Ernie Kent’s first season schedule with Washington State basketball has been announced. Buzz and excitement about the new coach has been making its way around Pullman ever since his new title was revealed.
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In a Pac-12 interview in April, Kent said that Washington State’s history and Bill Moos are two big reasons why he decided to take this job and get back into coaching. Last season’s games against Colorado, Washington and UCLA are three games he said stood out to him, and show the potential for this program’s success.
The Cougars are set to play 10 non-conference games and The Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage. The games begin with a home game against Azusa Pacific, followed by ten more non-conference competitions. A game against Gonzaga will be played in Spokane on December 10th.
The first conference match-up is against California, ranked No. 7 in the Pac-12 last year according to ESPN.com. A game against Stanford, No. 6 in the conference, follows.
The rivalry game against Washington will be in Seattle in early January. Several of last year’s top teams in the conference will be later in the Cougar’s schedule, including Arizona and UCLA. Oregon and Oregon State follow the rivalry game at home.
Arizona and Arizona State will be played at home, followed by another game against Washington at home. WSU will compete against UCLA and USC once each away this year. Colorado and Utah, the last two games of the conference season schedule will be played at home.
The Pac-12 Tournament will be in Las Vegas in March.
Specific game dates are still unknown because the TV schedule is still being determined.
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