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THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009

WSU news on a spring day 

COUGARS An action-packed morning awaits on the World Wide Web, Washington State style. There are stories. There are comments. There are millions and millions of words dedicated to the Cougars. OK, I exaggerate. But there are a few. Read on.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2009



One more day to WSU spring football 

COUGARS We actually have some WSU news. And, being Paul Wulff is holding a spring football news conference this afternoon – and we will have a story on that plus more – it will be a busy day here at SportsLink, WSU edition. Read on.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009

WSU shows its smarts 13 

COUGARS A couple Pac-10 notes. The conference announced its all-academic men's basketball team and the next commissioner. And no, Condoleeza Rice was not mentioned in either release. Read on.

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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2009

Students return as WSU prepares for spring 

COUGARS With spring break finally over at WSU – A whole week? What's happened to our educational system? – we should finally get a chance to talk with some of the basketball players about the season just ended. Then there is the other thing that...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2009

WSU QB Kevin Lopina will sit out because of a lower-back fracture.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Injuries slow WSU's drive this spring 

COUGARS This might be the NCAA Tournament of could-have-beens. So many near upsets, more than we remember. Then again, the memory isn't what it used to be. And we've started, ever so slowly, to turn our attention back to football. Spring practices begin Thursday, which...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2009

NIT loss, the day after 31 

COUGARS We just made the C to D stroll at SeaTac, so we finally have time to check out the reports from last night. With the late starting time and the limited access, we don't have our usual comments, but we do have some thoughts....

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TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2009

ORG XMIT: CAMS101 St. Mary's Patrick Mills, center, dribbles past Washington State's Taylor Rochestie, right, in the first half of an NIT college basketball game in Moraga, Calif., Tuesday, March 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Sanchez / The Spokesman-Review)

Slow start, Mills doom WSU 17 

COUGARS The Cougars' season ended with a whimper, at least in the first half. They tried to bang their way back after halftime, but once again the hole they decided to dig was too deep to crawl all the way out of. Not with Patty...

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WSU falls 68-57 to St. Mary's 21 

It was, after all, Patty Mills' day. Even if he is from Australia, not Ireland, and wears the blue of St. Mary's. The Gaels' 6-foot guard, in only his fourth game back from a broken wrist that cost him five weeks – and may have...

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St. Mary's leads WSU 36-23 at half 

COUGARS Let's see. I've got 10 second-chance points for St. Mary's off seven offensive rebounds. Then there are the 11 points the Gaels have scored in transition. How about the 12 WSU turnovers? Add in the 17 points – and one Academy Award-winning flop –...

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The winner gets Davidson 

COUGARS Just a quick pregame post tonight. As you might know, Davidson, behind Stephen Curry's 32 points, went to South Carolina and won, 70-63 tonight. If the Cougars win, our understanding is they would play Monday night at Davidson with, my guess is, a 4...

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NIT first fiddle for WSU 

COUGARS With the NCAA Tournament hype in full blow-up mode – if WSU was in the tournament, we'd be joining in, I'm sure – there is little room left for the stepchild, the NIT. But we did find a couple things to pass on to...

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MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009

WSU head coach Tony Bennett watches play against UCLA during the second half. UCLA won 64-53. (Danny Moloshok / Associated Press)

WSU's Bennett a changed coach 23 

COUGARS This has been a season of change for Washington State. From the very first day of practice, Cougar fans knew they weren't in Hawaii anymore Toto. Or Beloit. This WSU team was going to be different, and it has been. In a season of...

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Links aplenty about WSU, NIT and NCAA 23 

COUGARS Hope you have a lot of time this morning. We have a lot of links. Read on for stories ranging from St. Mary's being hosed by the NCAA to Washington lamenting being forced to play a team WSU dominated. And, of course, items about...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2009

Omar Samhan of Saint Mary’s  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Tough test awaits WSU 

COUGARS The NIT didn't do WSU any favors. The Cougars play on the road, which was probably expected. They have to play Tuesday night, which means a quick trip from Pullman. They face St. Mary's, a team that when at full strength, might be in...

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WSU will travel to St. Mary's in NIT 19 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 6:30 P.M. Washington State got its wish. The Cougars will take their 17-15 record into the NIT, facing St. Mary's Tuesday night in Moraga, Calif., at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2. For more on the Gaels, read on....

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WSU will learn its fate today 25 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 4:30 P.M. As is evident in my story this morning, the College Basketball Invitational is more than willing to say yes to inferior teams if those inferior teams are willing to say yes to it. The 16-team tournament filled one of its...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2009

Maybe it could have been WSU

COUGARS The sixth seed in the Pac-10 Tournament had a well-sanded road to the NCAA Tournament. First up was a Cal team that really wanted to get back to Berkeley quickly, so it had more time to get ready for the NCAAs. The next night...

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ASU, USC play for Pac-10 title 11 

COUGARS Ben Howland and his Bruins are 31-1 in the past four years in the first game of a Pac-10 weekend. They are Thursday warriors. Their Saturday record, however, is not as good. Not even close. So is it a big surprise the Bruins dominate...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009

WSU's Taylor Rochestie, left, makes a no look pass as UCLA's Darren Collison, right, defends during the first half  at the Pac-10 men's tournament in Los Angeles. UCLA won 64-53. (Danny Moloshok / Associated Press)

UCLA loss, the day after 11 

COUGARS Given the stakes last night, it is a little surprising how Washington State played in the first 10 minutes of the game. Even coach Tony Bennett admitted to being disappointed. And we have some thoughts on that, along with links and more comments from...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009

UCLA out-toughs WSU 

COUGARS Tony Bennett saw it in simple black and white. "I thought we got out-toughed today, I'll be honest with you," he said in the Staples Center hallway after UCLA's 64-53 defeat of Washington State. "In a game we needed to play, how we needed...

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WSU falls to UCLA, 64-53 

COUGARS The regular season is now officially over. It remains to be seen what will transpire the next few days. Will the Cougars get an NIT invite? Will they be headed to a different tournament? And one wonders how much the late rally will help...

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WSU trails UCLA, 33-21 at half 

COUGARS Over the past few weeks, Washington State has avoided what has been its Achilles' heel all season, the long scoring drought. Well, it came back with a vengeance in the first half Thursday. Over almost 7 minutes early on the Cougars missed 12 consecutive...

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Darren Collison reacts to his Bruins’ defeat at the hands of WSU. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Bruins and their challenges to WSU 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 8:05 P.M. Some questions for you. Is there a hotter team on the West Coast than Washington State. Is this a make-or-break game for said Cougars? What do they need to do to make a win happen? We're going to attempt to...

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