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Cougars to play against an old friend in the Cayman Islands next fall

Kyle Smith’s first big test will be against Nebraska and Bill Moos

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The Cougar men’s basketball will be spending the Thanksgiving break in paradise as they travel to the Cayman Islands Classic in November. The bracket for this tournament was announced yesterday and the Cougars first matchup will be against an old friend. Kyle Smith’s charges will playing former Cougar athletic director Bill Moos’ Nebraska Cornhuskers. Moos of course left WSU abruptly in the fall of 2017 angering many Cougar fans.

The Huskers just hired new coach Fred Hoiberg late of the Chicago Bulls after a 19-17 finish in the Big Ten last year. This should be a nice challenge for the start of the Kyle Smith era. The winner of the WSU-Nebraska faces the winner of the George Mason-Old Dominion matchup. The loser will face the loser of that game. Colorado State, New Mexico State, Loyola, and South Florida comprise the other side of the bracket. Colorado State would be an interesting matchup as WSU newcomer Deion James is a former starter for the Rams.

The Cayman Islands trip is the highlight of WSU’s non-conference schedule for next year. Here is a look at the bracket.

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