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WSU’s Pac-10 loss to UW, the day after


A little inside baseball. While you're sitting at home watching what was a spectacularly entertaining basketball game last night, either jumping with joy or firing the remote into the coach pillows, there were about 10 people in the Staples Center who were just trying to survive. And, no, they weren't on the court. Read on.

WSU falls to UW 89-87


Klay Thompson set a handful of tournament and school records Thursday night, including a Pac-10 tournament best 43 points. But the 89-87 loss to Washington cut him deep, that much was obvious in the locker room afterward. Read on for more.

WSU leads 40-32 at halftime


There wasn't a knockout delivered in the first half, but there were a few blows by both team. And Klay Thompson, answering the question whether he would press, delivered most of Washington State's. The junior wing, who missed the last Cougar game serving a one-game suspension, took 15 shots in the first half, buried 6 of them (including 4 of 7 from beyond the arc) and posted 18 points. … That offset 13 points by UW freshman Terrence Ross in his first start. The Huskies started a smaller group, sitting Aziz N'Diaye and using three wings with Isaiah Thomas. It worked to some extent, as they shot a better.than-usual-against-WSU 41.4 percent, hitting 5 of 14 from long range. … Faisal Aden added an offensive spark, putting up eight points, though he is still struggling from 3, missing both attempts. … The Cougar zone (they played a majority of time in their 2-3) again seemed to make Thomas more of a distributor (six assists) than a scorer (5 points on 2-of-6 shooting). … OK, that's about it until I get my story posted some 90 minutes after the end of the game. Until then … 

Some pregame thoughts from Staples


We've been watching hours and hours of basketball here at the Staples Center and it's cemented some thoughts we've had for a while. So we figured we might as well share those thoughts before tip, which is in less than two hours or so. Read on.

WSU, UW have long wait until tonight’s game


The Internet connection at the motel was about as fast as my 40 time, so what usually takes an hour or so took twice that this morning. Though I got about 11 naps in while pages were loading. Anyway, it's done now on this first day of the Pac-10 tournament – the final Pac-10 tournament – for Washington State. Read on.

WSU waits; UW loses a player

COUGARS • UPDATE 10:10 A.M.; 3:45 P.M.

The Pac-10 men's basketball tournament begins today at the Staples Center, but not for Washington State. No, the Cougars get another day of practice and another day of rest for point guard Reggie Moore's ankle. Read on.

• UPDATE 2: Reggie Moore's ankle has improved enough that he's expected to play Thursday. Moore practiced Wednesday. 

Gonzaga isn’t the only women’s BB news

I figured those of you who read this women's basketball blog were up on the news of yesterday, Gonzaga's shocking upset to win the WCC Tournament and senior guard Courtney Vandersloot someone winning a national award … OK, maybe we weren't completely sure Vandersloot would win the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Awad but there was no way the Bulldogs weren't winning. Anyway, those stories were handled by the A team in Las Vegas, including Christopher Anderson's slide show, but I was waiting to give you my last women's basketball notebook, but alas it's not posted yet and I have somethings to take care of before a hockey game tonight. Check back tonight before 7 for the notebook, in the meantime there is some news for you, so read on.

WSU on way to LA


We're in SeaTac watching the departure board diligently as our flight to Los Angeles has already changed gate and time more than once. But while we have a few minutes, we're trying to get our post finished. … Sorry, didn't get it done. Most of what you'll read on the link was finished on the flight. Read on.

WSU’s Thompson reinstated


Just got done talking with Washington State coach Ken Bone and Klay Thompson's suspension lasted one game. The junior was reinstated Monday after practice and will start Thursday night against Washington. Read on for more.

Thompson, Casto earn All-Pac-10 honors


We were on the drive down to Pullman for Ken Bone's teleconference when the Pac-10 released the all-conference teams. Real quick, Klay Thompson was first team, DeAngelo Casto was second team and all-defensive team member and that's it. UPDATE: We have more on the All-Pac-10 team on the link, along with Bone's comments on Thompson and Moore's status. He said he'll make a decision on Thompson by tomorrow morning and Moore may, only may, practice today. Read on.

WSU falls 79-70 to UA


We have to drive the nearly two hours to Phoenix before we get to sleep, so we're going to be quick with this post-game post. Though there is some to add tonight following Washington State's tough defeat to 12th-ranked Arizona, so read on.

Arizona leads WSU 41-33 at half


Just a quick note. The eight-point deficit Washington State faces at halftime could be worse. The Wildcats have missed a handful of point-blank attempts, though every time Williams has – sans once – he's gone to the line, though all were good calls. DeAngelo Casto had a solid first half, with his eight points keeping WSU close early. Klay Thompson missed four his first five shots but rallied, making four of his last six, including two 3-pointers. But he's struggling to take care of the ball with four turnovers. … Nobody is in any foul trouble, though Abe Lodwick has two. … Best dunk of the night, Arizona version, goes to Jamal Horne on a fast break. Best dunk of the night, WSU version, goes to Marcus Capers, also on a break. … We'll be back a couple hours after this one is over with our story.

Some pregame thoughts from Tucson


Let's talk upset. And why it would be even more of an upset if Washington State can find a way to win here tonight. For that and more, read on.

WSU faces tough task tonight


Of all the tasks awaiting a visiting Pac-10 basketball team, none may be greater than trying to win in McKale on a Thursday night. Unless it's trying to win at Hec Ed on a Sunday. But the former is what faces Washington State today so that's what we're concerned with in this post. Read on.

WSU heads to Arizona


From snow to sun. Though the latter won't last long, as the U.S. Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for the Valley of the soon-to-be-hiding sun. Looks like rain for the weekend. Oh well. A high of 67 still looks pretty good when it hasn't been over 45 in a while. Read on.

WSU, Casto’s ankle and a tweet


It's funny. A big part of this job is working hard to get information first. Then you get scooped on a story when you are part of it. Weird. More on that and DeAngelo Casto's status for Thursday, so read on.

One sign of spring at WSU


Despite the snow covering most of Pullman, Division I college baseball opens this weekend. Washington State, coming off back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances for the first time since the Reagan presidency, heads to central California to face Cal State Bakersfield. Use that as background when you read on.

Arizona beckons WSU this week


One day of practice then it's on to Arizona for the Washington State Cougars. The longest road trip of the Pac-10 year starts Thursday night in Tucson. We'll be there. But before we leave tomorrow, a lot to get done, starting with this morning's post. Read on.

Don’t forget, it’s Valentine’s Day


As usual on a Monday morning, there are only a few items to discuss, including the fall from grace of Arizona State and the rise of its archrival. For more on that on other things, read on.

WSU’s win over Cal, next-day edition


Driving from Pullman to Spokane late last night, the wind was blowing so hard out of the south, my car seemed to be flying. I swear I must have gotten about 45 miles to the gallon in the old Honda. But the fact the gas gauge seemed to be going up the farther I traveled was an optical illusion, I'm sure. Just like Jorge Gutierrez's last shot Saturday night. It didn't get below the rim before it popped out, did it? Couldn't have. For more on the Cougars' 75-71 victory, and the rest of the night in the Pac-10, read on.

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