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Leaving Las Vegas


FROM LAS VEGAS — Yep. Just like Nicholas Cage. Time to get out of here. But first, we have links to wrap up the Pac-12 tournament. Read on.

First, a local story, though it isn't WSU-related. Remember yesterday, when we said there was an interesting storyline developing at the WAC women's tournament? Well, that story developed further on Saturday, as the Idaho women clinched their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1985 by beating Seattle University in the championship game. … We wrote this short story on former Eastern Washington guard Glen Dean, who now plays for Utah. … We also covered the Pac-12 tournament championship game, and wrote this story after Oregon took home the trophy with a 78-69 victory over UCLA. … Howie Stalwick writes of WSU's unanswered questions.

Around the Pac-12 … If you're looking for more to read about the Pac-12 title game, here's the story from the Oregonian, and from the Los Angeles Times. Bill Plaschke writes that despite the fact UCLA won the regular-season title and lost in the Pac-12 tourney title game without one of its best players, boosters still want Ben Howland fired. Which raises the question: what the heck does a guy have to do to keep his job these days? … Utah's run this season could bode well for next year. … Washington wonders if it will make the NIT. … Trying to peg Arizona's NCAA tournament seeding. … Colorado thinks it deserves an NCAA bid.

Also, I suppose it's about time to include this programming note: spring football starts on Thursday, but I'm going to be out of town helping with our coverage of Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament. We'll still have as much coverage in this space as we can manage, though, so don't you fret.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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