Tipoff: 7 tonight, Beasley Coliseum, Pullman
Records: Sacramento State 2-3 overall, 0-0 Big Sky Conference; Washington State 4-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10 Conference.
Players: The Hornets are getting about 15 points and five assists a game from senior guard Sultan Toles-Bey. Cougar guards Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden are both pouring in more than 23 points an outing and have been especially vital with the injuries of Reggie Moore (wrist) and DeAngelo Casto (foot sprain).
Game themes: Sac. St., which was picked to finish last in the Big Sky Conference by media and league coaches, is fresh off a 71-67 win over Cal-Poly. The traditionally downtrodden Hornets’ 2-3 record features losses have come by an average of 4.3 points against North Dakota, Cal State-Bakersfield and UC-Davis. The Cougars ease into a three-game homestand that gets decidedly more difficult after tonight. They play Kansas State on Friday night and Gonzaga on Dec. 8.
Upset-minded: Sac. St. was able to steal a 65-63 win at Oregon State last year but still holds a lowly 2-30 mark all-time against Pac-10 teams
Injury update: Washington State’s primary inside figure, DeAngelo Casto, will likely sit this one out in an effort to heal up for No. 3 KSU on Friday. Casto, who didn’t play in WSU’s win over Fresno State on Saturday, sprained his ankle in practice last Wednesday. Moore is still out indefinitely — and still in a cast — with a wrist injury he sustained in the preseason. WSU will need the two all-PAC-10 players on Friday, but only time will tell if both will be ready.