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HCA: WSU basketball to play in Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic

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The Cougs are headed to Sin City for their non-conference tournament this season.

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The defending Wooden Legacy champions are moving on to Sin City.

Washington State basketball announced Tuesday that they will take part in the 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. The four-team tournament will take place in the Orleans Arena on December 22 and 23.

In addition to the Cougs, the field will feature Drake University, New Mexico State and San Diego. Each team is guaranteed four games in tournament play, including a pair of preliminary games at home sites prior to heading to Las Vegas.

No TV information has been announced for the games hosted on campus sites or the first round games at the Orleans, but the 3rd place and championship games on December 23 will be shown live on FS1.

The Cougs don’t have a ton of history against teams in the tournament field. They’ve never faced New Mexico State, They’re 2-1 all time against San Diego, and have played Drake just once. And I think we all remember that thrilling matchup back in 1932

Tickets are available on the Orleans Arena website here. Just make sure you don’t confuse it with the oddly-similarly named Continental Tire Invitational on November 22 and 23...

Or maybe you should... Because that tournament features UNC, Michigan State, Texas and UCLA and... Well...

The one we’re talking about features...

You know...

Not those teams...

Washington State to take part in pre-Christmas Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic | The Spokesman-Review
Drake, New Mexico State and San Diego will join the Cougars in Las Vegas for the final rounds of the tournament. All four teams are guaranteed four games and WSU will host the first two games of the event at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman before traveling to Vegas for the final two.

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Washington State, whom the Aggies will be hosting at home earlier in the season, returns three of five starters and three of its top four scorers from last season.

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