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WSU men’s and women’s basketball both in action Wednesday night - dual game thread!

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Get that second screen set up for a Wednesday night double feature.

NCAA Basketball: Washington State at Southern California Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Links

Homecoming: Stanford twins Lexie, Lacie Hull return to Spokane area with games against Washington State | The Spokesman-Review
Stanford's 6-foot-1 junior guards Lexie and Lacie Hull – who led Central Valley to a pair of state titles during their high school careers – have traveled across the country playing basketball, but there's one place they really look forward to playing.

Run it Back, Cougs Head to Boulder - Washington State University Athletics
The Cougs and the Buffs head to Boulder for the second-half of their week long double-header.

Women's Basketball Returns to Beasley Wednesday to Battle No. 6 Stanford - Washington State University Athletics
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's basketball team begins an extended stay at Beasley Coliseum this Wednesday, Jan. 27, as the Cougars host No. 6/6 Stanford.

How much should the Pac-12 pay its next commissioner? Our plan to avoid another mistake | The Spokesman-Review
Larry Scott was grossly overpaid; the presidents must be smart and transparent.

Former Washington State kicker Blake Mazza announces transfer to SMU | The Spokesman-Review
When Blake Mazza announced plans to transfer from Washington State last week, the kicker expressed a desire to finish his career close to home.