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WSU leads 41-31 at half

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It's funny, but Washington State isn't playing all that well on either end, but the Cougars hold a 10-point halftime lead. We have some thoughts about that. Read on.

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• We'll start on the offensive end, where Arizona State is trapping more than I believe the Cougars expected. When WSU can beat it, take its time and move the ball, the Cougars are getting good shots. Reggie Moore is 4 of 7, DeAngelo Casto 6 of 9. Klay Thompson, the focus of ASU's defense, has just 4 shots but the same number of assists (and rebounds). He's being patient, taking his shot when he has a look but driving when he can, allowin the defense to converge on him, then finding the open man. It's working. And yet, you don't get the feeling WSU is hitting on all cylinders there. ... On the other end, ASU is moving the ball well against the Cougar zone, getting good looks and, when Ty Abbott (3 of 5 beyond the arc) and Rihards Kuksiks (3 of 4) are shooting it, the Devils are scoring. Anyone else, not so much. Marcus Jackson is being left alone and there is a reason. He has yet to hit a shot. But the shots are there. We'll see if they are after halftime.  ...

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• That's all for now. We'll be back about 90 minutes after the game ends. Until then ..




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