Washington State Cougars

Part of the Pac-12 Conference, established in 1901, and their home arena is Beasley Coliseum, Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.
Washington State Cougars

The Washington State Cougars represent a remarkable chapter in NCAA basketball, embodying resilience, passion, and a storied history that underscores their unique position in college sports. From early triumphs to modern-day challenges and successes, their journey is a tapestry of memorable moments, strategic shifts, and an enduring spirit of competition that exemplifies the essence of collegiate basketball.

 Intriguing Facts About Washington State Cougars

The Washington State Cougars’ basketball history is rich with intriguing facts that reflect its unique heritage. The team was retroactively awarded the 1917 National Championship by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll, a testament to its early dominance in the sport. Under the leadership of legendary coach Jack Friel, the 1941 team solidified its place in Cougar lore, remembered as one of the greatest in school history. The early 2000s marked a period of resurgence under coach Dick Bennett, revitalizing the program and laying the groundwork for future success. The team’s Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2008 stands as a high point in recent history, showcasing its competitive spirit. The recent turnaround under Coach Kyle Smith since 2019 has brought renewed vigor to the program, achieving a winning conference record and an NIT berth in the 2021-22 season, signaling a promising future.

 The Historical Tapestry of Washington State Cougars

Beginning its journey in 1902, Washington State’s basketball program has navigated through various eras, each contributing to its rich tapestry. The late 1970s saw a surge in popularity and success under coach George Raveling. This was followed by a challenging period in the late 1990s and early 2000s, until a significant revival under the guidance of coach Dick Bennett. His son, Tony Bennett, continued this legacy, bringing the team to new heights with his innovative coaching philosophy and achieving record wins. The Cougars have been a consistent force in the Pac-10 and its predecessor, the Pacific Coast Conference, showcasing a history of competitive spirit and resilience.

 The Golden Era – Focus on Coach Dick Bennett and Tony Bennett

The Bennett era marks a golden period in Washington State Cougars’ basketball history. Dick Bennett, known for his defensive strategies, laid the foundation for a competitive team. His son, Tony Bennett, took the helm and led the team to unprecedented success, tying the school record for wins and earning accolades for his coaching prowess. This era was defined by a team that played with heart and discipline, leaving a lasting legacy on the program.

The Current Landscape

Under the leadership of Coach Kyle Smith, the Washington State Cougars have entered a new phase, marked by a blend of experienced leadership and emerging talent. Recent seasons have been a mix of challenges and achievements, with the team showing potential for significant accomplishments. The 2021-22 season, in particular, highlighted the team’s growth and ability to compete at a high level, signaling a promising trajectory for the future.

Legendary Figures in Washington State Cougars History

The history of Washington State Cougars basketball is replete with legendary figures who have left an indelible mark on the program. Coaches like Jack Friel and Dick Bennett stand out for their contributions to the team’s success and culture. Players such as Klay Thompson have also etched their names in Cougar history, showcasing exceptional skill and elevating the team’s profile on the national stage.

Washington State Cougars [year] Schedule

Regular Season

Week Date Opponent Result
Week 1 Date: Mon 06/11/2023 Opponent: Idaho Vandals Result: W 84-59
Week 1 Date: Fri 10/11/2023 Opponent: Prairie View A&M Panthers Result: W 83-65
Week 2 Date: Sat 18/11/2023 Opponent: Mississippi State Bulldogs Result: L 64-76
Week 2 Date: Sun 19/11/2023 Opponent: Rhode Island Rams Result: W 78-57
Week 3 Date: Fri 24/11/2023 Opponent: Utah Tech Trailblazers Result: W 93-53
Week 4 Date: Mon 27/11/2023 Opponent: Eastern Washington Eagles Result: W 82-72
Week 4 Date: Sat 02/12/2023 Opponent: Portland St. Vikings Result: W 71-61
Week 5 Date: Wed 06/12/2023 Opponent: UC Riverside Highlanders Result: W 86-49
Week 5 Date: Sun 10/12/2023 Opponent: Grambling State Tigers Result: W 83-65
Week 6 Date: Sat 16/12/2023 Opponent: Santa Clara Broncos Result: L 61-69
Week 7 Date: Thu 21/12/2023 Opponent: Boise St. Broncos Result: W 66-61
Week 8 Date: Fri 29/12/2023 Opponent: Utah Utes Result: L 58-80
Week 8 Date: Sun 31/12/2023 Opponent: Colorado Buffaloes Result: L 67-74
Week 9 Date: Thu 04/01/2024 Opponent: Oregon St. Beavers Result: W 65-58
Week 9 Date: Sat 06/01/2024 Opponent: Oregon Ducks Result: L 84-89
Week 10 Date: Wed 10/01/2024 Opponent: Southern California Trojans Result: W 72-64
Week 10 Date: Sat 13/01/2024 Opponent: Arizona Wildcats Result: W 73-70
Week 11 Date: Thu 18/01/2024 Opponent: Stanford Cardinal Result: W 89-75
Week 11 Date: Sat 20/01/2024 Opponent: California Golden Bears Result: L 75-81
Week 12 Date: Wed 24/01/2024 Opponent: Utah Utes Result: W 79-57
Week 12 Date: Sat 27/01/2024 Opponent: Colorado Buffaloes Result: W 78-69
Week 13 Date: Sat 03/02/2024 Opponent: Washington Huskies Result: W 90-87
Week 14 Date: Thu 08/02/2024 Opponent: Oregon St. Beavers Result: W 64-58
Week 14 Date: Sat 10/02/2024 Opponent: Oregon Ducks Result: W 62-56
Week 15 Date: Thu 15/02/2024 Opponent: California Golden Bears Result: W 84-65
Week 15 Date: Sat 17/02/2024 Opponent: Stanford Cardinal Result: W 72-59
Week 16 Date: Thu 22/02/2024 Opponent: Arizona Wildcats Result: W 77-74
Week 16 Date: Sat 24/02/2024 Opponent: Arizona State Sun Devils Result: L 61-73
Week 17 Date: Thu 29/02/2024 Opponent: Southern California Trojans Result: W 75-72
Week 17 Date: Sat 02/03/2024 Opponent: UCLA Bruins Result: W 77-65
Week 18 Date: Thu 07/03/2024 Opponent: Washington Huskies Result: L 68-74

Post Season

Week Date Opponent Result
Conf. Tournament Date: Thu 14/03/2024 Opponent: Stanford Cardinal Result: W 79-62
Conf. Tournament Date: Fri 15/03/2024 Opponent: Colorado Buffaloes Result: L 52-58
NCAA Tournament Date: Thu 21/03/2024 Opponent: Drake Bulldogs Result: W 66-61
Date: Sat 23/03/2024 Opponent: Iowa State Cyclones Result: L 56-67
NCAA Tournament Date: Sat 23/03/2024 Opponent: Iowa State Cyclones Result: TBD

 Home of Washington State Cougars: Beasley Coliseum

Beasley Coliseum, the home of the Cougars, is more than just a basketball venue; it’s a symbol of the team’s history and achievements. With a capacity of over 12,000, it has witnessed countless historic moments and remains a bastion of support for the team. The Coliseum’s atmosphere during games, filled with passionate fans and a sense of tradition, continues to be a cornerstone of the Cougars’ basketball experience.