Of all the tasks awaiting a visiting Pac-10 basketball team, none may be greater than trying to win in McKale on a Thursday night. Unless it's trying to win at Hec Ed on a Sunday. But the former is what faces Washington State today so that's what we're concerned with in this post. Read on.
• Washington State: The Cougars' weekend trip to Arizona gets started tonight in Tucson against Derrick Williams and the Wildcats. UA sits atop the Pac-10 standings and already owns a win over Washington State. Here's our quick look at the weekend. ... We briefly examined the recent play of DeAngelo Casto in today's S-R. Casto practiced both Tuesday and Wednesday after sitting out Monday to let his tweaked ankle heal, so he should be good to go tonight. ... The Cougars signed one more football player yesterday, a JC defensive end.
• Around the Pac-10: It's a big weekend in these parts for the Huskies, who play at ASU tonight then travel down I-10 to face UA on Saturday. UW's depth has improved as the season has worn on. ASU hasn't had many bright spots this season, but Ty Abbott's defense is one. ... The second basketball Civil War game is this weekend, with the Beavers and Devon Collier trying to steal one on Oregon's home court. ... UCLA and USC head north to the Bay Area, where Cal turned to Jeff Powers to fill in for freshman-phenom Allen Crabbe last week and Stanford is still holding tournament hopes. Really? ... The Bruins have a defensive goal in mind while USC is still trying to figure out its lineup. ... A couple of NCAA tournament-related items. ... New president Mark Emmert downsized an Oregon grad who helped the event grow over the past couple decades. ... The Pac-10 may not have a lot of participants in this year's event.
• That's it for this morning. We're headed down the road to Tucson and will be back a couple hours before the 5:30 p.m. (PST) tip. Until then ...