COUGARS • UPDATE: 11:45 A.M.
It's game day and it's about time. It seems like a month since Washington State last played a basketball game, but it's been less than a week actually. We'll see if the time spent traveling, practicing, away from home and friends helped or hurt tonight. We have more, lots more, so read on.
• UPDATE: I knew our news side was working on this story about marijuana citations in Pullman, but didn't know it ran this morning until just a few minutes ago. Seems communication can sometimes be lacking in a communication company as well.
• Washington State: We had the news yesterday concerning Abe Lodwick's academic honor from the Pac-10, along with a couple other notes. … This morning we had an advance on tonight's game. … The Lewiston Tribune ran this nice graphic with Ryan Collingwood's story, though most of the story is unavailable due to the paper's policy. … By the way, I was leaving a restaurant last night where I had dined with a couple of friends from Spokane when I spied a Colorado hat on the guy in the booth next to me. I tried to strike up a conversation about the NIT. He had no clue his alma mater was playing in town the next day. He was, by his admission, “a football guy.” Funny. … Steve Kelley is here for the Seattle Times and he had this column defending the Cougars and coach Ken Bone concerning the marijuana incidents. … Jim Moore seems to feel the other way. … And here's a NIT Final Four breakdown from ESPN.com. … CougCenter has a look at tonight's WSU game.
• Around the Pac-10: The Oregon Ducks opened the CBI's final series – the tournament plays a best 2-of-3 – with a 84-76 loss at Creighton in a homecoming of sorts for coach Dana Altman. … Now it's time to look at roster changes around the conference, with UCLA losing Tyler Honeycutt (he's declaring and hiring an agent) and possibly Malcolm Lee (he may not hire an agent). The Bruins did get transfer Larry Drew II from North Carolina, but he'll have to sit a year. … Arizona will certainly lose Derrick Williams but other changes may be in the offing as well. Though coach Sean Miller isn't going to be one of them.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back from Madison Square Garden this evening. Until then …