One thing about traveling to the Phoenix area for a Washington State basketball game, you run into a lot of people with Northwest ties. This trip was no different, with time spent talking with former coaches and area residents. With the weather as nice as it is, it's easy to see why former Washington residents retire here. They'll all probably be in the Wells Fargo Arena today watching the Cougars take on ASU. For more, read on.
• Washington State: We had a short advance for today's game and the Arizona Republic looked at the key for ASU today (hint, it has to do with stopping Klay Thompson, though Oregon State did that but it wasn't enough). Other than that, not much on WSU. ... By the way, after the game tonight we have to dash to catch a plane, so we'll probably just post the game story and leave the rest for tomorrow morning from home.
• Around the Pac-10: Let's first look back at Saturday's games. ... The UCLA Bruins had a golden opportunity to rise back among the elite of the Pacific 10 Conference – such as it is – but fumbled away the ball and their chance against Stanford last night. The Cardinal, behind Jeremy Green's career-high 30 points, won their second home game this weekend and are 2-1 in conference. ... Cal is also 2-1 after rallying to defeat USC, giving the Trojans quite possibly their worst weekend in school history (factoring in the football news, of course). By the way, will the Carroll news also be awful for Oregon State? ... Looking ahead to today's contests, the Beavers will make their last trip to Mac Court tonight, as the venerable gym will play host to the basketball Civil War for the final time. ... Abdul Gaddy committed to Arizona – twice – but ended up at Washington. Now the freshman guard from Tacoma will play in Tucson for the first time.
• That's it for this morning. We'll be back before the game with some more notes. Until then …