Colorado, welcome to Pullman. For the first time ever, CU will enter Beasley for a Pac-12 Conference showdown and a somewhat important one at that. Washington State is 10-7 (1-3) coming in, while the Buffs are 11-6 (1-4). Neither team has put it together since the conference schedule began and both are trying to build here tonight.
The Buffs were the only Pac-12 team to go to the tourney last year, after a surprise conference tourney run took them through the championship. They were supposed to be better this season, with their star junior Andre Roberson coming back and anchoring them. But they have been something of a cousin to Washington State, if you’re comparing seasons.
Similar losses to Washington and Kansas, similar win vs Fresno and just a generally close team resume. Neither team is going to pull away tonight, so WSU has to be tough enough and poised enough to handle another close ballgame. I think the Cougs will have to deal with the length of Colorado influencing shots, so we can’t force tonight.
We have to be patient and move the ball much like we did on Wednesday against Utah. Also, at least 3 guys need to go into double figures tonight. Ladd and Motum will almost certainly be there, but they could use help again and I guess I can tell you right now that will be the case the remainder of the year.
We’ll see who steps up, or who doesn’t. After that we can decide if we’re a middle of the Pac team, or a bottom feeder this year.