The last time WSU and UCLA got together in Pullman, the Bruins prevailed by a couple points, mainly because Nikola Dragovic went nuts from beyond the arc in the first half. But all week WSU coach Tony Bennett kept telling his team they were going to have to be tough, because playing the Bruins was like going to be the most physically challenging game they would play all year. Now, reading what UCLA coach Ben Howland had to say this morning in the LA Times advance, we know that sentiment occurs on both sides. For more links, read on.
• OK, I know I wrote last night I would only have one post this morning. But that’s before I woke up earlier enough to put together this one with all the morning’s links. We have our advance, which is more of a look at how the next five, six, seven, whatever games will affect next year (a longer version with some notes can be found here). … Freelancer Howie Stalwick also has an advance in the Olympian and other Puget Sound papers. … My vote for most interesting game in the Pac-10 today? The Cal at Oregon State game, with Jay John returning to Corvallis. … Some thoughts on the Pac-10 from Buster Sports’ Nick Daschel.
• That’s it for this morning. We’ll be back from Pauley Pavilion with some thoughts on the Bruin game. Until then …