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Cougs welcomes Kansas State to the Spokane Arena

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

The excitement surrounding the early football signing period may have overshadowed WSU's basketball game tonight against Kansas State at the Spokane Arena.

The Cougs welcome the Wildcats in the penultimate non-conference game. As you know, Kansas State is WSU President Kirk Schulz's previous place of employment. But don't worry—he's all crimson tonight:

This is the annual game in Spokane, which always falls when the students are off on break. Last year only saw 2,237 attend the game—a win over Oregon State—and I'm eager to see this year's attendance. I know there will be at least two people there—my wife and I—but here's hoping a solid crowd shows up. There's no snow on the roads, and there's no other major sporting event in town tonight, nor are there any on TV. But the game tips off at 8 p.m., which might keep people home. We'll see.

Anyway, the Cougs come in at 7-3 after last Saturday's win in Pullman over IUPUI. The win snapped WSU's three-game losing streak.

The Wildcats are the Cougs' only non-conference opponent from a Power 5 conference, if we're letting football lead the way. They come to Spokane at 9-2 with its losses to Tulsa and Arizona Sate, the latter by just two points.

The Wildcats are 41st in KenPom's rankings. WSU, despite its hot start, sits at 177, for what it's worth.

The Cougs got some help last weekend from Viont'e Daniels and Jeff Pollard. Both made up for Robert Franks' subpar night. WSU will need similar help if it wants to pull off the upset over Kansas State.

The Wildcats boast a balanced offense, with four guys averaging double figures per game. The Wildcats are shooting 49 percent from the field and hold opponents to 62 points on average.

So, yes, a tall task for WSU tonight.

Tip-Off: 8 p.m. PST

TV: ESPN2

Radio: Cougar IMG Sports Radio Network

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