With all of football now in the side-view mirror, we can get back to basketball, as it was intended in February. Though pitchers and catchers do report soon, if that still excites anyone besides me, and college baseball practice is underway – and games start soon. But on this sub-32-degree day, we'll focus on basketball, so read on.
• Washington State: The Cougars had a light practice yesterday, mainly film class on the upcoming game this Thursday. Guess that is appropriate seeing the opponent is Stanford. Coach Ken Bone does his local and conference-wide media calls this morning, runs practice in the early afternoon then has his radio show tonight. And the players are available for interviews today. We'll be catching up with most, if not all, of that. ... As for this morning, the only thing I can link that is remotely connected to WSU is Ted Miller's Pac-10 football attendance numbers on ESPN.com. Though the Cougars are last in the conference, if you are a silver-lining type person, you can find it in the percentage-of-capacity number.
• Around the Pac-10: If you think Sunday-Thursday games are hard, Arizona once played a triple overtime game, then played another contest 20 hours later. ... UA moved up in the rankings. The Wildcats lead the conference standings by a game-and-a-half. ... Bob Clark takes his weekly spin around the conference. ... ASU has lost nine conference games in a row. And its next two games are against Arizona and Washington. Then it hosts WSU. ... Cal's football coaching staff is a little top-heavy. ...
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back in the early afternoon with Ken Bone notes and quotes. Until then ...