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Cougars aiming for rare sweep of Huskies

WSU is trying to cover rarely-trodden ground.

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Good morning. This might come as a surprise to you lifelong Cougar fans, but our football and basketball teams haven't had much success against the team from the other side of the Cascades. While we are painfully aware of the heartbreak we've experienced on the football field, the results from basketball court haven't been much better.

In the last 20 years, WSU has swept the season series with Washington exactly four times. If you don't count the times a guy with the surname of Bennett was leading the team, that figure drops to one. There was a time not too long ago when WSU owned this series. For three years, WSU won seven straight against Washington, including a win in the Pac-12 Tournament.

The one other time WSU swept UW was 2010-2011, winning 87-80 in Pullman and 80-69 in Seattle. Even then, though, the Huskies had the last laugh. Despite Klay Thompson's Pac-10 Tournament record 43 points, UW beat WSU 89-87, sealing WSU's NIT fate. This is a long way of saying we've not seen our Cougs have much success against Washington (or anyone else, if we're being honest) on the hardwood. That makes Sunday night's opportunity a bit special, even if it is (once again) amid a forgetful season.

After a less-than-inspiring nonconference season, WSU opened Pac-12 play with a somewhat stunning win in Seattle. In the interim, that result has become less surprising, as Washington has turned out to be pretty damn terrible despite having a top three NBA draft pick in the lineup. UW enters the game 0-for-February, having lost nine straight overall. They sit just one game out of the cellar.

A win Sunday night clinches no worse than tenth place for WSU, and would move them into a logjam for seventh place with Colorado, Stanford and ASU. That is to say Sunday's game looms pretty large in terms of Pac-12 Tournament seeding. The game starts at 5:30, and can be seen on ESPNU. The oddsmakers are calling it a tossup. Given that Andrew Andrews isn't around to murder our hopes yet again, WSU has its best chance to sweep the Huskies in quite a while.


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