Believe it or not, that's the first time I've ever covered a team that won a game in Stanford's Maples Pavilion. When UC Irvine played there in the early 1980s, the Anteaters lost. And Washington State? The Cougars hadn't won there in five years. So last night's 61-58 victory was a landmark of sorts. We have more, so read on.
• Washington State: The most telling comment Ken Bone had after the game was nearly the last thing he said to us in the postgame. He felt the Cougars finally played like the veteran team they are. Sure, there are no seniors on the roster, but the core of this group has been around for three or four years. Veteran teams play tough on the road and can pull out a tight contest against a good opponent in a hostile environment. Washington State did that last night. ... You can read my entire story on the link contained in last night's blog post – including Bone's comment – or you can peruse the version that appeared in this morning's paper. ... CougCenter had this statistically based report and ESPN.com's Diamond Leung filed this blog entry. ... From the Bay Area, we can direct you to stories like this one from the San Jose Mercury News and another from the San Francisco Chronicle.
• Around the Pac-10: It was another interesting day in the conference, starting with Derrick Williams getting to the line for 16 free throws en route to 31 points as Arizona tied UW atop the standings at 4-1 with an 80-69 home win over reeling Arizona State. The Sun Devils are the Cougars' next opponent. ... Washington plays at California today and will host the Wildcats Thursday with the lead on the line. ... If you have the time, here's an interesting feature on Cal's Bak Bak, who grew up in warn-torn Sudan. ... UCLA didn't let the Matt Court floor stop them as it overpowered the Ducks down the stretch, 67-59, behind the play of big Josh Smith. ... USC hasn't won a basketball – or football – game in the state of Oregon for a long time. The Trojans lost again, 80-76, to Oregon State.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back tomorrow for sure and later today if news warrants. Until then ...