Five disappointing seasons and a coaching change had to be made. But new coach Ernie Kent comes from Oregon, so a culture change with someone who comes from more success will be a welcome adjustment for a program in need of one. This young roster went 10-21 (3-15 Pac-12) and got run over in the conference schedule before randomly winning the last game of the regular season against UCLA. Not that it mattered. But the culprit all season was an anemic offense that scored, on average, more than eight points fewer than anyone else in the Pac-12. That’s even with DaVonte Lacy’s (19.4 PPG) development into a star player. Lacy is back for his last year, and while there is promise in a few underclassmen, the ceiling for this team might still be a .500 record. If even.
The Washington State Cougars operate under coach Ernie Kent at the Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Washington. It’s not a program known for strong basketball teams although a short run of success between 2006 and 2008 had basketball in style big time on campus. Those years saw the most recent two of the school’s six all-time appearances in the NCAA Tournament. But since getting blown out by UNC in the Sweet Sixteen in 2008 the Cougars haven’t come close to it. The 2010-11 22-13 squad was on the bubble but the team has decreased in wins each year since then. 16 Cougars have made the NBA, including James Donaldson, Craig Ehlo, and Klay Thompson. Get your Washington State basketball tickets from Gold Coast Tickets!