Hot Cougar Action: The day after UCLA

Stephen Dunn

It's Thursday morning and WSU's 73-61 win against UCLA is still a thing that actually happened.

The philosopher Kevin Garnett summed up WSU's win against UCLA when he said, "ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!"

(H/T to Nate Kelly for texting me that video after the game)

Garnett may not have been talking about WSU, but what he said proved to be true as WSU did the unthinkable and beat UCLA in Pullman. After a rough season, it's hard not to feel good for the coaching staff and players.

Interestingly enough, the win continues WSU's recent trend of beating ranked teams late in the season without two of their best players. It turns out the football team's Apple Cup victory without Marquess Wilson and Travis Long was precedent.

With UCLA being UCLA, there was plenty of reaction to Wednesday's upset.

Men's basketball:

Cougs’ home win over UCLA first since 1993 - Spokesman.com - March 7, 2013
PULLMAN – There were dunks at the end of the losing streaks, both of them toppling in the same instant after Washington State’s most improbable victory of the season.

Quotable: The streaks are over for WSU - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - March 6, 2013
FROM PULLMAN — We have additional quotes for you to read from WSU's 73-61 win over UCLA last night. Read on.

Tale of the tape: WSU 73, UCLA 61 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - March 6, 2013
FROM PULLMAN — The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! OK, not quite. But the Cougars did end their 19-game home losing streak against UCLA with a resounding 73-61 win over the Bruins at Beasley Coliseum tonight, and we have our usual recap for you after the jump. Read on.

UCLA stunned by Washington State, 73-61 | bruins, first, state - Sports - The Orange County Register
PULLMAN, WASH. – UCLA's weekend trip through Washington was just supposed to make a quick detour in Pullman on Wednesday to play a Washington State squad that, on paper, the Bruins outmatched in almost every sense of the word.

Rapid Reaction: Washington State 73, UCLA 61 - Los Angeles Ucla Blog - ESPN Los Angeles
How it happened: UCLA (22-8, 12-5) started the game slowly, with low energy and playing without a sense of urgency as the Cougars (12-18, 3-14) raced to a 25-4 lead. The Bruins never really threatened to make a game of it.

Cougars Knock Off No. 23 Bruins, 73-61 - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - No. 23 UCLA rolled into Pullman on Wednesday night as the hottest team in the Pac-12, and the Bruins hadn't lost here since 1993. They rolled out of town as 73-61 losers to last-place Washington State, a defeat that seriously damaged the Bruins' hopes of winning the conference title.

Last-place WSU shocks UCLA - Washington State University - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports

PULLMAN — The Washington State Cougars carried a nine-game losing streak into Wednesday night’s game with No. 23 UCLA, but that was the least of the Cougars’ problems.

Bruins are rocky on the road - latimes.com

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Thuds don't come much louder than this.

Post Game Notes - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site

Washington State Notes: Brock Motum led WSU with 20 points...he scored 12 of his points in the first half...he has scored double figures in all 30 of WSU's games this season and in 30-straight games

WSU Men's Basketball: Ken Bone after UCLA win! March 6 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Men's Basketball: Motum, DKD, DiIorio, Woolridge after UCLA win! March 6 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Football:

The football team will hold its pro day today as the outgoing Cougars attempt to work their way into the NFL. Jeff Tuel will be there, as will a number of other seniors. Marquess Wilson will not be participating for reasons Jeff documented on Wednesday.

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WSU bars Wilson from its pro day - Spokesman.com - March 7, 2013
The mantra faces its ultimate dilemma here, it seems. How does it go? Once a Coug, always a Coug? What about Marquess Wilson?

Marquess Wilson not welcome at Washington State pro day workout | ProFootballTalk
Former Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson is having problems trying to find a place to hold his pro day workout for NFL scouts.

Women's basketball:

The Cougars open play in the Pac-12 Tournament today against Arizona State. The Cougars made a run in the Pac-12 Tournament last year and will attempt a similar run this season. The game is scheduled to tip at 6 p.m. PT and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

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WSU women open Pac-12 tourney vs. ASU - Spokesman.com - March 6, 2013
SEATTLE – Washington State surprised the Pac-12 by advancing to the conference’s women’s basketball tournament semifinals last season.

Baseball:

After a successful homestand, the Cougars will head back on the road beginning Friday at UTSA. WSU will play seven games on the roadtrip with the last three scheduled against Arizona State. The Cougars played well at home, but this trip will be a huge measuring stick for the season.

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Cougar Baseball Visits Lone Star State - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
After a 7-1 homestand, the Washington State baseball embarks on a seven-game road trip.

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