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MONDAY, FEB. 1, 2010, 8:38 A.M.

WSU faces Arizona invasion


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Despite there being only one Pac-10 game – it was a pretty fun game to watch, don't you think? – on FSN yesterday, there is a decent amount of news available. We've got a few links available, so read on.
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• Washington State: Not only did I watch the Arizona win over Cal, moving the Wildcats into a tie with the Bears for first in the conference, I also watched Virginia dismantle UNC in the Dean Dome. It looks as if the Cavaliers are buying into the defense and are running their offenses, including Tony Bennett's favorite, blocker/mover, better. And it's obvious North Carolina is nowhere near as good as it was that night in Charlotte in the NCAA tourney. Nowhere near. ... One WSU link, from freelancer Howie Stalwick on the stadium renovation being pushed back another year. It's a tough time to raise money, that's for sure.

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• Around the Pac-10: So Arizona won and moved back into first place. Anyone out there believe the Wildcats are going to win the Pac-10? Anyone think they'll be in first place after this week? And, more importantly, anyone think they'll win a game in Washington? Just wondering. ... Nic Wise was nearly unstoppable at the end of the game – as an aside, I was amazed to see Cal's Jerome Randle take a top-of-the-key 3-pointer, kick his leg out and get the foul call late in the game. Watched it three times. When are the officials going to start calling this blatant offensive foul? – slicing through the Bears with key buckets and the game winner. ... The single game this week: OSU playing host to the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks are on a roll, and a two-game winning streak. ... After telling an LA Times reporter he was going to think about it, USC coach Kevin O'Neill confirmed he had fired the student manager who received a key technical Saturday. ... A couple of football links before we go. The Oregonian's Ken Goe caught up with former Oregon coach Rich Brooks, who is retiring and settling down. ... Buster Sports Nick Daschel has some expectations the Pac-10 this fall.

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• That's all for this morning. We'll be back as events warrant. Until then ...




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