As the line reads on the Washington State website, "Reggie Moore...did not play after aggravating a wrist injury and is out indefinitely..."
The line comes from a game recap after the Washington State Cougars beat Southern University 86-47 on Saturday night in Pullman. As a spectator in the stands, I was curious as to why Moore wasn't starting, and then when I saw him on the bench in attire signaling that he was not active for the game, I became concerned.
The Cougars had no problem putting away the Southern Jaguars, who were playing their second game in two nights after losing the previous night to Gonzaga University.
But the play was sloppy, and I attribute that to Moore's absence.
In my WSU preview, I wrote that freshman Dre' Winston Jr. handled a lot of the ball-handling duties when Moore was on the bench during their exhibition game against Lewis-Clark State earlier this month. But when the starting lineups were announced and Moore wasn't introduced, neither was Winston.
The ball-handling duties were a collective team effort, which can work against inferior teams such as Southern, but when going against Pac-10 quality opponents, you need a player to run the offense and show leadership.
Klay Thompson led the team with six assists but also committed five turnovers in 33 minutes of play against Southern.
The next four opponents for the Cougars are home against Idaho on Tuesday, then Portland, at Fresno State, then back home against Sacramento State
And then-No. 3 Kansas State comes into Pullman on December 3. The Cougars need Moore if they want to have a chance to win that game.
Kansas State is led by senior guard Jacob Pullen and if Moore is healthy for that game, that will be a match up worth watching. Pullen averaged over 19 points a game, almost three-and-a-half assists a game and led the team with 67 steals while starting every game for the Wildcats last season.
When the two schools squared off last season in Manhattan, Kansas State won 86-69 and the Cougars committed 25 turnovers which translated into 39 Wildcats points.
Reggie Moore filled his stat line with 16 points and six assists compared to Pullen's 21 points and four assists.
A more in-depth preview of this game will come later as the game nears and both teams get more games under their belts. And hopefully with Moore expected to be on the court.
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