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WSU trails 32-23 at half

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Washington State has scored less than 23 points in a first half twice this year, but it doesn't bode well for the Cougars when they do. The two times they scored 22 came against Kansas State and USC. We all know what happened in those two games. ... Quick aside. Andrew Luck is addressing the crowd as the football team is honored. This place is much louder now than during the game. ... Back to hoop. ... I always thought USC was the most aggressive defensive team in the Pac-10 but I was wrong. This Stanford team is. There is not a cut, a bounce or an attempt around the basket that isn't challenged with an arm bar, a slap or a body. And WSU isn't handling it well. The Cougars are settling for going one-on-one instead of playing as a team, using each other to get free. Most of Faisal Aden's 11 shots are off the bounce. Many of Klay Thompson's 10 are too. That's not when WSU's offense is at its best. It's better when they are coming off screens, running, cutting, making its opponent play through bodies. That's not happening. ... We'll be back after the game. Leave you with this note. Last year, WSU led by double figures at halftime and lost. Will the script flip?




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