There will be no miracle Pac-12 Tournament run for WSU this season as the Cougars lost 74-63 to Stanford on Wednesday, officially ending WSU's season. The result of the game wasn't a surprise and isn't really important in the grand scheme of things. Instead, the focus will turn to the status of head coach Ken Bone.
While most expect Bone to be fired following the 10-21 season, we're all waiting on the final decision from Bill Moos. That decision could come quickly as Bone said he will meet with Moos soon. It would be shocking if Moos hasn't made a decision by this point, so a resolution could come within 48 hours, possibly sooner. Bone discussed his status following the loss, via Percy Allen of the Seattle Times:
When asked if he's going to coach Washington State next season, Bone said: "I sure hope so. I have two years left on my contract. That's what I would hope to be, but I don't make that call.
"There's someone higher up than I am at the university so I don't know. ... I have not been told a thing about my future at Washington State."
The Cougars' .322 wining percentage was the 19th-worst in program history. They had a 2.05 SRS heading into the game, according to Sports Reference. That number will drop slightly following the loss to the Cardinal, but the current squad will finish with the fourth-worst SRS of any WSU team since 1979-1980. KenPom has the Cougars at No. 186 following the game a drop of three spots.
The above paragraph is a long-winded way of saying this season sucked. Now, we wait to see what's next.
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