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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009

Bulldogs working to snap skid 

Media day this afternoon at Gonzaga, so I'll post an unedited notebook that will run in Tuesday's S-R. I'm catching a flight tomorrow for Knoxville, but I'll try to post my GU-Tennessee advance sometime mid-morning.Meanwhile, here's the latest Bracketology (GU is seeded No. 7).Read on.

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Free throws vital 

Earlier on this blog a poster was keeping tabs free throw shooting and lamenting the inability to convert. There is no questioning that 70-plus percent is vital to the outcome of a game. Back in the day, when Jud Heathcote was at West Valley, players...

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Zags drop out of poll 15 

Gonzaga's three-game losing streak has cost the Bulldogs a spot in the ESPN/USA Today top 25. The Bulldogs dropped out of the rankings and received just 27 votes, which puts them tied for 36th (Note: corrected from 37th). Tennessee, Gonzaga's opponent on Wednesday, stayed in...

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Valentine leads EWU past Sac

Eastern Washington's junior point guard Benny Valentine erupted for 33 points Sunday afternoon and the Eagles picked up an important Big Sky road win over Sacramento State.You can read the game story published by the Sacramento Bee here, check out the game details provided by...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 4, 2009

UW loss, the morning after 37 

COUGARS As I was looking back at the box scores from the past couple year's worth of WSU/UW basketball games yesterday, I was struck by how often Washington State had played 40 minutes of basketball against an aggressive, physical team without turning over the ball...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 3, 2009

WSU opens Pac-10 play with a loss 19 

COUGARS There isn't a lot of margin of error available for the Washington State Cougars this Pac-10 basketball season. This isn't a group right now that's going to come roaring back from a big deficit to win a game. This isn't a group that can...

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UW pulls away in the second half 

COUGARS Another quick burst by the opposition to open the second half. Another home loss. That's what happened again Saturday as UW scored nine consecutive points right after halftime and went on to defeat WSU, 68-48, in the Pac-10 opener for both. Yes, it seemed...

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Vols fall to KU 

Tennessee got off to a slow start -- much like Gonzaga against UConn, Portland State and Utah -- and never fully recovered, falling to Kansas in Lawrence on Saturday. More here, here and here.Gonzaga visits Tennessee in Knoxville on Wednesday.

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UW leads by two at the half 

COUGARS WSU trails 30-28 at the half, with the Huskies dominating the boards and nailing just about every open look they have from 3. The Cougars are staying in the game because they are perfect from the line, hitting all seven they've taken. Both teams...

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Can WSU execute against the Huskies? 

COUGARS The Washington Huskies walked onto Friel Court today and Beasley Coliseum was silent. Really. No boos, no catcalls, nothing. What a difference without a majority of the students. There are a few, about a couple hundred right by the court, but they didn't acknowledged...

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Opening night prelude to rivalry day 

COUGARS The Pac-10's first four games went pretty much as expected Friday night, with USC and UCLA winning easily in Oregon, Cal showing its nonconference record was for real and Stanford showing is wasn't. The first wave of conference games ends today with WSU hosting...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 2, 2009

Another wild GSL night 15 

Gonzaga Prep romped over Ferris leaving four 4A boys teams in the race for post-season separated by a mere game with University falling two games further back.North Central continued its penchant for close results (but five of them victories) to remain a game behind fellow...

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Eags no match for NAU

Eastern Washington's second-half scoring woes were a key factor in Friday night's lopsided Big Sky Conference road loss to Northern Arizona.As promised, I've included this link to the game story posted by EWU's sports information department and this link to what the folks at NAU...

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Eags lose big to NAU

Northern Arizona held Eastern Washington to just 17 second-half points in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Friday night and cruised to a 72-49 win over the Eagles, who lost for the fifth time in their last six games.You can get at early look at the final box...

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Looking ahead to UW 

COUGARS Washington State opens Pac-10 play tomorrow by hosting UW, as I'm sure everyone who is reading this knows. On the link we have the unedited version of our advance for you to peruse. Read on.

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A new Few

Congratulations to the Few family, which welcomed a new addition, son, Colt, who was born on New Year's Day.Mark was back in plenty of time from Gonzaga's trip to Utah. He returned Wednesday night with the team charter. Marcy went into the hospital on New...

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Tigers tune for tonight's showdown

Tonight's the night when Greater Spokane League girls basketball unbeatens Lewis and Clark and Mead go for undisputed first place. LC shook off Central Valley's upset bid with a 20-0 run in the second quarter Wednesday and Mead topped Gonzaga Prep to set up the...

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Must win by CV boys

The game wasn't an artistic success by any means, but a win's a win and Central Valley got a needed one over Lewis and Clark New Year's Eve day in Greater Spokane League boys basketball. There were too many unforced errors and wild shots for...

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Eags finally return to Big Sky action

Eastern Washington's men's basketball team returns to Big Sky Conference play tonight against Northen Arizona in Flagstaff. You can access a Friday morning S-R story that includes comment's from Eagles coach Kirk Earlywine about the Lumberjacks and how he sees the conference race playing out...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 1, 2009

Pac-10 may be down, but still formidable 23 

COUGARS Here's a special treat just for New Year's Day and for you avid SportsLink readers. We've put together a team-by-team look at the Pac-10 basketball race. It's not going to be printed in the S-R, so this is the only place to see it....

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Day after Utah 13 

Gonzaga's slide continued Wednesday night as the Bulldogs missed two shots in the closing seconds and fell to Utah 66-65 in Salt Lake City. The Bulldogs have dropped three straight and four of five as they head into what could be their toughest matchup of...

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Happy New Year Coug fans 23 

COUGARS So it's New Year's Day, 2009. How many of you out there wondered if you would ever see this day? No, I don't mean at 11:23 last night when you couldn't remember if the person you were talking with through a self-induced haze was...

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