Wednesday night will be a busy one for Cougar basketball fans.
The Washington State men will be back in action at 6 o’clock on the road against Colorado on ESPNU looking to break their 5 game losing streak. Then, just a half-hour later, the WSU women will hit the court at home against Stanford on the Pac-12 Network looking to end one of the most dubious streaks in program history.
Let’s start with the men. It’s been a rough stretch for the Cougs. WSU was up 18 points in the first half against Colorado on Saturday and even took a lead into the half. But after being outscored 40-22 in the 2nd half, the Buffaloes left Pullman with a 70-59 win.
After a disappointing loss like that, the Cougs are presented with a good news-bad news scenario. The good news is that they get a chance at revenge against that very same Colorado team. The bad news is... They have to play that same Colorado team.
The scheduling quirk comes because of a postponed game between the two back in December. The Buffs will be the heavy favorite once again tonight in Boulder and the Cougs are looking for their first win in Boulder after going 0-9 in their first nine trips to the CU Events Center.
Tip-off set for 6 o’clock with TV coverage on ESPNU. If you want a preview of that, just check out Craig’s preview of the last Saturday’s game against Colorado. Everything is pretty much the same.
30 minutes after that game, the WSU women will tip-off their game at home against Stanford as they continue an absolutely brutal stretch. Coming off of a four-game road trip that saw them play a trio of overtime games, WSU will now play four in-a-row at home, including two games against 6th ranked Stanford and one game against 5th ranked UCLA.
Tonight’s game will mark the 68th all-time meeting between the Cougs and the Cardinal and, unbelievably, Washington State has never won a game in the series. Since the first meeting in 1989, Stanford is 67-0 against WSU, and the games haven’t even been particularly close. In 2015, Stanford needed overtime to extend the streak. The year before WSU lost by 8 points. Other than those two games, no other meeting has been decided by single digits since 2003.
If there was ever a team to break that streak, it would be this one. The 2020-21 Cougs might be one of the best teams in program history, and they’ll have two shots at the Cardinal on home turf (once again thanks to a postponed game earlier this season). Stanford has lost two out of three, including an upset loss at unranked Colorado in overtime two weeks ago and a four-point loss to 5th ranked UCLA last week at home
Tip-off in the women’s game is set for 6:30 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.
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