Kyle Smith's day began with a negative and ended with a positive.
Immediate and long-term scheduling news for Washington State’s men’s basketball team came out Tuesday, one day before the Cougars’ season opener.
While recovering from COVID-19, Kyle Smith has temporarily put his basketball team in the hands of Jim Shaw and shouldn’t have much to worry about when Washington State tips off Wednesday without its head coach on the bench at Beasley Coliseum.
Four days after he was drafted in the second round by the Portland Trail Blazers, Washington State forward CJ Elleby received more affirmation his decision to leave school early was the correct one.
The offseason came with mixed results for Kyle Smith.
CJ Elleby’s decision to pursue a career in professional basketball, rather than return to school for his junior season, paid off for the Washington State forward Wednesday night. In a rather fortuitous way, too.
Washington State men's basketball coach Kyle Smith has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Cougars' season opener against Texas Southern, according to a press release from the school.
Washington State's basketball team will play a regionally-focused nonconference schedule, hosting Idaho, Eastern Washington and two other Big Sky opponents as part of a seven-game slate in November and December.
A few thoughts went racing through Kyle Smith’s head as No. 11-seed Washington State upset No. 6 Colorado in the first round of the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament in March.
The NCAA announced Monday it is planning to move the entire 68-team tournament to a single geographic area and is in negotiations with Indianapolis, originally scheduled to host the Final Four in April.
In 2010-11, Columbia's basketball program made many of the strides fans hoped it would when the Lions hired first-year coach Kyle Smith, going 15-13 with an improved 6-8 record in the Ivy League. But Smith's team experienced a small dropoff in year two, finishing with a 15-15 record while going just 4-10 in conference play.
A Washington State men's basketball team that's coming off its best record since 2011-12, but also one that's losing its top scorer and rebounder, was chosen 11th in the preseason Pac-12 media poll that was released Thursday.