'TIS THE SEASON to be jolly… unless you're trying to get an accurate read on the Washington State…
This Week in Cougar Hoops
Are the Cougars ready to make a run at a top-half finish in league? You're plenty optimistic to say yes. Based on performances heading into Christmas, it appears Arizona, Colorado and Oregon are certain to finish among the Pac-12's top six. A case can be made for UCLA and California, perhaps even Stanford, and for that matter, just about all teams except Utah and USC.
The quick take on WSU: the Cougars probably won't sweep their league home slate, but if the Gonzaga performance is an indication, they'll be a tough out every night. Going 7-2 in Pullman isn't a reach. As for the nine road games, the Cougs make two-game trips to Los Angeles, the Bay area, Oregon and Arizona, plus Seattle. ThIt means WSU misses a very tough trip to Colorado, but a winnable game at Utah.
WSU plays enough defense to think two road wins are possible, meaning a .500 overall record. Assuming the Cougars beat Idaho State, that's 18-13 heading into the Pac-12 tournament. Maybe it's not what Cougar dreamers had in mind, but an 18-win season from this team doesn't seem far off projections.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Freshman forward Junior Longrus has 11 blocks in the Cougs' first 12 games this season. That's the second-most on the team behind Brock Motum's 14. The output is especially notable because Longrus only plays an average of 12.2 minutes per game. Longrus will need to see those minutes increase if he is going to challenge DeAngelo Casto's WSU freshman record for blocks (39 in 2008-09).
BruinReportOnline.com Recommended Stories
Game Week: Arizona
OCT. 27 -- Check out all the interviews, previews, and analyses heading into the game against Arizona this weekend...Read More
It's Now Mostly About Hundley
OCT. 26 -- This year's UCLA team is a frustrating one, collecting another unsatisfying victory against a team they should have pounded in Colorado. Of course, there were other issues in the too-close…Read More
Colorado Unit-by-Unit Analysis
OCT. 27 -- Few units were at their best against Colorado on Saturday, but a few stood out from the rest...Read More
Michigan: Brandon Resigns, Hackett Interim AD
Michigan President Mark Schlissel officially announced the resignation of athletic director Dave Brandon Friday. Schlissel appointed Jim Hackett as the interim AD with the plan moving forward to hire…Read More
Hoops: Where are the Top Recruits Going?
The initial basketball signing period begins in less than two weeks and there are currently 22 players in Scout.com's 2015 top 100 still uncommitted. Who are those 22 players considering and who will…Read More