The Washington State Cougars host the Idaho Vandals at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman tonight in the 106th consecutive meeting between the border rivals. Washington State holds a 158-107 advantage over the Vandals, including a 76-64 win over Idaho last year. Klay Thompson and the Cougs look to stay undefeated after easily dropping Southern University on Saturday, 86-47.
The Cougars will again be without sophomore point guard Reggie Moore. After injuring his left wrist, Moore has been unavailable and his status is still unclear; with WSU saying he is out indefinitely. Moore is in a cast and will be out as long as it takes for the swelling to go down in his wrist. In his absence, a few of the newcomers get a chance to shine. Faisal Aden, a junior college scoring machine, led the Cougs against Southern with 18 points. Aden has shown he's not afraid to shoot the ball and can knock down a jumper with consistency.
Marcus Capers brought the energy against the Southern Jaguars, snagging 15 rebounds to lead the Cougs. DeAngelo Casto added 16 points as the Cougars primary scoring option in the post.
As always, all eyes will be on junior Klay Thompson. Again this season, Thompson has all the accolades. Though he tapered off down the stretch last season, there's no question he can be an unmatched scoring threat when he gets on a roll. Thompson picked up 15 points against Southern in a game where his best effort wasn't needed.
With Washington and Gonzaga dominating the local television tonight -- and rightfully so -- the Cougars are relegated to the radio. The Cougs and Vandals tip-off at 7 p.m.