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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Busy Thursday On The Palouse

Between the basketball victory against Oregon State and the start of spring football practice, there is plenty of news coming out of Pullman today.

Let's start with the basketball team's blowout win. A couple of notes after looking at the official stats. Abe Lodwick set seven career-highs with his performance against the Beavers. They included points, rebounds, field goals made, field goals attempted, 3-pointers made, 3-pointers attempted and defensive rebounds. His 12 rebounds were the most of any WSU player this season. Yesterday was also just the second time this season two WSU players have scored 20 or more points in the same game. Brock Motum and Reggie Moore both topped 20 against Arizona.

Moving on to the football team which begins spring practice today at 3:10. Brian covered Mike Leach's press conference yesterday and you can find the full video after the jump. Leach was also the subject of this Fox Sports article which includes another classic Leach quote.

"The best thing is that it's a college town. The college students are all on College Hill. They live right by the university. All the little joints they go to and stuff like that are all right there, near the campus. It's like an anthill of students."

Men's Basketball

The game that was, CBI edition: WSU 72, Oregon State 55 - SportsLink - - March 21, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — Washington State beat Oregon State for a third time this season on Wednesday, and this one was their most dominating win over the Beavers yet. It also allowed the Cougars to advance to next week's best-of-three championship series against Pittsburgh. We watched the game with about 50 others at Beasley Coliseum, and have our postgame wrap after the jump.

Postgame Notes: Washington St. vs. Oregon St. - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State Notes: Abe Lodwick scored a career-high 23 points...he had set his previous career high of 16 points Monday against Wyoming in the CBI.

OSU men's basketball: Beavers' season ends with CBI loss to Cougars
For the third time in four games this season, Oregon State fell to Washington State. This time it meant the end of the season for the Beavers.

Washington State defeats Oregon State 72-55 -
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Abe Lodwick set career highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds Wednesday to lead Washington State to a 72-55 win against Pac-12 rival Oregon State in a College Basketball Invitational semifinal at Gill Coliseum.

Recap: Oregon State vs. Washington St - Men's College Basketball -
Abe Lodwick tallied a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds as the Washington State Cougars defeated the Oregon State Beavers 72-55 in the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational at Gill Coliseum.

Beavers end season on a low, losing to Cougars in CBI semifinals | Bend’s Abe Lodwick sparks Cougars, who hold OSU to a season-low 55 points
CORVALLIS — Even without Pac-12 all-star Brock Motum, Washington State proved to be too much for Oregon State on Wednesday.

Lodwick leads WSU to CBI championship - - March 21, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Washington State’s frustrating, maddeningly inconsistent men’s basketball season is on the brink of something improbable: a happy ending.


Leach begins teaching offense with DVDs - - March 21, 2012
PULLMAN – Mike Leach won’t be spending much time duplicating 16-millimeter film this spring. Because that’s no longer in style, the Washington State coach hasn’t bothered with playbooks, either.

Rain, sleet, snow, whatever -- Cougs practice outside - SportsLink - - March 21, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — Snow is nothing compared to what Mike Leach dealt with during one spring practice in Lubbock. Ever heard of raining mud? Yeah, me either. But they certainly have in West Texas.

Spring notes from Mike Leach - SportsLink - - March 21, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — Mike Leach met with reporters for about 33 minutes today to discuss the beginning of spring practice on Thursday. Here are some of the highlights, as well as a few personnel notes.

Leach: Won't take long to install WSU's aerial game | Sports | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Mike Leach era at Washington State finally reaches the football field on Thursday with the opening of spring drills.

Leach era opens with spring practice Thursday " Kitsap Sun
Snow fell steadily in Pullman on Wednesday, and snow and/or chilly rain is expected today, just in time for Washington State's first spring football practice.

Washington State will open spring drills under new football coach Mike Leach on Thursday - The Washington Post
SPOKANE, Wash. — The Mike Leach era at Washington State finally reaches the football field on Thursday with the opening of spring drills.

Leach ready to storm into spring practices - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Mike Leach is not afraid of the weather in Pullman, Wash., which could be a bit nippy -- and perhaps snowy -- for the first day of Washington State's spring practices on Thursday.

Cougar Football | Mike Leach marks his spring arrival as coach of Cougars | Seattle Times Newspaper
Thursday marks the first spring football practice at Washington State under Mike Leach, and Leach noted the occasion by remembering his initial one at Texas Tech in 2000.

FB: Mike Leach Press Conference! 3/21 (via WSUCougarAthletics)