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FROM PULLMAN — At 5 p.m. tonight, students can begin lining up for the campout outside Beasley Coliseum. Twenty-four hours after that, the Cougars will tip-off against the Huskies. About five seconds from now, you'll be reading this morning's links.


Unless you're still using dial-up or something. Anyway, we didn't have anything in the newspaper today, but we did have this blog post spotlighting Marcus Capers, and we'll have one on each of WSU's seniors before tomorrow's game. … Former WSU quarterback Jason Gesser was officially named Idaho's offensive coordinator on Thursday. Our Josh Wright has the details. … Percy Allen has a good story on Brock Motum's ascension as a big-time scorer. … Mike Leach discusses WSU's quarterback competition with ESPN.com. The biggest thing to keep in mind here is that Connor Halliday had quite a bit of required down time after his injury. I'm most interested to see how he holds up physically if he's going to split reps with Jeff Tuel, as Leach says he will. … WSU makes this list of five must-see Pac-12 games this season.

As for yesterday's Pac-12 action …

Stanford 74, Colorado 50: What a dilemma, I thought. With this game being played at the same time as the Gonzaga vs. BYU matchup, I wasn't sure which to watch. Then Colorado made it much easier by failing to show up. This was a significant result for the Cougars, too. Coupled with UCLA's win over Arizona State, it means that for WSU to finish higher than eighth in the Pac-12 standings, WSU must win out and hope for either the Cardinal or the Bruins to lose out to force a tie. That's not likely for Stanford, which faces lowly Utah on Saturday. It's more likely for UCLA — but still not exactly probable — which plays at Arizona before hosting WSU and Washington. On the other end, the Cougars can't do worse than tie for ninth place, and even in that unlikely circumstance, I believe WSU owns the tiebreaker over ASU by virtue of its win over conference leader California. So it would take an unlikely series of events for WSU to not play in the opening, No. 8 vs. No. 9 game of the Pac-12 tournament at noon on March 7, very likely against Oregon State. This may be clearer after Saturday.

Arizona 70, USC 54: Sounds like a yawner at McKale Center — though some stars were rumored to be in attendance — where both teams did what was expected. And by that, I mean Arizona won and USC lost. Kyle Fogg had a whole bunch of rebounds.

UCLA 66, Arizona State 57: Another thriller. Lazeric Jones led the Bruins to victory. Things have changed in Tempe.

California 60, Utah 46: Another thriller. The Bears didn't play very well, but they were playing Utah, so whatever.

Oregon State's Eric Moreland is probable to play against Oregon this week. … I often wish we still lived in an era when newspaper writers gave sports teams their nicknames.

Christian Caple can be reached at christianc@spokesman.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple


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