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Don Verlin Tuesday notes and quotes, Dec. 16

Idaho encountered nothing but heartbreak on its road trip through the states of Illinois and South Dakota last week.

The Vandals blew a 17-point lead in the second half at Western Illinois, losing 78-75. Two days later at South Dakota State, senior point guard Mike Scott missed a game-winning 3-point attempt with three seconds remaining. The buzzer sounded with an 87-85 win for the Jackrabbits, and back-to-back road losses for the Vandals. 

The theme of both games was Idaho's inability to get stops.

Vandals finally triumph in hardwood Battle of the Palouse

The next time Idaho senior Connor Hill sees his Washington State men's basketball friends around the Palouse, he might just have some trash-talking words to say. 

In a friendly manner of course. 

Idaho and Washington State unofficially scrimmage each other over the summer up to three times a week. And for the last four summers Hill has had to heard the crowing of Cougars about their annual triumphs in the Battle of the Palouse. 

Hill, a senior from Post Falls, will now be doing the crowing. 


Vandals fall short in Boise, again. Broncos win 86-75.

Another game at the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, same result for the Idaho men's basketball team. The Vandals have dropped their third consecutive game against Boise State at CenuryLink Arena, and their sixth consecutive against the Broncos.

Boise State outlasted Idaho 86-75 Tuesday night in the annual neutral court clash. 

Read more after the jump. 

Idaho’s Don Verlin wants home-and-home with Boise State

While Idahoans wait for the Idaho - Boise State football rivalry to start up again (and they might be waiting for a loooong time), the two schools are willing to play each other regularly in one sport, at least.

The two schools meet tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the CenturyLink Arena in Boise for their annual men's basketball rivalry game, which has been played every year since both UI and BSU were in the Big Sky Conference.  

Read what Idaho coach Don Verlin has to say about the game after the jump. 

Vandals victorious over Jackrabbits: The Morning After

When the clock ticked to under a minute remaining in the game, Idaho point guards Mike Scott and Perrion Callandret each buried 3-point shots to propel the Vandals to a Monday night 82-77 win over the visiting South Dakota State Jackrabbits. 

Callandret's 3-point make was the bigger shot. Idaho trailed 75-74 with 56 seconds remaining when the sophomore from Bothell, Wash. let the shot fly. Scott's came with 10 seconds remaining at the shot clock buzzer, essentially clinching Idaho's victory. 

I touch on the play in my game story from last night. 

Idaho improved to 2-0 on the season. The Vandals defeated NAIA opponent Eastern Oregon in the season opener. 

Callandret, Scott and Idaho coach Don Verlin touched on the topic of confidence, something Callandret sorely lacked in his freshman campaign last season. 

Read what they had to say after the jump. 

Lightning, rain wash out Idaho football opener at Florida

The University of Idaho's football season will have to a wait a week.

With The Swamp turned into an actual swamp and the playing field deemed unsafe, the Vandals' date with the University of Florida was “terminated” after two extended lightning delays in Gainesville Saturday night. The terminology was later amended to “suspended” in a statement issued by Florida. 

So will the game ever get played? Follow the link for more on the Vandals.


Ryan named Big Sky MVP, other locals honored

The Big Sky Conference and Western Athletic Conference announced their all-conference picks on Monday, with four local players - two from Idaho and two from Eastern Washington - earning first-, second- or freshman-team honors.

EWU standout Brianne Ryan earned the top award for the Big Sky and was named MVP.

Read all about the awards here.

College women’s hoops: A week in review

What a week for area Division I women's basketball teams. Read below for a roundup of the week's action. 

Idaho women picked 4th/5th

The Western Athletic Conference released its women’s basketball preseason coaches and media polls Tuesday, and the Idaho Vandals were picked to finish fourth by the league’s head coaches, and fifth by the media.ESPN’s women’s basketball schedule is also out. (We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog to let you know I have joined the Tweet world and will be tweeting about women’s basketball season as new arrives. I’m at SRtrim.)

WAC loses 2 more members


Fresno State and Nevada are joining Boise State in a move from the WAC to the Mountain West, leaving Idaho and the five other remaining WAC members — at this point — to pick up the pieces. The exodus of two of the league’s upper-echelon programs could lead to the eventual disintegration of the WAC, or a slew of invitations from WAC commissioner Karl Benson to lower-tier Western schools. It’s been reported that BYU will join the WAC in all sports other than football, where it will move to independent status. But that’s still up in the air.

Idaho athletic Rob Spear told the S-R this evening that he won’t comment at this time. Meanwhile, football coach Robb Akey told the Idaho Statesman: “Selfishly, I just want to see the WAC come out of it in the strongest fashion. That’s what I’m pulling for.”

I just talked to Idaho men’s basketball coach Don Verlin, who’s on vacation. His reaction is below.

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