CBI 2012 Results: Washington State Won't Lose Two Games in Pittsburgh

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07:  Reggie Moore #1 of the Washington State Cougars controls the ball against the Oregon State Beavers during the first round of the Pac12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Washington State managed to beat Pittsburgh, 67-66, in Game 2 of the CBI championship without the team's best player, Brock Motum.

That doesn't bode well for Pittsburgh, even if the team does have the next two games at home in the best-of-three championship round.

Motum remains questionable for Wednesday evening's game, though his return should make the Cougars prohibitive favorites to win at least one of two games in Pittsburgh. The junior forward averages 18.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, leading the Cougars in both marks.

Pitt is certainly better at home, posting a 15-8 mark there this season (5-9 on the road). And the Cougars were lights-out in Game 1, shooting 51.2 percent from the field including 9-of-15 shooting from three.

So yes, Pitt has a chance.

But Washington State is hot, having torn through the first three games of this tournament (the closest win prior to Pitt was by 14 over San Francisco) before squeaking past Pitt without Motum.

If Motum doesn't go on Wednesday, you have to give the edge to Pitt again—they almost beat the Cougars on their home court, and a team with its back against the wall at home is a scary proposition.

But I don't see this Pitt team winning two in a row over the Cougars, namely if Motum returns. CBI glory shall belong to the Cougars this year.

And next year, perhaps Pitt can return to the NCAA tournament, where they belong.

 

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