July 30, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - At least 20 games against fellow 2009 postseason tournament participants, three `home' games throughout the state and an appearance in the Great Alaska Shootout highlight the 2009-10 Washington State University men's basketball schedule as announced by first year head coach Ken Bone, Thursday.
WSU will play 13 games in Pullman and `home' games at Spokane Arena, the Tri-Cities' Toyota Center and Seattle's KeyArena.
"I think we have a good preseason schedule in preparation for the Pac-10 season," Bone said. "Any Cougar fan in the Northwest should be happy this year. With two games in Seattle, two in Spokane and one in the Tri-Cities, there are great opportunities to come out and see us play."
For the second-straight season, the Cougars open up the season hosting Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 13), whom WSU has defeated the last two years. Washington State remains in Pullman for its next two games hosting Eastern Washington (Nov. 16) and Indiana-Fort Wayne (Nov. 19).
Following the Nov. 19 game, the Cougars host just one more game in Pullman before opening Pac-10 play Dec. 31. The Cougars start with a trip to the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage during the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 25-28, where they will face teams that are yet to be determined. WSU participated in the Great Alaska Shootout in 1981-82, as it went 1-2 against Alaska-Anchorage, Southwestern Louisiana and Iona.
The Cougars hit the road for back-to-back games against 2009 postseason participants as they take on Gonzaga (Dec. 2), who reached the NCAA `Sweet 16' in 2009 in Spokane and NIT participant Kansas State (Dec. 5) in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series in Manhattan, Kan.
WSU returns to Pullman to host Idaho (Dec. 9), followed by three-straight `home' games hosting Air Force in Spokane (Dec. 12), Bone's former team Portland State in Kennewick (Dec. 19) and LSU (Dec. 22) in the fifth-consecutive Cougar Hardwood Classic in Seattle. Both PSU and LSU reached the NCAA Tournament last season. The last time WSU played a game in Kennewick was Dec. 22, 1997 against Eastern Washington. WSU didn't play at the Spokane Arena last season, but hosted the Cougar Hispanic Fund Challenge Nov. 23-25 during the 2007-08 season.
For the first time in three years, the Cougars open up Pac-10 play in December as they host Oregon (Dec. 31/away, March 6) and Oregon State (Jan. 2/away, March 4) at Friel Court. WSU's first road trip pits Bone against fellow Pac-10 rookie head coach, Sean Miller, of Arizona (Jan. 8/home, Feb. 6), followed by a trip to Tempe to take on Arizona State (Jan. 10/home, Feb. 4). Both Arizona schools participated in the NCAA Tournament in 2009.
After hosting California (Jan. 14/away, Feb. 13) and Stanford (Jan. 16/away, Feb. 11), the Cougars head to Los Angeles where they upset UCLA at Pauley Pavilion last year, to take on 2009 NCAA-participants USC (Jan. 21/home, Feb. 20) and UCLA (Jan. 23/home, Feb. 18). WSU closes out the month of January with a trip to Seattle to take on Washington (Jan. 30). For the second time in three years, the Cougars will host the Huskies for `Senior Day', as the lone senior, Nikola Koprivica, will play his last game in Pullman, Feb. 27.
The Pac-10 Tournament will take place March 10-13 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.