Careers & Jobs
Real Estate & Rentals
Full MSN Index
This Week in Cougar Hoops
This story originally published on
THE BLOCK MASTER
Special to Cougfan.com
Posted Dec 27, 2012
JUST ONE more tune-up before Washington State enters the meat of its season and begins Pac-12 Conference play. It’s another home-away-from-home game as the Cougars travel Saturday to Kennewick to play Idaho State.
Pac-12 play kicks off in style, as the Cougars open the league season at home against Apple Cup rival Washington on Jan. 5.
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.
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).
WSU HOOPS: 20 reasons for hope..and caution
Dec 26, 2012
For Bone's Cougs, giving goes beyond holidays
Dec 23, 2012
CF.C's 2012 Cougar Sportsman of the Year
Dec 29, 2012
2014 Scout.com Recruiting Yearbook
with an annual Total Access Pass
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from BruinReportOnline.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a
list of all Team Newsletters
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to
Basketball > Washington State
View My HotList
Copyright © 2014 Scout.com.
All rights reserved.
Terms of Service
Junior College Football
Advertise on MSN
About our ads
© 2014 Microsoft