Less than 800 tickets remain for Sunday’s cross-state reunion in Pullman between No. 18 Washington and Washington State.
The Cougars have averaged 7,207 fans in 10 home games at Friel Court this season.
Last week, WSU drew 8,850 for its game against Arizona. An early December matchup against Gonzaga attracted 10,177 fans and the Cougars had their only sellout this season when it hosted then-No. 5 Kansas State last month.
Last year’s basketball Apple Cup in Pullman was also a sellout.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Arizona stopped UCLA’s four-game winning streak following an 85-74 Wildcats win at McKale Center. UA sophomore star Derrick Williams shined with 22 points and five rebounds and the Wildcats received solid point guard play from Lamont Jones, who had 17 points, and backup Jordin Mayes.
— Arizona (17-4) is 6-2 in the Pac-10, just one game behind Washington (15-4, 7-1) in the standings. However, the Huskies beat the Wildcats last week and control the tie-breaker. The two teams square off again Feb. 19 in Arizona on ESPN.
— There was plenty of second guessing from the Bruins after the Arizona defeat. Coach Ben Howland regretted a few of his decisions as did UCLA standout Tyler Honeycutt, who believed he should have had a shot at slowing down Williams.
— The Arizona Republic pens this feature on UCLA big man Joshua Smith.
— Oregon’s losing streak at Stanford was older than most of its players, but the Ducks did the improbable and came away with a 67-59 upset at Maples Pavilion, which snapped a string of 24 consecutive defeats. The losing streak started in 1986.
— Beating Washington two weeks ago may have been the worst thing in the world for Stanford, which has since lost four straight games.
— USC managed to win for just the fifth time on the road in the past 22 Pac-10 games and beat Arizona State 63-61.
— Looks like the Pac-10 prognosticators missed on Arizona State, which was picked to finish fourth in the conference. The Sun Devils have fallen to the bottom of league at 1-7 and last night’s loss was their fourth straight.
— California coach Mike Montgomery flipped the script on Oregon State and used a zone to blow out the zone-happy Beavers 85-57.
— Got to love the first two paragraphs from the Oregonian’s Paul Buker who covered last night’s game in Berkeley, Calif. He writes: “Oregon State basketball is like a wounded, bleeding animal on the side of the road – five losses in six games – and coach Craig Robinson is putting the blame on his shoulders.
“The few thoughts I have, you can’t write down,” said Robinson after Cal blew out the Beavers 85-57 Thursday night at Haas Pavilion.”
— Here’s our story today about the close friendship between Isaiah Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
— KJR 950 AM caught up with Washington State coach Ken Bone on Tuesday and he talked about Sunday’s big matchup against the Huskies.
— Nice story in the SeattlePI.com about Darnell Gant.
— No link but on ESPN’s pay site, college basketball analyst Jay Bilas ask questions about Washington’s recruitment of Enes Kanter. Specifically, Bilas wants to know if NCAA President Mark Emmert, the former UW president, had direct knowledge Kanter was a professional playing in Europe as Emmert implied in the ruling that made Kanter permanently ineligible.
— CBSports.com’s Matt Jones identifies the 10 leading contenders to win the NCAA tournament.
— Looks like there’s a new king in the West Coast Conference.