The Huskies football team held its final practice in Seattle yesterday before a break for the holidays, then a Dec. 28 trip to Phoenix for the Cactus Bowl on Jan. 2 in Tempe. But the UW men's basketball team is still in town, and will be in action tonight at 8 against Tulane. More on that and other news in our morning links.
--- Here's our football notebook in today's newspaper with some comments from coach Chris Petersen on Jake Browning and Ezekiel Turner.
--- And a quick advance of UW's basketball game today against Tulane (8 p.m. at Hec Edmundson Pavilion and on Pac-12 Networks).
--- Marysville-Pilchuck defensive back prospect Austin Joyner, who is considering Washington (again), has been on a wild recruiting ride.
--- Tulane knows it faces a stiff challenge at Hec Ed tonight. The Green Wave haven't beaten a ranked opponent in 15 years.
--- Bill Plaschke writes that UCLA quarterback Jerry Neuheisel's game-winning touchdown pass against Texas was his favorite Los Angeles sports moment of 2014.
There were three Pac-12 basketball games last night ...
Quinnipiac 60, Oregon State 52 -- The Beavers got pounded on the backboards.
USC 75, Boston College 71 -- Freshman Elijah Stewart tied a school record by shooting 10-for-10 from the field, and led the Trojans with 22 points.
Washington State 82, San Jose State 53 -- The Cougars took advantage of an undermanned Spartans team that was missing four starters due to suspension.
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