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Washington State releases favorable non-conference basketball schedule

WSU will hardly leave home before Christmas.

PULLMAN, WA - FEBRUARY 18: Washington State guard Noah Williams (24) hangs from the rim prior to a Pac 12 matchup between the California Golden Bears and the Washington State Cougars on February 18, 2021, at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, WA. Jack Ellis/CougCenter

Good morning friends and foes. I hope your excitement for the 2021-2022 version of WSU men’s basketball is as high as mine. This week’s news that Kim Aiken Jr. is reopening his recruitment (for some reason) is a bummer, but Kyle Smith and his coaching staff have done a tremendous job of assembling talent we haven’t seen in Pullman in many years.

We already know Kyle Smith’s team, and now we know the non-conference schedule. Technically, it’s the “early season” schedule, but that’s only because a couple conference games are sprinkled in.

You’ll notice that the Cougs’ won’t stray too far from home before Christmas. Their Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 games against South Dakota State and Boise State, respectively, will be the farthest they’ll travel for non-conference games. The conference game at Arizona State Dec. 1 is the only time they won’t sleep in their own beds before Christmas. That, and the game at Idaho, are the only official road games, but as WSU alums know, heading to Moscow ain’t exactly a trip.

For those looking to make it a basketball-football weekend, come to Moscow on Thursday, Nov. 18 and then stick around for the football game against Arizona the night after.

With nine of their first 13 games in Pullman, and three more not far from the Palouse, I’d say this early season schedule is favorable for Kyle Smith and his crew.

What’s Derrick Low up to these days?

Hanging with Klay Thompson, of course.


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