Cougs have a point to make

Having advanced to the NIT Final Four in New York, WSU wants to prove it would have been a worthy NCAA choice

NEW YORK — When Marcus Capers was woken by the shrill noise of his alarm clock on Saturday morning, he wasn’t dreading the subsequent hour or two.

Capers and his Washington State cohorts had to leave Pullman around 7 a.m. to catch a flight out of Lewiston. Their excursion to Madison Square Garden for today’s National Invitation Tournament semifinal had begun.

A stark contrast from what the Cougars were up to a year ago at this time.

“We were getting up at 5:45 a.m. for weights,” Capers said, recalling the Cougars’ last-place finish in the Pac-10 that season.

Now WSU, which faces Wichita State today at 4 p.m, is getting up at an opportunity to show the NCAA tournament selection committee it may have overlooked the Pac-10’s depth.

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