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Some WSU pregame thoughts from Fresno


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Well, we're finally back in civilization. You don't know how much Internet access has integrated itself in your life until you don't have it. It sucks. But we're at the Save Mart Center and have a pregame post for you. Read on.
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• If you had a chance to read my advance from today's S-R, you know it was centered around the productivity inside for Washington State. That productivity could take a big hit tonight with the news DeAngelo Casto won't play tonight with a sprained foot suffered in practice Wednesday. The 6-foot-8 junior has been the Cougars main threat inside thus far, and his 9.3 points, 5 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game will be missed. ... I would expect Brock Motum to start in Casto's place and Charlie Enquist, who has played 16 minutes total, to pick up a lot of the minutes. ... The one area Casto's absence will effect more than any other is the defensive boards. Not only has he been boarding OK, he's done a nice job of keeping the other team's biggest body off the offensive glass. That's not as easy as it sounds, and it has to be done. We'll see if the rest of the Cougars can do it as well. ... As I said in the story, Fresno State's best player is Greg Smith, a 6-10 sophomore. His matchup vs. Casto would have been fun to watch. Casto is expected to be back for WSU next game Tuesday for Sacramento State. ... Maybe we'll see Steven Bjornstad, who has been cleared to play. The 6-11 Bjornstad has the bulk to bank around with the 250-pound Smith. ... The one statistic that stands out for the Bulldogs (1-2) is 3-point shooting percentage. It is 17.4 percent. They have missed 38 of their 46 attempts. Of course, 19 of those misses came in the opener at BYU. ... The Save Mart Center reminds me somewhat of McCarthey Arena, though it is finished all around so it's bigger. FSU drew 7,442 to its opener against Vanguard College out of Southern California. The school doesn't expect nearly as many tonight and the upper deck is closed off. ...

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• That's all for now. We'll be back soon on Twitter (vinceg55) with some more pregame thoughts and our in-game updates. Catch us there ...




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