Cougars announce 2016-17 nonconference men's basketball schedule

WASHINGTON STATE men’s basketball will host seven nonconference games in Pullman, along with one in Kennewick, the school announced Wednesday as part of its release of the 2016-17 men’s basketball nonconference schedule.

The Cougars open up the season hosting Montana State, Friday, Nov. 11, the night before Cougar football hosts California at Martin Stadium.  WSU then travels away from Pullman for four games as it hosts Central Washington in Kennewick at the Toyota Center (Tuesday, Nov. 15), followed by three games at the Paradise Jam at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Nov. 18-21. The Cougars open the tournament vs. Creighton.

Washington State returns home Thanksgiving/Apple Cup weekend as it hosts San Jose State on Sunday, Nov. 27. That’s the first of four straight home games as the Cougars play host to Utah Valley (Wednesday, Nov. 30), New Orleans (Saturday, Dec. 3) and Idaho (Wednesday, Dec. 7).

Washington State hits the road to take on Kansas State on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Sprint Center at Kansas City, Mo. The Cougars then return home for their final two nonconference games hosting Santa Clara (Saturday, Dec. 17) and Sacramento State (Wednesday, Dec. 21).

The Pac-12 schedule will be announced later this summer, as will the exhibition game.

The Cougars last played at the Tri-Cities in 2013, in a game televised on the Pac-12 Networks with WSU head man Ernie Kent as the color analyst.

“Every year we try to put together the best nonconference scheduled to prepare us for a competitive Pac-12 season and help build excitement amongst our fans and supporters,” Kent said. “I think we did a good job of that this season, getting some home games during football weekends and playing Central Washington in the Tri-Cities, where we have a huge Cougar contingency. Trips to the Paradise Jam and to Kansas City to take on Kansas State will give us some good ‘road’ tests, which will help us come conference play, which is always a tough test.”

Season ticket renewals will be available online beginning Monday, June 20, with a deadline of Friday, July 29. Reservations are now being taken for new season tickets, and they will go on sale Monday, Aug. 15, followed by mini plans on sale Monday, Sept. 19. Single-game tickets will be available for Cougar Athletic Fund (CAF) members beginning Monday, Oct. 3, while the general public will be able to purchase them beginning Monday, Oct. 17. For more information on tickets, click here or email the ticket office at Timeline and pricing info can be found here

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