Separated by 75 miles, the rivalry between Gonzaga and Washington State might not be the most heated... but the close proximity between the two schools definitely means bragging rights are on the line. Who will grab those rights this season will be decided on Wednesday night in Pullman.
The 10th ranked and undefeated Bulldogs put their 8-0 record on the line against a Washington State team that is undefeated at home this year at 5-0... but hasn't been tested like they will be on Wednesday night. The Cougars lead the all-time series 98-49, but GU has won 10 of the last 13 meetings.
In last years match-up, Gonzaga beat WSU 89-81 in Spokane. The season before that, Washington State trounced the Bulldogs 81-59. Cougs head coach Ken Bone says this years GU might team might end up being the best yet, and calls their attack very balanced. On the other side, Mark Few praised the coaching job Bone has done in Pullman, and credits the WSU coaching staff with the improvement senior center Brock Motum has made, blossoming into a first team All-Conference performer.
As of Monday afternoon, 9,500 tickets had been sold meaning that around 2,000 were still available. The game will be broadcast live on Newsradio 920, and on ESPNU.