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How WSU's chances are shaping up 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 4:35 P.M. Arizona State's 68-58 win over Arizona in today's first Pac-10 tourney game doesn't bode well for WSU and its NIT chances. There seems little possibility the Wildcats will continue their 24-year NCAA run, unless the selection committee really values their…

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Washington State’s Aron Baynes holds onto the ball as Oregon’s Kamyron Brown tries to take it away during the first half. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Oregon, the day after 

COUGARS There was a large Cougar contingent in the Staples Center last night, easily the loudest of the four schools that were playing on the opening night of the Pac-10's tournament. Or maybe they just had more to cheer about. Well Wednesday's over. And Thursday's…

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WSU moves on with 62-40 win over Oregon 

COUGARS The same formula, the same result. Washington State controlled the Oregon Ducks from the opening tip and moved on in the Pac-10 Tournament. The one difference tonight: A much heavier dose of Aron Baynes inside. The 6-foot-10 Aussie attacked the basket with enthusiasm, dunking…

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WSU has 34-22 lead at half

COUGARS Once again Washington State came roaring out of the locker room against Oregon. But this time the Ducks didn't quit. If anything, they came out playing harder when they fell behind 22-9. A 7-0 run keyed by Tajuan Porter cut the lead, but the…

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WSU helps kick off Pac-10 tourney 

COUGARS Sitting near an electrical plug, trying to finish off a bagel in SeaTac, waiting for the connection to LA. But we have a little time to update the links available this morning on the opening of the Pac-10 Tournament. Read on.

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Washington State forward DAngelo Casto puts up a shot as Washington forward Darnell Gant defends. (Ted Warren / Associated Press)

WSU's trio honored by Pac-10 13 

COUGARS We're concentrating on the All-Pac-10 teams today and will turn our eyes toward Oregon and the Pac-10 Tournament tomorrow. We talked with Taylor Rochestie, DeAngelo Casto and Klay Thompson about their selections, though we let them talk about their teammates. I will relate one…

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WSU has some questions this week 

COUGARS Last year at this time, we were wondering how many Cougars would make the Pac-10 first team (the answer: none), if WSU could get to Pac-10 tourney finals (the answer: no) and what seed WSU would get in the NCAA Tournament (the answer: four).…

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WSU's Caleb Forrest (52), Aron Baynes (11), Nikola Koprivica (4), and Taylor Rochestie (10) walk down the court after a break in the action against Washington in the final minutes of the game. (Ted Warren / Associated Press)

UW loss, the day after 25 

COUGARS Honestly, after an 18-hour Saturday, fighting snow on I-5 and turbulence on two bumpy flights across the Cascades, I don't know why I'm awake at this ungodly hour of 6:45 a.m. Oops, 7:45 – thanks Mr. Daylight Saving Guy. Why am I typing this…

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Washington senior Jon Brockman (40) celebrates with freshman Darnell Gant after the team beat Washington State. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

UW handles WSU, wins Pac-10 title 21 

COUGARS We said before the game Washington State had to get at least close to a draw on the boards to have a shot. Well, the Cougars didn't, getting out-rebounded by 12. But they still had a shot coming down the stretch, and that tells…

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UW leads 30-25 at the half 

COUGARS It is Senior Day at UW, with Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon and Artem Wallace honored before tipoff. Brockman is one of the top bigs to ever wear Husky purple, but this year's Pac-10 champions are dependent on their guards. And they are pesky, especially…

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WSU must rebound without Harmeling

COUGARS One. That's the number of Pac-10 games Washington State has won when they've been outrebounded. The first Stanford game. Otherwise, against Cal twice, against USC in LA and, of course, the beating on the boards that was the Cougars first game against UW, the…

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Rochestie (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Rochestie practices with WSU 11 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 9:50 P.M., 8 A.M. Just a quick post tonight. Another day, more economic bad news. But here on SportsLink, we've got our head in the sand. Everything's coming up roses as far as we can see. For some good news (though I…

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WSU prepares as Pac-10 plays 

COUGARS The Pac-10 gets back at it tonight. Everyone except WSU and Washington, of course. Those two will wait until Saturday afternoon to get back on the court. By then the Huskies will know if they are Pac-10 champs by themselves or if they have…

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Arizona State guard James Harden, top, shoots over WSU guard Klay Thompson. Washington State won 51-49 in overtime.  (Dean Hare / Associated Press)

WSU's Thompson defending the best  

COUGARS There are a lot of reasons behind Washington State's three-game Pac-10 winning streak. The offense has been performing at a much-more efficient level, the defense has tightened up. Marcus Capers has started to exert himself on the defensive end against opponents' point guards and…

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Washington forward Jon Brockman, right, drives around Washington State center Aron Baynes in the first half of a college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at Hec Edmondson Pavilion in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) ORG XMIT: SEA204 (Ted Warren / The Spokesman-Review)

UW is ready for WSU 11 

COUGARS Well, it seems the Seattle University Redhawks are not yet ready to play with the big guys in Washington after all. OK, that's not fair. One nonconference game at UW isn't a true test, but the Huskies did blow them out last night, leading…

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A lot can happen for WSU this week 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 11:25 A.M. Looking at the comments from our previous post, we can see the complexity of the Pac-10's tie-breaking rules tripped up a lot of people. That's one reason we said we'd wait until things cleared up a little bit. But here…

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Taylor Rochestie soaks it all in after his 3-pointer lifted the Cougars over Arizona State in overtime.   (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

ASU upset, the day after 41 

COUGARS As I peruse the Pac-10's tie-breaker rules, trying to see how Washington State could avoid the Wednesday play-in games, I was reminded of the last piece of furniture I tried to put together. You know, the one with the instructions that state "put tab…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 28, 2009

Washington State guard Taylor Rochestie shoots over Arizona State guard Derek Glasser during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game today at Jack Friel Court in Pullman. (The Spokesman-Review)

Rochestie's shot lifts WSU 17 

COUGARS I ran into one of the Cougar coaches in the Beasley Coliseum halls after the game. He was smiling. Mostly because WSU is playing the type of basketball the staff envisioned before the season. Three freshmen contributing and combining with the senior group to…

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