Hoops Preview - Washington State

With the rivalry game on the docket, Washington travels to Pullman today to play against the Washington State Cougars. The tip time is set for 5 p.m. PT and will be aired live on ROOT Sports. It will also be carried on 950 KJR AM. Ken Bone's Washington State squad has been up and down this season, basically living up to expectations.

With solid wins over Stanford and California, the Cougars have also suffered bad losses against Utah, Arizona State and UC Riverside.

A big reason for the fluctuation in performance has been injury issues. Faisal Aden, who is now out for the season, missed several games early on, and Abe Lodwick has been banged up as well. Even with the dangerous Aden out of the game, Brock Motum has emerged as one of the most dominant big men in the Pac-12. Averaging 17.8 points on 57 percent shooting and 6.5 rebounds, the Australian has done it all this season. Recently, in the last seven games, the 6-foot-10 center has averaged 24.3 points. Motum, a junior, is also No. 46 in the nation in true shooting percentage at 64 percent.

Despite the talent dropping off some from Motum, point guard Reggie Moore is one of the best floor generals in the conference. Averaging 9.6 points a game on just 39 percent shooting, the 6-foot-1 Seattle junior is contributing 5.6 assists and 1.1 steals a game. He rates No. 37 in the nation for assists per game and he is No. 56 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.3.

DaVonte Lacy is the Cougars' sharpshooting threat. A freshman from Tacoma, Lacy averages 9.3 points on 40 percent shooting from the field and 37 from 3-pointers. Although the 6-foot-3 guard doesn't add much else, Lacy can go off at any time and has gone into double digits 12 times with a high of 19 against Oregon on Dec. 29.

Other contributors for the Cougars will be veterans Lodwick, Marcus Capers, Mike Ladd and D.J. Shelton. As a team, Bone's squad does a lot of things good. Nationally, the Cougars are ranked No. 22 in true shooting percentage (57.6), No. 27 in effective field goal percentage (53.9), No. 34 in free throw rate (42.8), No. 35 in field goal percentage (47.2), No. 59 in offensive efficiency (107.9) and No. 42 in total rebounds allowed per game (31.3).

Historically, Washington has dominated the series that started in 1910 173-100. Having played each other every year except 1914 and 1916, Washington has also fared well in Pullman, out matching the Cougars 71-62. Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar is 4-5, however, in Pullman.


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