For one of the few times this season, the Washington State offense began inside. Yes, it says something for Ken Bone's faith in DeAngelo Casto, but it also says something about the interior defense of Arizona State. Heck, it says something about the Sun Devils' defensive overall. Read on for more.
• The first time Washington State touched the ball, it went into Casto. He scored by spinning past 7-foot Ruslav Pateev and putting in a reverse layup. The precedent was set. Pateev and 7-2 Jordan Bachynski were lightposts at times and Casto, along with the slashing Marcus Capers, pounded in buckets from within five feet. This was a WSU offense that we haven't seen all that often this year, what with Klay Thompson – for my money one of the best players in the country, and the least recognized – and the rest firing away from the outside. We may not see it again too often in the future either, because ASU's defense is playing as poorly as anyone in the conference right now. Arizona will certainly be a sterner test Saturday but remember, in a season in which they finished last in the conference, the Cougars defeated UA twice last year. ... The loss of Faisal Aden didn't hurt because Casto and others stepped up, just like the loss of Reggie Moore last Saturday didn't hurt in the end either. Asked about it, Casto was adamant last year's team would have folded in both games, that this year people look at each other, embrace their skills, pick each other up and move on. At least they have in the last two games. ... You can find my story here if you're interested.
• That's it for tonight. We'll be back in the morning with more. Until then ...