The Washington State Cougars begin play in the 2011 NIT on Wednesday night as Long Beach State visits Beasley Coliseum in Pullman. The Cougars ended the regular season on a disappointing not, dropping the final two games of the year, including a loss to in-state rival Washington in the Pac-10 Tournament. On Selection Sunday, the disappointment of missing the NCAA Tournament was mitigated by a high seed in the NIT, giving Washington State fans hope for a deep tournament run.
Here’s a look at the Cougars’ side of the bracket, affectionately known as “upper-right.”
Upper right bracket:
No. 4 Northwestern Wildcats vs. No. 5 Milwaukee Panthers on Wednesday at 5 pm
If Washington State wins on Wednesday night, the Cougars would host Oklahoma State in Pullman early next week. Oklahoma State dispatched Ivy League runner-up Harvard on Tuesday night, 71-54.
The Cougs NIT run begins on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m., live on ESPNU. For those without ESPNU, the game will also be broadcast on ESPN3.com.