Can you believe this? K-State scheduled a neutral court pseudo-home and home with a school, and then they went and stole our president in between the two games. DIRTY POOL, COOGZ.
Kansas State (9-2, 0-0 Big 12) takes on the Washington State Cougars (7-3, 0-0 P12) in Spokane. It’s the eighth meeting between the schools, with K-State holding a 5-2 advantage; both of Wazzu’s wins (and one K-State win) took place in Pullman. This is the first time they’ll meet in Spokane. Last year, in the first game of this two-game series, the Wildcats won 70-56 at Sprint Center in Kansas City.
The Cougars opened the season 6-0, including wins over Saint Mary’s and San Diego State but then slipped on a banana peel -- consecutive losses to Cal-Davis, Idaho, and Texas-El Paso. They got back on the right track with a win Saturday over IUPUI.
Speaking of Saint Mary’s, that’s where current Wazzu head coach Ernie Kent got his start, winning the school’s first-ever West Coast Conference tournament title there in 1997 before being yoinked away by Oregon. After 13 years and two Elite Eight appearances with the Ducks, Kent was unceremoniously dumped in 2010. Current Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos, who had hired Kent at Oregon and refused to fire him mid-season in 2007 -- a year in which the team turned things around and reached the Elite Eight — turned to him again when he had an opening at Washington State in 2014. But Kent has yet to post a winning record in Pullman, and his seat may be getting warm. Kent is 2-1 all-time against K-State, but 0-1 against Bruce Weber.
K-State is a 10-point favorite, and the over is 144½. That adds up to 77-67 K-State, or thereabouts. However, OddsShark is not so optimistic; they say take Wazzu and the points, and also the over, as they’re expecting a 73-72 Wildcat squeaker.
Wednesday, December 20 at 10:00pm CT, Spokane Arena (12,210) in Spokane, Washington.
Oh, like you’re going to Spokane. (If you’re there, tickets range from $7-57.)
ESPN2 with Eric Rothman and Caron Butler.
K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson and Stan Weber.
Video streaming via ESPN3. Audio streaming also via K-StateHD.tv and via the TuneIn app. Live stats via StatBroadcast (normally only available to media, but this is the link Washington State is providing on their web page for general use).