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Another busy WSU weekend tips off tonight with volleyball, men’s hoops

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One of the strange consequences of moving fall sports back to winter/spring is that things are real busy on the Washington State athletics front every weekend, and with so many of the teams doing so well — and with the proliferation of streaming options — there are lots of intriguing games to watch starting on Thursday and running through Sunday, if you’re so inclined.

Here’s a rundown:

Thursday

Volleyball vs. Colorado — 4 p.m. PT (watch via WSU Live Stream)
This is a big early-season matchup, the first of two against the Buffs this weekend in Pullman. WSU sits at 4-2 in the conference, which puts them middle of the pack, while Colorado is 4-0 and tied for first. However, the Buffs built their record with sweeps of Cal and Oregon State, a pair of also-rans in the league. The Cougs will look to assert themselves.

Men’s basketball vs. UCLA — 8 p.m. PT (watch on FS1)
The Cougs were walloped by the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion, but that was weeks ago — WSU was short handed and UCLA was surging. Now, the roles are reversed and the game is in Pullman, presenting another chance for WSU to pick up a win that nobody outside Pullman expects.

Friday

Women’s basketball at Arizona — 6 p.m. PT (watch via Pac-12.com)
WSU’s win over the Wildcats in Pullman helped them burst onto the national scene at the beginning of last month. Another win here would continue to solidify their NCAA tournament resumé.

Soccer vs. Eastern Washington — 7 p.m. PT
The Cougars entered the win column in their season opener with Seattle U on Sunday, and this one should be little more than a tune-up as WSU continues to get ready for the rigors of Pac-12 play. (There doesn’t appear to be a stream, but we’ll update if one becomes available.)

Saturday

Volleyball vs. Colorado — 11 a.m. PT (watch via WSU Live Stream)

Men’s basketball vs. USC — 5 p.m. PT (watch on ESPNU)
The Cougs put up a fight against the Trojans in Los Angeles in the second half, but they had fallen so far behind in the first half that the game was never truly competitive. The Trojans have established themselves as the class of the conference with dominating interior defense behind potential No. 1 NBA Draft pick Evan Mobley. This will be a real tough matchup.

Sunday

Women’s basketball at Arizona State — 11:30 a.m. PT (watch via Pac-12.com)
This one won’t necessarily add to the tournament resumé with a win, but a loss will hurt — particularly if the Cougs leave Tucson with a loss. This is one of those scary road games, for sure; the Sun Devils have won three of their last four, and that includes losing to Stanford by just 8 points at home.

LINKS

Volleyball Set to Host Colorado Thursday, Saturday - Washington State University Athletics
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