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Fri., March 25, 2011, 7:31 a.m.

WSU warms up as NY beckons


One more day in the Palouse before we head back east to cover the basketball team's New York adventure. With the weather yesterday during football practice, it will be hard to leave. There is nothing better than a nice spring day around here. Nuthin. UPDATE 5 MINUTES AFTER POST: Just looked outside. It's snowing. I can't wait to get out to New York. ... Read on.

UPDATE: The WSU board of regents gave the athletic department approval Thursday to install a $3 million center scoreboard in Beasley Coliseum. The board will replace the old models in the rafters on either side. Installation is expected to start this summer and the board should be in place for next season. ... Also, 6-foot-9 junior college transfer D.J. Shelton, who visited WSU over the weekend and watched the Oklahoma State game, told Cougfan he was headed to WSU. Shelton played at Citrus College in Azusa, Calif.


• Washington State: Too bad I was inside for most of the day, doing reporter stuff leading up to this story. Oh well, at least I had the drapes open and the sun was streaming in. Spring. Cool. ... We were out at football practice and filed this story on Rickey Galvin and this blog post. ... Back to the basketball problems, there is this column from Bud Withers and this piece from KXLY. ... On the court, CougCenter goes in-depth on the Northwestern game.


• Around the Pac-10: Arizona's incredible second half last night propelled the Wildcats past a deer-in-the-headlights-looking Duke, 93-77, and into the Elite Eight. Derrick Williams single-handedly kept UA in it in the first half and the rest of the guys finally helped out after intermission. Arizona's run is a much-needed tonic for Tucson. ... The other Pac-10 team still playing, Oregon, was given the day off yesterday before it started preparing from Creighton and the CBI finals. Coach Dana Altman wanted the Ducks to watch the NCAA tournament games and see where they want to be next year.


• That's it for this morning. Back to basketball today, as we are working on a story concerning game preparation in a tournament setting along with other things. Saturday, we make the trip to New York, getting there in time to follow all the run-up. Until later ...

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