WASHINGTON STATE (0-0) AT GONZAGA (1-0)
TIPOFF: 9 p.m. today, McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane.
TV: ESPN. RADIO: 770-AM.
SERIES: Washington State leads series, 98-47. Gonzaga has won nine of the past 12 meetings, but WSU won, 81-59, last season in Pullman.
STATISTICAL LEADERS: For Washington State (2010-11 statistics) Faisel Aden, 12.7 ppg; Marcus Capers, 4.4 rpg; Reggie Moore, 3.4 apg. Gonzaga (2010-11 statistics) Robert Sacre, 12.5 ppg; Elias Harris, 6.0 rpg; David Stockton, 2.1 apg.
Scouting report: A WSU spokesperson said Sunday night that Aden has recovered from a concussion and will play. However, two other projected starters – point guard Moore (groin) and forward Abe Lodwick (foot) – are questionable. Moore’s absence would partly negate WSU’s decided edge in experience over Gonzaga in the backcourt. The 23rd-ranked Bulldogs have a huge advantage over the Cougars in size, experience and proven skill on the front line, thanks largely to the presence of Sacre and Harris. Two freshmen guards, WSU’s DaVonte Lacy (Curtis High School) and Gonzaga’s Gary Bell, Jr. (Kentridge), could play key roles tonight. WSU is perimeter-oriented like Eastern Washington, and the Eagles nailed 13 3-pointers last Friday in a hard-fought, 77-69 loss at Gonzaga last Friday. Sacre and Harris combined for 38 points and 18 rebounds, so Brock Motum’s post defense and rebounding may be crucial for the Cougars.
NEXT: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sacramento State at WSU. (no TV)