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Expecting a close one at Wells Fargo

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FROM TEMPE — If you think the Cougars have been playing close games recently, you should take a look at Arizona State's game notes. The Sun Devils haven't done much for their fans' blood pressure recently, though the final results have been plenty acceptable. Read on.

No sleep til Phoenix

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FROM PULLMAN — OK, so that's a lie. But we are leaving for Phoenix just about the time this post goes live. WSU and Arizona State get going tonight at 7 at Wells Fargo Arena. Preview the day with some links.

Cougs take off for the desert

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FROM PULLMAN — We'll be doing the same thing the headline details here in about 24 hours. But first, we have some news and links to share with you from the Palouse. Read on.

Pac-12 roundup on Monday

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FROM PULLMAN — As the sting of another close loss begins to subside for Washington State, another week begins with a recap of the weekend's Pac-12 action. Read on.

Day after Oregon (again)

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FROM PULLMAN — For the sixth consecutive game, it's an unhappy recap for Washington State. But it's a recap nonetheless, and you can keep reading if you'd like.

Tale of the tape: Oregon 79, WSU 77 (OT)

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FROM PULLMAN — The heartbreak continues for Washington State, though it came in much odder and, perhaps, more painful fashion in Saturday's 79-77 loss to the No. 23 Oregon Ducks. We have our usual recap after the jump, so read on, if you can.

Ducks likely a pressing issue for Cougars

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FROM PULLMAN — If Washington State struggles against Oregon's defensive pressure this afternoon, it won't be for lack of mental preparation. As DaVonte Lacy said yesterday, the Cougars know it's coming. Read on for more thoughts.

Gameday links before Oregon

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FROM PULLMAN — Washington State is facing one of its biggest challenges of the season tonight as it faces Oregon. Mike Ladd isn't likely to play for the second consecutive game, meaning the Cougars are still without their senior point guard and one of their team captains. We have some links for you before the 4 p.m. tip. Read on.

Live chat and WSU links

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FROM PULLMAN — One more day until Washington State returns to the court for a game against Oregon. We'll be speaking with coach Ken Bone and players later today, but for now we just have links. Read on.

Day after OSU

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FROM PULLMAN — Another close game, another loss for Washington State. Have we written that before? Well, this one was a little different, given the absence of WSU's starting point guard. Anyway, we have links and thoughts, so read on.

Tale of the tape: OSU 67, WSU 66

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FROM PULLMAN — Mike Ladd's absence was killer for Washington State on Wednesday, as the Cougars fell to Oregon State 67-66 at Beasley Coliseum. Here's our usual recap.

OSU, Part 2 for WSU

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FROM PULLMAN — Washington State has played every team in the conference exactly once. Tonight, the Cougars begin their seven-game second go-round with a home matchup against Oregon State. We have some links to start your day, so read on.

Bone: “I need to do a better job”

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FROM PULLMAN — As the criticism of coach Ken Bone and his Washington State basketball team increases, so too does the speculation about whether Bone might not be around next season.

And while the coach says he doesn't read the blogs and message boards full of fans expressing their frustration with growing frequency, that doesn't mean he doesn't know it's there. He does.

Bone says he isn't used to it, either, noting that he's typically been associated with successful teams. Bone's first team at Portland State in 2005-06 finished with a 12-16 record, and that currently stands as the only losing team Bone has fielded as a head coach.

“When you lose, there’s criticism. It doesn’t matter whether you have injuries, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve been close in games and competed well. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve kicked off your point guard. It doesn’t make any difference.

“At the end of the day, you’re expected to win. And in league we are 2-9, so therefore, like in any sport, you’re going to be criticized. So I’m sure I’m being criticized. But every once in a while I might hear about something, or someone might say 'hey, don’t read the blogs, don’t do this, they’re tearing you apart.' That’s the way it goes. That’s par for the course at this level and for me personally, you just roll with it. For me, I just keep doing the best I can. I’m not sure what else to do except try to keep the troops rallied and working hard and as a staff we stay together, we work hard.”

