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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2009

WSU hopes season lasts a bit longer

COUGARS I don't know how many of you are caught up in the NCAA violations story, but we have to keep our eyes – at least one anyway – on the basketball season. Along those lines, we have a story for tomorrow's S-R concerning the…

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NCAA hits Eastern, Wulff 59 

UPDATED: 4:10 P.M. The NCAA has slapped Eastern Washington University with a postseason ban this fall and other sanctions for violations that occurred during now-Washington State coach Paul Wulff's tenure. Wulff was also punished by the NCAA and will have to miss the first three…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2009

WSU hopes Oregon isn't in payback mode 

COUGARS About five minutes ago I wasn't sure I was going to be able to post anything new tonight. After reading through my notes on Tony Bennett's press conference today and after observing practice in the afternoon, there wasn't a whole heck of lot to…

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MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2009

Gonzaga drops to 19, 21 in polls 15 

Gonzaga's 68-50 loss to Memphis dropped the Zags one spot in the A.P. poll (from 18th to 19th) and three spots in the ESPN/USA Today poll (18th to 21st). Memphis soared from 14th to 8th in A.P, and from 15th to 10th in ESPN/USA Today.More…

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Pac-10 now a Sunday product 

COUGARS Have a good Sunday, did you? Catch up on some sleep, dust the den, watch the Pro Bowl on the tube? Speaking of the Pro Bowl, did you see the quote we had on Page 2 of the sports section this morning? Someone asked…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 8, 2009

Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin has his shot rejected by Memphis forward Robert Dozier in the opening moments of the game, February 7, 2009, in the Spokane Arena. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after Memphis 

Been out of wireless range all day at one of my kid's activities, but back now with the day-after post following the Memphis Tigers' 68-50 dismantling of GU on Saturday night.We'll start with the links: Here's my gamer, John Blanchette's column, the Seattle Times' Steve…

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California’s Jorge Gutierrez attempts to steal the ball from WSU’s Taylor Rochestie during first-half play.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Cal loss the day after 19 

COUGARS It was one of the more entertaining games of the season, if only because neither team seemed able to get stops on a consistent basis. Because of that, the game had an NBA feel, with first WSU making a run, then Cal. Who would…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 7, 2009

Hawaii turns tables on Vandals

A month ago, the Idaho men's basketball team had no trouble discarding Hawaii inside the Kibbie Dome. But the Rainbow Warriors were a whole different beast at home on Saturday, throttling UI 71-49.The Vandals' worst WAC loss of the season coincided with a woeful performance…

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Cal pulls away late, stops WSU 

COUGARS In what was the best game of the season, regardless of the outcome, Cal pulled away from WSU in the final minutes again, winning 71-63. Both teams shot the lights out, with the Cougars hitting more than 60 percent of their shots until the…

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WSU leads despite long dry spell

COUGARS Sorry this is a little late, but I got caught watching the first half instead of preparing this post. It was that good. First the Cougars made a run thanks to their 7 of 9 shooting. Then Cal rallied back as Tony Bennett subbed…

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Zags no match for Memphis 

Gonzaga's nine-game winning streak came to an abrupt end Saturday as Memphis dominated the first 32 minutes, building a 26-point lead before holding off a late GU rally for a 68-50 victory at the Arena.No. 18 Gonzaga had eight field goals and 11 turnovers while…

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Will Cal rise above WSU again?

COUGARS There's a hard-to-shake image from the first game between WSU and Cal, that the Bears won 57-50 in Pullman. It's immortalized (OK, that's a little too much hyperbole) by the picture I ran with this morning's post. Patrick Christopher cutting back door, rising above…

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Gonzaga, Memphis game day

Some reading material for tonight's GU-Memphis game at the Arena. Here's my game advance, John Blanchette's column, and a preview, column and an update on the dismissal of freshman forward Matt Simpkins from the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Here's Jay Bilas' take on the matchup.

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With a little more than a minute to go and Cal ahead by four, Cal's Patrick Christopher takes a sky high alley oop and throws it down over Washington State's Caleb Forrest (#52) and Nikola Koprivica, right, to end WSU's hopes for a quick comeback . (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Christopher, Bears await WSU

COUGARS As the Pac-10 basketball season winds down, each game takes on increased importance for those teams in the middle of the pack. Which, with the parity in this conference, means just about everyone. Seven of the 10 conference teams have records ranging from 6-4…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2009

Gonzaga’s Steven Gray drives past Portland’s Nik Raivio during the first half of Thursday’s game in Portland.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags, Tigers hook up at Arena 

Gonzaga and Memphis collide at the Spokane Arena tomorrow in what looks to be a dandy matchup of ranked teams. ESPN's College GameDay will be on hand and fans are asked to wear black shirts. Much more, and my unedited game preview below.

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