It's kind of funny, isn't it? We're still seven months from a football game, but there's only a week until most fans think the season – or seasons – will be a success or not. Yes, a week from today those all-important football letters of intent will start flooding in and "experts" will be all over the airwaves telling us who signed the best players. Then three years from now someone we never heard of on LOI day will win the Outland Trophy. But that's for next week. Today, we have some basketball items. Read on.
• Washington State: We summarized coach Ken Bone's WSU press conference from yesterday here, but if you are in the mind to listen to it, you can find the audio on CougCenter. ... Other than that, we'll have a story up this afternoon concerning Reggie Moore's success and the possibility this Saturday's game could be a tough one for him.
• Around the Pac-10: Gotta love college basketball. Seattle U. goes to Oregon State and wins by 51. Oregon State goes to Hec Ed and loses by six. Seattle U. goes to Hec Ed and loses by ... 49? How's that? Don't try to figure it out. It's impossible. Such theories as the Hec Ed effect, or the Huskies are better when Isaiah Thomas doesn't play, they don't come close to explaining any of it. Just read the game story, say "whoa," and move on. Such is college basketball. ... Speaking of Oregon State, the Beavers host the LA schools this weekend. ... The Bruins are trying to improve their free-throw shooting. ... And the Trojans? They're playing pretty darn well even though they don't a postseason to look forward to. ... ASU is trying to get over the lopsided loss to Arizona while the Wildcats are back in the Pac-10 title race, though this weekend with Cal and Stanford, will be crucial. ... UA wouldn't be where it's at without the play of freshman Kevin Parrom, who hit a big 3 against WSU.
• That's all for now. We'll be back later with our Thursday items. Until then …