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Cougar men set for Spokane game

It’s the Kirk Schulz bowl from the Spokane Arena

NCAA Basketball: Washington at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Sure, it’s early signing day in Pullman. But it’s also gameday in Spokane.

After snapping their three game skid on Saturday against IUPUI, the Cougs will return to action tonight against Kansas State in their home away from home: Spokane Arena.

It’s the second straight year that Washington State will be heading north to play a game. Last year the team topped Oregon State in the Lilac City 75-62. The team also played a “neutral” site game against Kansas State at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, which they lost 70-56.

The Cougs started the year with a six game win streak against some high quality teams before losing three straight to some... Um... Not high quality teams. But Kansas State might be their toughest test yet. The Wildcats are 9-2, with their only two losses coming to the (now) 3rd ranked Arizona State Sun Devils and a tough Tulsa team. K-State boasts one of the toughest defenses around, with the 17th ranked scoring defense in the country and the 27th ranked defense against field goal percentage.

But, of course, the main story line in this one comes straight from the top: It’s the Kirk Schulz bowl in Spokane. President Schulz spent seven years as president at Kansas State before coming to Washington State. Now, he’s hoping to cheer on his new school to victory.

Tip off set for 8 PM from Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. If you can’t make it to Spokane, you can watch live on ESPN2.

Here is video from Tuesday’s open practice, courtesy of Theo Lawson from the Spokesman Review.

Basketball

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Football

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