SEATTLE – Idol Sports & Entertainment today announced that Xbox will sponsor the student section at the eighth annual Cougar Hardwood Classic, featuring the Washington State Cougars and Buffalo Bulls at KeyArena on Friday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

All members of the WSU student section will be eligible for several in-game promotions. Copies of the critically acclaimed video game Halo 4 will be given away for every three-point basket made by the Cougars during the game and one lucky fan will receive an Xbox 360 during the game.

Tickets for this year’s game between the Cougars and Bulls at Seattle’s KeyArena on Dec. 15 begin at just $16 and will be available at the KeyArena box office,, and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Washington State returns seven lettermen in 2012-13, headlined by All-Pac-12 First Team and  Pac-12 Most Improved Player Brock Motum. Head coach Ken Bone’s team finished 2011-12 as the runner up in the College Basketball Invitational, falling just short to tournament champion Pittsburgh to end the year with 19 wins.

Buffalo returns nine players, including three with starting experience, highlighted by All-Mid-American Conference First Team selection Javon McCrea. The forward was just the third sophomore in the last 10 years to be named to the conference’s first team. McCrea is the former MAC Freshman of the Year and increased his numbers to 14.9 points and 7.1 rebounds during his second season under head coach Reggie Witherspoon.

WSU is 3-0 all-time versus Buffalo with this year’s game marking the first time the two schools have faced each other since December 16, 1950 when the Cougars beat the Bulls 70-49.

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About the Cougar Hardwood Classic

Now in its eighth year, the Cougar Hardwood Classic, presented by State Farm, is the annual showcase event for the Washington State University men’s basketball team in Western Washington and is perennially one of the highest attended events at Seattle’s KeyArena.

Washington State is 7-0 all time in Cougar Harwood Classics games, having previously defeated Utah, San Diego State, The Citadel, Montana State, LSU, Portland and Pepperdine, which WSU dispatched last year, 67-56, behind Faisal Aden’s 17 points in front of 9,831 fans.

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