A busy night, and a rare one, in the Pac-10 last evening. The busy part comes from the four games. The rare part comes from both Oregon teams winning on the same night. Hasn't happened much recently (once last year, once in 2007). The atypical occurrence has scrambled the Pac-10 standings once again, though Cal is two games up on the main pack. The only team within one, Arizona, will host the Bears on Saturday. Enough rambling. Let's get right to it.
• Washington State: As I might have mentioned here before, this spring I will be doing the S-R's college baseball writing. Division I spring practice can officially open today, so I did a short story on the local schools, which includes WSU of course. ... That's about it for this morning, Coug-wise.
• Around the Pac-10: The Arizona Wildcats are the hottest team in the conference, winning four of five since losing at home to WSU. The Wildcats have struggled at the end of games, but did find a way to win, 76-68, over Stanford. ... The Cardinal rallied once again (remember the Pullman game?) but fell short – again. ... ASU did the same thing up the road in Tempe, rallying from a big deficit, getting within one, but falling 78-70 to league-leading Cal. ... The Bears' Jamal Boykin is just playing better and better. If Cal can string together back-to-back aggressive games, they'll win this conference. ... Oregon State forced 19 USC turnovers to earn a 51-45 victory. ... The Beavers' 1-3-1 zone was too much for the Trojans. ... Watched a lot of Oregon's 71-66 overtime win over UCLA and realized, as I was switching back-and-forth early with the Mississippi State vs. Arkansas game, how more athletic those two teams seemed. Doesn't make them better basketball teams (in this case they were) but it highlights a lack of athleticism in some Pac-10 teams this season. ... UCLA is one of those teams that is lacking in its usual athleticism this season and it showed in the defeat.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back this afternoon with our advance of tomorrow's UW game. Until then ...