WSU gearing up for Oregon State

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FROM PULLMAN — Washington State is back to its normal-but-not-really schedule of playing on Wednesday and Saturday this week, which means the Cougars' game against Oregon State is now a mere 36-ish hours away. Ken Bone and WSU players will meet with the media later today, and we'll be there, as usual. For now, we have links, so read on (and sorry for the abrupt, non-sensical ending to this paragraph earlier. Stopped mid-thought while writing it and forgot to finish).

Slowing into Monday from WSU

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FROM PULLMAN — It's another typically slow Monday with Washington State, though we do have some other lniks around the conference to share. Read on.

Day after UCLA

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FROM LOS ANGELES — Washington State lost its ninth game in 11 tries last night. We have to fly back to Spokane this morning, but first have some links to last night's coverage. Read on.

Tale of the tape: UCLA 76, WSU 62

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FROM LOS ANGELES — Welcome to the new Pauley Pavilion, same as the old Pauley Pavilion. At least it was for the Cougars on Saturday night, when they lost 76-62 to UCLA, their 54th loss to the Bruins in Los Angeles in 56 ties. Read on for our recap.

Cougs trying to start new Pauley tradition

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FROM LOS ANGELES — Tonight marks Washington State's first visit to the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion — you can see some video of what it looks like now above — and the Cougars are hoping their ghosts of Pauley's past vanished along with the old building. Read on.

Day after USC, and a live chat

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FROM LOS ANGELES — Another tough, close road loss, another morning-after post with links to our coverage and more. Read on.

Tale of the tape: USC 72, WSU 68

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FROM LOS ANGELES — Washington State's basketball season is starting to feel like something of a Bill Murray movie. You can probably guess which one. Read on for our recap of Thursday's 72-68 loss at USC.

Anyone still awake? WSU, USC tipping soon

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FROM LOS ANGELES — We've arrived at the Galen Center, one of the finest basketball facilities in the Pac-12. It's also usually one of the emptiest. We'll see how tonight's 8:30 p.m. tip affects that. We have other thoughts, so read on.

Signing day links and more

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FROM SPOKANE — By the time this posts, we'll already be at the airport, headed to Los Angeles for Washington State's trip to USC and UCLA. But it just wouldn't be Feb. 7, 2013 if we didn't recap yesterday's signing festivities. Read on.

More Leach from signing day

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FROM PULLMAN — Here's more of what Washington State coach Mike Leach had to say after WSU signed 24 players to letters of intent. Read on.

Leach evaluates 2013 signees

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FROM PULLMAN — Here's a list of Washington State's 2013 signing class, with a brief comment — very brief, in some cases — from coach Mike Leach about each player.

Signing day and all that entails

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FROM PULLMAN — It's that special day when a bunch of teenagers sign their names to pieces of paper, then fax those pieces of paper to institutions of higher learning across the nation to indicate their intent to play football at those institutions. We'll be here to monitor said activity throughout the day. Read on.

Tuesday with Ken Bone

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FROM PULLMAN — As is customary on Tuesdays, WSU basketball coach Ken Bone met with the media to discuss this week's games. Topics ranged from USC, Royce Woolridge and whether the Cougars' 2-7 start has affected players' attitudes. Read on.

WSU trying to turn the page

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FROM PULLMAN — It's Monday. A new week. And, with nine conference games behind them and nine more until the end of the regular season, it's a new half-season for the Washington State Cougars. With that, we pose a question. Read on.

Day after Arizona

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FROM PULLMAN — The first half of the Pac-12 season is over. For Washington State, much was left to be desired, as was also the case in last  night's 79-65 loss to Arizona. We have our usual assortment of day-after links, so read on.

Quotable: Arizona cruises past WSU

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FROM PULLMAN — As usual, we have some additional quotes to pass along after Washington State lost, 79-65, to Arizona on Saturday at Beasley Coliseum. See the video for the full postgame media sessions. Read on.