WSU's Casto suspended for NIT game

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Northwestern caught a break tonight when it was announced that Washington State's DeAngelo Casto, the team's leading rebounder and third leading scorer, is suspended for tomorrow's game for a violation of team rules.

The Spokesman-Review reported today that the reason for the suspension is one that has hit WSU before this season, pot. Star Klay Thompson was forced to miss a game against UCLA because of pot possession charges and guard Reggie Moore missed a game for the same reason.

This could be a big setback for Washington State's strategy on offense. The Cougars exploited Casto on the low-block against Marshall Moses in their 74-64 victory over Oklahoma State. Casto went 7-10 from the free throw line in that game on the way to 11 points. 

The 6'8 junior forward is the top front court player on the Cougars' roster. He scored in double-figures in 10 of WSU's last 11 games.
This is one more reason Northwestern, which is currently a 4-point underdog, can win the game, even under difficult travel circumstances. The Wildcats need to get it done and get to Madison Square Garden. No excuse for "road" Luka Mirkovic to show up tomorrow night. (And it should be noted he played excellently in Northwestern's last road game against Boston College.)

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