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Hope you took Lehigh, Vince


FROM PULLMAN — The headline is in reference to the question Vince posed in this blog post a few days ago. Seemed like a rhetorical question at the time, huh?

It sure did for me, at least. But then, my bracket was trashed before Friday's play even began. What a day for the little guys. No. 15 seed Norfolk State — a team my girlfriend selected as one of her Final Four entrants, if you can believe that — started it off with an 86-84 win over No. 2 Missouri. Then No. 15 Lehigh slayed No. 2 Duke. Hard not to root for both of those outcomes, no? … Anyway. You came here for Cougar news. Last night we posted a Q-and-A with Robert Gagliardi, the Wyoming beat writer for the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle. Also, a note about the rest of the CBI. It could be a very hectic Tuesday if the Cougars win on Monday. The reason is that it's not known ahead of time which game's winner WSU would match up against, let alone the location of said potential game. The CBI re-brackets once the tournament reaches the semifinal round. So it doesn't necessarily matter that WSU is on the same side of the bracket as Oregon State, for example — even if both teams win, it's not guaranteed that they'd face each other in the semifinals. For what it's worth, the other remaining teams — Butler, Pennsylvania, Princeton and Pittsburgh — are all located in the Eastern time zone. OSU hosts Texas Christian on Monday night. If geographical convenience is a priority, WSU's best bet to host the semifinal round may be to root for TCU. The thinking here is that if TCU and WSU both win, the CBI might choose to simply send TCU — already in Corvallis — to Pullman for a semifinal. Just a guess. We won't know until Monday night at the absolute earliest, which doesn't allow for a whole lot of planning time. Semifinals are played Wednesday. But my guess — and that's all it is — would be that if WSU wins and has to travel for the next round, it wouldn't travel farther than Corvallis. … The WSU baseball team took a 6-0 win over No. 6 Arizona in its Pac-12 opener, the Cougars' second win over a top-10 team in less than a week.

There was one Pac-12 team in action last night. Washington throttled Northwestern, 76-55, to advance to the quarterfinals of the NIT. … As for today, Colorado looks to continue its NCAA run with a game against No. 3 Baylor (7 p.m., TNT). The Buffs' assistant coaches are featured here. Baylor could be a tall task. … Still alive in the NIT, Oregon is watching the NCAA tournament closely. … New Mexico benefits from UCLA and USC's transfers. … Brendon Lavender is glad he stuck around Arizona. … Some news on Arizona State's Pro Day. … BYU's spring football injury list continues to grow. A bit on BYU's tight ends.

All for now.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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