Maybe it’s silly, but players use anything as motivation. The slightest gesture, a slip of the word or a harmless tweet can be viewed as a sign of disrespect. And then it’s on.
Coach Lorenzo Romar and WSU coach Ken Bone talked about that last week.
Romar acknowledged his players may draw extra incentive in today’s 7 p.m. rematch with the Cougars for a variety of reasons including the WSU fans storming the floor after an 87-80 win in Pullman four weeks ago.
Bone said he’s talked to his players this season about being careful how they use social media and being respectful to their opponents.
Everything gets overblown when it comes to rivalry games and the Apple Cup of basketball is no exception.
UW captains Justin Holiday and Isaiah Thomas admitted they’re still upset by the post-game celebration at Beasley Coliseum. Is it silly? Not to the Huskies.
SUNDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Bud Withers writes a must-read story about WSU’s DeAngelo Casto.
— Steve Kelley writes about Romar’s budding coaching tree.
— Former Rainier Beach High star Reggie Moore told the Spokesman-Review he expects a hostile environment will greet him and the Washington State Cougars tonight.
“They’re going to throw their chants out there and I’m probably going to laugh at it,” he said.
— Dave Boling at the News Tribune writes: “In some ways, owe the Cougars some gratitude for showing them where they needed to improve to get to this point.”
— It seems a bit premature, but Coug Center is writing a series entitled “Where It All Went Wrong.” I’m guessing the folks there believe WSU won’t right the ship over the next two weeks. Today they take a look at Marcus Capers.
— Here’s a look at the Pac-10 standings.
— Nice win for UCLA, which beat Arizona 71-49 and moved into a first-place tie in the Pac-10.
— Perhaps fittingly, John Wooden’s great-grandson Tyler Trapani scored the final basket at old Pauley Pavilion. UCLA’s home for the past 46 years is undergoing a renovation and will re-open in 2012.
— Nikola Vucevic is a junior, but he may have played his final home game for USC last night. He led the Trojans to a 62-46 rout over Arizona State. Vucevic, finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He may leave early for the NBA draft.
— Stick a fork in the Sun Devils because they’re done.
— The same might be said for Oregon State, which lost 87-76 at home to California on Senior Night.
— Stanford snapped a four-game losing streak and beat Oregon 88-71 last night.
— The Ducks were tied for fourth place last week. After two straight losses, they’re seventh. Oregon freshman guard Jonathan Loyd told the Register-Guard: “We’ve lost our edge.”
— Always fun reading Jayda Evans’ Q&A with Seattle-are NBA players. This time she caught up with former UW star Brandon Roy.