Christian Caple covers Washington State sports for the Spokesman Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. He answered five questions I had for him about Monday’s CBI second-round game between Wyoming and Washington State, and I answered five questions for him. First are his answers to my questions, followed by my answers to his questions.
Here are my questions for you. I answered yours below.
Seemed like Washington State played well in its first-round CBI win at San Francisco. Is the team excited to play in the CBI and what did it do well at San Francisco to win? Hard to say if they’re necessarily excited, but they’re certainly focused. Coach Ken Bone has been pleased with the effort they’ve brought to practice, noting that it could have been easy for them to lament the fact that they’re missing their spring break and spending it practicing, instead. But if any of the players are thinking that, they’re not showing it. They looked a lot looser against San Francisco – shared the ball, shot well, made free throws. The Dons trap a lot in the halfcourt, and WSU has played pretty well against teams that do that this season. They dissected USF’s defense with great efficiency, and assisted on 20 of their 29 made field goals.
Of all the things I thought I might see from the Wyoming men’s basketball team in Wednesday’s first-round CBI game with North Dakota State, I didn’t think one of them would be the Cowboys giving up 75 points.
Fortunately, UW scored 78 and won the game to advance to the second round where it plays at Washington State at 8 p.m. Monday night.
I thought junior forward Leonard Washington was a beast, once again. He had his fourth double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. His three-point play with 18.5 seconds to play gave UW a 75-70 lead.
More on Washington later this week in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.
Wyoming was close to beating No. 17 UNLV here at the Thomas & Mack Center, but foul trouble, turnovers and missed shots late cost the Cowboys in a 74-63 loss Saturday night.
The 11-point loss matches UW’s most lopsided (if you consider 11 points lopsided) of the season.
The Cowboys have played the three best teams in the MW, San Diego State, New Mexico and UNLV, to nine points, 10 points and 11 points on the road. The SDSU game went into overtime and UW beat UNLV in Laramie.
They are close to beating these teams. We will see how much closer Thursday when the Cowboys and Rebels play again in the quarterfinals of the MW Tournament at 9:30 p.m.
Even though the weather and the road prevented me from going to the game, it wouldn’t matter if you saw Wyoming play in person, on TV, listened on the radio or read a box score — the seniors took center stage on Senior Night.
Wyoming beat TCU 71-59 in arguably its best offensive game in Mountain West play to date.
One turnover and 18 assists on 28 baskets says it all. So does shooting nearly 54 percent from the field.
My top key for the Wyoming men’s basketball team in tonight’s home game with Air Force:
Go inside: Meaning junior forward Leonard Washington and senior center Adam Waddell get off to good starts offensively and bounce back from a combined 7 of 27 shooting performance in last Saturday’s 48-38 loss at New Mexico.
Yes, no or do you think this is as crazy as my MW power poll for the week?
For more keys to the game and a little more detail on defensive play of UW junior guard Luke Martinez, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.