Bone looks forward to talking with Bill Moos

CF.C ASKED KEN BONE TODAY about dealing with fan speculation about his future at Washington State and what he plans to say on his own behalf when he meets after the season with athletic director Bill Moos.

Bone did not comment on the first question, but previously has stated he deserves criticism because of the team's struggles. This marks the third consecutive year the Cougars have won fewer games than the previous season.

"I think I'll be coaching basketball and I look forward to talking with Bill Moos," Bone said.

Momentum is the buzzword surrounding Washington State this week. After the Cougars' stunning 73-55 win Saturday against UCLA, they seek consecutive wins for the first time since December when they open the Pac-12 Tournament at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday against Stanford in Las Vegas (TV: Pac-12 Networks).

"After a few losses it was nice to get a win," said Bone, whose team ended an eight-game losing streak. "I thought our guys did a nice job of playing good basketball at both ends of the court. Hopefully, that gives them momentum heading into the game."

WSU (10-20) was swept during the regular season by the Cardinal (19-11).

"Our backs are against the wall," Bone said. "Sometimes that brings the best out of you."

While Bone said his team has plenty of incentive to win, he noted that Stanford could see its NCAA Tournament aspirations end with a loss against the Cougars.

Both of WSU's setbacks against the Cardinal came by double figures. Guard Anthony Brown scored a combined 45 points in those games for Stanford. Bone said the Cougars could focus their defensive attention on Brown — he noted they had success doing that Colorado's Josh Scott, who scored just one point against them Feb. 5 — but Stanford has three other players who average double-digit points.

"They've got a lot of good pieces," Bone said.

Bone said WSU's win against a UCLA team that also has four players who average double figures might be the Cougars' best preparation. He said his team made several adjustments during the game to limit the Bruins' offense.

"There's no doubt it was our best game of the year," Bone said. "I thought our guys showed a lot of resilience the last month and a half or two months."

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