35 minutes before tip: Huskies huddle in foul lane after warmup and draw huge boos and a few iffy chants from the student section.
Pregame: The students have been let in, and Venoy Overton and Terrence Ross are the first Huskies out to take the abuse. At least part of it apparently went over the line, because an usher already has confiscated one sign that was being held.
Huskies in purple, Cougars in white, btw.
Four hours to tipoff: I just swung by the arena, and WSU fans are standing in line despite some snow on the ground in temperatures that have to be within a few degrees — one way or the other — of freezing.
Gameday: Here’s our preview story from this morning’s paper.
And a quick look at the game:
NO. 18 WASHINGTON (15-4 OVERALL, 7-1 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE) AT WASHINGTON STATE (14-6, 4-4)
7 p.m., Beasley Coliseum, Pullman.
TV: FSN. Radio: 950-AM
Series: UW leads 171-98, including wins in the last four meetings.
Statistical leaders: For UW – Isaiah Thomas, 16.9 ppg and 5.8 apg; Matthew Bryan-Amaning, 7.7 rpg. For WSU – Klay Thompson, 22.2 ppg and 4.4 apg; DeAngelo Casto, 6.3 rpg.
Scouting report: With a win, UW will be alone in first place at the midpoint of the Pac-10 race. That would mark the Huskies’ first 8-1 league start since 1984. WSU is believed to be an NCAA tournament bubble team and this result could help or hurt those chances. … Thomas and Thompson are considered two of the top three contenders for Pac-10 player of the year, along with Arizona’s Derrick Williams. Thompson leads the league in scoring, and ranks eighth nationally. Thomas leads the league in assists and is third in scoring. … UW leads the Pac-10 in scoring (87.1 ppg); WSU is third (75.2). The Huskies also lead in scoring margin, field goal percentage, rebounding margin, blocked shots, assists, turnover margin, assist/turnover ratio, offensive rebounds and offensive rebounding percentage. The Cougars lead in field goal percentage defense. WSU is last in offensive rebounds. … WSU coach Ken Bone was a UW assistant under Romar from 2002-05. … Both coaching staffs will wear sneakers on the sidelines as part of cancer-awareness effort by Coaches vs. Cancer.
Next: 6 p.m. Thursday, at Oregon State, Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Ore.