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Live chat, Gonzaga, links


FROM PULLMAN — We'll have our weekly live chat again today at 1 p.m. in lieu of a pregame chat (since participation on those has been pretty sparse, anyway). And we also have links for you as the Cougars prepare to play Gonzaga tonight at 8 p.m. Read on.

In today's newspaper, we have an advance of tonight's game focusing on the challenge presented by Gonzaga's frontcourt. The S-R's Jim Meehan had a blog post yesterday with some Gonzaga notes. … Howie Stalwick has this feature on Royce Woolridge. … Gonzaga's SB Nation site has this short preview. … Gonzaga is up to an 11.5-point favorite. … CougCenter writes about the progression of Dexter Kernich-Drew.

In football news … Stanford has already sold its Rose Bowl ticket allotment. … The Oregonian has 10 things to like about Oregon State's trip to the Alamo Bowl, as well as a history lesson on Oregon's Fiesta Bowl opponent, Kansas State. … USC knows what it wants out of its next defensive coordinator. … Arizona wants better kick returns in its bowl game. … Does Colorado have its next football coach? Not yet, it seems. … 

In basketball news … UCLA beat Cal State San Marcos in an exhibition game on Tuesday. … Arizona took an ugly, 63-55 win over Southern Mississippi. … Washington hopes to have one of its injured big men back for its game Saturday. … California needs to toughen up before facing UNLV. … Arizona State is getting better effort on the glass from one of its forwards. … Boise State's offense will be a challenge for Utah, which appears to be making strides this season. … Colorado's rivalry with Colorado State is heating up.

Check back at 1 p.m. for our chat.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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