The Washington State Cougars Men's Basketball team represents Washington State University and competes in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) of NCAA Division I. The Cougars play their home games at Beasley Coliseum, which has a capacity of 11,566.
Men's basketball is the second-most popular sport at Washington State, although its popularity is rapidly increasing after the 2006-2007 season.
In 1936, the Cougars were retroactively awarded the 1917 National Championship by the Helms Athletic Foundation. The Cougar basketball team holds the dubious record of participating in the lowest scoring National Championship basketball game in Division I history, losing to Wisconsin 39-34 in the 1941 National Championship Game. The team played to large crowds in the late-1970s when George Raveling was head coach. At that time, the Cougars were among the Pac-10 conference's top teams.
The 1990s saw a major decline in support as the team floundered. However, there was the beginning of a resurgence under coach Dick Bennett. The 2004-05 season saw a large increase in student support as the team finished within a few wins of a .500 record (along with a stunning upset win against eventual Elite Eight...