Weekly viewing guide: Feb. 19-25

Baseball’s opening weekend headlines nine sports playing next week



Senior infielder Jack Smith dishes ball towards first base from his knees.

AARIK LONG, Evergreen reporter

A brand-new week of WSU athletics gets underway. Friday features the first six-event day of the 2020-21 season for the Cougars. The week also features an Apple Cup event and the beginning of Pac-12 Championships for one sport. Unfortunately, WSU volleyball’s doubleheader against Stanford was canceled on Thursday.

Use this guide to find out when, where and how to watch current and former Cougars compete in their respective sports.

Friday, Feb. 19

All-Day — Both the WSU track and field and cross-country teams will be in action on Friday for one-day meets. The track and field team will head to Lubbock, Texas for the Matador Qualifier, which will be live on ESPN+ all day. The women’s cross-country team will head to Sin City for the Battle Born Collegiate Challenge, as well.

Noon The 9-9 WSU women’s basketball team tips off their final homestand of the season with a meeting against the 8-9 Colorado Buffaloes. The teams sit at 6th and 6th in the conference respectively, meaning this could potentially be a first-round match-up in the Pac-12 Tournament if all things stay the same. The Cougars won their last meeting in Boulder by a score of 76-63 and hold an 11-7 all-time record against the Buffaloes. The game will be live on WSU’s Pac-12 live stream.

Also at noon, we get another Apple Cup showdown as the Washington Huskies host WSU for the Cougars’ seventh tennis match of the season. The Cougars have an 11-47 all-time record against the Huskies. Unfortunately, at this time, it does not appear that Washington plans to stream the match.

2 p.m. — The Cougar baseball team kicks off their 2021 campaign on the road against UC Davis. Last season, WSU finished the shortened season 9-7, the same record that the Aggies finished with. The Cougars are 5-4 all-time against UC Davis, having last played a four-game series hosted by WSU in 2008. The Cougars and Aggies split that series, 2-2. The match will be streamed live on Big West TV

6 p.m. — A Cougar takes the court at the professional level as Aron Baynes and the Toronto Raptors travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves. The teams squared off this past Sunday, where the Timberwolves came on the positive side of a 116-112 game. Minnesota has three former Pac-12 players on their roster, as well: Jaden McDaniels (Washington),  Jordan McLaughlin (USC) and Jaylen Nowell (Washington). The meeting will be live on NBA League Pass.

7 p.m. — The 2-0 Cougar soccer team returns to action with their third match of the season. This time, it is in the Battle of the Palouse against the 0-1 Idaho Vandals. WSU holds a 12-1 all-time record against the Vandals, having won the last 12 meetings and never losing in Pullman. Unfortunately, the game will not be live-streamed, but the stats will be broadcast throughout the match.

Saturday, Feb. 20

11:30 a.m. WSU baseball gets back on the diamond with game two of their Opening Weekend series against the UC Davis Aggies. The game will be live on Big West TV.

1 p.m. — The 12-10 WSU men’s basketball team looks to defend Beasley Coliseum from Oscar da Silva and the rest of the 13-8 Stanford Cardinal. When the two teams met in Santa Cruz, California, the Cardinal came out on top by a score of 75-60 to extend their all-time series lead to 83-60. The Cougars are looking for their first win against Stanford since Jan. 31, 2015, when WSU pulled off an 89-88 win at home. Since then, Stanford has won nine straight in the series. The game will be live on ESPNU.

2:30 p.m. — Game three of the Cougars baseball series against UC Davis in Davis, California. The game will be live on Big West TV.

7 p.m. — NBA rookie and Cougar alum CJ Elleby and the rest of the 17-10 Portland Trailblazers host Russell Westbrook and the 8-17 Washington Wizards. Westbrook (UCLA) is one of three Pac-12 representatives for the Wizards. Robin Lopez played at Stanford and Troy Brown played at Oregon, where he and Elleby faced off in 2018. The game will be live on NBC Sports Northwest and NBA League Pass.

Sunday, Feb. 21

Noon The WSU Women’s basketball team gets back on the court with a meeting against the struggling Utah Utes in Pullman. When the two squads faced off in Salt Lake City, the Cougars came out on top in a 79-74 finish. The Utes come into the weekend sitting third from bottom in the Pac-12 and a 5-13 record. The win snapped a six-game losing streak to the Utes and helped to start closing the gap on the all-time series with Utah now leading 19-7. The game will be live on WSU’s Pac-12 Live Stream.

1 p.m. — The fourth and final game between WSU baseball and UC Davis. The two teams will both be looking to finish the series with momentum as they head into the rest of their schedule. The game will be live on Big West TV.

The Cougars tennis team finishes out their weekend in Seattle with a meeting against the No. 15 Baylor Bears. It will be the second time the two schools have ever faced off, with Baylor taking the previous meeting. Like the match against Huskies, it does not appear that the match will be live streamed.

4 p.m. — If you missed Cougar alum, Aron Baynes, earlier in the week, you can catch him on Sunday night as the Toronto Raptors host the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers has Matisse Thybulle from Washington also representing the Pac-12 in the match-up. The game will be live on NBA League Pass.

