Nov. 5, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. - In preparation for its exhibition game against Lewis-Clark State College, Nov. 10, the Washington State University men's basketball team will hold an intrasquad scrimmage, Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Bohler Gym. The scrimmage is open to the public and fans are encouraged to catch a glimpse of the 2008-09 basketball squad before rooting on the football team as it faces Arizona at Martin Stadium at 2 p.m.
The Cougars' season opened nearly three weeks ago with their first practice Oct. 17. Since then WSU has been in the gym in preparation for the season after advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last year. This year's team features five returning letterwinners, including four seniors in Aron Baynes, Caleb Forrest, Daven Harmeling and Taylor Rochestie. The Cougs also welcome seven true freshmen and feature 10 first year players.
Last week at the Pacific-10 Conference's annual media day, the Cougars were chosen to finish sixth in the league by a selected group of media members.
"I believe the league will be sneaky good," WSU Head Coach Tony Bennett said. "Even though some marquee players have left, there are still some excellent returners and exciting newcomers. It appears to be a very balanced league with a lot of unknowns."
Washington State opens the regular season as it hosts Mississippi Valley State, Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Friel Court.