Will mastery of Huskies continue?

Washington State guard Reggue Moore, who injured his ankle in win against USC last week, has been cleared to play tonight against Washington. AP

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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