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Hot Cougar Action: The day after UCLA

The links are not pretty today after the Cougars' 76-62 loss to UCLA on Saturday.

Things got so bad for WSU on Sunday, Ben Howland had time to do the wave.
Things got so bad for WSU on Sunday, Ben Howland had time to do the wave.
Stephen Dunn

Men's basketball

The Cougars lost 76-62 to UCLA on Saturday and were then treated to the following headline. The sad part is it's essentially true.

This wasn't the Washington Generals that UCLA faced Saturday night -- just Washington State.

The Cougars were a day at the spa for the Bruins, a chance to work out the kinks. The 76-62 victory over the hapless Cougars at Pauley Pavilion was the sorbet between heavy courses.

It's not like we aren't used to reading similar things, it's just usually they come on Sunday mornings following a WSU football game. That can't be a good sign for the basketball program.

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Turnovers plague WSU in 76-62 loss | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune
Shabazz Muhammad scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half, when UCLA took control on its way to routing Washington State, 76-62, on Saturday night in Los Angeles for the Bruins’ seventh victory in a row over the Cougars.

Tale of the tape: UCLA 76, WSU 62 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Feb. 9, 2013
COUGARS FROM LOS ANGELES -- Welcome to the new Pauley Pavilion, same as the old Pauley Pavilion. At least it was for the Cougars on Saturday night, when they lost 76-62 to UCLA, their 54th loss to the Bruins in Los Angeles in 56 ties. Read on for our recap.

Bruins find an easy target in victory over Cougars - latimes.com
This wasn't the Washington Generals that UCLA faced Saturday night -- just Washington State.

Team-first UCLA romps to victory | bruins, ucla, offensive - Sports - The Orange County Register
Sports: Team-first UCLA romps to victory | bruins, ucla, offensive, muhammad, washington, team, shooting, field, really, first

WSU drops sixth in seven games after tortuous first half - Spokesman.com - Feb. 10, 2013
LOS ANGELES – The collapse came in the first half this time. Washington State never sniffed a second-half lead, never tensed up down the stretch.

Bruins break shooting slump, beat Cougars
Muhammad led the team with 17 points as Bruins shoot over 60 percent for the first time since 2010.

Rapid Reaction: UCLA 76, Washington State 62 - Los Angeles Ucla Blog - ESPN Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- The UCLA Bruins won consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 12 and 17 after beating the Washington State Cougars, 76-62, on Sat

NCAA College Basketball Recap - Washington State Cougars at UCLA Bruins - Feb 09, 2013 - CBSSports.com

LOS ANGELES- A game after Shabazz Muhammad was criticized for his seemingly selfish behavior, the star freshman and his UCLA teammates showed plenty of generosity with each other.

Quotable: First half dooms WSU at Pauley - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Feb. 9, 2013

FROM LOS ANGELES — We once again empty out the notebook with some additional quotes from WSU's 76-62 loss to UCLA here on Saturday night. Read on.

Women's basketball

The women's team will go for its fifth straight win on Sunday against UCLA. If the recent trend of the men's team loses and the women's team wins continues the Cougars should be in good shape.

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Washington State Hosts No. 17 UCLA Sunday at Noon - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WASHINGTON STATE HOSTS NO. 17 UCLA SUNDAY: Washington State hosts No. 17/17 UCLA Sunday at Noon at Beasley Coliseum.