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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009

USC guard Daniel Hackett (13) hits a jump shot over WSU guard Klay Thompson.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Lot riding on WSU, USC tonight 33 

COUGARS Even Tim Floyd knows it. "Outside of UCLA, no team has given us more trouble than Washington State," Floyd told the Los Angeles Times this week. Which makes tonight's matchup at the Galen Center all that more interesting. The Cougars want to play in…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

WSU heads into Pac-10 stretch run

COUGARS The final five games of the Pac-10 season come against teams in the conference's top six. That sixth-place team is USC, the Cougars' first opponent on this weekend's trip to Los Angeles. Washington State has been pretty successful against the Trojans in Tony Bennett's…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009

WSU's big week and more on NCAA rules

COUGARS This week is, according to WSU basketball coach Tony Bennett, a life lesson. "The test will be, a lesson of life, can you dust yourself off and get back up and try and finish strong," Bennett said Tuesday, looking back to the Cougars second-half…

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Tuesdays with WSU 13 

COUGARS The last couple days have been somewhat thin on WSU news around the web. But we've found a couple things to pass on. You can find them on the link.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 15, 2009

Washington State forward DeAngelo Casto goes up for a dunk. (Dean Hare / Associated Press)

Oregon State, the morning after 37 

COUGARS It was that kind of day in the Pac-10. WSU did what it did, blowing a lead and losing to Oregon State. Stanford blew even a bigger lead – 22 points – and lost to Cal. Arizona dominated UCLA, which a week ago looked…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 2009

WSU cut to the bone by OSU in second half 

COUGARS In some ways maybe it was fitting. Oregon State frittered away a nine-point second-half lead in Corvallis and lost in overtime. Washington State returned the favor and even more so Saturday afternoon, giving up a 13-point, first-half lead with a strikingly lackadaisical second half…

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WSU leads 32-20 at half

COUGARS It's easy to see the fruits of a defensive effort like WSU had in the first half today. When the opposition is shooting 38 percent and has scored just 20 points, it's pretty obvious the Cougars are doing pretty darn well on the defensive…

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WSU ready for Beavers

COUGARS If you watch Aron Baynes works on his right-handed jump hooks on one end and Caleb Forrest and Charlie Enquist their 15-footers on the other, as I am right now, you would understand how WSU will be attacking Oregon State this afternoon. For more…

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We (heart) today ... right 

COUGARS There's something scary about Valentine's Day. And this year more than ever. Think about it. Friday the 13th, then Valentine's Day? Coincidence? I think not. Anyhow, any day that's symbol is a heart and the mascot shoots arrows, well that scares us old guys.…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2009

Washington State center Aron Baynes, left, shoots over Oregon State's Daniel Deane (30) and Roeland Schaftenaar during the second half of an NCAA basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009.  Baynes led Washington State with 17 points to beat Oregon State in overtime 61-59. (Associated Press)

OSU will try to spread out WSU 

COUGARS As Washington State rolled through its defensive strategies for the Beavers and their Princeton-style offense, the emphasis was on communicating. Letting your teammate know what you are doing and knowing what he's doing. Coach Tony Bennett emphasized more than once that the pack wasn't…

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WSU’s Aron Baynes draws a foul while attempting a dunk Thursday.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Oregon, the day after 11 

COUGARS An interesting night in the Pac-10. Not only do the Cougars throttle Oregon, the Huskies win to move back atop the conference standings when UCLA fades late in a loss to Arizona State. And Arizona continues its roll, getting past USC at home. With…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2009

Oregon perfect medicine for WSU 

COUGARS Of course the Ducks were winless in the Pac-10 coming in. Of course they were 6-17 overall, hadn't defended well, had been worked by just about every conference foe. But, as Taylor Rochestie said, Washington State, after having dropped three consecutive games and five…

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WSU leads by 14 at the half

COUGARS Did that seem like a quick half to you? The Cougars came out on fire and built a 25-5 lead, which is their biggest in a Pac-10 game this year. The Ducks battled back and cut the lead to 12 at one point. But…

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Oregon invades Pullman tonight

COUGARS We're going to have two posts this morning. This one, concerned with tonight's basketball game with Oregon and containing links to the same. The next one, which we will post soon, will contain links to the stories concerning Eastern Washington's NCAA sanctions and how…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2009

WSU hopes season lasts a bit longer

COUGARS I don't know how many of you are caught up in the NCAA violations story, but we have to keep our eyes – at least one anyway – on the basketball season. Along those lines, we have a story for tomorrow's S-R concerning the…

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NCAA hits Eastern, Wulff 59 

UPDATED: 4:10 P.M. The NCAA has slapped Eastern Washington University with a postseason ban this fall and other sanctions for violations that occurred during now-Washington State coach Paul Wulff's tenure. Wulff was also punished by the NCAA and will have to miss the first three…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2009

WSU hopes Oregon isn't in payback mode 

COUGARS About five minutes ago I wasn't sure I was going to be able to post anything new tonight. After reading through my notes on Tony Bennett's press conference today and after observing practice in the afternoon, there wasn't a whole heck of lot to…

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MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2009

Pac-10 now a Sunday product 

COUGARS Have a good Sunday, did you? Catch up on some sleep, dust the den, watch the Pro Bowl on the tube? Speaking of the Pro Bowl, did you see the quote we had on Page 2 of the sports section this morning? Someone asked…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 8, 2009

California’s Jorge Gutierrez attempts to steal the ball from WSU’s Taylor Rochestie during first-half play.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Cal loss the day after 19 

COUGARS It was one of the more entertaining games of the season, if only because neither team seemed able to get stops on a consistent basis. Because of that, the game had an NBA feel, with first WSU making a run, then Cal. Who would…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 7, 2009

WSU leads despite long dry spell

COUGARS Sorry this is a little late, but I got caught watching the first half instead of preparing this post. It was that good. First the Cougars made a run thanks to their 7 of 9 shooting. Then Cal rallied back as Tony Bennett subbed…

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Will Cal rise above WSU again?

COUGARS There's a hard-to-shake image from the first game between WSU and Cal, that the Bears won 57-50 in Pullman. It's immortalized (OK, that's a little too much hyperbole) by the picture I ran with this morning's post. Patrick Christopher cutting back door, rising above…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2009

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