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SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2009

WSU pregame and postseason

COUGARS Instead of breaking down today's game, our pregame show – to give it a television feel – will instead break down the Cougars postseason chances. Bet you didn't see that one coming did ya? We live to surprise here at SportsLink, WSU edition. Read…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2009

Caleb Forrest, who scored 19 points, throws up an off-balance shot in the key late in the second half.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

WSU has to bounce back quickly 23 

COUGARS Are the Cougars getting better? Undeniably, the answer is yes. But are they good enough yet to defeat the best of the Pac-10? Again, the answer is yes. It just hasn't happened yet. They came as close as they possibly could Thursday night before…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009

Taylor Rochestie drives past UCLA’s Josh Shipp for a layin to tie the game at 53, but UCLA hangs on for the 61-59 win. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

WSU's rally falls just short 13 

COUGARS Close, but no tobacco product. As has been the case against good teams a few times this season, a bad stretch spelled doom for the Washington State Cougars. Thursday night it came in the first half of their 61-59 defeat at the hands of…

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WSU rallies but falls 61-59 to UCLA 33 

COUGARS As has been the case just about every game against a ranked opponent this season, Washington State had a stretch it just couldn't overcome. Thursday night, it came in the first half. A 16-4 run, keyed by the 3-pointers of Nikola Dragovic, gave 13th-ranked…

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Dragovic sinks WSU in first half 13 

COUGARS Nikola Dragovic. A 29 percent 3-point shooter coming in. And yet, more long-range shots taken than any Bruin. There must be a reason, right? There is, and he showed it in the first half, hitting 6 of 7 bombs – many off pick-and-pops with…

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How tough can WSU be?

COUGARS Toughness. That's the theme for Washington State tonight. Can the Cougars be tough enough to take what UCLA dishes out and respond in the right way? It was coach Tony Bennett's main message at practice this week. Were the Cougs listening? Read on.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009

Washington State center Aron Baynes, right, takes it to the hoop against Oregon center Michael Dunigan during the first half of their NCAA basketball game in Eugene on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009. (Associated Press)

A fitter Baynes good fit for WSU 

COUGARS With UCLA trying to find its way to foggy, storm-ridden, out-of-the-way Pullman, Washington (see the LA Times story linked later), we took this week to profile center Aron Baynes (shown attacking Oregon freshman center Michael Dunigan during the first half last Saturday in this…

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For starters, WSU still not sure 

COUGARS With only a day until Washington State risks its three-game winning streak against UCLA, the WSU players who will be introduced by Glenn Johnson are still up in the air. That, other notes from Tuesday's practice, and a bunch of links all await you.…

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MONDAY, JAN. 19, 2009

Rochestie's not Pac-10 player of week 32 

COUGARS Just a quick post tonight before I head out to the Valley. I was expecting to link you to a Pac-10 release in which Taylor Rochestie, WSU's nominee, would be named the conference's player of the week. In the two Cougar road wins, Rochestie…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2009

Cougars center Aron Baynes dunks over Oregon guard Tajuan Porter during the second half.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Oregon win, the day after 19 

COUGARS Well you folks had a lively discussion this morning. Sorry to interrupt, because I want you to keep going if that's your wish, but I have your links for the day after, along with some more comments from the players and coaches after Saturday's…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 17, 2009

WSU pulls away in the second half 20 

COUGARS Ernie Kent didn't stick around to see the end of WSU's 74-62 victory . He picked up two technicals within 2 minutes, 18 seconds from official Chris Rastatter and was ejected with 12:12 left. That was in the midst of a game-clinching 12-0 run.…

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WSU leads 24-17 at the half 11 

COUGARS When did this game start? Was it early in the morning? Because at times it seemed like the teams were still asleep. There was one possession in which Oregon had three attempts, the last two without anyone challenging, as the Cougars just stood and…

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Joevan Catron (right) of Oregon is trapped by the defense of Robbie Cowgill of WSU during their game Thursday night at the PAC-10 tournament in Los Angeles.  CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON The Spokesman-Review (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Ducks, fans ready to test WSU 

COUGARS How good is Oregon? Or, put another way, how bad are the Ducks? Is the five-loss Pac-10 start a product of their schedule or is this a team that will struggle all year with on-court deficiencies and off-court chemistry? Read on.

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FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 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)

WSU can't be caught looking back 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 10:30 A.M. Ever take a drive in the mountains and find yourself constantly looking in the rear-view mirror, trying to catch a glimpse of the snow-covered peak behind, because what's ahead isn't as pretty? You know you shouldn't be glancing back so…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2009

WSU wins ugly, but it wins 15 

COUGARS Tony Bennett was happy with the win. But he wasn't happy how it happened. "It was enough to get a victory, but not enough to be where we have to be," Bennett said in the basement of Gill Coliseum after WSU's 61-57 overtime win…

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What's in store for WSU, Oregon State 

COUGARS It's time for our usual pregame post. Where we tell you what you should think. Well, not really. It's where we tell you what we think will happen in the game. You are free to disagree – and then never read this blog again.…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2009

TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2009

Rochestie (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Beavers are now on WSU's agenda 

COUGARS You think Tony Bennett was satisfied with one Pac-10 win? Well, you weren't at practice Tuesday. The WSU coach pushed his team hard, as hard as I've seen this season, demanding attention and focus on the defensive end as the Cougars prepare to play…

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A few links for Tuesday 

COUGARS I didn't post earlier this morning for a variety of reasons ranging from a time crunch getting back to Pullman to very few items floating quickly to the surface. But now I'm down in Pullman waiting for the teleconferences for June Daugherty and Tony…

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MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2009

Monday morning Pac-10 links 

COUGARS So what's on the agenda for this morning? If it's reading a lot of stories about WSU in particular and the Pac-10 in general, you might as well put together a list of alternatives. There isn't all that much out there. But read on…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 2009

SATURDAY, JAN. 10, 2009

WSU posts a key Pac-10 win 27 

COUGARS I make a statement in my story tonight about how Taylor Rochestie's game-winning bucket might just have saved this season for the Cougars. Too much hyperbole? Please let me know. Because it sure seemed like this win was key to me. Lose this one…

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