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GAME THREAD: The Citadel (4-5) at No. 7 WSU (9-0)

Posted by Jeff Nusser on December 20, 2007

KeyArena (Seattle), 7:30 p.m. PT
TV: FSN

The Cougs are expecting potentially 12,000 lustily screaming fans for this matchup, which ought to be a blowout on the order of Mississippi Valley State. The Bulldogs are 264th in the nation in offensive efficiency and 340th nationally in defensive efficiency. The Cougs are 24th in offensive efficiency and 12th in defensive efficiency.

A lot of people have made a big deal about the fact that we can’t seem to get a big-name program to play in this game, but I don’t see it as so bad. Essentially, this will be a big WSU alumni rally — the kind of game where we pat each other on the back and celebrate how far we’ve come as a program. The outcome will never be in doubt, as we’ll get to watch our heroes shake off some of the rust as well as watch some of the lesser-known players get some PT in front of a big crowd.

What will I be looking for on the court? Well, I want to see how focused this team looks after 11 days off against yet another severely overmatched opponent. Will they value the basketball? Will they work as hard on the defensive end as they will have to all year long? You know, the typical stuff. This is the beginning of the stretch run to really get ready for Pac-10 play, so we want to see some momentum building for that brutal opening to the conference schedule.

I won’t be attending the game in person, so I should be able to post some thoughts here tonight. And if you’re loooking for a game that ought to be a great contest, check out Pitt vs. Duke at 4 p.m. on ESPN. Also, Gonzaga travels to Oklahoma. Should be a great night for hoops. Feel free to post your thoughts throughout the day heading up to the contest and into the evening.

Oh, and if you’re looking for the various previews for tonight available on the Internet, check out coughoops.com. He does a great job compiling all the stories out there each day.

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