Ever really need a cup of coffee? Not me. Never felt that way. It wasn't my thing. Until my wife bought me a new coffee maker for Christmas. Now I'm hooked. Before I could sit down here and write about Washington State news, I had – and I mean had – to make coffee. Thanks ever so much dear. Read on.
• Washington State: We covered the Reggie Moore news with our posts yesterday and our story that appeared in the S-R this morning. But we weren't the only one to write about this. ... The Seattle Times' Bud Withers has this story, while Percy Allen transcribed coach Ken Bone's quotes on the issue (and other items) from the Pac-10 call. ... Klay Thompson is included in one Best of the West group.
• Around the Pac-10: Did you know it's been since 1978 that a team has gone through the conference schedule undefeated? That was UCLA under Gary Cunningham, one of the multitudes who has tried to replace John Wooden in the hearts of Bruins fans (the most recent, Ben Howland, is having his own trouble). When the Huskies lost last weekend, they also lost their chance to be the first team to go undefeated since the conference expanded to 10 teams. ... The big showdown this week is Thursday night in Seattle. The Arizona Wildcats (4-1 in conference) face UW (5-1). Arizona's big man Derrick Williams vs. Washington's might mite Isaiah Thomas. The top matchup of the weekend for sure. Which must seem like a real present for those two teams' next opponents, Arizona State and Washington State. ... USC is losing a player most thought was their most talented freshman. ... The Matt Court floor is getting a lot of criticism (as is Oregon's style of play), but not from OSU's Craig Robinson. The Beavers and Ducks meet this weekend and the Ducks Joevan Catron should be able to go.
• That's it for this morning. We'll return later today with our look ahead at the weekend and a few notes. Until then ...