Seen & Heard on Planet Coug

NO MATTER the sport, the change from one coaching staff to another is a disruption that can rock a program for years. Smooth transitions tend to be more the exception than the rule and the players have as much to do with the size of the ripples as the staff.  So as we close the book on THE Cougars’ basketball season, four much-deserved shout outs are in order.
March 10, 2017

Hoops: Lesson of Chief Joseph lost on Cougs

IN THE MIDST OF a 16-2 run that would help Washington State build a 19-point lead in the first half of Thursday's Pac-12 Tournament game against Colorado, the poet color analyst Bill Walton declared, "the Cougars are playing with the confidence of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce." Somewhere thereafter the history lesson seemed to be lost on the Cougs.
March 8, 2017

Preview: UCLA v. Washington State

Mar. 3 -- While you might think the Washington State game isn't important, it truly is critical for No. 3 UCLA. It's also the last time the core of this team will play in Pauley Pavilion as Bruins...
March 3, 2017

WSU hoops: How sweep it is!

THE COUGARS responded. After Ernie Kent ripped his team following a mistake-filled loss to Arizona on Thursday, Washington State (12-15, 5-10) played one of its best games of the season in an 86-71 win over Arizona State (13-15, 6-9). The victory completing a WSU season sweep of a conference opponent for the first time since 2011-12. The win also featured the Cougars flipping the script on so many trouble spots this season.
February 18, 2017

Kent: Cougs will be sick watching this tape

ERNIE KENT knows his Cougars let one get away at Utah. The Washington State head hoops man talked a whole lot of X’s and O’s -- and missed opportunities -- after a 74-70 loss on the road that saw erratic play from both teams.
February 9, 2017

Leaf Leads UCLA To Road Win at WSU

Feb. 2 -- It was a little too close for comfort at points, but ultimately, UCLA pulled it out against Washington State on Wednesday night...
February 2, 2017

Kent: Proud of Cougs but we lost mental game

WASHINGTON STATE had what it wanted. The Cougs were within one score late in the game, on the road, vs. No. 7/9 Arizona. But with the score 56-53 and 8:19 remaining on the clock, a 19-4 run by Arizona in five minutes' time slammed the door shut and the Cougs fell 79-62 on the road. There were two major regrets for Ernie Kent after the loss.
January 26, 2017

Cougs can't finish in nail biter at Cal

IN A HOOPS GAME decided by few points, much of the post game emphasis is focused on the final stretch. But the story of Washington State's 58-54 loss at Cal had its roots at the foul line and in the final minutes of the first half.
January 14, 2017