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Early start for WSU at ASU

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A typical game day in that we have a golf bag full of stories for you to read. An untypical game day in that the weather is warm enough to actually use that golf bag. Read on.

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• Washington State: We can look out our hotel window and see the first tee at some golf course, making us pine for the spring weather and open golf courses in the Inland Northwest. Then we remember how often we hit the ball into the woods down the right side and get back to the computer. ... We had a short advance of today's game focusing more on the big picture of the final four games. Not a lot of margin of error left for Washington State if it wants to avoid a Wednesday night play-in game, that's for sure. ... We missed this yesterday, but the Arizona Daily Star's Bruce Pascoe had some post-game notes after the UA win Thursday night. ... Arizona State's season has been dreadful, but a win today would, like any win, help a lot. Freshman Corey Hawkins has started to earn more playing time.

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• Around the Pac-10: The big game today is in Tucson, with the Wildcats hosting the Washington Huskies. The game is a sell-out, will be on ESPN and everyone in the building is supposed to wear white. Seems to me that will make the Husky fans' purple shirts stand out even more, but what do I know. UW is forced to make a lineup change after Scott Suggs hurt his knee against ASU and the Huskies are going with Venoy Overton. ... By the way, someone tweeted me the other night asking what the deal was with Derrick Williams' pinky. He hurt it against UCLA but doesn't know how. ... How quickly basketball fortunes in the Willamette Valley have changed. The Ducks are favored in tonight's Civil War game– the first at Matthew Knight Arena – and have to deal with expectations for the first time. ... USC was about to blow the game with California on Thursday when little Maurice Jones gave the Trojans a big lift. ... Stanford is about to begin its first spring football schedule under new coach David Shaw.

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• That's all for this morning. It's an early start today (11 a.m. back in Pullman) so it won't be long and we'll be back here. Until then ...




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