Tonight, your Washington State Cougars and their FIFTEEN game losing streak head back out on the road and conclude their long embarrassing regular season in Seattle against the Washington Huskies. The game will tip off at
Hec-Edmunson Pavilion Bank of America Alaska Airlines Arena at 8 PM PDT.
You can catch this game on the ESPNU and can be streamed live on the Watch ESPN App and WatchESPN.com if you're into masochism. You can also listen to the WSU radio broadcast on tunein.com.
If you'll recall, the Huskies were loss number 1 in this eight-week descent into Paul Graham-ville, beating the Cougs in Pullman 99-95 in Overtime on January 9th. Andrew Andrews dominated the afternoon with 29 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and freshman Dejounte Murray added another 25 points and seven assists. You'll also recall this was a game where WSU missed FOURTEEN FREE THROWS.
Is an upset tonight for WSU possible? Probably not, but here's hoping! The Huskies have lost six of their past seven games with their lone win over a Stanford team that blew the Cougs out. The latest stretch has probably ended their tournament chances, which is a shame we won't get another one of these:
Washington still does enough things well that they should be able to handle WSU at home. The Huskies are the fastest team in the Pac-12, averaging over 76 possessions per game and does not bode well for a Coug team that can't take care of the basketball. Washington is also adept at getting to the free throw line, 4th in the conference in Free Throw Rate and one of the best teams in the country at making them at a 75% clip. Washington isn't particularly great on the defensive end, allowing 1.06 ppp in conference play, but against a team that can't score, it probably shouldn't be much of an issue
The Huskies are led by the aformentioned Andrews and Murray in pretty much all stats that matter. Andrews is averaging over 20 points per game and dropped 30 against Oregon State in Corvallis last weekend. Murray has been a breakout player in his freshman season, averaging 15.3 ppg, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The Huskies also have a formidable front line, where Malik Dime, Marquese Chriss and Matisse Thybulle are all ranked nationally in block rate per KenPom.
The RPI doesn't do UW any tournament favors, slotting them 76th in the country and KenPom's laptop has them at 67. Pomeroy predicts this game to be an 86-72 beatdown with 89% confidence. Vegas currently favors the Huskies by 13 points and 95% of the money is still coming in on Washington. The current over/under is 157 points.
This page will also serve as your game thread for this evening so feel free to cheer for the unrealistic upset along with the rest of us here.