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HCA: A preview of WSU men’s and women’s basketball at Pac-12 media days

It’s the bye week in football, so let’s turn our attention to the hardwood.

NCAA Basketball: Pac-12 Media Day Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Cougar football is 5-1 and they’re on top of the world, soccer got off to one of their best starts ever and volleyball also checks into the top-25 at #21.

And the good news is: There’s even more excitement coming your way with the return of Washington State basketball right around the corner.

The Washington State men will tip off the 2018-19 regular season in Pullman against Nicholls on November 11. The Washington State women will tip off the season a little earlier on November 6 against Utah State. But before the teams hit the court, they have to meet with the media at Pac-12 media days in San Francisco.

The women will get things going later today from the Pac-12 Network studios in the city by the bay. The Cougs will send a pair of juniors along with a freshman head coach to the festivities. Borislava Hristova and Chanelle Molina will represent the players and new head coach Kamie Ethridge will conduct her first media day at the helm of the Cougs.

You can watch all the action on the Pac-12 Network’s media day special starting at 11 a.m. on every network and on their website. Unlike previous years, the conference doesn’t seem to have posted exact times for the interviews, so just turn it on at random and hope to catch a team your want to hear about.

On Thursday, the men will take the spotlight at the Network studios. Ernie Kent is back for his fifth season as Washington State head coach. He’ll lead the way to San Francisco alongside the only two players on the team two of the three seniors on the new look Cougs: Viont’e Daniels and reigning Pac-12 most improved player Robert Franks Jr.

Once again, I haven’t been able to find an exact time for the interviews with WSU, but the live special also begins on the Pac-12 Network on Thursday at 11 a.m.


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