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WSU hoops will open Pac-12 schedule at UW

WASHINGTON STATE won't waste any time getting into rivalry mode in hoops this season. The Cougs open the 2016-17 Pac-12 season at Washington, the conference and WSU announced Tuesday.

The date and time won’t be determined for another month or so but what is known is the Cougars open up the Pac-12 season on the road for the third time in the last four years, taking on Washington in Seattle the week of Dec. 28 - Jan. 1.

WSU’s 2016-17 Pac-12 home opener will take place the week of Jan. 4-8 as it hosts Oregon and Oregon State. That marks the only meeting of the season for WSU against the Oregon schools. The following week the Cougars take to the road once again for their lone meetings with California and Stanford at the Bay Area.

Washington State will host Colorado and Utah the week of Jan. 18-22, followed by a road trip to Arizona and Arizona State on Jan. 25-29. The Cougars will see the Los Angeles schools for the first time the week of Feb. 1-5 as they host UCLA and USC at Beasley Coliseum. The following week (Feb. 8-12), WSU takes on Colorado in Boulder and Utah in Salt Lake City.

WSU hosts three straight games beginning with Arizona and Arizona State the week of Feb. 15-19, before its regular season home finale against the Huskies the week of Feb. 22-26.

The Cougars conclude the regular season at UCLA and USC the week of March 1-4. The Pac-12 Tournament will be held March 8-11 at T-Mobile Arena at Las Vegas.

The Cougars open the season Nov. 11 at home against Montana State.

The Pac-12 will announce the complete conference schedule with dates, opponents and times in late August or early September.

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