Reading stories during basketball season is a lot like an NBA game. It's a series of runs, and the best comes right at the end. There are some days when there are no stories to link out there, then, as the weekend draws nearer, there are days – today, for one – when there are so many they are hard to get through. Read on.
• Washington State: We had our story on James Watson's life, which, I must caution you, only scratches the surface of what this young man (and, strangely enough, teammate DeAngelo Casto) went through to get to Pullman. I really didn't go into his academic challenges or his relationship with his biological siblings, or the bond between he and Casto or Ken Bone's thoughts on the matter (if you're interested, Bone said helping players like Watson mature into the adults they can become is by far the best part of his job). ... But there is more from WSU today, including this short feature on Marcus Capers from Orlando Sentinel. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick had a Q&A with Klay Thompson in the News Tribune and other outlets.
• Around the Pac-10: The Cal Bears are in Pullman tonight, hoping their experience will help them in their battle with WSU. Experience is important, sure, but Bone believes it's Cal's talent that makes them one of the favorites to win the Pac-10 title. ... Another good story for today concerns Calvin Haynes' mother and he ongoing battle vs. cancer. ... The Beavers host Arizona tonight, and the Wildcats are pretty excited. One win to end a weekend will do that for you. ... Arizona State makes its last visit to Mac Court, burdened by some tough memories. ... Oregon, halfway through the regular season, hope to build some new, positive memories for itself. ... UW's Elston Turner might be just what the Huskies need, someone who can drain an outside shot. ... Missed this a couple of days ago, but it may be new to you (if you missed it as well). The Times' Bud Withers revamps his Pac-10 picks. ... My favorite magazine when I was young was "Time." The newsmagazine did what other publications couldn't, give you a behind-the-scenes look at the events of the past week. Maybe that's why I like this ESPN.com story so much. It sheds a lot of light on USC's week. ... Once a Trojan, always a Trojan?
• That's it for this morning. We'll be back before tonight's game with Cal. Until then …