Washington State will make its first appearance in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) as it heads to San Francisco to face the Dons...
Washington State will make its first appearance in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) as it heads to San Francisco to face the Dons (20-13) at 7 p.m. Tuesday and the game will be broadcast on HDNet..
The winner of the USF-WSU game will take on the winner of the North Dakota State at Wyoming game Monday at a location and time to be determined.
The Cougars (15-1) and the Dons have met just once with WSU winning 53-45 on Dec. 23, 1950.
“(They’re) probably most similar to Oregon State where they will trap quite a bit out of different defensive looks,” Cougars coach Ken Bone said of the Dons. “They like to get up and down the floor and create havoc on the defensive end.”
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Washington State is 126-60 against current members of the West Coast Conference all-time and 3-1 this season.
This marks the 12th postseason appearance for Washington State and fifth in the last six years.
Brock Motum leads the Cougars, averaging 18.1 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Considering the Cougars finished with a losing record, Bone was just happy to extend the season.
“We’re in a tournament we’ve never been in before, but there’s some good teams in it,” Bone said. “Oregon State’s in it out of our conference, Pittsburgh from the Big East, Butler who was in the last two Final Fours, so I think that gives it some credibility and it gives us something to shoot for. To try to do as well as we can in this tournament.”
Oregon State (19-14) opens the CBI on Wednesday by hosting Western Illinois (18-14). It will be the first meeting between the teams.
• Even after a week in which the top four teams lost, The Associated Press’ final poll looks a lot like it did for the last two months of the season.
Kentucky and Syracuse, which both lost in their conference tournaments, were Nos. 1 and 2 in the Top 25 for a seventh straight week.
• Florida State, Notre Dame, BYU and Saint Joseph’s have been selected as the host schools for the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, which will play its championship at the Barclays Center.
The schools will meet in the semifinals and finals on Nov. 16-17 at the arena in Brooklyn, N.Y., which is scheduled to open in September.
The matchups for the early rounds will be announced later.
• South Carolina’s two-sport standout Bruce Ellington is giving up football to concentrate on basketball.
Ellington said that basketball was his first love and he wanted to focus on that sport full time.