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Can WSU can get out of its slump tonight against Colorado?

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The Cougars (9-9,1-5) have only won once in 2016, and they have dropped their last four games. Can they get back on track tonight at home against the Buffs (14-5,3-3)?

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The struggle is real for Washington State basketball. Lack of offense, poor defense, and a destructive amount of turnovers has accompanied the Cougars on their way to four-straight losses. Can they bounce back?

There have been flashes of talent this season from Coach Kent's squad. Just look back at the New Mexico game or the win over UCLA. Even the overtime loss to the Pac-12 leading Huskies was encouraging. So what is going wrong?

One of the biggest issues is that the Cougars are getting killed in the first half. In the Pac-12 opener USC led by as many as 25 points, an average Arizona State team went up 17 points on the Cougs, and Arizona was up by 15 early as they cruised to victory. The Cougars have out and played ball in the second half, but often they have dug themselves such a deep hole that their is no chance of a comeback.

If the Cougars want to even be competitive in the Pac-12 they cannot come out of the locker room so cold. Colorado has been a pretty good team (14-5) this season but is coming off a loss at UW. The Buffs tip-off with the Cougs at Beasley Coliseum tonight at 6 p.m. PT.

Colorado has three scorers that can make defenses throw fits. Josh Scott is averaging just over 17 points per game and shoots almost 60% from the field. If the Cougars allow Scott to get going early, the combined efforts from guard George King and the excellent three point shooting of Josh King might be too much.

Ike Iroegbu has to play better than he did against Utah. Iroegbu turned the ball over too much and failed to shoot well from the floor. If the WSU offense gets going, it will because Iroegbu, Josh Hawkinson, and Que Johnson make plays.

The game is going to be tough for Wazzu, but let's hope the slump ends tonight.

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