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WSU finally back in action


FROM SEATTLE — After a 7-day layoff, the Washington State men's basketball team takes the court again today for its annual game at KeyArena. We have links and notes after the jump.

Our coverage today includes a feature on WSU guard Mike Ladd, who is adjusting to his new role as a father. We also spoke with Ken Bone yesterday after WSU's practice at KeyArena and have a few of his comments in this blog post. … Bud Withers has an advance in the Seattle Times. … Howie Stalwick has this feature about Mike Ladd. … Ken Bone held a live chat yesterday with The Seattle Times.

In Pac-12 basketball news … Washington held off Cal Poly in a 75-62 victory last night. … USC lost at home to UC Irvine, 61-54. Ouch. … Arizona's backcourt is going to be just fine. … Colorado needs one of its freshmen to stay out of foul trouble. The Buffaloes host Northern Arizona tonight at 5:30 (Pac-12 Networks). … The investigator in the Shabazz Muhammad case has reportedly been fired. … Stanford plays at Northwestern at 6 p.m. on the Big 10 Network. … Utah hosts Cal-State Northridge at 7:30 (Pac-12 Networks).

In Pac-12 football news … Arizona State's offensive line has become an asset. … Colorado's new coach is still deciding whether to keep assistants from the previous staff. … At Oregon State, it's about “Want To.” … Arizona's punter and kicker stepped up this season. … UCLA's defensive line wants to move like ninjas. … Ken Goe wonders if Chip Kelly will still be around by the time Oregon goes before the NCAA infractions committee. … Washington's star tight end has lived up to the hype.

We'll be back with more before the game.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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