The stakes may not be all that either team wanted, but it’s still purple and crimson, Huskies and Cougs.
Here’s an early look at their coming match in Pullman.
WASHINGTON (18-9 OVERALL, 8-7 PAC-10)
AT WASHINGTON STATE (16-11, 6-9)
7 p.m. Saturday, Beasley Coliseum, Pullman.
TV: FSN. Radio: 950-AM (UW) and 850-AM (WSU).
Series: UW leads 170-98 overall, and 70-61 at WSU. The Huskies won the earlier meeting this season, 92-64 on Jan. 30 in Seattle.
Statistical leaders: For UW – F Quincy Pondexter, 20.3 ppg and 7.9 rpg; G Venoy Overton, 3.3 apg. For WSU – G Klay Thompson, 20.1 ppg; F DeAngelo Castro, 6.9 rpg; G Reggie Moore, 4.2 apg.
Scouting report: WSU is 10-4 at home, including 4-4 in Pac-10 play. UW is 1-6 on the road, 1-5 in league. … Both teams won their most recent game: UW over UCLA, and WSU over Southern California. … UW leads the Pac-10 in scoring (81.1), while WSU is third (73.2). However, UW is last in scoring defense (71.2) and WSU is ninth (71). UW also leads in rebounding margin, turnover margin and offensive rebounds. WSU leads in blocked shots. … Individually, Pondexter is second in scoring and third in rebounding. Thompson is third in scoring. However, he is averaging 16.3 points in conference play and scored a combined 10 points last week against UCLA and USC. Castro leads in blocked shots (2.2 bpg) and is fifth in rebounds. Moore is fifth in assists. … UW walk-on forward Brendan Sherrer did not travel due to infection. … This is Senior Day for the Cougars who will honor lone senior Nikola Koprivica before the game. If WSU wins, Koprivica will match George Hamilton (1945-49) as the winningest player in WSU basketball history.
Next for WSU: 7 p.m. Thursday, at Oregon State, Gill Coliseum, Corvallis.
Next for UW: 7 p.m. Thursday, at Oregon, Mac Court, Eugene.