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WSU enjoys New York ahead of NIT semis

PULLMAN, WA - NOVEMBER 9: Washington State Men’s Basketball versus Alcorn State at Beasley Coliseum - Andrej Jakimovski (23), Noah Williams (24), Michael Flowers (12), DJ Rodman (11) and Dishon Jackson (21) Jack Ellis/CougCenter

The Washington State men's basketball and football teams often share a spotlight as one season ramps up and another comes to a close. It just usually happens in November, not March.

But, that was the case last week with the football team taking the field for the start of spring practice while the basketball team clinched its ticket to the NIT semifinals.

The football team completed their first three of 15 spring practices. They took off Sunday and are off again on Monday before holding practice No. 4 on Tuesday. They will continue with the Tuesday - Thursday - Saturday schedule for the next four weeks.

The men’s basketball team departed for New York on Saturday and seem to be enjoying the extended trip. They held practice on Sunday and took in a Brooklyn Nets game Sunday night.

You’ll notice Jefferson Koulibaly is not in any of the photos. That won’t change anytime soon as Koulibably is in the transfer portal.

That should come as no surprise as Koulibably hasn’t been with the team since January. Kyle Smith never explicitly said Koulibably left the program, but when a player leaves the team for the final two months and it isn’t injury-related, it’s not usually difficult to read between the lines.

Roster transition happens with every college program at the end of the year and with at most two games remaining, we should start to see WSU’s 2022-23 roster become more clear in the next couple of weeks.

Elsewhere in Cougar athletics, the track & field team had a strong showing in Spokane while the baseball team continued its slide and has now lost seven straight.

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