Day after Arizona

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.

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