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UPDATED: Sat., April 4, 2020

Four-star center Dishon Jackson commits to Washington State

Coming off Washington State’s best season since 2011-12, Kyle Smith has added one of the top-rated prospects in program history to an already robust 2020 recruiting class.

UPDATED: Sat., March 28, 2020

What happens next: A three-part series on the abrupt end to Washington State’s basketball season

Before the season started, Kyle Smith and the data-infatuated assistants on his Washington State coaching staff tried to handicap where the Cougars would land on Ken Pomeroy’s rankings map when …

UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

What’s happening: A three-part series on the abrupt end to Washington State’s basketball season

Kyle Smith may not be instructing young adults on the anatomy of pick-and-roll defense right now, but it doesn’t mean the first-year Washington State basketball coach is fully escaping teacher …

UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

What happened: A three-part series on the abrupt end to Washington State’s basketball season

Not until he woke up Thursday morning could Jeff Pollard fully grasp the breadth of the history he and his Washington State teammates had made the night before, beating Colorado …

UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Ten snapshots from Washington State’s memorable 2019-20 basketball season

Washington State and seven of its peers in the Pac-12 didn’t get the closure they desperately wanted when the conference decided last Thursday to cancel the remainder of its tournament …

UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Pac-12 Tournament canceled due to coronavirus, ending Washington State basketball season

Wednesday’s nightcap between No. 11 Washington State and No. 6 Colorado at T-Mobile Arena was the final game of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, after the conference decided to cancel …

Pac-12 Tournament notes: Washington State, Arizona State to play quarterfinal in barren T-Mobile Arena

Before WSU’s 2019-20 season started, the Cougars staged two closed-door scrimmages against opponents from the Big Sky. Perhaps it’s a positive sign the Cougars did well in both – blowing …

UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

‘It’s a big moment.’ Washington State leaves no doubt against Colorado, breaking decade-long drought at Pac-12 tournament

The lead already seemed good enough when Jeff Pollard caught the ball down low and slipped an inside bounce pass to Tony Miller, who drove to the basket, cocked his …

UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

Washington State to exercise new attendance protocols for home athletic competitions

Aligning with the school’s decision to move in-person classes to online formats following the spring break, Washington State Athletics announced new attendance protocols Wednesday for home athletic competitions that will …

UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

CBI canceled due to coronavirus, diminishing Washington State’s chance of postseason berth

Unless Washington State can win four games in Las Vegas, the Cougars’ 2019-20 basketball season will presumably end this week at the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.

Riding 10-game conference tournament skid, Washington State trying to ‘change history’ against Colorado

Kyle Smith was a 39-year-old assistant at Saint Mary’s – three coaching stops and 11 years removed from where he is now – when Washington State last won a game …

Pac-12 still moving forward with men’s basketball tournament in Las Vegas without restrictions

A statement from the Pac-12 Conference on Tuesday has reaffirmed that in the wake of concerns surrounding coronavirus, the league will still hold its men’s basketball tournament without interruption this …

UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

Washington State’s CJ Elleby earns All-Pac-12 First Team nod; Jervae Robinson also recognized

CJ Elleby picked up where Robert Franks left off at WSU, leading the Cougars in both scoring and rebounding this season. The standout sophomore followed in Franks’ footsteps again on …

No. 11 Washington State to open Pac-12 Tournament against No. 6 Colorado

For the third consecutive year, Washington State will hold the No. 11 seed, take on the No. 6 seed and play in the late game on the opening day of …

UPDATED: Sat., March 7, 2020

Arizona State holds off Washington State rally for 83-74 win

Alonzo Verge scored 20 points, Remy Martin added 18 and Arizona State held off Washington State’s late rally for an 83-74 victory.

UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

Big second half pushes Arizona past Washington State 83-62

Nico Mannion scored 15 of 23 his points in the second half, Zeke Nnaji added 21 and Arizona raced away from Washington State for an 83-62 victory.

UPDATED: Tue., March 3, 2020

Breaking down potential first-round matchups for Washington State at the Pac-12 Tournament

From most favorable (5) to least favorable (1), we list each of the teams the Cougars could square off with one week from now.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 28, 2020

Washington State weathers second-half storm to beat Washington 78-74, secure sweep of Huskies

The Cougars led by 13 points at halftime, weathered Washington’s second-half storm by scoring 11 points in 64 seconds and delivered at the free throw line in the closing minutes …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 28, 2020

Washington State’s CJ Elleby joins 1,000-point club in return to Seattle

CJ Elleby’s quest for 1,000 points ended on Friday night, fittingly in the city where the Washington State sophomore first learned to love the game of basketball.

‘I can feel him smiling down.’ At Washington State, freshman Noah Williams is carrying out the vision of a fallen friend

Noah Williams is deliberate with his pregame routine, because as difficult as it was to see his friend go, he knows it would be even worse to let Trevon McKoy’s …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Washington State seeking to improve from 3-point line – both on offense, defense – heading into Apple Cup

It would be accurate to say Washington State’s efforts from the 3-point line have both rescued and doomed the Cougars at certain points of the 2020 season.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Golden apples: CJ Elleby’s 34-point outing and nine other notable Apple Cup performances since 2000

With leg two of the 2020 rivalry series approaching – a 5 p.m. tipoff Friday at Alaska Airlines Arena – we combed every box score since 2000 and picked out …

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 23, 2020

Second battle against Stanford goes south for Washington State in 75-57 Senior Day loss

Behind its stout play in the post and strong 3-point shooting, Stanford commandeered an early lead against WSU and never relinquished it, completing a regular season sweep of the Cougars …

Jeff Pollard, the ‘Mayor of Pullman,’ is winding down his final term at Washington State

Since Jeff Pollard can’t drum up the right word to describe his four years at Washington State, the senior forward has another proposition. “How about a phrase?” Pollard suggests.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

Through 34-year-old Todd Golden, Kyle Smith’s imprint still felt at University of San Francisco

Count Kyle Smith as one of the few Inland Northwest residents who would’ve been overjoyed to see the University of San Francisco hang on Thursday night to stun second-ranked Gonzaga …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

Canadian combo guard Jefferson Koulibaly commits to Washington State

Washington State has effectively rounded out its 2020 recruiting class, receiving a commitment Friday from Jefferson Koulibaly, a long and explosive point guard from Canada.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Without Isaac Bonton, Washington State offense stays stagnant in 66-57 loss to California

Bonton’s been key in helping create opportunities for his Washington State teammates and he’s one of just a few Cougars who can manufacture offense for himself. Which is why Bonton’s …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Washington State’s Isaac Bonton (hip) ‘doubtful’ to play against Cal, ‘hopeful’ for home finale vs. Stanford

The Cougars may have to find alternative ways of manufacturing offense Wednesday night against Cal, but they expect to have Bonton back in the fold for the last home game …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 15, 2020

Daniel Utomi lifts USC to 70-51 victory over Washington State

Daniel Utomi scored season-high 23 points and the Southern California defense did the rest in a 70-51 victory over Washington State

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

Cody Riley, Chris Smith lead UCLA past Washington State in OT, 86-83

Cody Riley scored 11 of his 19 points in overtime to lead UCLA to a 86-83 win over Washington State on Thursday night.