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WSU news and notes for a Saturday

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There's nothing better than sleeping late on a Saturday morning. Yes, 7:30 a.m. is the new 11. At least it is for me. Read on for our morning report.

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• Washington State: Not a lot here. We had our advance in this morning's paper, something we posted last night, along with a lot of notes and some news. ... Jim Moore, who came this close to wasting a few hundred bucks on the Oregon road trip, is still at home and will watch tonight's game after a nice nap. Sort of my plan as well. ... So what about OSU? Here's a statistical breakdown. ... Our advance was about the inconsistent play of Washington State and Oregon State. Paul Buker's advance box in the Oregonian was about the inconsistent play of Oregon State and Washington State. And that's the difference. ... By the way, Gill Coliseum is venerable. Anything still getting it done at its age is venerable. For example, Paul Buker is venerable.

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• Around the Pac-10: Believe it or not, the best matchup in the conference today is in Berkeley, where the 6-4 California Bears try to stay hot against the 8-2 – and conference-leading – Arizona Wildcats. But the Wildcats have one little problem, something they can put their finger on (sorry, really bad pun). ... There is another compelling matchup in Los Angeles, but it's of the nonconference variety. Steve Laving returns to Pauley Pavilion with St. John's and I'm sure the Pauley crowd (average age: 72) will give him a sitting ovation. ... The Huskies, who heard some good news yesterday that we passed on last night, will try to get on track in Eugene. And once again UW is suffering from a case of Duck envy. ... At least one Sun Devil is playing OK, even though ASU is 1-9 in conference.

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• And that, my friends, is all for this morning. It's game day in Corvallis – overcast and windy as well – so we'll be back an hour or so prior to the tip with a pregame post from inside revered Gill, then on Twitter from there. Until then ...




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