We're in SeaTac after taking the early flight from Spokane – being somewhat (a word we can't use on this blog) retentive, we always take an early flight just in case; I'm the type of guy who would wear suspenders with a belt if I didn't think suspenders would make me look like a 1963 Alabama sheriff – and finally getting a chance to sit and go through this morning's stories. Read on for links and notes.
• Washington State: Quite a bit to pass along, including my advance story that we posted last night. ... Josh Wright also covered the women's game from Pullman for us, though the outcome was the same as it's been for the past 133 years. ... Back to the men, The Times' Bud Withers has a feature today on DeAngelo Casto. Being intimately aware of the circumstances surrounding Casto's high school career – Spokane's prep scene was my beat before moving on to Pullman – there are a couple of points I would disagree with. Still, it's worth reading. ... Steve Kelley has a column in the Times about Lorenzo Romar and Ken Bone – I'm looking at the printed version right now – that I can’t find on-line. When I do, I'll pass it along. ... Percy Allen has this advance as does Tacoma's Don Ruiz. ... Dave Boling's column in the News Tribune is about what the Huskies learned from the loss to WSU. ... Jeff Nusser continues his series on the basektabll season at CougCenter. ... Finally, Cougfan notes WSU's Zack Williams has done well in the "measurables" at the NFL draft combine.
• Around the Pac-10: We passed along the results last night and how they affected the standings (with a win tonight, Washington State would be alone in sixth; a loss and the Cougars are tied with Oregon and a half-game ahead of Stanford heading into the final week). ... California, which manhandled Oregon State in the second half en route to an 87-76 victory, and USC, which had no trouble against Arizona State, winning 62-46 at the Galen Center (ASU has never won there), did themselves the most good this weekend, sweeping and moving into fifth and fourth place, respectively. ... One fan did, however, remind the Bears of their huge financial defeat recently, and how the Ducks have money to burn. ... Oregon had the worst weekend – no, wait, that honor goes to Arizona – by losing twice, Saturday to Stanford 88-71, as the Cardinal snapped a four-game losing streak. ... As for Arizona, the Wildcats still control their destiny – defeat the Oregon schools at home next week and they earn at least a share of the title – despite not showing up for the final 30 minutes Saturday in Westwood. The Bruins closed "old" Pauley Pavilion in style, with John Wooden's great-grandson scoring the final two points. I knew the Pac-10 was honor college basketball's greatest coach this year, but this seems to made-for-TV-movie-ish for even a old softy like me. ... And that's it.
• That's all we have this morning. We'll be back before today's game with our pregame notes. Until then ...