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Young and dangerous.

NCAA Basketball: Washington State at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Coug fans. Let’s begin with some somber news, shall we? Yesterday, our Washington State Cougars headed on down to Boulder and took on No. 23 Colorado Buffaloes, and it went about as expected.

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve beaten Colorado, and in the interest of complete honesty, I’m not all that upset. I’m actually still having a hard time wiping the smile off my face from Klay Day last weekend. What an amazing experience. While our next home game isn’t until Wednesday (vs Arizona State), I hope students decide to show up. Clearly, having supporters there means the world, and I just want something to erase the image of the Boulder students dressed as bananas that is currently burned into my memory. Please, Cougs, I’m begging. Show up and be more creative with your costumes. Or just pick a better fruit.

Tomorrow, we go up against the Utah Utes. The Utah men’s basketball team gives off a very different energy than their football team, and I for one am grateful.

I think it’s important to never underestimate any opponent, so for that reason I will not speculate how that game will go. I’ll only present you with information I find relevant. Do with it what you will.

Utah’s current conference record is 2-4, with an overall of 11-7. They are 10th in the Pac-12.

Somehow, they beat the Huskies. And even though we’re playing them tomorrow, any Husky loss is a win in my book. Utah, this is the first and last time I will be happy for you.

They’re a bit confusing, seeing as they beat Oregon State (not unlike another team we all love so dear), but lost to Oregon (UNlike another team we all love and cherish).

The big stand-out for Utah is Timmy Allen, a sophomore forward. Allen is getting more playing time this season, and he’s using it to his best ability. I would advise against fouling him, he makes 75.8% of the shots he takes.

Keep the ball away from Rylan Jones too, he leads the team in assists (a whopping 4.8), and who appears to have recently graduated 8th grade. Congrats, Ryan! The joke about him is that he has a baby face. I agree. But we all know that has some upsides, just as long as he uses sunscreen, he’ll look young forever.

Utah also has a player named Both Gach and honestly, I think that’s kind of awesome. I know it’s more fun to tease the other team, but that’s truly such an interesting name. Both is talented in both turn overs, and assists. I wanted to find a way to work both his name, Both, and the word ‘both’ into a sentence, and now my computer is confused. I’m also a little confused.

I’d also like to mention that Utah’s center is 7’4”. His name is Matt Van Komen, and I’d imagine it’s rather difficult for him to buy pants. This is his first year with Utah, and his height is the major contributor that he brings to the table. I think our Volodymyr Markovetskyy (standing at 7’1”, also having a hard time finding pants) will do just fine.

Almost all of these dudes are freshman. Yikes.

But, that’s all I have for you this week, everybody. Wishing you the happiest and healthiest of basketball seasons!

Links!

Washington State guard Chanelle Molina has become the Cougars’ ‘heartbeat’ | SWX Right Now - Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA
It’s a tall task to sum up what Chanelle Molina means – and has meant – for her Washington State program since she broke out about three years ago.

WSU looks to close out road trip with win – The Daily Evergreen
The WSU men’s basketball team will finish its road trip against the University of Utah Utes at 4 p.m. PST Saturday at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Area Sports Menu for Friday, January 24 | The Spokesman-Review
Todays menu

2020 Senior Bowl: Justin Herbert, Jordan Love look like first-rounders, while Jalen Hurts makes his case too - CBSSports.com

Three Takeaways From Utah's Massive Win Over Washington - KSL Sports

Siewert leads No. 23 Colorado past WSU, 78-56 | Sports | dnews.com
BOULDER, Colo. — Lucas Siewert scored 16 points, D’Shawn Schwartz had 13 and No. 23 Colorado pulled away in the second half to beat Washington State 78-56 on Thursday night.

WSU going for first ranked win – The Daily Evergreen
The WSU women’s basketball team will travel to Los Angeles this weekend to face off against No. 10 UCLA at noon on Sunday.