Washington State Cougars Ready to Host New Orleans (In Basketball!)

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The lowly Washington State Cougars are 4-3 on the young season and will host the University of New Orleans on Saturday. They’ll need your help.

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It’s difficult to give too much of your time to the Washington State Cougars basketball team these days after going 1-17 in Pac-12 play last season, but at the moment, they’re 4-3 under Ernie Kent and they need your help to beat the Privateers on Saturday. Kent, after a recent win over Utah Valley University, implored Cougar fans to come support the team, especially to watch freshman point guard Malachi Flynn.

Flynn dropped 27 points on the UVU Wolverines yesterday, yet his effort went largely unwatched. If you can, stop by the Beasley Coliseum on Saturday to catch the Cougs this weekend. Flynn managed 27 points despite a lack of energy in the building in the last game. Imagine what he could do with a crowd behind him.

The Washington State Cougars will face the University of New Orleans (yes, it’s UNO) Saturday. The Privateers are led by junior forward Travin Thibodeaux, who has one triple-double already this year, and put up 14 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in his last game against Tulane. Watching Flynn and Thibodeaux go shot for shot in this game is well-worth the price of admission ($10, but maybe if the crowds are light, you can talk the cashiers into a better figure).

Kent is an experienced coach who had success at Oregon and can build this program. He, Flynn, Josh Hawkinson, and the rest of the Washington State Cougars basketball squad would be happy to see you. If you’re in the Pullman area on Saturday afternoon and you like basketball, I’d suggest going to the game.

Tip-off is at 3 p.m. If you can’t make the game in person, it will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.

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