> Idaho at Washington State
Tipoff: Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Beasley Coliseum, Pullman.
Records: Washington State 1-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10 Conference; Idaho 1-0 overall, 0-0 Western Athletic Conference.
Players: Junior guard Faisal Aden, a junior-college transfer, has already been a fine addition to the Cougars’ backcourt in Reggie Moore’s absence (wrist injury). Aden had 22 points in an exhibition win over Lewis-Clark State and 18 in a season-opening victory over Southern. Idaho senior guard Shawn Henderson and junior forward Djim Bandoumel scored 14 points apiece in a season-opening win over Eastern Oregon.
Game themes: The Vandals seem to be losing all their favorite rivals in football, but at least they still get an annual shot at the Cougars in basketball’s Battle of the Palouse, which has been contested yearly since the 1904-05 season. Washington State has handled Idaho seven straight times, and last year’s 76-64 game in coach Ken Bone’s debut season was more lopsided than the score suggests. If nothing else, the matchups this time will be different. The Cougars return their entire puzzle, but the Vandals are a more post- and forward-oriented team this season while third-year coach Don Verlin breaks in one of the least NCAA-seasoned lineups in the country