(Photos by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services).
The Cougars will take on 13th-seeded Winthrop today at the Pepsi Arena in Denver, Colo. Today’s game starts at 4:30 p.m. pacific time and can be watched on the giant screen at Beasley coliseum. Doors at Beasley will open at 3:20 p.m. and consessions will be open. 

All Cougar fans have been looking forward to this since the selections were announced Sunday…to read more of the 2008 NCAA Tournament Blog by Jason Krump, visit http://wsucougars.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/08-ncaa-tourn-blog.html

Scores on round one of the NCAA Big Dance, nationwide, can be found at http://www.ncaa.com/home/
Coach Bennett answers questions during a news conference.
Kyle Weaver and Derrick Low answer questions during a news conference.
For related stories see:

* Spokesman Review — For two Cougs, Denver’s a step closer to home, http://www.spokesmanreview.com/breaking/story.asp?ID=14197

* Spokesman Review — Cougs look to duck Eagles: Winthrop echoes UO, http://www.spokesmanreview.com/tools/story_pf.asp?ID=236817

* Seattle Times — NCAA Men’s Tournament | Aron Baynes must play well for Cougars to succeed, http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/cougars/

* Seattle Times — Capsule Preview | Washington State vs. Winthrop, http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/cougars/2004293725_cougbox20.html

* Seattle Times — NCAA Men’s Basketball | Cougars can play role of favorite, too, http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/jerrybrewer/2004293790_brewer20.html

* Seattle PI — Winthrop guided by emotion: Eagles play on with memory of teammate, http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/cbasketball/355703_coug20.html

* Seattle PI — Cougs won big on Weaver gamble: Versatile star guard from Wisconsin once player no one wanted, http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/cbasketball/355708_weaver20

Aron Baynes checks in at the Pepsi Center.
Coach Bennett talks with CBS broadcasters after practice.

After the assistant coaches and players pointed out that this young fan was trying to get his attention to autograph a ball, coach Bennett stopped the team bus to sign it for her.