Preview: Washington State

The Cougars have experience, but will they start to play defense?

Updated: October 21, 2013, 9:28 AM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

Royce Woolridge Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY SportsRoyce Woolridge will be asked to carry a significant scoring load for the Cougars.

Washington State Cougars

2012-13: 13-19 (4-14 Pac-12) Lost to Washington 64-62, Pac-12 quarterfinals
In-conference offense: 1.03 points per possession (3rd)
In-conference defense: 1.08 points allowed per possession (12th)

The halcyon days of the Tony Bennett era are rapidly becoming a distant memory in the Palouse, where the Washington State Cougars have slipped back to the bottom of the Pac-12 conference. Bennett left successor Ken Bone a talented young roster led by Klay Thompson, and the Cougars were a .500 team in conference play during Bone's second season and Thompson's last in Pullman. Since then, the team has regressed, and only an upset of UCLA during the final week of conference play kept Washington State from sole possession of the cellar in 2012-13.


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