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Cougars face tall order against Gonzaga bigs

WASHINGTON STATE IS advancing from exhibition to March Madness in a little more than a week. Well, at least its level of competition is when the Cougars open their regular season at 9 p.m. Monday at Gonzaga (TV: ESPN), which has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 13 consecutive seasons, and coach Ken Bone said Tuesday that he might be without multiple starters.

Two starting guards, senior Faisal Aden (concussion) and junior Reggie Moore (groin), are questionable, while Bone said senior forward Abe Lodwick (sprained foot) "doesn't look very promising." Bone said the absence of any of those players will force him to expand the rotation. Lodwick's injury is challenging because WSU lacks depth in the front court. Bone said senior Charlie Enquist, junior...