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After a couple of days off, the Cougars return to the court Saturday night to face Cal. Can they pickup their first Pac-12 win?

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Men's basketball

The Cougars 0-2 start has caused them to slide down to No. 12 in the latest Pac-12 power rankings from ESPN. They will attempt to avoid an 0-3 start at Cal tonight. DaVonte Lacy is obviously going to break out of his slump and convert multiple four-point plays. It's what he does against Cal.

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Conference Power Rankings: Pac-12 - Men's College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
12. Washington State -- The Cougars couldn't be off to a worse start. They opened league play by dropping a home game to rival Washington, then fell to Stanford on the road. WSU will remain in the Bay Area this weekend to take on Cal. DaVonte Lacy is averaging just 6.5 points in his past two games. Forward Brock Motum (20 points, 6.5 rebounds) scored 29 against Stanford.

WSU hopes to add to Cal’s woes - Spokesman.com - Jan. 12, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif. – The Washington State men’s basketball team hasn’t had a great deal of success at Haas Pavilion in recent years. The Cougars haven’t left California’s gym with a win since the 2008 season.

Cal Hosts Washington State Saturday At Haas - The University of California Official Athletic Site
BERKELEY - California looks to rebound from Wednesday's defeat to Washington when the Golden Bears host Washington State Saturday at 1:05 p.m. (PT) inside Haas Pavilion. The first 3,000 kids in attendance at Saturday's game will receive a mini drawstring bag.

Cal Men's Basketball vs. WSU Preview - California Golden Blogs
The stats aren't kind to Wazzu with both offensive and defensive rankings in the 9th-11th slots in the Pac-12. For comparison sake, ours aren't much better with most metrics putting us at 7th-9th.

Women's basketball

The men's basketball team isn't the only one struggling. The Cougar women's team dropped to 5-9 on the season with a 78-52 loss to UCLA on Friday.

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No. 14 UCLA women beat Washington State 78-52 - San Jose Mercury News
LOS ANGELES—UCLA is still struggling to put two consistent halves together, but this time the 14th-ranked Bruins were better in the second half.

No. 14 UCLA women beat Washington State | College basketball | College Sports | The Seattle Times
Atonye Nyingifa scored 17 points and 14th-ranked UCLA pulled away to start the second half in defeating the Washington State women 78-52 for its fifth straight victory.