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The basketball dryspell is almost over, but there is still one more off day to endure before WSU begins conference play.

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Men's basketball

You know a game is getting close when WSU releases the preview packet. It feels like it's been months since we had one. The rhythmic flow of the conference season will be a welcome sight.

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Cougars Host Huskies in Pac-12 Opener - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
COUGARS OPEN PAC-12 PLAY HOSTING HUSKIES IN THE 275TH MEETING BETWEEN THE TWO TEAMS: Washington State University men's basketball (9-4) and Washington (8-5) will hit the hardwood for the 275th time in the two schools' histories as the Cougars host the Huskies, Saturday, Jan. 5 at 6:40 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum in both teams' conference openers.

Pac-12 preview: Perhaps no team has more upside than Arizona - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News

Washington State. Anyone else get the feeling that when we get to March the NCAA contenders that didn’t have to visit WSU -- Stanford and Cal -- are going to be glad to have missed it?

Women's basketball

June Daugherty said the teams goal is a top five finish in the conference. As we've discussed before Daugherty has gotten a pass for losing seasons because of the state of the program when she took over and her ability to sell a vision like no other. It may finally be time to to deliver on some of these goals.

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Washington State women aim high in Pac-12 - Spokesman.com - Jan. 3, 2013
Washington State placed 11th in the Pac-12 women’s basketball standings last season and is predicted to finish 10th this year in media and coaches’ preseason polls.

Seven Women's Basketball Home Games To Be Webstreamed - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Every Washington State women's basketball home game will be webstreamed on Pac-12.com during the 2012-13 conference season.

Football

Marquess Wilson's high school football coach said Fresno State is interested in Wilson. This should come as zero surprise because I'm sure a lot of schools would be interested in Marquess Wilson. The logical move still appears to enter the draft and prove he can play in the league and land a big second contract.

The thought that Wilson would lose millions of dollars by entering now and going lower in the draft is very shortsighted. Sure, Wilson would make less on his rookie contract as a fifth round pick compared to a second round pick but he also begins making money two years earlier and starts the clock on becoming a free agent. A rookie contract is nice, but players make their money in their second and third contracts. Being a 25-year-old free agent compared to a 27-year-old free agent will make that "lost" money up in a heartbeat. While I won't eat my shoe if Wilson decides to sit out a year and transfer to Fresno, I may eat a sock. A clean sock.

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Fresno State interested in Marquess Wilson » Kitsap Sun
The Fresno State Bulldogs have expressed interest in former Washington State football star Marquess Wilson, according to Darren Bennett, Wilson’s coach at Tulare (Calif.) Union High School.