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

WSU vs. CU: Does biggest bully win?

WASHINGTON STATE's basketball season will come to an end Wednesday if the Cougs can't solve Colorado's physical style of play (6 pm, Pac-12 Network). The last time these two teams played, Ernie Kent lamented just how badly the Cougs got pushed around.
March 8, 2017

Hawkinson named second-team All-Pac-12

WASHINGTON STATE men’s basketball senior forward Josh Hawkinson was named All-Pac-12 Second Team and true freshman point guard Malachi Flynn was tabbed Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention.
March 6, 2017

Kent: Cougs should have beaten No. 3 UCLA

WIDE OPEN LOOKS. Ernie Kent estimated the Cougs missed 20 wide open shots at No. 3 UCLA. “We should have won this game,” said Kent after the Cougars fell 77-68 to the Bruins to wrap up the regular season with a 13-17 record and 6-12 mark in Pac-12 games.
March 4, 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

At least one man knew Hawk would soar at WSU

STEVE KELLEY, the retired Seattle Times columnist who now spends winters as an assistant basketball coach at Roosevelt High, beams when he recalls an interview he did with Cougfan.com in 2013. At the time, he was a volunteer assistant coach at Shorewood High and insisted that the team's gangly center -- who was recruited by no other major-conference schools -- would become a force in the Pac-12.
March 1, 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