Not sure a whole lot of Cougar fans are looking forward to this one. Let’s see, Washington State at #1 Arizona in the Desert without WSU’s top scorer available after emergency appendectomy… um, pass.
Except we can’t really pass so we must embrace the challenge of the McKale Center. Sometimes in these situations with a team backed into a corner and whatnot without their star, a team can really surprise the critics. Will it happen tonight? No, but it has before, that’s all I’m saying.
The biggest problem is because of Arizona’s size, D.J. Shelton will get pushed out of his comfort zone again and force a whole bunch of perimeter shots, which he frankly struggles to hit with any amount of consistency. Overall I think in order to even stay within respectability in this game the Cougs will have to hit 10-12 threes. To stay in the game it’s probably around 12-15 trey’s… Without Lacy, as you already know, those are not good numbers to have to hit.
At any rate Arizona should blow the top off our poor Cougars. It may not be fair, or maybe it is, but this game will mark the beginning of the end for coach Ken Bone. This team just hasn’t taken the steps forward that Bill Moos was expecting and it will all be shown in this road trip to the Arizona’s. Even without your star, you should be able to compete and unfortunately I don’t see that happening tonight.