HOT COUGAR ACTION: Previewing The Pac-12

Pac-12 conference play begins tomorrow so we have previews from nearly every beat writer and columnist west of the Mississippi River. After reading through most of them, I think the consensus is the Pac-12 is terrible/wide open and WSU is predicted to finish between fifth and eighth.

College Sports | Pac-12 men's basketball scouting reports | Seattle Times Newspaper
Résumé: Little of note, despite six-game win streak. Cougars, in November, finished eighth in 76 Classic.

Utes are down, but so is rest of Pac-12 | Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Of all the years to join the Pac-12 Conference, this would seem to be the best one for the University of Utah men's basketball team to make its mark. The Pac-12 is down, even from last year's down year when only three teams made it to the NCAA Tournament.

Pac-12 basketball has no clear favorite
The addition of Colorado and Utah was supposed to strengthen Pac-12 basketball, but conference play begins this week amid whispers that the Pac-12 might get just one team into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1978, when it was a 32-team event.

Pac-12 basketball preview: State of depression | basketball, league, pac - Sports - The Orange County Register
Pac-12 basketball looks a lot like Pac-10 basketball the last couple of years. Depressed. Cal is supposed to be the league's best team and was drilled by 18 points at UNLV on Friday. That dropped the Pac-12's record against the Mountain West to 3-11.

Conference Power Rankings: Pac-12 - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
7. Washington State: The lack of movement in these rankings is the theme of the week, and Ken Bone's team is no different. The Cougars are getting decent play out of senior guard Faisal Aden and aggressive interior work from junior forward Brock Motum, but they remain sloppy and turnover-prone and have spent their December racking up five wins against decidedly inferior competition. This team isn't bad, per se. But we can't exactly call it good, either.

Oregon State Beavers basketball: For OSU, Washington, Pac-12 opener could provide some answers | OregonLive.com

CORVALLIS – Now we find out just how much it really means to win 10 non-conference games.

Pac-12 Confidential | America's Toughest Jobs: Picking the Pac-12 hoops race | Seattle Times Newspaper
OK, I just finished the most grueling exercise of the year 2011: Trying to pick the Pac-12 men's basketball race. Good grief. Here's what I came up with:

Matt Potter Resigns as Cougar Soccer Coach - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Head Soccer Coach Matt Potter resigned to accept the head coaching position at the University of Oklahoma, the Sooners announced, Tuesday.

A Night With Cougar Football Events
Details of the upcoming WSU football events.

WSU named to worst football uniforms list; Oregon on best list | NWCN.com Washington - Oregon - Idaho
SEATTLE – It’s not a surprise that the Oregon Ducks have ended up on a new list of the best and worst football uniforms. With multiple styles and colors of helmets, jerseys and pants, the Ducks’ fashion sense has been the talk of college football for a few years now, whether you like them or not.

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