4:30 p.m. — Close out the WSU athletics weekend with Cougar alum Malachi Flynn, as he leads Toronto’s G-League team, Raptors 905, against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The game will take place in the G-League Bubble in Orlando, Florida and will be live on ESPN+.

Monday, Feb. 22

All-day — The Cougars men’s golf team gets back in action as they head to Riverside, California for day one of The Joust, a fourteen tournament hosted by California Baptist. The Joust is unique because they name three champions: an individual, a team champion and an “All-Five” champion. The Cougars have a good chance of getting a solid result in the tournament, as they come in as the second highest-ranked team according to Golfweek, with a ranking of 55. Only Cal State Fullerton comes in with a better rank, sitting at No. 50. The average ranking of the twelve teams in Golfweek’s rankings is right around No. 93, meaning WSU is well ahead of the curve. Day one will feature two rounds. The stats will be updated live on GolfStat.

4:30 p.m. — If you were too busy Sunday afternoon or just can not get enough of Malachi Flynn and Raptors 905, the G-League side has another game on Monday in Orlando, Florida. Flynn and company will face the Memphis Hustle, the affiliate for the Grizzlies franchise in the same city. The Hustle have some Pac-12 talents, as well. Power forward Bennie Boatwright played for USC from 2015-2019, while Tyrell Terry played for the Stanford Cardinal from 2019-2020. Memphis also has two Gonzaga alum in Killian Tillie and David Stockton. The game will be live on ESPN+.

6 p.m. — CJ Elleby and the rest of the Trail Blazers take a trip to the desert to face the Phoenix Suns. Even if you are not tuning in for the WSU side of things, this one will be a fantastic match-up as the Blazers and Suns are neck and neck in the standing right now. Both teams come into the weekend with a 17-10 record. Center Deandre Ayton played for Arizona and against Elleby in his final season with the Wildcats. The game will be on NBC Sports Northwest and NBA League Pass.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

All-day — WSU men’s golf closes out The Joust in California with the final round of action. The Cougars have a great chance of getting a result on the final day and could definitely come out on top. WSU’s Max Sekulic could come out with individual honors, as he is the fourth highest-ranked player heading into the tournament at No. 172 in the nation. Stats will be updated live on GolfStat.

4:30 p.m. — If you missed Sunday’s Raptors vs 76ers game, there is a rematch on Tuesday afternoon between the two squads. Aron Baynes and the Raptors will look to get a couple of big wins against the top team in the East. The game will be live on NBA League Pass.

7 p.m. — CJ Elleby and the Trail Blazers take to the court once again as the Blazers travel to Denver, Colorado, to take on Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets. The Nuggets will have Bol Bol from Oregon and Zeke Nnaji from Arizona representing the Pac-12. If you have not been able to watch any of the other NBA games because you do not have NBA League Pass or NBC Sports Northwest, this is the game for you. It will be televised live nationally on TNT.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

All-day — The Cougars have a chance to put some hardware in the trophy cabinet this week and it all starts on Wednesday. The Pac-12 Women’s Swimming Championships commence in Houston, Texas. The Cougars have every chance to pick up some team and/or individual accolades at the event. It will not be an easy road, however, as there are three Pac-12 teams currently in the CSCAA Top 25, including No.1 California. The event will take place throughout the day and coverage will be on the Pac-12 Networks and the conference’s website.

4 p.m. — It is the final chance this week to catch Malachi Flynn, as Raptors 905 take on the Delaware Blue Coats, the affiliates of the Philadelphia 76ers, in the G-League’s Orlando bubble. There will be a Pac-12 battle as Blue Coats’ post player Ivan Rabb played for California from 2015-2017. The game will be live on ESPN+.

5 p.m. — Baynes and the Raptors go to South Beach to face the Miami Heat. The meeting will see the past two Eastern Conference champions square off. Andre Iguodala (Arizona) and KZ Okpala (Stanford) are representing the Pac-12 on the other side of the game. If you do not have NBA League Pass, you probably have not had the chance to watch Baynes yet this week, but this game will be live on ESPN, so here is your chance.

Thursday, Feb. 25

All day — The Pac-12 Women’s Swimming Championships will continue into day two on Thursday. The Cougars will look to maintain any momentum from Wednesday. The event will be live on Pac-12 Network and the conference’s website.

Track and Field will get back in action for the Husky Classic in Seattle. Thursday is day one of three in the event. It will be their third meet of the year at Dempsey Indoor. While not officially announced yet, the event will likely be on RunnerSpace like previous Washington-hosted track events.

5:05 p.m. — Baseball gets back on the diamond for game one of their second series of the year. The Cougars travel to St. George, Utah to face the Dixie State Trailblazers. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The game will be live on the WAC Digital Network.

8 p.m. — The men’s basketball team takes the trip to Tucson, Arizona, to face the Arizona Wildcats. In the teams’ previous meeting in Pullman, the Cougars fell 86-82 in double overtime. WSU will be looking for revenge this time around and their first win against the Wildcats since 2019. It would also be just their second win in the past 18 meetings. Arizona leads the all-time series 66-17. The game will be televised nationally on FS1.