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Wed., March 28, 2012, 6 a.m.

WSU can win a title today


FROM PULLMAN -- The basketball team arrived in Pittsburgh yesterday, and it can put an end to this season's College Basketball Invitational by beating the Panthers tonight. We have a bit more on that, as well as a whole heck of a lot of spring football news, after the jump.


WSU's season will end in Pittsburgh. The question now is whether it ends tonight with a victory, or on Friday. It will be interesting to see what kind of adjustments each team makes based off the first game. I think that's one of the coolest things about the CBI -- the fact that you have to beat the same team twice to win the championship. Then again, Jamie Dixon had a whole week to prepare for Washington State without Brock Motum, and still couldn't find a way to slow the Cougars' offense. ... We wrote a short game advance for today's newspaper. ... Our series of assistant football coach profiles concluded with this look at the story of defensive  line coach Joe Salave'a. ... We also have a story on Andrei Lintz impressing the new coaching staff, as well as some notes from yesterday's practice. ... Brian Floyd has a practice recap at CougCenter. ... Howie Stalwick previews tonight's game. Here's a preview from the Pittsburgh side. ... Former WSU quarterback Mark Rypien is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the NFL.

There were two Pac-12 basketball games yesterday, otherwise known as the NIT semifinals ...

Stanford 74, Massachusetts 64: The Cardinal advanced to the NIT championship game thanks to a balanced offensive effort.

Minnesota 68, Washington 67: The Huskies came back to force overtime, but didn't have enough to save their season.

Elsewhere ... Arizona has some recruits playing in the McDonald's All-America game. An unheralded Arizona running back gets his day in the sun. ... A tight end is turning heads at Arizona State. ... Marqise Lee is making a big leap at USC. Matt Barkley is embracing a new role. ... Sounds as if Jared Cunningham is staying in the NBA draft. ... Colorado is looking for a new leader on the basketball court. ... A JUCO transfer competes for playing time in Utah's backfield. ... An Oregon assistant coach is interviewing for a new job. ... A BYU tight end is beefing up. Schedule issues could impact the (other) Cougars. ... Washington picked up the first commitment of its 2013 recruiting class.

All for now.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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