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January 12, 2015 at 12:01 PM

Northwest 11: A scramble for the runnerup position

 

Herewith, the second edition of the 2014-15 Northwest 11, covering the states of Oregon and Washington, plus Idaho and Boise State. The highlights of the week were major upsets by Washington State and Oregon State, making for a competitive scrap behind Gonzaga.

1. Gonzaga (16-1) . . . Salty Pepperdine next Zags challenge Thursday night in Malibu

2. Oregon (12-4) . . . Well, somebody’s got to have this spot

3. Washington (11-4) . . . RPI went from 17 to 77 in four easy steps

4. Oregon State (11-4) . . . Who’d have thunk it? A 94 RPI inĀ  mid-January

5. Eastern Washington (12-4) . . . Only Big Sky unbeaten meets Sac State (3-1) on road Saturday

6. Washington State (8-7) . . . Now, can Cougars capitalize on momentum at home?

7. Boise State (10-6) . . . Loser of four straight, hasn’t won since Dec. 22

8. Portland (11-6) . . . Got G Bailey back, but lost C Barker (knee) for the season

9. Idaho (7-7) . . . O’Dea grad Sekou Wiggs: 13 points, 7 assists in EWU heartbreaker

10. Portland State (8-6) . . . Tough Eastern-Idaho one-two this week at home

11. Seattle U. (7-8) . . . Little hope when Umipig (3 for 11 at Utah Valley) not scoring

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