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Men’s basketball slumps at the wrong time

PULLMAN, WA - FEBRUARY 10: Washington State Men’s Basketball versus the Arizona Wildcats at Beasley Coliseum - Head Coach Kyle Smith Jack Ellis/CougCenter

The Washington State men’s basketball team has a prime opportunity this week when they played host to the Arizona schools. Knock off No. 4 Arizona and complete the sweep against ASU and the Cougs would be riding a seven-game winning streak with a statement win on their resume. A close loss to Arizona and a win against the Sun Devils and the Cougs remain right on the bubble.

Instead, the Cougs now have a lot of work to do following a winless weekend.

The losses to the Wildcats and Sun Devils are a damaging but not fatal blow to WSU’s NCAA Tournament hopes. The Cougs could win out the regular season including wins against UCLA and USC and be right in position for an at-large selection. What the losses did do was reduce the margin of error remaining. The Cougs will need to do some winning down the stretch beginning tonight with a makeup game against Oregon.

This will be a pivotal week for WSU with the Ducks tonight, UCLA on Thursday and USC on Saturday. There is a lot of basketball still to play, but winning at least two of three games this week seems like a needed result.

The women’s basketball team got off to a rough start to the week with a blowout loss to Oregon on Wednesday. The Cougs rallied, however, with a sweep of the Los Angeles schools. They used a furious comeback to beat UCLA on Friday and then held off a USC comeback attempt on Sunday.

The Cougs will host the Arizona schools this week with ASU on Friday and Arizona on Sunday.

The tennis team suffered its first two losses of the season. They dropped a match 3-4 to Utah on Friday before losing 2-5 to Minnesota on Saturday. The Cougs are now 4-2 on the season.

WSU will face UC Santa Barbara and San Diego this weekend.

The WSU track & field team had a very productive weekend as they split up to play in three events.

The Cougs combined to win nine events with a number of other top finishes.

This week is shaping up to be an even busier week for Washington State. The men's basketball team will play three crucial games. The women’s basketball team has two big games of its own. Men's golf is back in action. The track & field team will once again split up to compete in three separate events. The tennis team will attempt to get back in the win column.

Last, but not least, the WSU baseball team opens its season with a four-game series at Hawaii.

Men’s Basketball:

Washington State's postseason hopes in doubt after upset loss to Arizona State | Washington State University Sports |
Feb. 13—PULLMAN — Washington State wasted a couple of opportunities at forcing overtime and — barring an exceptional finish to its season — may have thrown away its chances of

Women’s Basketball:

Comeback Effort Comes Up Short As USC Women’s Basketball Falls At WSU 57-54 - USC Athletics
Jordyn Jenkins records her sixth double-double of the season.

WSU women holds off hard-charging USC | Sports |
PULLMAN — The Washington State women's basketball team came out ready to go for Sunday's Pac-12 Conference game against USC. The Cougars need every bit of the offensive arsenal they

Cougs Break Out the Brooms against USC - Washington State University Athletics
PULLMAN, Wash. – Redshirt fifth-year senior Krystal Leger-Walker closed it out the second-straight game this weekend for the Washington State women's basketball

Track & Field

Cougs Dominate Across Three Meets This Weekend - Washington State University Athletics
SEATTLE— The Washington State men's and women's track and field team split squads to compete in three different meets, the Husky Classic, the Don Kirby Elite Invitational,


Comeback Falls Short in 5-2 loss to Minnesota - Washington State University Athletics
Senior Michaela Bayerlova improves to 8-0 this season with straight-set win.


'It was electric': Former WSU quarterback Jack Thompson recalls Cincinnati Bengals' 1982 Super Bowl run | Washington State University Sports |
Feb. 13—PULLMAN — Jack Thompson returned to Cincinnati and reunited with his former NFL teammates earlier this season, when the Bengals hosted a reunion to commemorate the 40-year anniversary of