Championship Journey: WSU to discuss first round match up against Winthrop
DENVER - 4th-seeded WSU players and coaches will be holding a news conference at 2:45 p.m. today to talk about their upcoming first-round match up against 13th-seeded Winthrop Thursday in Denver, Colorado. Winthrop will take the podium at 4:15 p.m.
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Washington State coach Tony Bennett said the selection of four Northwest teams, including Oregon and Boise State, says something about the region's basketball prowess.
"Gonzaga was really established way before we have and they a great program," Bennett said of the other team from the state of Washington to get an NCAA tournament bid.
"There's very good coaching out here. I've been very impressed with it and to have that many teams says something," Bennett said. "I'm just grateful we're one of them."
Washington State (24-8) of the Pacific-10 conference is making back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances for the first time in the school's history.
The Cougars opening round opponent, Winthrop (22-11), is the Big South tournament champion and secured its fourth straight NCAA berth after a 66-48 win over UNC-Asheville.
Winthrop lost its coach and top scorer after last year's NCAA appearance, which included an upset of Notre Dame before losing to Oregon.