Basketball

Cougars tip off against Texas Southern

The Cougars start their 2020-2021 men’s basketball season tonight, when they face the Texas Southern Tigers at 8 p.m. from Beasley Coliseum.

WSU finished 11th in the conference with a 6-12 record in the Pac-12 and a 16-16 overall record under first year head coach Kyle Smith. In the preseason Pac-12 coaches poll, they predict WSU will finish 11th again.

The Cougars lost notable athletes like CJ Elleby and Jeff Pollard, but still have senior guard Isaac Bonton, sophomore guard Noah Williams and junior forward Aljaz Kunc.

WSU brought in TJ Bamba, a guard from New York, along with forwards Carlos Rosario from the Dominican Republic and Andrej Jakimovski from Macedonia.

The Cougars have never lost to the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) going at an impressive 21-0, and has played every team except Alabama A&M.

The last game the Cougars played was March 11, when they played Colorado in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament, and ended up winning that matchup 82-68. The Cougars also won the last game of the 2019-2020 season, as all tournaments, including March Madness, were shut down due to COVID.

Catch that 8 p.m. tip on the Pac-12 Networks – there will be no in-person attendance.

The Cougs are currently a three-point favorite to win

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