This is a thought that I’ve been debating in my head and with some co-workers over adult beverages — Who does this postseason success help the most? Washington, Washington State or Stanford?
But that’s another blog post for another time.
Either way, those Cougs kept their season alive, beating Pitt last night in Pullman, 67-66, in Game 1 of the CBI Finals. Even more impressive, they did it with Brock Motum in street clothes nursing a sprained ankle.
From Christian Caple’s game story
“We knew going in that guys were going to have to be aggressive and step up in scoring,” said senior forward Abe Lodwick. “And I think to a man, we did that.”
They did. They really did. And so WSU will be the happier team when it shares a charter flight out of Lewiston with Pitt this morning, the teams headed back east for the series’ second game after the Cougars took an improbable 67-66 win at Beasley Coliseum Monday night before 4,226 rowdy spectators.
Washington State’s win was in doubt until D.J. Shelton blocked a last-second shot by Tray Woodall and Pittsburgh followed with a missed desparation shot at the buzzer.
WSU (19-16) can clinch the CBI championship by winning one more game Wednesday in Pittsburgh. A third game would be played Friday if necessary.
“I sound like a broken record,” coach Ken Bone said. “But I’m really proud of our guys that we are able to figure out ways to win recently.”
Here’s the game wrap up from Caple.
Elsewhere around the Pac-12 …
Jared Cunningham is going to test the NBA waters. It’s a little surprising. I’m afraid that Cunnigham won’t like what he finds. He’s atheltic and can shoot a little. But he is not nearly physical enough to be ready to play in the NBA. If you watched him this season. Teams that beat on him and pushed him around basically neutralized him. Someone should ask Gary Payton what he thinks about Cunnigham’s NBA chances. It would be a highly entertaining, 10-minute answer at least.
Herb Sendek tries to defend his program amidst the rash of transfers and the awful season.
The McDonald’s All-American game will be played on Wednesday night and two of Arizona’s top recruits are playing in the game. Since Washington didn’t sign anyone in the early signing period, they have no commits playing. But the are still recruiting forward Anthony Bennett, — here’s the rosters for both teams.
Speaking of all-star games, Jorge Gutierrez will play in an all-star game this weekend in New Orleans along with Robert Sacre of Gonzaga and Devoe Joseph.
|2||Casper Ware||G||5-10||175||Long Beach State, Cerritos, CA|
|4||Jorge Gutierrez||G||6-3||195||California/Chihuahua, Mexico|
|10||Dominique Morrison||F||6-6||210||Oral Roberts/Kansas City, MO|
|12||Devoe Joseph||G||6-4||180||Oregon/Toronto, Ontario|
|14||Bradford Burgess||G/F||6-6||225||VCU/Midlothian, GA|
|20||Wendell McKines||F||6-6||230||New Mexico State/Oakland, CA|
|22||Storm Warren||F||6-7||230||LSU/Monroe, LA|
|24||Chace Stanback||G/F||6-8||215||UNLV/Los Angeles, CA|
|30||Robert Sacre||C||7-0||260||Gonzaga/North Vancouver, BC|
|32||Ricardo Ratliffe||F||6-8||240||Missouri/Hampton, VA|
|1||Scott Machado||G||6-1||180||Iona/Queens, NY|
|11||Juan Fernandez||G||6-4||195||Temple/Rio Tercero, Argentina|
|13||Ramone Moore||G||6-4||190||Temple/Philadelphia, PA|
|15||Kevin Murphy||G||6-7||185||Tennessee Tech/Atlanta, GA|
|21||Jae Crowder||F||6-6||235||Marquette/Villa Rica, GA|
|23||John Shurna||F||6-9||215||Northwestern/Glen Ellyn, IL|
|25||Keith Wright||F||6-8||240||Harvard/Suffolk, VA|
|31||Garrett Stutz||C||7-0||255||Wichita State/Kansas City, MO|
|33||Henry Sims||C||6-10||245||Georgetown/Baltimore, MD|
|35||Mitchell Watt||F||6-10||225||Buffalo/Goodyear, AZ|