centenary Gentlemen (an actual team that was in Division 1 until 2011, when they dropped to Division 3).
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