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Bennett: Just play good ball and then see


IF EVER THERE was an example of how important it was for the Pac-10 Conference to restart a post-season basketball tournament with a major carrot at stake, which it did in 2002, this year's Washington State Cougars would appear to fill the bill.

As losers of five of their past seven games, the Cougars (14-13 overall, 6-9 Pac-10) would merely be playing out their season against the Arizona teams this week in Pullman and at Washington on March 7 if there was no Pac-10 tournament. But because they beat UCLA in the Bruins' Pauley Pavilion, 82-81, last Saturday at least two persons -- Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated and Andy Katz of Recommended Stories