There was a large Cougar contingent in the Staples Center last night, easily the loudest of the four schools that were playing on the opening night of the Pac-10's tournament. Or maybe they just had more to cheer about. Well Wednesday's over. And Thursday's upon WSU. With it comes UCLA. In Los Angeles. And seeking revenge. Read on.
• With so little time to gather quotes last night – I was literally walking with Tony Bennett in the Staples' halls as he headed to the news conference, then running back to the locker room – we don't have out usual next-day extra comments. But we do have links, like the one to the LA Times preview we had above. Now back to the game stuff. ... Here's our story, more of which you can find here. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick had this piece in the P-I and other papers. ... The Times had Bob Condotta's gamer. ... With the Ducks' season over, Ernie Kent becomes the Pac-10 coach on the hottest seat. ... The Oregonian also has this roundup. ... The Register-Guard's George Schroeder looks at Kent's future and it doesn't seem as bright as it did about a month ago. ... Bob Clark of the Guard had this game story.
• That's it for this morning. We'll be back after we get to Staples with some thoughts about the postseason. Then we'll post our pregame look at the Bruins. Until then …