By Jeff Faraudo
Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 10:27 am in Basketball.
Let’s review the past 48 hours and take a peek ahead:
– Washington State’s DeAngelo Casto is cited for possession of marijuana — the third Cougars player this season to become an honorary member of the Doobie Brothers.
– Casto’s attorney files a not guilty plea and suggests the case will be thrown out because the search wasn’t constitutional.
– WSU athletic director Bill Moos, citing unusual circumstances, rescinds Casto’s indefinite suspension. Just in time to play in the NIT quarterfinal Wednesday night against Northwestern. Spokane Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette has some legitimate questions about WSU’s handling of the matter.
– Meanwhile, in Eugene, Ore., the Oregon rides 24 points and 11 rebounds from senior Joevan Catron to a 79-71 victory over Boise State in the semifinals of the College Basketball Insider tournament. The Ducks (19-17) earn a spot in the CBI best-of-3 final vs. first-year coach Dana Altman’s old school, Creighton. The teams will play Game 1 on Monday in Omaha, Neb, with Games 2 and, if necessary, 3 on Wednesday and Friday in Eugene. The full story from the Eugene Register Guard.
– Back at Pullman, Wash., the Cougars are poised to polish off the Wildcats. All they need is one free throw from Abe Lodwick, who was fouled with 0.2 seconds left. He misses both. But the Cougs win 69-66 in overtime, thanks to 17 points from Klay Thompson and 11 points and eight rebounds from Casto. WSU (22-12) will play Wichita State on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in the NIT semifinals. Here’s the Spokesman-Review story.
– The NCAA Swet 16 gets under way today with four terrific games, including Pac-10 champion Arizona (29-7) facing defending national champ Duke (32-4) at Anaheim. And if you think the Blue Devils are concerned about playing on Pac-10 turf, think again. Tipoff on CBS is 6:45 p.m.