Report: WSU to visit Baylor Dec. 17

Enough with the conference realignment talk, let’s get to some basketball news!

Rocco Miller, a college basketball bracketologist and analyst, reported yesterday, citing “multiple sources,” that WSU would travel to Dallas to take on the Baylor Bears on Dec. 17.

WSU hasn’t released is 2022-23 schedule yet, but assuming Miller’s reporting is correct, this would be a huge game for WSU. As you may recall, Baylor won the 2021 national championship and bowed out in the second round in 2022. They finished fourth in the KenPom rankings. The Bears will likely be highly ranked heading into next season, too.

It’s no question that this is WSU’s biggest non-conference matchup in some time. If the Cougs want to take the next step and make it to the NCAA Tournament, this game could go a long way in reaching that goal. WSU still has a young team and this will be a good test.

WSU and Baylor have met three times, with the Cougs taking the first game in Waco in 2007. Baylor beat WSU in Pullman next season, and WSU won the third matchup in the Diamond Head Classic semifinals in 2010.

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Links

We went with basketball today, but all the news is about the demise of the Pac-12 and what comes next.

Pac-12 Accelerates Media Rights Negotiations – CBSSports.com
Barrett Sallee joins Jeremy St. Louis to discuss the Pac-12 accelerating their media rights negotiations.

Pac-12 Hotline mailbag: Washington State, Oregon State could lose Power Five status if conference fractures | The Spokesman-Review
For the Cougars and Beavers, challenged like others by finances and geography, the future is extremely fragile.

Analysis: Media valuations suggest Pac-12 expansion doesn’t make financial sense | The Spokesman-Review
Any new member would have to generate added value for the 10 schools.

USC and UCLA join Big Ten: Live news updates as Pac-12 explores partnerships amid conference realignment – CBSSports.com
With the Trojans and Bruins off to the Big Ten, the Pac-12 is examining its partnership options.

Would Notre Dame actually consider relinquishing its historic independent status?
First, there were the stalled CFP expansion talks. Then USC and UCLA to the Big Ten happened. Is all this change making Notre Dame rethink its status? So far, the Irish are being patient.

Answering the latest college football realignment questions
A potential partnership between the ACC and Pac-12? An aggressive Big 12 looking to expand? And what about Notre Dame? Here are answers to the biggest realignment questions, one week after USC and UCLA’s big move.

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