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 …