Before Washington State tips off against Mississippi State, we have some notes and some links to pass along, so read on.
• Washington State: We are not in Honolulu, so we don't have any insights to pass along concerning the Cougars' state of mind, their intensity level or whether anyone picked up a sunburn the past couple days. Heck, we can't even tell you who is in the starting lineup, but we will guess Reggie Moore will return today. ... We had our advance today, but we were not alone in pretournament coverage. ... You can get more on every team at CougCenter and more about Mississippi State in this story. Wow, talk about a team in disarray, Renaldo Sydney has tweeted his way into the college basketball stupid-moves hall of fame. ... Ryan Collingwood has more on his Lewiston Tribune blog site. ... And that's it from the Cougars in Hawaii.
• Around the Pac-10: A few links from around the conference. ... Washington's Abdul Gaddy has blossomed this season. ... Kansas will play at Cal today, with Bears' coach Mike Montgomery looking for his 600th win. And, contrary to rumor, he didn't coach in this game. ... UCLA barely got past Montana State. ... USC had a big win for the conference, defeating Tennessee in Tennessee, giving coach Kevin O'Neill a smile, I'm sure. ... Oregon closed Mac Court with a tough loss to Idaho.
• That's all for now. We'll move forward with our game coverage – Bud Nameck will have the radio coverage and ESPNU will have the television. We'll be on Twitter at vinceg55, plus return here with a halftime post. Until then ...