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Championship Monday in Pullman


FROM PULLMAN — Didn't realize until I pulled out the record books yesterday afternoon just how rare it is for a Big East team to come out here. In fact, Pittsburgh is about to become the first team to face WSU in Pullman as a member of the Big East. Ever. That counts former members, too. Read on for more.

There are a couple of minor asterisks to that note, which was the basis of our game advance that appeared in today's newspaper (a shorter version also ran in the Seattle Times). DePaul, which is now a Big East member, played in Pullman on Dec. 11, 1974, dropping an 83-69 decision to the Cougars. But that was five years before the Big East was founded. WSU is 7-7 all-time against teams currently in that conference, most recently losing 57-43 to Pittsburgh, coincidentally enough, in the championship game of the 2008 Legends Classic. The Cougars have never played Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville or Rutgers. … A few astute Twitter followers pointed out that Georgetown played an NCAA tournament game in Pullman in 1984, the year Patrick Ewing led the Hoyas to the national championship. But at 10-18 and 4-14 in Pac-10 play that season, WSU was not involved. … Turns out Pittsburgh also played an NCAA tournament game here in 1982, losing 99-88 to Pepperdine. The Cougars finished 16-14 that year. … We posted a Q&A with Ray Fittipaldo, the Pitt beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, on the blog. He provides some real quality insights about the Panthers, including a note about their travel plans. They practiced at Gonzaga yesterday and will again today before busing to Pullman, staying the night in Idaho and chartering back to Pittsburgh tomorrow. … Our series of spring football video spotlights continued with a look at junior linebacker Eric Oertel. … Howie Stalwick previews tonight's game in the Kitsap Sun. … A preview from the Pittsburgh side. … And another.

Around the Pac-12 … Arizona is getting used to the Rich Rodriguez spread option attack. … Previewing the kickers at Oregon and Oregon State. … Terrence Ross is making the most of what could be his final days as a Husky.

That's about all we can find. We'll be back later with some thoughts from Beasley Coliseum. Until then …

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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