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January 20, 2007 at 1:01 PM

In Pullman

We’ve arrived here safely, though it wasn’t easy to do as another winter snowstorm blanketed the area last night, making driving anywhere around here trecherous. We’ll see if that impacts attendance any, though I think a lot of the crowd here today will be students.
Here’s a couple of stories from our paper today. First, our main preview where I try to make the case that the Apple Cup of basketball is finally on its way back to relevance.
Next is our expanded capusle preview, that includes a prediction. Yes, I’m picking the Cougs to win today, 71-67, though I’m obviously expecting a close game, and won’t be surprised if the Huskies pull it out. Until UW shows it can win a road game, however, you have to go with the team that’s more proven at the moment.
And yes, I realize what the implications of another loss for the Huskies would be. We’ll address that later if need be.
A few people pointed out that I missed one of the big statistical differences between the teams in my post Friday, and it’s one worth mentioning. It’s one I pointed out as one of the five reasons the Huskies are struggling so far in my story earlier this week — turnover margin. WSU has a plus 4.89 turnover margin for the season while the Huskies are at minus-1.06. That, obviously, equates to a difference of six possessions per game, which is huge in a close game.
Those stats are about the same for Pac-10 play only. In six Pac-10 games, UW has lost 91 turnovers while getting 80, while WSU has lost just 50 while forcing 77.

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