The Cougars and Huskies have a long-running rivalry that dates back to the 1909-10 season. The two teams have met every year since 1916-17 and have almost as strong a rivalry on the hardwood as on the gridiron, so don’t miss it when these two Evergreen State rivals square off.
Washington State Cougars vs Gonzaga Bulldogs
Rival Team: Gonzaga Bulldogs
Pullman and Spokane are only 75 miles apart sparking an intense rivalry between Washington State and Gonzaga. The two schools first met in 1907 and have met annually since 2001, so make sure to be in attendance when the Cougars and Bulldogs meet.
Idaho is the closest school to Washington State with only eight miles separating the two. Over the years the two schools have developed strong rivalries in a variety of sports and basketball is no different. Washington State and Idaho have played every year since 1906, so circle the date on the schedule when the Vandals come to town.
The Washington State-Oregon State rivalry is a longstanding rivalry that predates the Pac-12. There is no love lost between these two rivals, and there are always plenty of bragging rights on the line when the two meet, so don’t miss it when the Cougars and Beavers play.
Washington State Cougars Stadium Guide
Washington State fans are some of the most welcoming in college basketball, which makes attending a game at Beasley Coliseum a great experience. The Cougars even go as far as allowing anyone who wants to join the ZZU CRU student group. Memberships cost $10, and you’ll receive a t-shirt making joining the ZZU CRU a no-brainer for anyone looking to pick up a souvenir from their trip to Pullman.
In addition to being very hospitable, you’ll also find that Cougars fans can really rock an arena when the team is doing well, and it’s an important game. Washington State fans love to come out and cheer on their team. Unfortunately, they haven’t had a lot to cheer about over the years.
Finally, Pullman is a fun college town full of bars and restaurants, so take some time to check out the area and grab a bite to eat. Cougar Country Drive-In and The Coug are especially great places to try if you want to get the full Washington State feel.
A trip to Pullman is a fun trip for everyone looking to visit all of the Pac-12 arenas. You’ll find lots of friendly people and a fun College-town-feel making the trip well worth your time.
The court inside Beasley Coliseum is named after legendary Cougars basketball coach Jack Friel. Friel won 495 games during his 30 years at WSU, and the court is one of only a few in NCAA Division I basketball to feature a parquet floor, so check it out.
Hanging from the rafters of Beasley Coliseum are banners honoring the Cougars 1917 national championship winning team as well as the 1941 Final Four team. Check out the banners to see all of the accomplishments of the Cougars basketball program.
Butch has been a costumed mascot since 1978 when it replaced the final live cougar mascot, Butch VI. Throughout games, Butch entertains the fans by leading chants and throwing t-shirts into the stands. Look for Butch to entertain fans young and old when attending a Washington State basketball game.
The ZZU CRU student fan club is a great way for Cougars fans to show their support for Washington State basketball. The club costs $10 to enter and has over 2,750 members. Members receive all kinds of benefits and can win a variety of prizes making it an excellent club to join. Anyone can join, so even if you just want a ZZU CRU shirt, join the club and show off your Cougars pride.
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Win the victory!
Win the day for Crimson and Gray!
Best in the West,
we know you’ll all do your best,
so On, on, on, on! Fight to the end!
Honor and Glory you must win!
So Fight, fight, fight for Washington State