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Cougars would welcome CBI invitation

PULLMAN – Remember the 2010 season, Ken Bone’s first as Washington State’s head coach, when the Cougars turned down a chance to play in the College Basketball Invitational? OK. Now forget about it entirely. Because the Cougars say their perspective of that postseason tournament is dramatically different this season.

Interesting journey for WSU seniors

PULLMAN – If it was difficult for guard Marcus Capers to fathom that he’d be the only member of his freshman class to play four full seasons of basketball at Washington State, imagine what it was like for forwards Charlie Enquist and Abe Lodwick. Capers saw the six players with whom he entered school depart early, for one reason or another. But Enquist and Lodwick, each fifth-year seniors who, along with Capers, will play their final regular-season game at Beasley Coliseum against Washington tonight at 5, have seen even more during their time as Cougars.

Interesting journey for WSU seniors

If it was difficult for guard Marcus Capers to fathom that he’d be the only member of his freshman class to play four full seasons of basketball at Washington State, imagine what it was like for forwards Charlie Enquist and Abe Lodwick.

Cougars see improvement, want wins to follow

PULLMAN – The second time hasn’t exactly been a charm for Washington State. But it’s certainly been better. In the Cougars’ three Pac-12 rematches this season – their last three games, at Oregon State and Oregon, and home against Arizona – they’ve played considerably better basketball than they did the first time around. Yet they’ve only managed to turn one of those improved performances into a victory, and that was against an OSU Beavers team they beat the first time around.

Cougars see improvement, want wins to follow

In the Washington State Cougars’ three Pac-12 rematches this season – their last three games, at Oregon State and Oregon, and home against Arizona – they’ve played considerably better basketball than they did the first time around. Yet they’ve only managed to turn one of those improved performances into a victory, and that was against an OSU Beavers team they beat the first time around. WSU (13-13, 5-9 Pac-12) will look to reverse half of that trend – the losing part – against Arizona State (8-18, 4-10) at 5 p.m. today at Beasley Coliseum. The Sun Devils beat the Cougars 71-67 in Tempe three weeks ago.

WSU guard Mike Ladd plays through pain

PULLMAN – If Mike Ladd is one of the toughest players on Washington State’s roster, he is also one of the most honest. He knows his right thumb is hurting, just as it has been for much of this season, and the junior guard doesn’t mince words when addressing the amount of pain he’s feeling. The way Ladd sees it, that’s just how it has to be.

Oregon pulls away to beat Washington State

EUGENE, Ore. – A different kind of frustration was felt outside Washington State’s locker room at Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday afternoon. This was still a loss, 78-69 to the Oregon Ducks before 10,071 spectators. And it still had to be maddening to watch Oregon make 11 of its 20 attempts from 3-point range, a shooting display similar to its 92-75 win over WSU that opened conference play.