Idaho vs Washington State Preview and Prediction
Idaho vs Washington State Preview
For the 114th consecutive season, Idaho (3-4) and Washington State (4-2) will meet each other in the annual Battle of the Palouse, this year in Pullman on Wednesday night at 6 p.m.
This rivalry is the longest in all of college basketball outside of the Ivy League.
Impressive and under-the-radar.
Idaho has won three-of-four in the rivalry, including a 91-64 thrashing last season. The win was the third largest in Battle history, and the largest since the 1960’s. The win was also Idaho’s largest over an opponent in the PAC-12/PAC-10/PAC-8, which was created in 1968.
Cameron Tyson– despite being a true freshman, Tyson is leading the Vandals team. He continues to lead the Big Sky in a handful of categories after another strong week. He is currently first in the league in threes per game (4.3) and three-point percentage (57.7). He is seventh in the country in both statistics. Tyson is the top-scoring freshman in the conference at 16.4 points per game, and, despite nearly 75 percent of his shots coming from beyond the arc, is third in the Big Sky in overall field goal percentage at 55.7.
Washington State X-Factor
Robert Franks– The senior forward declared for the draft after his junior season only to return and WSU is glad he did. Franks is 11th in the nation in scoring (24.8) and nearly averages a double-double with 9.8 rebounds a night. He has dealt with injury issues, but when healthy he is a dominant force no one on Idaho will be able to contain.
I preview this Washington State team before their game against Cal Poly earlier in the season. I go into detail on their new backcourt and the transfers they have leading the way.
The Cougars squad is not up to the same caliber as most Power Five conference teams–and Idaho showed that last year, demolishing this team by 27 points.
I don’t think the score will be a blowout like that, but I think Idaho is ready to continue their winning ways in this rivalry series.
Idaho 69 Washington State 68