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Video credit: Pac-12 Networks
Scouting report: Washington State
Game info: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at MGM Grand Arena (13,151 capacity).
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Ted Robinson and Bill Walton).
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Coach: Ken Bone is 70-64 (.519) in his fourth season with the Cougars. The former UW assistant has a 147-113 record at Division I schools, including a 77-49 (.611) mark at Portland State (2005-09). He also coached at Seattle Pacific where he was 253-97 (.723) from 1990-2002. Bone began his coaching career at Cal State Stanislaus where he was 5-21 (.192) in 1984-85. The next season he moved to Olympic where he was 4-23 (.148) in 1985-86. The SPU graduated returned to his alma mater in 1986 as an assistant before taking over in 1990. He was an assistant at Washington from 2002-05.
Prediction: Picked to finish 10th in a preseason poll in the Pac-12 by media who cover the conference.
Series: This is the 277th meeting between the schools. Washington leads 175-100 in a series that began Feb. 16, 1910. UW is 9-2 in the past 11 games, including a sweep the regular-season series. Bone is 2-7 against UW as WSU coach. Romar is 15-10 versus the Cougars.
Last meeting: In a 72-68 Washington win, Scott Suggs drained a three-pointer with 4:05 left to unlock a 57-57 tie. He finished with 23 points. Suggs and C.J. Wilcox, who also had 23 points, scored 15 of the final 16 points for the Huskies.
Previous game: Beat USC 76-51 on Saturday in the regular-season finale.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
He scored scored 18 on 6-for-14 shooting in the last meeting against Washington. In the past two games, he had 19 and 25 points.
Wooldridge had a career-high 36 points on Oregon on Feb. 16.
The 6-3 sophomore guard has scored in double figures in seven of the past 10 of the past 11 games. eight games and is averaging 13.8 points against Pac-12 opponents.
— Senior forward Brock Motum is second in the Pac-12 with an 18.4 scoring average. He pumped in 31 points in his last outing.
Stopping Motum is priority No. 1.
He scored 18 and 15 points this season against Washington and Huskies lauded Desmond Simmons for his tremendous defensive performance against the 6-10 senior lanky forward.
Motum’s career high is 34 points. Until last week, he had been held in check by Pac-12 opponents. In the past two games, he’s averaging 25.5 points.
— — Sophomore guard DaVonte Lacy, a Tacoma native, is out for the season with a knee injury.
—Washington State snapped an nine-game losing streak last week. The Cougars won consecutive conference games last week for the first time this season.
— Bone is over .500 at WSU, but his critics are growing louder. A prominent WSU booster has asked for his dismissal.
— Nine of the Cougars’ 17 losses have come by seven points or less, including a two-point loss to then-No. 10 Gonzaga (Dec. 5) and a two-point overtime loss to then-No. 23 Oregon (Feb. 16). Five of the losses have come by two points or less, including two overtime defeats.
— Most of WSU’s problems stems from its lack of a floor general. Senior Mike Ladd has done an nice job filling in at point guard this season, but he’s dealing with a knee injury that forced him to miss six games. He played 27 minutes in the regular-season finale and had one point.
— Washington State is 11th among Pac-12 teams averaging 64.5 points in conference games and is tied for 10th shooting 42.6 percent from the field.
—Despite the absence of a dominating big man, the Cougars are tied for first in the conference allowing just 62.9 points.
— D.J. Shelton, a 6-10 forward, hurt the Huskies from the perimeter in their last encounter. He converted 3 of 6 three-pointers for 11 points.
— Sophomore guard Dexter Kernich-Drew is the top reserve, who averages 6.2 points and 22.1 minutes. He’s made 10 starts this season.
— The Cougars are seemingly still coping with the loss of the senior point guard Reggie Moore, who was kicked off the team and is hoping to transfer to Western Washington. He was their second leading scorer and top playmaker.
— WSU also had to overcome the loss of highly regarded freshman DeMarquise “Que” Johnson, who was ineligible this season by the NCAA due to academic reasons.
F – Brock Motum, 6-10, 245, Sr., 18.4 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 2.4 tpg.
F – D.J. Shelton, 6-10, 240, Jr., 5.8, 6.0, 0.5 bpg.
G – Mike Ladd, 6-5, 195, Sr., 11.0, 5.9, 2.4 apg.
G – Dexter Kernich-Drew, 6-6, 182, So., 6.6, 2.8, 43.1 FG%
G – Royce Woolridge, 6-3, 175, So., 10.9, 2.7, 2.7