Cougs announce 2014-15 non-conference slate

WASHINGTON STATE's men’s basketball nonconference schedule is set, as are all home opponents, WSU said in a release on Wednesday afternoon.

Ernie Kent begins his first season at Washington State with five home nonconference games against Idaho State, Idaho, UTSA, San Jose State and UC Davis.

Wazzu's Pac-12 home schedule includes: Oregon State, Oregon, California, Stanford, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington, Colorado and Utah. The home schedule includes eight teams that appeared in the postseason last season, including five NCAA-Tournament teams.

The schedule also includes the Cougar Hardwood Classic in Seattle against Hawaii and a trip to the Great Alaska Shootout.

The Pac-12 will announce the full conference schedule in conjunction with the Pac-12 Networks following television selections by the networks. The completed schedule with dates, opponents and times is expected to be released in late August.

“With the opportunity to play a variety of different opponents during the nonconference season, we will see several different styles of play that will have us ready for another competitive Pac-12 race,” Kent said in the release.

For the first time since 2006-07, the Cougars will open the season outside of the state of Washington, as they head to Texas to take on UTEP at El Paso, Friday, Nov. 14. WSU will remain in Texas to take on TCU, Monday, Nov. 17. The Cougars hosted both the Horned Frogs and Miners last season, falling to TCU, 64-62, and to UTEP, 64-51.

WSU's home opener is Friday, Nov. 21, against Idaho State. The Cougs will take past in the Great Alaska Shootout (Nov. 26-29) -- the field includes Mercer, Missouri State, Pacific, Alaska Anchorage, Colorado State, Rice and UC Santa Barbara.

The Cougars then return home for home games against Idaho (Dec. 3) and UTSA (Dec. 6).

Washington State will take a 15-day break away from Pullman to head to Spokane for a game against Gonzaga at Spokane Arena, Dec. 10, and then Hawaii at the Cougar Hardwood Classic, Dec. 13 at Seattle’s KeyArena.

The Cougars close out their nonconference season hosting San Jose State, Sunday, Dec. 21 and UC Davis, Sunday, Dec. 28, at Beasley Coliseum.

The Pac-12 schedule won’t be set until August, when television selections are made, but it is known WSU will open the Pac-12 season with three-straight road games. First off will be a trip to the Bay Area to take on Stanford and California the week of Dec. 29-Jan. 4. The Cougs will then meet cross-state rival, Washington at Seattle, the week of Jan. 5-11.

The Cougars open their home Pac-12 season hosting Oregon and Oregon State the week of Jan. 12-18, before heading to Boulder and Salt Lake to face Colorado and Utah, respectively, the week of Jan. 19-25. California and Stanford make their return trips to Pullman the last week of January (Jan. 26-Feb. 1), as the Cougars make their return trips to Oregon and Oregon State, Feb. 2-8.

For the second-straight season, WSU will face the Arizona and Los Angeles schools just once each, hosting Arizona and Arizona State the week of Feb. 9-15 before going on the road to L.A. to take on UCLA and USC the week of Feb. 23 - March 1. Sandwiched between those two weeks is WSU’s second meeting with Washington as the Huskies make the trip to Pullman the week of Feb. 16-22.

The Cougars host Colorado and Utah in their final Pac-12 series of the season the week of March 2-8, before heading to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 Tournament slated for March 11-14 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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