2017 Battle of the Palouse Preview


The longest continuing men’s basketball rivalry outside of the Ivy League tip-offs on Wednesday: The Battle of the Palouse.

Since 1906, the Vandals and Cougs played a total of 272 times.

Vandal fans probably don’t need the reminder, but the Cougs own this series. WSU has won 163 times compared to Idaho’s 109.

This season, both teams are coming into this game with a winning record.

The Cougs are 6-1, receiving AP votes, while the Vandals are 5-2.

How about a break down:


Washington State’s preseason expectations were…. Low. They were projected to finish last in the Pac-12. However, the Cougs are off to their best start since the 2009-10 season (yes, Klay Thompson was on that team).

This is the first true road test for Wazzou on the season.

The only time they hit the road was for the Wooden Legacy Tournament.


The Vandals had the opposite preseason projection.

They came into the season as the Big Sky favorite, a team that’s projected to make it to the NCAA tournament, something the Vandals haven’t done since 1990.

Idaho has only played two home games on the season, and this is the first at the Cowan Spectrum this season.

They say home is where the heart is, and in this rivalry, whoever is home, usually wins.

When the game is in Pullman, the Cougs all-time record is 99-38.

When the game is in Moscow, the Vandals all-time record is 67-62.

And guess what? The last two Battle of the Palouse game, the home team won.

Can this back and forth trend continue for a third year?

Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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