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Boeing Apple Cup Series round one tips off Wednesday at Beasley

Feb 22, 2022

vs Washington (13-12, 8-7) | Wed., Feb. 23 | 8 pm | Beasley Coliseum
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  Watch | ESPNU (Eric Rothman & Adrian Branch)
  Listen | WSU Learfield Radio Network (Matt Chazanow & Craig Ehlo)

> The first half of the Boeing Apple Cup Series kicks off the second half of the season as the Cougs host the Huskies at Beasley Wednesday night. The Cougs have controlled the series in the last two years under head coach Kyle Smith winning three of four, however the Huskies took the last matchup, 65-63, in Pullman on a last second basket.
> WSU has dropped five-straight with three of those losses coming by one possession. Despite the losses the Cougs have a chance to still play their way into the top four sitting two games back of Oregon which they play March 5 to end the regular season.
> DJ Rodman and Andrej Jakimovski found their groove in LA as the duo combined for 33 points, 27 rebounds, and 4 blocks against #13 UCLA and #17 USC.
> The Cougs defense continues to be among the elite ranking 19th in defensive rating at 92.4 per 100. WSU has allowed opponents to shoot and effective FG% of just 46.7% (42nd in the country).
> WSU's NET sits at 48, down from its all-time high of 36 entering the week. In the KenPom rating the Cougs check in at 44.

The home stretch of the season begins with the rescheduled opening of rivalry week as WSU hosts Washington in the Boeing Apple Cup Series Wednesday on ESPNU. In four games under head coach Kyle Smith the Cougs have won three times against their rivals, however, the Huskies took the last meeting, stunning the Cougs in Pullman on a last second shot in February of last season. The Huskies enter the week coming off a loss to Utah Valley last week finishing non-conference play 5-5. UW missed three games earlier in the month due to Covid-19, postponing their game against Arizona and forfeiting their contest against UCLA while cancelling a contest against Gonzaga.
In four career games against Washington, Noah Williams has posted 14.4 ppg (on 36.6% shooting), 6.3 rpg, 1.8 spg. The junior from the Westside has done the bulk of his damage getting to the line where he is an impressive 25-for-30 (83.3%) in four games including going 7-for-8 from the line in both games last season.

Round two of the Boeing Apple Cup Series sends the Cougs and the Huskies to the Westside as the two teams square off Saturday afternoon in Seattle on the Pac-12 Network. Under head coach Kyle Smith the Cougs are a perfect 2-0 in Seattle against their rivals including getting a 15 point win last season in Seattle. The win was the largest on the road against the Huskies since 1994. In the win, Noah Williams came up with 21 points while Efe Abogidi and Dishon Jackson combined for 24 points and 16 rebounds in the post. Abogidi went for 13 and 13 in the victory.

USC 62 - WSU 60 | Feb. 20, 2022 | LOS ANGELES
For the second time on the year the Cougs suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of the Trojans as Boogie Ellis hit a midrange jumper with .2 left on the clock to beat WSU once again on a last second shot. In the loss the Cougs hit a Kyle Smith era record 15 three-pointers drilling 15 of 31 from deep.

After 10 games and over a month on the bench due to an eye injury suffered at Utah, sophomore center Dishon Jackson returned to the court and proved an immediate impact at #17 USC Feb. 20. In all he would play a season high 24 minutes off the bench finishing with five points, four rebounds, and three blocks (a career best in a Pac-12 game).
In the 10 games without Dishon the Cougs struggled on the glass getting outrebounded by 2.1 (36.6 to 34.5) while before his eye injury the Cougs were +5.9 on the glass.

Entering the week the Cougs continue their perch atop of the Pac-12 as the top three-point shooting team leading the way with 9.1 3ptFG per game (33rd in the country) on 27.0 3ptFGA per game (39th in the country). The Cougs are shooting 33.6% from deep on the year.
On the year the Cougs have made 10+ three-pointers on 12 occasions going 9-3 in those contests.
Super senior Michael Flowers leads the attack at 2.7 3ptFG per game while Tyrell Roberts if fifth in the Pac as 2.2 per game.
At USC on Feb. 20, the Cougs drilled 15 of 31 from deep. The 15 tied for the 4th most in program history and the most in the Kyle Smith Era.

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