WSU Unveils 2022-23 Men’s Basketball Nonconference Schedule
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State men's basketball team announced its 2022-23 nonconference schedule for the upcoming season, the program announced Wednesday. WSU will host three home games, play in seven neutral-site games, and one true road game.
"After our postseason run last year, we feel it is important for us to take on some challenges in our nonconference schedule," WSU Head Coach Kyle Smith said. "This will hopefully help us prepare for Pac-12 play and enhance our chances of being selected as an NCAA Tournament at-large team if we are not the automatic qualifier. In addition, we can help the Pac-12 get back to being a 5-6 NCAA bid league."
The Cougars begin the season Monday, Nov. 7, hosting Texas State at Beasley Coliseum in a double-header with the WSU women's basketball team. The game will mark the return of Cougar great Bennie Seltzer to the Palouse. The former All-Pac-10 First Team selection enters his third season as the associate head coach with the Bobcats.
The WSU men will travel to Boise, Saturday, Nov. 12, for a neutral-site game at Idaho Central Arena against Boise State. The Cougars hosted BSU last season at Spokane Arena, falling 52-58, as Boise State went on to the NCAA Tournament as an automatic qualifier and No. 8 seed.
WSU will have a short turnaround, traveling to Houston, Texas for its first true road game of the season, Tuesday, Nov. 15. The Cougars will visit Prairie View A&M for the first time in program history and the first half of a home-and-home series in Coach Smith's return to his hometown of Houston.
Playing a single game at Spokane Arena, the Cougars will face Eastern Washington for a rematch of last year's contest, a 71-76 defeat for the Cougs. The 2022 matchup will continue a 68-game series that dates back to 1907, when Washington State College competed against Cheney Normal.
Washington State concludes the month with a home game against Detroit Mercy, Friday, Nov. 25 at Beasley Coliseum. The matchup will mark the first all-time meeting against the Titans, who are led by Antoine Davis. A fifth-year graduate student, Davis has scored a school-record 2,734 career points, second all-time in Horizon League history, and 22nd in NCAA history.
The Cougs will return home in December, hosting Northern Kentucky, Wednesday, Dec. 7. Washington State and NKU have never met in program history, with the Norse returning a strong offensive rebounding team (12.6 per game in 2021-22) and disruptive defense that forced 14.3 turnovers per game last season.
Washington State will play the remainder of its nonconference schedule away from Pullman, traveling to Las Vegas, Saturday, Dec. 10. The Cougars will face UNLV in the first half of a neutral site doubleheader at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. WSU-UNLV will tipoff the Las Vegas Clash at 1:30 p.m. PT and be televised on FS1. The game is followed by Arizona versus Indiana at 4:30 p.m.
The Cougars will continue their road swing with a trip to Dallas, Sunday, Dec. 18. WSU will face Baylor as part of the U.S. LBM Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge at American Airlines Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2.
"Playing road games at Boise State and UNLV are obvious Quad 1 opportunities," Smith added. "A nationally-televised game versus Baylor in Dallas will show us exactly where we rate on a national level."
The 2022-23 nonconference schedule concludes with a trip to Honolulu to participate in the 2022 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The Cougs will play George Washington, Thursday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. in the opening round at SimpliFi Arena at the Stan Sheriff Center. WSU returns to the hardwood Friday, Dec. 23, to face host-school Hawaii or Pepperdine in the consolation or semifinal match during the evening session. After a day of rest on Christmas Eve, the Cougs will play their final nonconference game on Christmas Day against one of Iona, Seattle, SMU, or Utah State to conclude the tournament. All 12 games of the 2022 Diamond Head Classic will be televised across ESPN2 and ESPNU.
"This is a talented field with multiple opportunities to enhance our resume and play on Christmas Day with a national TV audience tuning in," Coach Smith said of the Diamond Head Classic. "This non-conference schedule gives us a chance to sell our brand, while pushing us to the highest levels competitively. 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."
The Cougars will face five teams that played postseason basketball last year, including Baylor and Boise State who earned NCAA Tournament bids in 2021-22. In addition, Texas State competed in the National Invitation Tournament. Eastern Washington and Detroit Mercy participated in The Basketball Classic.
Washington State continues to rise under coach Kyle Smith. The Cougars 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 at Madison Square Garden in New York. WSU will be led by returning starters TJ Bamba and Mouhammed Gueye and a top-40 recruiting class.
Date Opponent Site TV Time
Nov. 7 TEXAS STATE! PULLMAN TBD TBD
Nov. 12 Boise State$ Boise, Idaho TBD TBD
Nov. 15 at Prairie View A&M Prairie View, Texas TBD TBD
Nov. 21 Eastern Washington% Spokane, Wash. TBD TBD
Nov. 25 DETROIT MERCY PULLMAN TBD TBD
Dec. 7 NORTHERN KENTUCKY PULLMAN TBD TBD
Dec. 10 UNLV^ Las Vegas FS1 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 18 Baylor& Dallas ESPN/ESPN2 7 p.m.
Dec. 22 George Washington@ Honolulu ESPN2/ESPNU 6 p.m.
Devc. 23 Pepperdine/Hawaii@ Honolulu ESPN2 7/9 p.m.
Dec. 25 Iona/SMU/Seattle/Utah State@ Honolulu ESPN2/ESPNU TBD
! – Doubleheader with the WSU women's basketball team
$ – Played at Idaho Central Arena
% – Played at Spokane Arena
^ – Las Vegas Clash played at MGM Grand Garden Arena
& – Pac-12 US LBM Coast-to-Coast Challenge played at American Airlines Center (Dallas)
@ – Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic played at SimpliFi Arena at the Stan Sheriff Center (Honolulu)
**All dates and times subject to change
All times Pacific
Home games in Bold - Pullman games played at Beasley Coliseum