Some notes, links I put together this a.m.
An aberrant 9-for-17 showing from the line coupled with an abysmal 4-for-20 mark from 3-point range. An offensive rebounding margin favoring Arizona 15-6. Klay Thompson (4-for-16 from the field) and Faisal Aden (2-for-7) combining for 14 points.
Now picture Thompson stepping to the line after a technical only to see both attempts rim out. Consider it the college hoops rendition of Murphy’s Law for Pac-10 POY hopeful.
With those facts in mind and not knowing the outcome, how big would do you think the chasm would be in the Cougars’ loss to 25th-ranked Arizona? A single basket wouldn’t be the answer.
But I don’t think Arizona would tell you it had its most impressive showing of the season, either.
Outside of a nice showing from 3-point range (11-for-18) and an offensive rebounding edge, the ‘Cats looked generic. Potential NBA lottery pick Derrick Williams’ 19 rebounds and Jamelle Horne’s daggers from deep were impressive, too.
I thought DeAngelo Casto did a pretty decent job on Williams defensively. All of his 17 (eight which came from the line) points were earned.
“He’s a big-time player … last year, he got the best of me both times,” Williams said of Casto after the game.
Casto got the best of Williams again from the field going 8-for-12 (17 points) for a team that had more points in the paint than Arizona. Williams was 4-for-13 , but his scoring was timely in the win.
Not-so-pretty records in Pac-10
At a so-so 4-4, Washington State is still in third in the Pac-10 standings behind Washington (7-1) and second place Arizona/UCLA, which both have 5-2 marks. Behind the Cougars are USC, Stanford, Cal and Oregon State all tied for fourth at 3-4 in the league. Oregon (2-5) and Arizona State (1-6) are in the cellar.
The Cougars finish the first half of conference play against No. 20 Washington on Sunday at Beasley Coliseum.
Vince Grippi of the Spokesman-Review has his gamer here as does Bud Withers of the Seattle Times. Howie Stalwick filed a gamer for the Kitsap Sun as well. Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Republic also staffed the game….he also had an extensive postgame blog. The Tucson Citizen also has a WSU-UA game report.