Hardships for Cougs, Northwestern

Northwestern's John Shurna (left) and Luka Mirkovic (right) could give WSU trouble inside in Casto's absence. AP

Casto suspended for WSU; Northwestern making last-minute trip to Palouse for NIT tilt

PULLMAN – Members of the Northwestern men’s basketball program didn’t learn their opponent – or destination – until after midnight on Tuesday morning.

They left their suburban Chicago campus for the Palouse early Tuesday knowing there would be less than 48 hours of formulation between travel and a quarterfinal NIT tilt at Washington State tonight.

Advantage: Cougars.

On the flip side, WSU didn’t expect to be without its primary inside figure a win away from punching its ticket to Madison Square Garden.

Advantage: Northwestern.

Tonight’s contest at Beasley Coliseum won’t include DeAngelo Casto jumping at center court for the 8 p.m. tipoff after he was suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules.

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