Basketball: Friday words and pictures

Here’s my story plus a nice slideshow courtesy of photographer Ray Chavez from Cal’s entertaining 88-81 win over Washington State.

From the Spokane Spokesman-Review, here’s an account of the game from WSU’s point of view.

From the Seattle Times, Washington laments mistakes it made in a 58-56 loss at Stanford.

Coach Lorenzo Romar tells the Tacoma News-Tribune the Huskies’ loss was not a result of their off-court issues this week.

From the Oregonian, Oregon celebrates its unbeaten status in the new Matthew Knight Arena.

From this account in the L.A. Times, sounds like USC didn’t really enjoy the opening-night festivities.

Also from the Oregonian, Oregon State coach Craig Robinson is upset with his team’s slow start in a 62-57 loss to UCLA.

The L.A. Times reports that the presence of Joshua Smith’s parents had a calming effect on the UCLA freshman big man.

Jeff Faraudo

  • uh oh

    I enjoyed reading the newspaper article from WSU’s perspective. They seemed to blame the loss on:
    1) starting slow, which Casto simply explained “was weird”
    2 Thompson not putting forth enough effort in the OT

    I think those are two horrible rationalizations as to why WSU lost and I sure hope the WSU coaching staff comes up with better reasons.

    First off, I agree with Casto. WSU’s lack of early points WAS weird. But I can say that as a fan. On the other hand, WSU people should know exactly what they were trying to do and why they didn’t do it. I think it had something to do with:

    a) They took the Bears lightly and figured they could just beat ’em up later on. They didn’t know they were going to be in a dog fight. Neither did I.

    b) The Bears did a good job of taking Thompson out of it early. He did have 13 points in the first half, but I think many of them came late in the first half, when Cal already had a sizable lead and WSU realized they needed to wake up.

    Secondly, For WSU to expect Thompson to take them ALL the way home is not enough. More players need to step up and assert themselves. How dare anyone associated with WSU use Thompson as a scapegoat after that fantastic performance! Can Thompson do things to take his game to an even higher level? Sure. But WSU would have wandered pathetically home with a double digit loss were it not for his heroics!

    Credit to Cal for smacking them upside the head when they weren’t paying attention. More mental toughness still needed from them – same as what I said after they lost in Hawaii. I must credit Monty – he would not have gotten the same out of that team were he their coach. In fact, it’s that Cal was focused and playing hard WALL THE WAY that got THEM the win, and not WSU.

  • SteveNTexas

    Only 6900 in attendance? I hadn’t ever noticed- this is small even compared to schools like UTEP-I think.