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Cougars still playing on the women’s side


FROM LOS ANGELES — We covered one WSU win and one WSU loss yesterday. From a historical perspective, the win was far more surprising. Read on.

The biggest story of the day, of course, was the WSU men losing to Oregon State in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. We have our game story, our game in review blog post, some quotes from both teams and a post with quotes from Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. The thrust of our game story — the Cougars now await the decision of the CBI committee. Ken Bone and Bill Moos have made it clear that WSU would like to play in the CBI, and my gut tells me the tournament would have a hard time turning away a Pac-12 school willing to pony up the money to host. We'll see. … We also covered the WSU women's game last night, which the Cougars won for their first ever win in the Pac-12 (or whatever) tournament. They'll play USC tonight at 7:15. … Howie Stalwick covered the men's game for the Kitsap Sun. … Steve Kelley has a column in the Seattle Times. … Here's the OSU perspective from the Oregonian and the Register Guard. … Former Cougar Marcus Trufant was released by the Seahawks yesterday.

In other Pac-12 action …

Stanford 85, Arizona State 65: Chasson Randle led the way for the Cardinal. A disappointing season came to an end for the Sun Devils.

UCLA 55, USC 40: It was an ugly win for the Bruins, who still have plenty to worry about. Kevin O'Neill should be back next season.

Colorado 53, Utah 41: Andre Roberson turned in a big-time performance against the Utes once again. Speaking of Utah … it's finally over.

Today's games …

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 9 Oregon State, 12:10 p.m. (FSN): The Huskies are the 1-seed, but not necessarily the favorite to win their third straight Pac-12 tourney title.

No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 5 UCLA, 2:10 p.m. (FSN): The Wildcats are on a slide, which won't be helped any by the suspension of guard Josiah Turner.

No. 2 California vs. No. 7 Stanford, 6 p.m. (FSN): Jorge Gutierrez is looking to bounce back from some poor performances recently.

No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 6 Colorado, 8:40 p.m. (FSN): The Ducks are still chasing the right side of the NCAA tournament bubble.

All for now. We'll be at Staples again today and will likely be sarcastic on Twitter for a while, before journeying to Galen Center to cover the WSU women again.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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