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Good morning from Hec Ed

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FROM SEATTLE — Is 11 a.m. still considered morning? For our purposes, it is. Anyway, we've settled at Hec Edmundson Pavilion and have a few thoughts before this game tips off. Read on.

Gameday links from Montlake

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FROM SEATTLE — Hope you remembered to set your alarm this afternoon so you can be sure you're awake in time for Washington State's game at Washington. OK, so maybe it's not being played that early. But a 12:30 p.m. tip time feels like the crack of dawn compared to some of the Cougars' other start times this season. Gameday reading follows the jump.

Five questions about Washington

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FROM PULLMAN — With Pac-12 play beginning this week, we dust off our five-questions-with-a-beat-writer feature to preview the Washington Huskies. Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune was kind enough to stop by this week, and we also answered five questions about WSU on his blog. Read on for Todd's answers.

Painful Rebound

Washington's Matthew Bryan-Amaning (11) looks on as Washington State's Abe Lodwick (31) grabs a rebound in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

DFO: If a flagrant foul wasn't called on this play, it shoulda been. Ouch!

WSU Fans Celebration Miffs Huskies

Isaiah Thomas also appeared miffed by the WSU students' storming of the floor, though he didn't seem nearly as bothered as Gant. “I don't know,” Thomas said. “I mean, it's January. We haven't done it. I guess it was a big win for them. Like I said, hats off to them. They played a great game. I told my guys in the locker room, just remember that. That's something to remember, because you don't win championships in February. But they thought it was a big win, and it was for them. And it's a rival game. You can't blame them, but I think we would have did it a little differently”/Christian Caple, Huskies Blog. More here. (AP file photo/Dean Hare: WSU fans storm court)

Question: What do you make of UW basketball players being miffed that fans stormed the court after Washington State upset the Huskies last week?

INW: WSU Delirious After UW Win

Washington State players Dré Winston, Jr.(left to right), Brock Motum, Faisal Aden, Abe Lodwick, DeAngelo Casto, Steven Bjornstad and Will DiIorio rush onto the court after defeating Washington 87-80 in an NCAA college basketball game Sunday in Pullman. See Jim Moore/PI column below. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

WSU Coach Urges Students To Be Classy

Washington State head coach Ken Bone, right, argues with referee Greg Nixon about a possession call during the first half of the Cougars' 78-61 win over Arizon State Jan. 20 in Pullman. Now, Bone has written a letter to the Daily Evergreen urging students to be passionate when Washington visits Pullman today to play the Cougars. Bone may be fearing a repeat of the post-Apple Cup snowball frenzy last fall. Also, WSU students will be aware that one of the UW players is being investigated for sexual misconduct. You can read about the coach's letter here. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

Question: Do raucous students add or detract from your enjoyment of a college sporting event?

Gregoire bets Huskies over Huskers

OLYMPIA — In what has become an inevitable consequence of one of Washington's athletic teams going to some sort of post-season contest, Gov. Chris Gregoire has bet salmon-for-steak on the U-Dub Huskies to beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Thursday's Holiday Bowl

She made the bet with Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman today. Huskies win, she gets some Omaha steaks; Huskers win, as they did rather handily earlier this year, Heineman gets salmon filets.

Gregoire describes the Huskies as having an “inspirational season”, while Heineman describes himself as confident in a Husker victory.

Not sure if anyone in the kitchen at the governor's mansion is checking to see if they have plenty of steak sauce. But maybe she'll be able to get back to even by making a bet with the governor of Delaware on the EWU Eagles game next month.

 

Idawa: Vandals Have Ties To UW

Idawa: I do like to point out that the Vandal mascot links us to University of Washington and mention it to all my husky friends. The UW basketball team plays in the Hec Edmunson Pavilion, named after their legendary basketball coach. Well, Hec was a U Idaho alum, class of 1904 or some such, and also coached the UI basketball team before going on to the UW. It was his Idaho basketball team that was so dominate that they were described as “vandalizing” their opponents and hence the birth of our mascot, the Vandals. Anyway …. there is your U Idaho trivia for the day.

Question: Which college has the best mascot?

Is Idaho A Better Team Than UW?

Nebraska’s Jared Crick (94) sacks  Idaho  quarterback Nathan Enderle for an 18 yard loss, in the second half of their NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 11.  Nebraska beat  Idaho 38-17 in Lincoln, Neb. On Saturday, the Idaho Vandals nearly shut out UNLV of the Mountain West 31-7 in the Kibbie Dome, while Nebraska clobbered UWashington in Seattle 56-21. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)

Question: Is Idaho a better football team than University of Washington, based on their performances against No. 6 Nebraska?