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Zags handle SMU 72-56

Closing down here at the MAC after the Bulldogs' 72-56 late-night rout of SMU on Monday.

Kevin Pangos led the way with 17 points, but the stat sheet will show that Gonzaga got contributions from its starting five and top four reserves.

My unedited game story is below.


Zags, Mustangs in early-season showdown

Gonzaga has only two games against teams ranked in the preseason Top 25 and the first matchup comes Monday night against No. 22 SMU at the MAC.

Arizona (Dec. 6, in Tucson) is the other ranked foe on GU's schedule. UCLA, Memphis, BYU and Saint Mary's all received votes in the preseason poll, as did Minnesota, a potential Zag opponent at the NIT Tip-Off in New York.

Find my GU-SMU preview here.

The Mustangs are coached by Larry Brown, the only coach with an NBA title (Detroit, 2004) and NCAA title (Kansas, 1988) on his  resume. Brown's latest rebuilding project has gone well. In Brown's second season, he led SMU to the NIT finals last year for the program's first post-season berth in 14 years.

Brown is also the coach that traded ex-Zag Adam Morrison from Charlotte to Los Angeles. Morrison was on GU's staff last season as he completed his degree.


Monday morning from WSU


It’s your typical Monday morning in cyberspace (and I learned this weekend where that term came from, which is cool; life should be a continuing education class each day) with some folks looking back at Saturday and others already looking ahead. We have some links and notes, along with an apology, on the next page, so read on.

WSU’s loss at SMU, the day after


This is a first for me. I am in the midst of joining the blogging world’s Mile-High Club. Hey, get your mind out of the gutter. I mean I’m blogging from the Alaska flight from Dallas to Seattle. With a 7:15 departure time and a midnight bedtime, there was no way I was getting up early enough to blog before we left Dallas. So we’re up in the air. Just like Saturday’s Washington State’s game was at halftime. But not after the third quarter. For more on that, and an up-and-down day for the Pac-10, read on.

WSU tied at half but melts in second half


We have to be up and out of town early tomorrow, so the post on the link will be short. But it will be filled with a lot of interesting reading, so read on.

WSU, SMU tied at 14 at half


Halftime in Dallas and Washington State is, well, the only word for it is competing. More on the link.

Some early WSU pregame thoughts


I have spent the past hour getting set up at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the SMU campus. There are a couple of thoughts on the link, so read on.

WSU tries to break road losing streak


Another game day dawns, this one in Dallas, Texas. Washington State gets ready to take on the Mustangs of SMU in about six hours or so. And if you’re wondering, there is a two-hour time difference, so that’s why this post is early. We have news and notes, so read on.

WSU has to solve SMU’s puzzling defense

Saturday Washington State kicks off its final non-conference game of the season – the next time the Cougars take the field after this will be against USC in Martin Stadium. As we do each Friday, we put together an advance for the game. Here it is.

• UPDATE: We have put together a story for tomorrow’s S-R on James Montgomery’s legal troubles. Football-wise the bottom line is, he has not been suspended and is expected to play tomorrow. Here’s the story …

• That’s all for now, except this blog post from the Daily News Christian Caple. We’ll be back if events warrant, but more than likely tomorrow morning with links to the above story and our four keys to the game for WSU. Until then …

Will WSU roast in Texas heat?


It’s warm and humid in Dallas, which must do something for the beef, because the steak I had last night was tasty. Really wanted barbecue though, but the place recommended to me by a local closed at 8 freakin p.m. 8? What is this, Whoville? I thought Dallas was a big city. OK, enough whining, on to our morning post. Read on.

Another freshman will play for WSU


A quick summary of Washington State coach Paul Wulff’s Thursday afternoon press conference awaits on the link, so read on.

Thursday morning WSU links


We’re starting a little late today so let’s get right to it. We linked all our stories last night on an easy-to-find post, so read on for other stuff.

WSU preps for SMU


Washington State is done hitting for the week and not a moment too soon. The number of players fighting little injuries seemed to be growing as the day went on. For more, and links to our stories, read on.

An eclectic WSU morning post


This time of year football dominates the discussion, and information, each morning here. But today we’re going to veer off into some uncharted territory. Oh sure, we’re going to still have your football news. We never miss that. But we’re also going to discuss athletics, finance, basketball and cheating. If you’re interested, read on.

Tackling a Tuesday emphasis at WSU


Washington State is off the practice field and has already eaten dinner, so we better get to our practice notes. Read on for those. Earlier today, we summarized Paul Wulff’s press conferences, which you can read here. You can also watch his local one here.

Wulff talks SMU, WSU


Paul Wulff has held two conference calls already on this Tuesday, and he still has his coach’s show yet to go. We have a summary of what he’s had to say, so read on.

Tuesday mornings with WSU


There is nothing like opening up a new computer. The fresh computer smell. The faster processor. The cool keyboard. The inability to access half your favorite websites because you can’t remember the passwords. The loss of all your macros. How fun. We have your morning links and a couple notes, so read on.

Looking ahead to SMU


So we finally figured out how to get into our system – went out and plucked a 12-year-old off the street to hack in – and we have a post for you. It’s our first look at SMU, so read on.

Monday morning at WSU


It’s Monday morning and we have some personal items to attend to today, so … a quick post and then off to see the doc, hoping to get a clean bill of health. After that, who know? Read on.

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