That could create challenges as the Cougars look for ways to keep senior center Brock Motum, who averages a team-high 19.8 points per game, involved with the offense. Motum scored 29 points during Wednesday's loss at Stanford, but combined for 31 in WSU's other two conference losses. Bone said last week that the Cougars were focused on finding solutions for that, but noted they have not improved much recently.
"Every game is kind of a new storyline on how to defend Brock," Bone said. "[We have to] try and keep him off-guard in practice so he can expect anything."
Motum also has not had much help. During Saturday's 67-54 loss at California, guards DaVonté Lacy and Mike Ladd each scored 12 points. That duo combined to shoot just 10 of 29 from the field, though. Bone said he believes Lacy's struggles have shaken his confidence. One player who has not had an issue with that is sophomore Dexter Kernich-Drew, who made 3 of 5 shots en route to seven points against the Bears.
"Dexter believes he can shoot," Bone said. "DaVonté needs to grab a little of it."
"He's big and physical," Bone said. "We haven't had that since DeAngelo [Casto] left."
Railey was suspended by the Cyclones in 2011 following his arrest for disorderly conduct, but Bone said he has known him since he coached at Portland State. He praised Railey's character.
"Jordan is a great kid who is emotional and made some bad decisions," Bone said. "We looked at that hard because of issues we've had here."
"The only reaction I have is I'm going to miss him," Bone said. "He's a great guy and an outstanding coach."
After Bone said he was complementary of O'Neill's defense when they met at a coaches convention a few years ago. O'Neill told Bone he would mail him a packet on it the following day.
"There's no secrets with him," he said.