The 1991-92 squad at Washington State started the season 12-0, a mark the Cougs can match this Friday against North Carolina A&T. The game against the Aggies will complete Wazzu's non-conference schedule, with a matchup against the Huskies kicking off the Pac-10 slate on Jan. 5 in Seattle.
After Friday's game in Pullman against North Carolina A&T, the Cougs have a difficult task looming -- three games in seven days and all on the road -- at Washington, at No. 24 USC, and the finale against No. 5 UCLA in Pauley Pavilion.
Despite eleven straight wins to start the season, Cougar coach Tony Bennett has said league play will be a different animal. Indeed, as good as the Pac-10 was last season, it appears even better top to bottom this year.
Every Pac-10 team has a winning record with in-conference play looming.
Bennett also said before the season the Cougs could field a better team but with a worse record than last year's 26-8 mark.
Still, the Cougars, when they play their brand of defense and run their offense, are as tough a team as anyone. The Cougs win over then No. 19 Gonzaga in Spokane, and the victory against Baylor in Waco, a 9-1 team who could very well climb into the rankings and postseason play this year, are good examples.
Washington State in the near term will have to overcome the loss of Daven Harmeling, the first man off the bench for the Cougs and averaging 22 minutes a game. The junior forward fractured a thumb in Friday's practice. With Harmeling out indefinitely, the minutes of Caleb Forrest and Nikola Koprivica look to increase.
The Cougs' next four opponents: