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PREVIEW: WSU visits Arizona State (plus TV info and game thread)

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Washington State closes out the regular season against Arizona State.

NCAA Basketball: Oregon at Arizona State Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington State Cougars wrap up their regular season when they face Arizona State in Tempe on Saturday afternoon (3:30 pm PT, Pac-12 Network). WSU is looking for a sweep of the Sun Devils after a thrilling win over ASU in Pullman.

That loss was the only blip in a stretch where Arizona State won 9 of 10 games, putting Bobby Hurley’s squad in a position to challenge for a first-round bye at the Pac-12 tournament. However, that is not guaranteed after three consecutive losses—the most recent coming to the last place Washington Huskies on Thursday.

If WSU is going to grab its second road win and hand ASU a fourth-consecutive defeat, containing Remy Martin will be key. He is the facilitator and best scorer for the Sun Devils, and limiting his ability to penetrate while also contesting his deep shots can go a long way in slowing down ASU. Martin was just 4-15 from the field with five turnovers in Pullman, and Arizona State was able to muster just 0.86 points per possession on offense.

The Cougs will also have to watch out for big man Romello White. His athleticism poses a challenge for WSU’s front line. Alonzo Verge is a streaky scorer on the outside, and if he gets hot that would be bad news. WSU’s defense hasn’t traveled well outside of its home state, but it will need to be there today.

When WSU has the ball, it will need to limit turnovers. ASU is one of the best in the country as forcing giveaways. The Cougs should also look to be aggressive to the basket, as Arizona State is a foul-happy team.

It will be a tough one for Kyle Smith’s group, especially considering Wazzu’s road woes, but the Cougs have proven they can beat the Sun Devils. A win would provide an easier first-round Pac-12 tournament matchup, so WSU should be properly motivated.

If you are looking to follow the game, the Washington State men’s basketball twitter account has you covered with TV, radio, stream, and stats info: