Round three of the basketball version of the Apple Cup is set for tonight when the Huskies and the Cougars take it to the court in the Pac-12 conference tourney. The winner survives to play Oregon tomorrow. The loser goes home.
The Huskies have beaten Washington State the last five times the teams have met. In fact, nine of the last 10 games against their cross-state rival have gone Washington's way. Just 10 days ago Washington beat Washington State 72-68 behind Scott Suggs' 23 points.
Suggs and C.J. Wilcox lead a guard-dominant scoring punch for Washington. Wilcox was just named to the All Pac-12 second team. Brock Motum, also second team all-conference, will lead the Cougars' attack.
The Cougars (13-18) and Dawgs (17-14) have met twice before in the conference tourney. Washington prevailed 89-87 in 2011, despite a yeoman effort by WSU standout Klay Thompson. The Cougars won 74-64 in 2007.
Washington is listed as a three point favorite for tonight's game. While this can be one of those "throw out the record books" type of games, the Huskies should be able to cover that number. Take the Dawgs and double down at the blackjack table on your way out the door.
The Pac-12 Network will broadcast Wednesday's game from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Ted Robinson and Bill Walton will call the action. The IMG Networks of the respective schools will have the action on radio. Tip is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. P.S.T.