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Rutgers added to WSU schedule (and Wisconsin pushed back)

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Hoping to catch Wisconsin at Martin Stadium in 2014?

Well, that's not going to happen.

But you can see the Cougars play a "home game" against Rutgers in 2014 at CenturyLink Field on Friday, August 29. WSU returns the favor with a game at Rutgers on Sept. 12, 2015.

In turn, WSU's home-and-home series against Wisconsin, originally scheduled for 2014 (in Pullman) and 2015 (in Madison), has been pushed back to 2022 (in Madison) and 2023 (in Pullman) by way of a "mutual agreement."

"Adding two BCS opponents to those already on future nonconference schedules benefits our program and is sure to be appealing to our fans," said athletic director Bill Moos in a statement. "Our 2014 schedule also allows us to bring five quality Pac-12 games (Arizona, USC, Cal, Oregon and Washington) to Pullman to showcase our newly completed facilities."

The latter part of that quote seems to imply that WSU doesn't plan to move any of its Pac-12 games to CenturyLink Field in 2014, as they have for the past two seasons (and will again this year, with Stanford visiting the CLink).

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

Game day for Gonzaga women in NCAA tournament opener

We're sitting courtside at the McCarthey Athletic Center ready for tipoff between the Gonzaga women's basketball team and Rutgers in the opening round of the women's NCAA tournament. In case you missed it, here's an advance story on the long journey the Scarlet Knights took to Spokane. 

Following the GU-Rutgers game, No. 3 Miami and No. 14 Idaho State will play. Here's our advance from Greg Lee and an overview.

The overview for the GU-Rugers game is below.

P.S. Women Are Dancing, Too

Idaho State's Chelsea Pickering dishes off a pass during practice in the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. No. 11 Gonzaga will face No. 6 Rutgers at 1:15 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the Women's NCAA Tournament. Rutgers didn't like traveling across the country to face "visiting" Gonzaga in The Kennel. Story here.

Zag women will face Rutgers in first round of NCAA Tournament

The Gonzaga women's basketball team learned their fate on Monday evening. As a No. 11 seed, they'll dance with No. 6 Rutgers on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. at the McCarthey Athletic Center - where the first and second rounds will be played. Also coming to Spokane are No. 3 Miami and No. 14 Idaho State. For more details on the bracket, follow this link.

We'll have extended coverage throughout the week, but to get you started I've pasted my story for tomorrow's paper below.

To view the complete bracket, follow this link.