California, Stanford on deck
There was a Christmas Day loss to Butler, followed by an 0-2 showing in L.A. that wrapped
up on New Year’s Eve. In the space of one week, Washington State evoked not-so-happy memories of last year’s late swoon.
The swagger that came with the Cougars’ 10-1 start had dissipated in a flash.
But the Cougars handled Oregon and Oregon State at Beasley Coliseum last weekend to even their Pac-10 record and shelve those negative notions for the time being.
So when WSU visits California (8-7, 1-2) tonight at 7 and Stanford (9-5, 2-1) on Saturday, second-year coach Ken Bone is hoping the recovery continues against its physical opposition.
Kansas State, Butler, UCLA and USC are the other physical teams WSU has faced this season – and the only four teams to dole out L’s to the seniorless unit.
“They’re physical and intelligent teams that play good, solid basketball,” Bone said of Cal and Stanford. “We’ll be back to normal, though. No trick defenses.”
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