Tonight, your Washington State Cougars take their 8-4 record on the road and return to Los Angeles for the first time since being crowned Wooden Legacy Champions to face the 9-3 UCLA Bruins, who are not the Wooden Legacy Champions. The game will tip off at Pauley Pavilion at 8 PM PDT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and streamed live on WatchESPN.com.
The Bruins hold a dominating 94-42 record against the Cougs all-time along with a 4-1 record in the Ernie Kent era.
UCLA checks in at #52 on KenPom's laptop, 62nd in the RPI and still haven’t beaten the Cougs in football since 2012.
Can the Cougs pull off the upset today? Maybe? UCLA still has talent that rivals any team on the West Coast, but are struggling to find their footing after losing Lozo Ball, T.J. Leaf and Isaac Hamilton. The Bruins are led by Junior Guard Aaron Holiday. Holiday averages 18 points per game along with 6 assists and dropped 20 and 8 last Saturday while knocking off #7 Kentucky. Freshman Kris Wilkes averages 12 points and added another 20 against the Wildcats.
As mentioned above, the Cougs head into conference play with an 8-4 record, with highs of knocking off San Diego State to win the Wooden Classic and lows of getting blown out by Idaho. The Cougs have lost four of their last six games after starting out 6-0 and don’t generally fare well in conference openers. WSU has a 17-32 record in opening games of Pac 10/12 play, along with a 1-5 record since conference expansion.
Pomeroy projects UCLA to win this game 86-73 with a 88% confidence. Vegas has the Bruins as a 12.5 point favorite with a 159 O/U, so gamble at your own peril.
This page will also serve as your game thread for this evening so feel free to cheer for the upset along with the rest of us here. Also, please regale us with your favorite memory of the Josh Rosen vs WSU era.