Tonight, UCLA starts the second half of their conference schedule when the Bruins visit the Washington State Cougars. By all measures, Washington State is not a very good basketball team. The Cougars are 11-10 overall and only 4-5 in the Pac-12, but, despite this, UCLA cannot take tonight’s game lightly.
The Bruins are riding a two-game losing streak and they need to bounce back tonight. On paper, at least, it would seem that Washington State would be an ideal team to face right now. But, UCLA has not won in Pullman since February 4, 2012.
So, this team has something to prove tonight.
The Cougars have three players averaging double figures in points per game. They are led by Josh Hawkinson whose average is 16.0 ppg. Ike Iroegbu and Malachi Flynn are averaging 11.6 and 11.2 ppg, respectively.
Hawkinson is also Washington State’s assist leader with an average of 10.0 assists per game.
Overall, Wazzou just doesn’t shoot the ball as well as the Bruins. The Cougs are shooting 45.5% from the field and only 34.6% from three-point range while UCLA is shooting 49.8% from the field and 43.2% from three-point range. That said, if the game comes down to free throws, Washington State could have an edge because their 77.0% free throw percentage is better than the Bruins’ 72.1% free throw percentage.
Here’s how to watch tonight’s game:
#8 UCLA Bruins (19-3, 6-3)
Opponent: Washington State Cougars (11-10, 4-5)
When: Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 6:00 pm PT
Where: Beasley Coliseum, Pullman, WA
TV: Pac-12 Networks National, Los Angeles and Washington with J.B. Long and Matt Muehlebach
Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app
- 1150 AM in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray
- Sirius Channel 119 (Washington State feed)
- And, of course, the Bruins Nation Game Thread!
Live Stats: Washington State Cougars StatBroadcast