HOT COUGAR ACTION: Cougars Open Pac-12 Play Tonight

The last few morning posts have been littered with Pac-12 conference preview links. None, however, have given more than a brief mention to WSU. Instead, if you are looking for a WSU themed conference preview, I hope you are a subscriber to Cougar Sports Weekly.

Not only does Nuss break down WSU's prospects in conference play, he also previews the upcoming games against the Oregon schools. If you aren't a subscriber, here is a bit of what you missed in the latest newsletter. You can also subscribe here.

First off, the Pac-12 is terrible. In a lot of seasons, a 70ish ranking would put a Pac-10/12 team near the bottom of the conference -- from 2007-2009, that team would rank in the bottom third. Right now, that puts WSU just above the middle, at No. 6. And it's not like the conference just lacks depth; there is no 600-pound gorilla sitting at the top of the league, either, meaning there's absolutely nobody in the conference who I'd pencil in for an automatic sweep over WSU.

Additionally, I think WSU has proved to have more talent on the floor than originally anticipated. There is tremendous depth at guard. Although Reggie Moore has seemed content playing the role of facilitator, he's shown he can score; Aden can obviously score in bunches; Lacy figures to get better with more experience; Ladd has a history that suggests he's capable of more than he's shown; Capers is doing his Capers thing; and Dexter Kernich-Drew has shown he can hit a 3 and play good defense.

Still want more? Well, there is the latest episode of 18 And Life which is over an hour of basketball goodness. Free subscription for your preferred audio device here.

Former Arizona Wildcats assistant coach Joe Salave'a hired at Washington State
Former Arizona Wildcats assistant Joe Salave'a has accepted a similar position at Washington State.

Big Ten, Pac-12 OK nonconference games as alternative to expansion -- Analysis |
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Expansion without expanding and the creation of a nonconference football series that, starting in 2017, will liven up September -- the agreement announced by the Big Ten and Pac-12 on Wednesday seems to offer the benefits of adding teams without all the messy fighting, confusion and illogical geography.

Pac-12/Big Ten football and WSU basketball - SportsLink - - Dec. 28, 2011
There was an interesting conference call today among two college sports bigwigs and the media. I know, an interesting conference call. Wow, what an upset. It featured Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and his Big 10 counterpart Jim Delany.

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