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Nov. 14 2012; Pullman, WA, USA; The Washington State Cougars mascot cheers with the student section against Utah Valley Wolverines during the first half at the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas Basketball: Washington State Game Preview

The No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks will play the Washington State Cougars in the championship semifinal of the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center. WSU enters with a record of 2-1 after losing in overtime to Pepperdine 58-56.

The Jayhawks will face either Texas A&M or St. Louis on Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m in their final game of the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

Washington State is a member of the Pac-12 conference and finished ninth in the conference last season. They are located in Pullman, Washington. Their overall record last season was 19-18.

So far this season, Washington State’s leading scorer is Brock Motum. He is averaging 17.7 points per game, but also averaging 6.7 rebounds per game. Motum’s highest scoring game was on opening night against Eastern Washington where he scored 23 points.

On the boards, the Cougars’ top two rebounders are D.J. Shelton and Mike Ladd. Shelton leads the team with 7.3 rebounds per game and his most rebounds came in the game against Eastern Washington (12). Ladd is averaging 7.0 rebounds per game and had 13 rebounds in WSU’s overtime loss to Pepperdine.

This will be the second meeting between the Jayhawks and the Cougars. Kansas currently leads the series 1-0.

Kansas last met the Cougars in 1973 and won 66-51. That game was the opening round of the Jayhawk Classic. Kansas was apart of a Big Eight at that time.

Overall, this should be tougher than the Chattanooga game, but should still end in a Kansas win. Expect Jeff Withey to be huge for the Jayhawks on the boards. Also, it will be interesting to see if Ben McLemore can continue his hot play from the Chattanooga game.

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