HOT COUGAR ACTION: Looking Ahead To Basketball Season

Although football season is still in full swing, basketball season is quickly approaching. My expectations for the 2011 basketball season are low, but slowly rising thanks to posts like this from Jeff and practice reports like this from Vince Grippi.

Freshman DaVonte Lacy is going to contribute right away. He's physically capable and talented enough to help. … The thinned-down Reggie Moore is playing more like the freshman than the sophomore. … D.J. Shelton has work to do, but I understand he's not shy about putting in the time. That bodes well for the future. … You'll be surprised by Brock Motum this season. He's turned himself into a post presence.

Reggie Moore returning to form? Brock Motum a post presence? In terms of news out of the tenth day of practice, that is about best case scenario. 

Switching sports for a day - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Oct. 26, 2011
COUGARS We've got a different type of blog post today. Really different, so read on.

Cougars cringing at recent criticism - Spokesman.com - Oct. 26, 2011
PULLMAN – Washington State’s football players returned to campus early Sunday morning after their 44-21 defeat in Seattle at the hands of Oregon State and morphed back into the student part of the NCAA’s preferred term, student/athlete.

This week's Pac-12 picks - Spokesman.com - Oct. 26, 2011
After last Thursday night’s Arizona win, we were on a 15-2 roll and getting a bit over-confident. Should have listened to that inner Hans Solo. You know, the voice that screams, "Great kid. Don’t get cocky." As always, the listed line is for your entertainment purposes only. All games Saturday.

WSU AD Bill Moos: No coaching change coming mid-season | Seattle PI Sports Blog - seattlepi.com
Those clamoring for the firing of Washington State Cougars football coach Paul Wulff are going to have to wait at least until the end of the season to see their desires fulfilled.

Klay Thompson is off to the NBA, but 3 starters return for Washington State this season - The Washington Post
PULLMAN, Wash. — Don’t go looking for superstars on this year’s Washington State basketball team, with Klay Thompson gone to the NBA and DeAngelo Casto off to play pro basketball in Turkey.

WSU's Kaufusi focused on family and team " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — Washington State linebacker Sekope Kaufusi grew up poor without a father in a crime-filled section of East Palo Alto, Calif. He became a father himself a few days before he turned 18 and graduated from high school.

How We Go: WSU can be had either way, so Ducks should run all over the Cougars - Addicted To Quack
Washington State isn't very good. Don't get me wrong, they're a tremendous improvement over the squads that the Cougars have fielded the last few seasons.  But still not very good.  Yes, the game in Pullman last season was close until the fourth quarter.  But with this game being at Autzen and Jeff Tuel sitting on the bench, I don't really way for the Cougars to keep it close.

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