SPOKANE -- It is hard to imagine a much tougher start to Pac-12 play for the Cougs. They were held to 25 points by No. 1 Arizona, before falling to 0-2 at ASU. Meanwhile, top-scorer DaVonte Lacy spent most of his time as a spectator.
On Wednesday Washington State will call the Spokane Arena home, as they take on No. 15 Colorado. Unfortunately for WSU, they will again be without Lacy. The Cougs' guard tore muscle and cartilage in his ribs against the Sun Devils in his first game back following an appendectomy.
Head coach Ken Bone acknowledged his team's struggles without Lacy, with just 72 total points in their conference-opening two-game road trip. Bone says they need to accept that he's not on the floor and pick up the load. But there's no doubt his absence comes at a bad time.
"It sucks that I'm not here," Lacy said. "But I have full confidence in my teammates that they're going to do what they need to do to prepare themselves."
Bone acknowledged Tuesday that this is a trying time for his program. There is no doubt the WSU coach is under the microscope following his first losing season in Pullman. Bone is in the fifth year of a seven-year contract.
Athletic Director Bill Moos reference "fan apathy" in his radio show Monday. Bone knows that his team can't keep going down this path.
"In our situation now we need to win," Bone said to KREM 2 Sports Director Darnay Tripp. "We've not played well as of late. We did not have a great season last year. We're working hard and trying to win ballgames."
WSU welcomes Colorado to the Spokane Arena Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.