WSU men’s basketball to play UNLV in Las Vegas Clash

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Washington State men’s basketball team will play in the upcoming Las Vegas Clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 10.

The Cougars will face off against the UNLV Rebels, followed by an Arizona-Indiana game.

“We are excited to participate in the Las Vegas Clash,” said head coach Kyle Smith. “This is an opportunity for us to go on the road and compete against a quality opponent in Las Vegas. It will give our kids a good prep for our conference tournament.”

WSU won 22 games last season in Smith’s third year at the helm and earned the school’s first postseason berth in more than a decade, finishing the season in the NIT semifinals. The team will be led by returning starters TJ Bamba and Mouhammed Gueye and a top-40 recruiting class.

“With our strong finish last year and our growth as a program, we have made a commitment to playing in nonconference events that will get us ready for the Pac-12 and NCAA,” Smith added. “The Las Vegas Clash is a perfect fit for our philosophy. To be associated with storied programs like UNLV, Arizona, and Indiana in a high-profile event is a tribute to the hard work that our players have put into the program.”

The Cougs’ Las Vegas Clash game will be televised on FS1. Tickets for the event go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. and start at $49. You can get them here.

“We are excited to be a part of the Las Vegas Clash doubleheader and to have the opportunity to face a strong Pac-12 team in Washington State on the Las Vegas Strip,” said UNLV Head Coach Kevin Kruger. “The MGM Grand Garden Arena is a great venue for college basketball.”

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