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THE MORNING PAPER: No. 7 WSU vs. No. 2 UCLA

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The mighty Cougars live to fight another day after walking past Oregon last night. Here's the best of what's around, featuring stories that focus both on last night's win and tonight's matchup:

(Click on the link below for the content; some of the video included was too wide for the front page of the blog)

For WSU ...

  • Looking toward tonight, we've got Tony Bennett talking about the Cougs' late-season improvement in advance of the Pac-10 Tournament, via the LA Times:
  • Grippi checks in with his gamer for the Spokesman-Review, focusing on the Cougs' strong inside play. Only minor mention of tonight's matchup.
  • Freelancer Howie Stalwick checks in with his gamer/preview for The News Tribune. The story starts with a look at tonight.
  • Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times has this short story.
  • Cougfan.com's J.V. Holland checks in with this solid gamer.
  • And Aron Baynes and Caleb Forrest check in with some postgame comments, video once again courtesy of the LA Times.

For UCLA ...

  • The LA Times reports that UCLA is looking for revenge tonight.
  • The LA Times also reports that Darren Collison is feeling better after bruising his tailbone in a hard fall on Saturday. 
  • Of course, if you want to find the good stuff, you have to look. And there's this little Los Angeles-centric nugget Adam Rose's game summary in the UCLA blog for the LA Times:
    • "The only reason Los Angeles fans were interested is that this result sends Wazzu into today's quarterfinal against UCLA at 8:30 p.m. The Cougars have won four of their last five and should provide a decent warmup for the Bruins." Um, yeah. Maybe he didn't mean anything by it? Oh wait, he probably did, as he later called the Cougs "the victors (until tonight)." Now I know why my brother hated living in California so much.
  • Jrue Holiday says in this LA Daily News story that UCLA is "supposed to win" the Pac-10 Tournament, and that losing is not an option.
  • The LA Daily News also reports that the Cougs will be more focused on defense against UCLA this time around after the shootout that ensued last time.
  • Then there's the LA Daily News UCLA blog, with news and notes.