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Cougars throttled at UW, Mike Leach talks on the radio

The WSU Basketball team clinched a winless road slate Friday night.

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Marcus Yam - The Seattle Times

From Florida, where the over/under on my house remaining quiet is 30 minutes. My money is on the "under."

Friday night's basketball game continued a familiar theme for Ken Bone's Cougars. They continue to show little, if any, organization on offense, but they make up for it by playing poor defense. As Craig pointed out in last night's game thread, the offense's plan seemed to be little more than "DaVonte Lacy do something right now." One thing we can say about this year's version of the WSU men, they're nothing if not consistent. They were outscored 36-24 in the first half, and 36-25 in the second half.

One of the best quotes I've read in a while comes courtesy of D.J. Shelton. When asked if he could explain WSU's continued road woes, he said, "Maybe adjusting to the gym. It’s how things are set up, the courts are different, the crowds. They had a great crowd here tonight so it was real loud." That must be it. WSU's only road win this year is at Idaho, because apparently every basketball court is different.

Speaking of that game thread, it was one of the better threads we've had around here in a long time. Brian Anderson's ode to outlandish 90s lyrics and Savage Garden are worth your time. A couple hours after the game, sources close to me indicated that coach Bone took a rather novel approach with his team while they were getting ready to head back to Pullman. After hustling the entire squad into the showers, the following exchange took place between Coach Bone and Ray Lopes:

Bone: "What's our Pac-12 record Ray?"

Lopes: "2-14"

Bone: "Two, and fourteen. How'd we ever win two?"

Lopes: "It's a miracle."

Bone: "It's a miracle."

Let's get to the links now, since my two year-old made off with the car keys and set off the panic alarm. Yes, the "under" easily came through.


Cougars go cold in Seattle, lose to UW - - Feb. 28, 2014
Only DaVonte Lacy could match Washington’s efficiency on Friday night. But he couldn’t keep up with the Huskies’ pack by himself and the UW cruised to a 72-49 victory in front of 7,647 fans in the rivalry rematch.

Washington men rout Washington State | Husky Basketball | The Seattle Times
"We knew DaVonte was going to take his shots," Andrews said. "So we wanted to limit the other players from getting going." Mission accomplished.

SEATTLE: Williams-Goss, Huskies run past Cougars in Seattle, 72-49 | University of Washington | The News Tribune
So bad were the Cougars that they didn’t make a field goal in the final 13:03, and scored only five points – all free-throws – in that span.

UW 72, WSU 49 Box Score - SportsLink - - Feb. 28, 2014
I don't think box scores are posted often, but this one is going up due to D.J. Shelton's tragically humorous stat line.


The 2014 college football head coach draft, by SB Nation and FootballScoop -
Mike Leach, Bo Pelini, and Paul Petrino on the same sideline? As George Takei likes to say, "Oh my."

Pac-12 football spring position breakdowns: Tight ends - ESPN
You're not going to believe this, but there wasn't a big breakdown of WSU's tight ends.

Pac-12 mailbag, on Utah quarterbacks, Stanford strength coach - ESPN
I will grant you that Mason finished the regular season with three strong performances, rushing for 203 yards on 32 carries -- 6.3 yards per tote -- while catching 21 passes for 117 yards. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Cougars won two of those games and played a competitive Apple Cup on the road at Washington.

While apparently getting some time in on the treadmill, Mike Leach talked with John Canzano. His interviews with Canzano are always pretty entertaining, and this one didn't disappoint. Leach got somewhat detailed about how he watches games, and what he looks for.

Women's Basketball

Cougars Close Regular Season Saturday at No. 5/4 Stanford - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State visits No. 5/4 Stanford Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks. We all know how the WSU women have fared in this series, but this is one of their better chances to break through.


Men's Golf Team Meets a Music Legend - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Odds any of these guys have ever heard of Mr. Robinson? My money is on 10,000/1.