FROM PULLMAN — Washington State has played every team in the conference exactly once. Tonight, the Cougars begin their seven-game second go-round with a home matchup against Oregon State. We have some links to start your day, so read on.
Our story today focused on the criticism and speculation surrounding WSU coach Ken Bone and the struggles the Cougars have gone through this season. We also had a blog post with some more comments from Bone on that subject, as well as other topics. … Chris Derrick leads his women's basketball notebook with an item on WSU's Carly Noyes. … Here's a preview of tonight's game from Howie Stalwick in the Kitsap Sun. … CougCenter takes a look at Bone's contract as it pertains to WSU's financial situation. … The Daily Evergreen spoke with Reggie Moore, who made some interesting comments about his dismissal from the team. … Mike Leach is back in Lubbock this week to help honor a friend being inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Leach also had a lengthy, wide-ranging conversation with the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, which you can read here. … Interesting read here on Oregon State's close calls this season (sound familiar?).
Around the Pac-12 … There are two other games today. The first features Arizona State playing at Utah (5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks), a team that almost beat the Sun Devils in Tempe earlier this season. ASU needs to improve its free-throw shooting, though guard Jahii Carson presents a big enough challenge for the Utes. … In the nightcap, Washington is trying to avoid falling on its face as it hosts Oregon (8 p.m., ESPN2). The Ducks want to turn up their defensive pressure. … Stanford continues to claw its way back from a slow start. … Mike Montgomery and Johnny Dawkins are included in this assessment of Bay Area coaches' job security. … Now is the time for California to make its run, if there is going to be one. … UCLA must improve its rebounding to compete for the Pac-12 title. … Colorado is trying to learn how to close out games.