The Washington State men's basketball team did what everyone thought it would do yesterday. It won. So, too, did the WSU women's team, though in far more surprising fashion. We have links related to both, and more. Read on.
We'll start by linking our game story from the WSU men beating ISU in Kennewick. (The ensuing drive back to Spokane, by the way, was one of the worst I've experienced. Fog, ice and snow. Not a fun combination.) We also posted WSU's postgame video and had our usual tale of the tape. A couple additional notes: coach Ken Bone said after the game that both Leavitt and Dexter Kernich-Drew should be OK. Both players left the game after being fouled hard in the second half. Kernich-Drew appeared to injure his right shoulder, and Leavitt said he experienced some swelling in his right wrist. Neither ailment is presumed serious. ... Howie Stalwick covered the game and has this story, and the Tri-City Herald writes about Bryce Leavitt returning to his hometown. ... The Seattle Times mentions Mike Leach among a series of 2012 newsmakers. ... As mentioned above, the WSU women's team picked up a big 57-51 win over Gonzaga in front of a packed Kennel.
In Pac-12 basketball news ... Washington shot poorly in a 61-53 loss at Connecticut on Saturday. ... Colorado cruised past Hartford, 80-52. ... Oregon State suffered one of the conference's worst losses of the season, falling 67-66 to Towson in overtime. At home. Towson finished 1-31 last season. ... California lost at home to Harvard, 67-62. ... Stanford held off Lafayette, 65-59. ... Arizona State took care of Coppin State, 68-52. ... USC hosts Dayton at 4 p.m. today.
In Pac-12 football news ... First, the good news for the conference: Arizona State steamrolled Navy, 62-28, in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. It was a win that inspired hope for the future. ... Now, the bad news: Oregon State lost late to Texas, 31-27, in the Alamo Bowl. OSU has little excuse for losing this one, which went down to the wire. ... A couple of USC players are questionable for Monday's Sun Bowl. ... Looking back and ahead with UCLA. ... Stanford's kicker has overcome his misses in last year's Fiesta Bowl. ... Oregon's running back is savoring his final moments as a college player.