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Cougs look to break 10-game skid in conference tournament

Kyle Smith has taken the Cougs to a new level in his first season in Pullman. Can he snap another skid tonight?

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NCAA Basketball: California at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The last time Washington State won a game in the conference tournament, Ernie Kent was involved.

That doesn’t sound so bad, right?

Well... Not so much....

The last time the Cougars picked up a conference tournament win was 2009. It was so long ago that Tony Bennett was at the helm of the Cougs, Ernie Kent was the head coach of Oregon (the opposing team), the tournament was played in Los Angeles and... Oh yeah... The conference was still the Pac-10.

Needless to say, it’s been quite awhile since Washington State won in the conference tournament.

Kyle Smith and the Cougs have a chance to break that streak later tonight. 11th seeded Washington State will face 6th seeded Colorado tonight in first round play. The game will be just the second matchup between Washington State and Colorado this season. Back in January, the two met in Boulder. The Cougs hung tough for the first 30 minutes, but during the last 10 minutes the Buffs turned a four-point lead into a 78-56 win. Tonight will be the third time the two have met in the Pac-12 Tournament over the last five seasons.

Tip off against the Buffs is set for tonight at 8:30 p.m. in Las Vegas. (Some of you) can watch it on the Pac-12 Network. (Some of you) will be happy to know that Ted Robinson and Bill Walton will be on the call.

Pac-12 Tournament Begins Wednesday in Las Vegas - Washington State University Athletics
The Cougs enter the tournament the 11-seed and will face 6-seed Colorado in the opening round.

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