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WSU in New York ready for NIT semis

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Yesterday was fun. We were one of the thousands of victims of Alaska Airlines' power outage. But, for us, it turned out to be a blessing. We were rerouted on Delta through Salt Lake City and ended up sitting next to a good friend on that leg. He was heading to Paris, me to Newark. He wins. Then the remainder of the trip was surprisingly pleasant despite the presence of dozens of pre-teens heading home after spring break trips. It is, however, February-in-Pullman cold here right now, so we may stay inside more than expected. Whatever, we have work to do today anyway. Read on.


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• Washington State: That work begins with this blog post. On it, we link our story concerning the time between the Oklahoma State and Northwestern games. … We follow that up with, well, there are no other Washington State stories to link. So instead we offer some links to NBA mock drafts. The news might be good if you are a WSU fan that hopes Klay Thompson will return for his senior year. Though Thompson is the fourth-ranked shooting guard by ESPN (and 40th player overall), he's nowhere to be found on this draft and a second-round pick of the Suns in this one. If either are right, and the consensus of opinion tells him thus when he tests the waters, then expect him back. … The Cougars had no travel problems, catching a charter from Lewiston to New York. They will practice today at Columbia University.

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• Around the Pac-10: Arizona came this close to a Final Four berth but couldn't overcome foul trouble to Derrick Williams – didn't see it because I was traveling, but how does a guy who doesn't guard people in the first half pick up three fouls? – or Connecticut and fell 65-63. By the way, it's easy to find Williams in the mock drafts. He's near the top. … Joevan Catron and the Ducks are still alive in the CBI, though the final foe is a tough one for Dana Altman.

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• That's all for this morning. We're going to work on a story about Wichita State and visit with relatives today (hey, with a name like Grippi, we have relatives in this area; some, I believe, are in waste management). Until later …


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