We're going to be monitoring the Washington State game tonight from Spokane and, like a lot of you, I'll be listening to Bud Nameck and following gametracker. Then I'll be putting together a writeup for tomorrow's paper. We have some thoughts, so read on.
• Before the game tips off, we wanted to throw a couple links your way, like this one to our story on Marcus Capers if you missed it. And then there's this advance from CougCenter and this summary from Lewiston. ... The first semester at WSU is over and break has started. Like a lot of students, the basketball players are using to time to take a trip. It's just the players are, as Marcus Capers called it, making a business trip. The first stop is in the Bay Area, with WCC's Santa Clara University – Nameck's alma mater – up tonight. Most everyone predicted the Broncos would be a middle-of-the-road team in the WCC, with Gonzaga, Loyola, St. Mary's and Portland – and 84-68 victim of the Cougars in Seattle – probably the consensus top four picks. But Santa Clara is tough at home, as are most WCC schools (remember the NIT game in Moraga a couple years ago?) so tonight's matchup might be a little tougher than most imagine. ... We'll try to update the game's progress through Twitter (vinceg55) if we can, but because we are not there, we'll see how it goes.
• That's all for now. We'll be back at halftime. Until then ...