WSU opens Pac-10 tournament against Washington, looking for its third win over its rival
This time a year ago, Washington State was subscribing to the theory that beating a team three times is usually a tough row to hoe.
To the Cougars’ chagrin, that wasn’t quite the case. Oregon, which swept WSU during the regular season, bounced then-rookie coach Ken Bone’s team in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament to complete the trifecta.
This time, Washington is hoping its third try against the Cougs is a charm.
WSU, which downed the Huskies twice this season, faces its in-state rival again to open the Pac-10 tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The sixth-seeded Cougars (19-11) tip off against the third-seeded Huskies (20-10) tonight at 8:40 p.m.
In Pullman, WSU upset then-No. 19 Washington 87-90 on Jan. 30. In Seattle two weekends ago, it was an 80-69 Cougar win.
In this third meeting, there is much more at stake.
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