The Washington State men’s basketball team is struggling. At 8-9 overall and 1-3 in conference play, the Cougs seem to be on their way to another season at the bottom of the Pac-12. Thursday’s dominating win over the California Golden Bears was fun, but Cal is an absolute dumpster fire this season.
But I do have some good news: The Cougs are still undefeated at Beasley Coliseum, and the Stanford Cardinal come to Pullman today for a noon tip off to test that unbeaten record. You can watch the game on the Pac-12 Network.
Robert Franks’ return to the lineup was a big boost for the Cougs on Thursday. His 24 points led an otherwise balanced scoring attack, as four other players finished in double figures. WSU will need a similar performance today. The Cardinal come in with an identical 8-9 record overall and are 1-4 in conference play.
KenPom has Stanford at no. 135, while WSU is ranked no. 190. The Golden Bears are no. 247, for comparison’s sake.
Here’s something interesting: Stanford sells naming rights to its coaching positions. That means they don’t have a head coach. Rather, Stanford has an Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men’s Basketball in Jerod Haase, and a James C Gaither Associate Head Coach of Men’s Basketball in Jeff Wulburn.
That got me thinking: Who should buy the naming rights to WSU’s head coaching position? Have fun with that one.
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