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The day after Gonzaga

The state of Cougar basketball where we are all happy with a 15-point loss.

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Washington State lost to Gonzaga on Wednesday, but that's not a surprise. The Cougars were expected to lose. So much so that it appears a good portion of the fanbase is encouraged the Cougars only lost by 15 points. Kyle Sherwood made a great point on Twitter that fans were upset by a 16-point loss last season and are now almost celebrating a 15-point defeat. Obviously the teams are a bit different and expectations this season dropped dramatically following a rough start to the season. Lose at home to Idaho and a 15-point loss to the No. 9 team in the country doesn't seem so bad.

The interesting aspect to me is where WSU is in the rebuilding process. Cougar fans got beat down for at least a full season, maybe two, in the Paul Wulff era before fans started claiming marginal blowout losses as moral victories. The fact we are already at that point nine games in is encouraging, in the sickest way possible. The Cougars certainly looked better than they did early in the year. After the Idaho game I said it was only a pit stop on the road trip to finding the basement. Maybe it was the basement.  One can hope.

I hate moral victories and a 15-point loss is still a 15-point loss. That loss, however, would have been by at least 30 a couple weeks ago, so at least there is that. It's still going to be a rebuilding season, but maybe we already found the floor. Celebrating finding the floor, another moral victory.

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Men's Basketball:

No. 9 Gonzaga beats Washington State, 81-66 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Dec. 10, 2014
Przemek Karnowski was an unstoppable force and an immovable object inside for Gonzaga in the first half against Washington State and his relentless play inside proved enough to power the Bulldogs past a Cougar team that was game for an upset.

Gonzaga defeats WSU 81-66 - A picture story at Spokesman.com
Przemek Karnowski tied a career high with 22 points and No. 9 Gonzaga beat Washington State 81-66, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at the Arena. [Photo Slideshow]

Gonzaga vs. Washington State recap: Cougars linger a little bit, Zags don't care much for the company - The Slipper Still Fits
Kevin Pangos ended his career against Washington State with a forgettable night, but in the end the Zags still won.

Washington State Cougars vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Recap - CBSSports.com
On a night when guards Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. weren't scoring, No. 9 Gonzaga went inside to beat Washington State 81-66 on Wednesday.

Football:

Oh, cool! Oregon State hired a coach!

Wisconsin Badgers coach Gary Andersen leaving to take Oregon State job - ESPN
Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is leaving the school after two seasons to take the head coaching job at Oregon State, according to multiple reports.

Wait.... What? Really?

Get to know Oregon State's new head football coach: Gary Andersen quick hits | OregonLive.com
Moments after Oregon State finished a press conference announcing Valley Football Center expansion plans, news broke Wednesday afternoon that the Beavers have hired Wisconsin's Gary Andersen to become their next head football coach.

Martin Stadium Pictures:

Martin Stadium Shines at Night - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
A pretty cool look at Martin Stadium at night that doubles as a subliminal advertisement for the CAF.