COUGARS • UPDATED: 9:55 A.M.
No sleeping in this morning. We're on our way to Portland to catch the flight back to Spokane, but before we go, we have some Washington State links you may want to check out. Read on.
• Washington State: We posted our game story along with a handful of notes and extra quotes last night, so you can read those first if you like. Then we have the story as it appeared on your doorstep this morning. ... The Oregonian's Paul Buker had this report on the game from the OSU perspective, while AP had this story, which appeared in the Register-Guard. ... And that's all I could find, though we guess there will be more on the blogs soon. ... I'll get to the rest of the Pac-10 from the airport in a couple hours, but I wanted to pass along one story. There was an epic battle in Berkeley last night, with Arizona (20-4 overall, 9-2 in conference) showing it probably deserves to win the Pac-10 by pulling out a 107-105 triple overtime victory. The Wildcats received just 12 points from Derrick Williams, who fouled out. So let's quickly summarize the scoring contributions from the three front runners for the Pac-10 Player of the Year award: Williams, 12 points, fouled out in win; Isaiah Thomas, 13 points in an 81-76 loss at Oregon; Klay Thompson, 6 points, fouled out in win. So much for "the refs protect the stars" canard.
UPDATE: We start here, with the charts from CougCenter, which are fun to look at.
• Around the Pac-10: We're checked through at PDX, but time is short, so we'll link a couple stories per game, starting with the Arizona victory at California in what's already termed a classic. ... After an 81-76 loss at Oregon, the Huskies have dropped three consecutive games. But they still have that "what me worry" attitude. ... Three straight? Big deal. ASU has lost nine straight Pac-10 games. The ninth was at Stanford, 83-75, as the Cardinal juniors stepped up. ... And Steve Lavin's return to Pauley was odd. Not only did he have to use the visitors' locker room but his team played hard, though UCLA won, 66-59.
• That's it for today. Enjoy your Super Bowl party. We'll be back tomorrow morning. Until then ...