Hope you have a lot of time this morning. We have a lot of links. Read on for stories ranging from St. Mary’s being hosed by the NCAA to Washington lamenting being forced to play a team WSU dominated. And, of course, items about the Cougars.
• We’ll start with stories about WSU. There’s our story of course, a longer version of which appeared here. There’s also a piece by freelancer Howie Stalwick in the P-I and other Puget Sound papers. Bud Withers of the Times has this story. … On the St. Mary’s front, there’s this sad piece from the Mercury News on the Gaels waiting to hear their name called by the NCAA yesterday. They were disappointed. There is also this story about their snub. Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle had this column about the NCAA dissing the mid-majors, while the paper’s Steve Kroner covers the St. Mary’s news. The Gaels were also mentioned in this USA Today story and John Blanchette’s column. … In other Pac-10 postseason news, the Oregonian looks at the conference’s success getting teams into the NCAA look at it this way: Only the Big Ten has a higher percentage of teams in the tourney (64 percent) then the Pac-10’s 60 percent. The other big names: ACC, 58 percent; Big 12, 50 percent; Big East, 44 percent. And Nick Daschel of Buster Sports busts Oregon State’s chops for accepting an invite to the CBI. … Finally, a couple links about the Huskies. They don’t bemoan having to play Mississippi State in the first round – maybe they had already watched some tape – but others do, like Times columnist Jerry Brewer in this piece. And Art Thiel of the P-I in this one. Listen, Mississippi State may have a name and an SEC Tournament title, but the Bulldogs would have probably finished eighth or ninth in the Pac-10. The Huskies should dominate on the glass – say a 50 to 25 edge – and hold the Bulldogs to about 30 percent shooting. This was a great draw for UW.
• That’s it for this morning. We’ll be back tonight. Until then …