It’s been about a month and a half since the Washington State Cougars won a game at home and it’s been more than two month since they won a conference game at home. Tonight, that could change if UCLA is still missing Cody Riley and Jalen Hill.
In his press conference on Tuesday, Mick Cronin said that Riley is “day to day” and Hill is still out with “personal issues.” He didn’t seem to know when Hill would be back, but Riley could play depending on how his ankle feels. It seems pretty safe to assume that both players will miss tonight’s game.
On the other hand, Washington State might just be what the doctor ordered for a Bruin team that looked bad compared to the Trojans last Saturday night.
When these teams met in Westwood last month, UCLA crushed the Cougars, 91-61. Since that meeting, the Bruins have gone just 3-2 while the Cougars have gone 2-5.
Unfortunately, the real unknown here is how much the Bruins will miss Riley and Hill. Riley scored 12 points against the Cougars in January while Hill only had four points. The bigger difference might be seen on the boards. Hill led the team with seven rebounds last time while Riley was second with six. Each player grabbed four of their boards defensively.
So, it would seem that the key to tonight’s game for the Bruins will be keeping Washington State to get a second or third shot.
That said, I still think the Bruins win tonight’s game by at least ten. It just won’t be the 30-point blowout was saw at Pauley.
The TuneIn player won’t embed here on Substack, but you can open another tab to listen. Today’s game is on FS1 with Noah Eagle and Casey Jacobsen calling the game. If you would prefer to listen to Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray call today’s game instead you can listen to today’s game online.
Join your fellow Bruin fans discussing today’s game below.This is your UCLA Bruins at Washington State Cougars game thread.
Opponent: Washington State Cougars (11-8, 4-8)
Series Record: UCLA leads, 110-18
When: 8:00 pm PT, Thursday, February 11, 2021
Where: Beasley Coliseum, Pullman, WA
TV: FS1 with Noah Eagle and Casey Jacobsen
Live Stream: FoxSports.com and the Fox Sports app
Radio/Audio:AM 570 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy MurraySatellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 134 & XM Ch. 197 (UCLA feed)And, of course, here in The Mighty Bruin Game Thread!
Live Stats: UCLA StatBroadcast
Game Notes:UCLAWashington State Cougars
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