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SATURDAY, JAN. 11, 2014

NMSU pounds reeling Vandals

New Mexico State handed Idaho its worst of the loss of the season on Saturday night, a 78-54 beatdown in Las Cruces. And the Aggies dominated even more than the final score indicates. NMSU, the WAC's top team at 14-5 and 3-0, thundered to a…

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Gonzaga's Keani Albanez (24) drives the ball against the University of San Diego during a college basketball game on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. Gonzaga won the game 79-50. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga women vs. San Diego

S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered Gonzaga's victory over San Diego, 79-50, in the women's college basketball game at home in the McCarthey Athletic Center, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Check out his big picture story!

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Saturday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman -- We know live in a world in which there is just one Pac-12 basketball game being played on Saturday, today, and five on Sunday. Here's an advance for that game between Oregon State and Cal. More links, after the jump. ...

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Next up: Seattle

The Spokane Chiefs have overcome nearly every challenge since Dec. 11, winning eight of their last nine games, including Friday night's 6-3 home victory over Kamloops. Now the Chiefs have back-to-back games against a team that has given them fits this season: the Seattle Thunderbirds.…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 2014

No timetable for Lacy's return

From Pullman -- Apart from a brief appearance against Arizona State, the Washington State men's basketball team has been without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy since the Cougars' loss to UTEP on December 21. During shoot around before their next game against Mississippi Valley State, Lacy…

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Cougars Q&A before practice

From Pullman -- For the first time in 2014 the Washington State men's basketball team wasn't on the road yesterday, so they took the day off. They were back at it today, however, practicing in Beasley Coliseum and preparing for Sunday's game against Utah. I…

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Get a win, have a party 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I knew it was coming so I stayed up late to watch it. It is so much fun to watch a college basketball fan base treat a mid-January game as if it is the national title championship. But, in a way,…

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Friday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman -- Washington State was out of action of Thursday, so we took another look at the overtime loss to No. 15 Colorado. I also put out my power rankings, which were quickly and thoroughly made worthless by a slate of Pac-12 games. No.…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 2014

Zags suffer first WCC loss

Portland handed Gonzaga its first WCC loss, outplaying the visiting Bulldogs 82-73 Thursday at the Chiles Center. The Bulldogs never led and trailed by as many as 17. Sam Dower Jr. led Gonzaga with 14 points, despite appearing to be in pain on several occasions.…

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Vandals snap 4-game skid with 2OT win

Idaho finally broke through with a clutch win. All it took was a basket in the final second from an unlikely source. Freshman Perrion Callandret scored his only points of a wild game with 0.5 seconds left in double overtime to vault the Vandals past…

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Zags take on Portland

Latest addition to the injury list: Me. My annual locked-up back is a bit more severe than usual. I've moved about 70 feet in the last 30 hours and sitting isn't an option. So I'll be monitoring GU-Portland tonight from the couch instead of courtside…

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Day after Colorado

From Pullman -- Well, a win over the No. 15 team in the country would have done the trick. But Colorado came back and beat the Cougars, 71-70, in overtime. Still, the WSU team was optimistic after the game that the loss was something they…

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Pac-12 basketball power rankings

From Pullman -- Well, it looks like it's going to be one of those years. The Pac-12 is much improved but that doesn't mean that there isn't league-wide parity, or that any team can't beat any other team on any given night. We found that…

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Thursday morning Pac-12 links 

From Pullman -- It was a bittersweet day for Washington State men's basketball fans. On the one hand, the Cougars showed that they can score the ball against a good team without DaVonte Lacy. But on the other hand, the Cougars couldn't hold a lead…

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