Washington State leading scorer Klay Thompson was cited last night for suspicion of marijuana possession and this morning WSU coach Ken Bone released the following statement:
“We are aware of the situation involving Klay and will continue to gather information. Klay will be suspended for Saturday’s game against UCLA and the situation will continue to be evaluated throughout the weekend. Until that time neither myself nor the team will have further comment.”
The problem for UW fans is that the Huskies need WSU to beat UCLA tomorrow for UW to have a chance of getting to the No. 2 seeding in next week's Pac-10 tournament in Los Angeles. Anything other than a WSU win over UCLA combined with a UW win over USC dooms the Huskies to the No. 3 seed.
The No. 3 seed's path to the title goes through the No. 6, 2 and 1 seeds; while the No. 2 seed goes through the No. 7/10, 3 and 1. That seems an advantage worth having, although senior Venoy Overton disputed that a bit last night.
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"I don't think we really matter about that," he said. "... We just know anybody can be beat. It doesn't matter who you play in the Pac-10 tournament, you just have to be ready to play."