PULLMAN – A possible matchup with national runner-up Butler at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu and home games against Gonzaga and Kansas State highlight the 2010-11 Washington State University men’s basketball schedule.
WSU will play 14 games in Pullman and ‘home’ games at Spokane Arena and Seattle’s KeyArena.
“This is a very competitive schedule for what is still a pretty young team,” Bone said. “We are in for some real challenges leading right into our Pac-10 season.”
The Cougars open up the season hosting Southern University of Baton Rouge, La. on November 13th. Wazzu remains home for their next game as they host border-rival Idaho on November 16th.
The day after Thanksgiving, Washington State hits the road to take on Fresno State on November 26th before heading back to Pullman for three-straight games at Beasley Coliseum.
The three-game homestand begins with Sacramento State, before the Cougars welcome Kansas State to Pullman for the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series on December 3rd.
The Cougs host Gonzaga in their final nonconference game in Pullman on December 8th.
Washington State hosts Texas-Pan American at Spokane Arena on December 10th, beginning seven-straight games away from Pullman. Following the game in Spokane, the Cougs hit the road to play at Santa Clara.
From there WSU heads to Honolulu for the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic from December 22nd-25th. The Cougars face Mississippi State in the first game of the tournament. Depending on the first game outcomes, Washington State will take on either Baylor or San Diego, both of whom it has faced within the last two seasons, in the second game of the tournament.
"Being a part of ESPN's Diamond Head Classic is a great opportunity for our program," Bone said. "This tournament showcases an outstanding field of competition."
There’s little rest for the Cougs as they open up Pac-10 play in Los Angeles on December 29th. Wazzu plays the University of Washington in Pullman on January 30th and in Seattle on February 27th.