FROM PULLMAN -- The first half of the Pac-12 season is over. For Washington State, much was left to be desired, as was also the case in last night's 79-65 loss to Arizona. We have our usual assortment of day-after links, so read on.
The second half of WSU's conference schedule might be more difficult to navigate than the first. I'm not sure how likely it is that WSU will be favored in any more than one or two of its remaining games -- maybe Oregon State and USC at home -- and the Cougars' five remaining road games (USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington) are all tough trips. Coach Ken Bone said last night that he doesn't think they need to make any wholesale changes, and that he doesn't think they're that far away from starting to win some games. Looking at the scores of their losses, that's not necessarily an unfair point. But the question is whether WSU has enough time left to solve the issues that have prevented them from pulling out a few more victories frfom the close games they've been losing. ... As far as last night goes, Bone may have summed it up best when he said simply that the better team won. We have our (shortened) game story in today's newspaper, along with a tale of the tape and a blog post with some quotes and video from the postgame interview sessions. ... To gear up for national letter of intent signing day on Wednesday, we wrote this profile of receiver Vince Mayle, a junior-college transfer who is expected to make an impact next season. ... Howie Stalwick has this story from last night's game in the Kitsap Sun. ... Here's the AP story. ... And here's the game story and a column from the Arizona Daily Star. Sean Miller's comments about Kevin Parrom are particularly strong.
Around the Pac-12 ... Utah jumped to a huge lead against Colorado, then withstood a furious Buffaloes comeback before winning, 58-55. ... California didn't play well offensively, but the Bears' student section got to storm the court after Cal upset Oregon, 58-54, at Haas Pavilion. The Ducks' feel-good season doesn't feel so good after a rough weekend in the Bay Area, and they might be missing another point guard. ... In a score that further proves how much Arizona State has changed, the Sun Devils lost a barn-burner in Seattle last night, 96-92, to Washington. The Huskies were aided by big contributions from players who usually don't score a whole lot. ... Oregon State is trying to salvage a split of its road trip to the Bay with a game at Stanford today (12 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).
That's all for now. I heard there's some kind of football game on the TV today. Might have to check that out.