What more can be said after a 69-43 debacle on the road? Well, one website just decided to ignore Washington State's loss last night at Oregon. We don't have that option, so read on.
• Washington State: After a few hours of quiet reflection – OK, so I was asleep during most of it – the one thing I decided on was to just wait. Wait until Saturday night. If there is a repeat of Thursday, then we have a trend and something to really get into. But if the Cougars bounce back and play better, then Thursday can be seen in a different light, one of those days that happen to 18, 19, 20-year-old kids. So we'll wait. … But that doesn't mean we don't look back on last night. We had the raw version of our story on the blog (along with a couple notes) while a more concise version was in the paper this morning. … The Register-Guard's Bob Clark had this game story while columnist George Schroeder does what columnists do, he explained what went on last night (as much as possible). … The Oregonian's John Hunt also had his game story. … We used pretty much every quote we got from outside a somber WSU locker room last night. Coach Ken Bone did add a little more, one of which I shouldn't have overlooked. “They beat us in pretty much ever aspect of the game,” he said of the Ducks. That, in a nutshell, was the whole story. … One more note. Oregon's RPI going into last night's game was 157, according to realtimerpi.com. WSU's was 65, but that will fall.
• Around the Pac-10: Maybe there is something to the Sunday-night-rivalry-game-hangover stuff after all. The Huskies (RPI: 24) never woke up against Oregon State (RPI: 235, included for comparison) and lost 68-56. … The Beavers were more than willing to take advantage of UW's largesse. … Trailing by seven to Arizona State with about 7 minutes left, California finished the game on a 14-2 run and defeated the Sun Devils 66-62, with Jorge Gutierrez leading the way. ASU is 1-9 in conference play. … Arizona is all alone in first place – since defeating the Wildcats a couple weeks ago, UW has gone 1-2 while UA has won four times – after stopping Stanford 78-69 in Stanford. As usual, it was Derrick Williams out front. … USC has to stew over the loss to UCLA for a while, but the Bruins play St. John's, and former coach Steve Lavin, Saturday.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back later if events warrant, but, for now, enjoy your Friday. Until later …