After a lackluster start to the 2011-12 season, the Washington State Cougars have responded with five consecutive wins and seem to be heading in a new, positive direction with one non-conference game remaining before their Pac-12 schedule commences.
WSU lost four games in November, including a disappointing one-point loss to UC Riverside. Since that game, the Cougars have reeled off five straight wins by a combined total of 122 points (24.4 points per game).
Washington State looks to continue its winning ways against 6-4 Pepperdine on Thursday.
Here are six reasons why the Cougars will head into their Pac-12 schedule with an 8-4 record and earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament in March.