After that debacle, I wanted to get out of Madison Square Garden, out of New York, really, as fast as I could. But I think the Washington State fans beat me to the phone, because Wednesday's flights to Seattle, crowded but still with seats earlier in the day, were filled by the time I called. More than likely because I had to wait until it was final. The fans probably called when it was over, or right after halftime, whichever came first. For more on the game, read on.
• First off I have to admit I was wrong. Watching Wichita State warmup I thought, OK, the Shockers have some thick bodies, but they're not real big. And that 7-foot guy? He's slow, moves kind of odd. He's no problem. Then that 7-foot guy, Garrett Stutz, goes out and scores 24 points (a career high), grabs 11 rebounds (a season high) and basically just makes all the Cougar inside guys look tiny and insignificant. But he wasn't alone. All the Shocker bigs played stronger than their WSU counterparts. Heck, every Shocker played stronger and tougher than their WSU counterpart. This was a butt-kicking of the first order. ... We have our story, which can be found here. It's not pretty or kind. But after that effort, it was impossible to be either. ... Steve Kelley of the Times sat next to me during the game and wrote this column. ... And there's this from the CougCenter guys. ... If you want to read the transcript of Ken Bone's post-game comments, you can here. There are also comments from Reggie Moore and Klay Thompson.
• That's all for tonight. It's a little after midnight so we're going to head to bed. We'll be back tomorrow with a morning after post, though, as I said on the end of my story, why would anyone outside of Wichita want to look back at that. Until then ...