Good morning, Coug fans. The Holiday Bowl is 12 days away, but we're talking basketball today.
That's because the Cougs are up against the biggest name in college basketball: the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Jaguars.
Whew. That's a mouthful.
Anyway, remember when WSU was 6-0 and receiving votes in the Top 25? Neither do I! That feels so long ago, what with the team's three-game losing streak and all (not to mention the football drama). But today could be when WSU gets back on the saddle. The Jaguars are 2-6 and have lost four straight.
So something has to give today.
The game tips off at 3 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum and can be seen on the Pac-12 Network. School's out until January, so close to zero students are around to see this one. If you're in the area, and the snow isn't too much to handle (it never is on the Palouse!) a basketball matinee is a solid way to spend an afternoon.
What else are you going to watch, the Las Vegas Bowl?
Apparently IUPUI belongs to both the Indiana and Purdue university systems (so says Wikipedia). I can't imagine the bureaucracy involved in handling that partnership, given it's a public university.
It boasts more than 30,000 students, putting it on par with WSU.
As for the basketball, Robert Franks and Malachi Flynn are WSU's main men. They average 19.2 and 15.2 points per game, respectively. They Cougs will need to shoot the ball well. IUPUI allows opponents to shoot 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 48.7 percent overall.
The Cougs will follow up this game with a trip to Spokane to take on the Kansas State Wildcats at the Spokane Arena Dec. 20.
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Powell missed the first five field goal attempts of his junior season and didn’t convert one until WSU’s sixth game. But he's made 28 of 33 since and was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award this season.
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