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Pregame from Beasley, one last time

Washington State students were let inside early for the game against Washington on Feb. 25, 2012. (Christian Caple)
Washington State students were let inside early for the game against Washington on Feb. 25, 2012. (Christian Caple)


FROM PULLMAN -- A small amount of snow covers the ground here, and a road closure in Spokane has made that trek a bit more difficult. Still, an electric atmosphere is building already here. We have some thoughts before the Cougars face the Huskies.


Highway 195 is closed at Spangle, meaning a detour is necessary if you're trying to get here from Spokane. Wonder if that might impact the size of the crowd today. Regardless, the student section (pictured above) has been full since 1 p.m., many of them camping out last night despite the snowfall. Guess they let them early to let them thaw out before tip-off. ... I won't bother linking all of our coverage, but it's all right here in my morning post  if you haven't seen it yet. ... I'm most interested to see how UW handles WSU's zone defense this time around, if that is, indeed, how the Cougars choose to play. The Huskies struggled early in the season against pretty much anyone who dropped into a 2-3 zone, but they've performed better against it recently. Lorenzo Romar is the first to point out that ever since Ken Bone has been the Cougars' coach, he's thrown some unique wrinkle into his team's game plan against Washington that slows the Huskies down. The Cougars were far more aggressive in the first matchup, but UW's size and strength led to a huge rebounding margin, which proved too much for WSU to withstand. That, and 30 points from Terrence Ross. Limiting him will be another priority today, and the same can be said for C.J. Wilcox and Tony Wroten. If WSU keeps UW off the offensive glass, I like its chances. ... Mike Ladd is dressed and went through warm-ups, so my guess is that he plays today. No official word on him from WSU, though. ... The students are on their A-game today, taunting Husky players as they warmed up, cheering every one of Ross' misses. I still expect a decent crowd, despite the weather.

As usual, we'll be back after the game.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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