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WSU’s path in the Pac-12 Tournament is set

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It has been two years since the Washington State Cougars lost a Pac-12 Tournament game and now we know WSU’s path to maintaining that winning streak. The Cougars will open the Tournament on Wednesday against Arizona State before potentially taking on Oregon.

It all starts with some afternoon basketball at 1 p.m. PT on Wednesday. It will be a familiar foe for the Cougars as they rematch with the Sun Devils 11 days after losing to ASU i the regular season finale. The Cougs suffered that three-point defeat, but of course, did so without Isaac Bonton. Bonton was gimpy at the end of the regular season, but has had nearly two weeks to rest his injured ankle.

Should the Cougs defeat the Sun Devils, they will move on to face No. 1 seeded Oregon. WSU defeated Oregon on the road, 74-71 in their only matchup of the season.

If WSU were to win the first two games of the tournament, they would then face either Oregon State or UCLA in the semifinals. The Cougs split their season series with UCLA, losing one game by 30 points and winning the other by eight points. WSU also split it’s season series with OSU. WSU beat the Beavers by four early in the season and later lost to the Beavers by two points in an atrociously officiated game.

A fourth-straight Pac-12 Tournament victory would send the Cougars to the Pac-12 Tournament Final on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PT. The Cougs would face USC, Colorado, Stanford, Utah, Washington or California. The Cougs wet 4-7 against that side of the bracket this season.



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