A Wednesday without hoops


FROM PULLMAN — Well, for Washington State, anyway. The Cougars are back on the normal Thursday-Saturday schedule this week, waiting another day to host Arizona State. Until then, we have quotes, video and links to tide you over, so read on.

On the blog yesterday, we transcribed Ken Bone's comments from his Tuesday press conference, which included the news that Que Johnson won't be practicing with the team this year. … One women's basketball note: sophomore guard Tia Presley, a Spokane native, will miss the rest of the season after tearing her ACL against Oregon. It's especially unfortunate news for Presley, who spent the offseason recovering from a foot injury that kept her out for two months last season. … Howie Stalwick has a note about Johnson. … Braulio Perez reports that WSU received a commitment from a Montana prospect who will grayshirt and delay enrollment until next January. … Klay Thompson scored a career-high 32 points for Golden State last night. … Arizona State coach Herb Sendek discusses how his team is handling its early success. Bud Withers writes about Carrick Felix and ASU's renaissance.

Around the Pac-12 … There are a pair of conference games scheduled for tonight. First, USC travels to Westwood for a rivalry showdown with UCLA (7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks). The Bruins are dealing with some injuries that make depth a bit of an issue. … Oregon puts its undefeated conference record on the line as it travels to Stanford (8 p.m., ESPNU). The Ducks still want to run, even without starting point guard Dominic Artis. It's make or break time for both Bay Area schools against the Ducks this week. Oregon's "golden age" of athletics just continues to get more golden. … An Arizona freshman is making a case for more playing time. … ASU and Colorado are both after the conference's coveted No. 4 seed, which carries with it a bye in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. … Utah can look to Oregon for a blueprint on how to turn around a program. … Joe Lunardi, ESPN's NCAA tournament projection expert, sees five Pac-12 teams in the dance this season.

That's all for now.

Christian Caple can be reached at christianc@spokesman.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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