HOT COUGAR ACTION: How Will WSU Fare In The Pac-12 Tournament?

We are now 30 hours from the tip of the Pac-12 tournament. With the winner receiving the conference's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, every team still has a shot to dance. So the real question is, what are the Cougars' chances to win the Pac-12 tournament? According to Ken Pomeroy, the answer is, not good.

I think this calls for a poll. If favorites advanced through the tournament, in order to win, WSU would have to defeat Oregon State, Washington, Arizona and California.

EDIT NUSS: Ken posted his full Log5 probabilities for the Pac-12 tournament here. Five teams have at least a 10 percent chance of winning it. That's a pretty huge number ...

Men's Basketball

Motum Adapts Into Dominant Force > Pac12 > News-BballM
The six-foot-ten inch forward from Brisbane, Australia, has been playing basketball since he was six years old. While he did play other sports growing up, basketball has always been his favorite. "I did a little tennis before, and I did swimming for a long time," Motum said. "I did volleyball for a little when I was 14 or 15. It was cool, but basketball has always been my passion."

Brock Motum named first-team All Pac-12, Most Improved - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - March 5, 2012
FROM LOS ANGELES — The Pac-12 has announced its end-of-season awards, and a quartet of WSU selections is highlighted by Brock Motum, who was named first-team all-conference and also won the Pac-12 Most Improved award. We have more on the jump.

Motum Named Pac-12 Most Improved Player and First Team All-Conference - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University men's basketball junior Brock Motum was named All-Pac-12 First Team and the league's Most Improved Player of the Year, while his classmate Reggie Moore, senior Marcus Capers and freshman DaVonté Lacy were also honored by the Pac-12, commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.

Ken Bone on OSU: 'We know how good they can be' - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - March 5, 2012
FROM LOS ANGELES — Ken Bone spoke with the media today via teleconference on an iPhone in the second-floor lobby of WSU's hotel — isn't technology something? — and we have a summary of his comments posted below.

Season Starts Anew With Beavers Facing Cougars at Pac-12 Tournament - OREGON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
THE GAME: Oregon State (17-13, 7-11 Pac-12) takes a two-game winning streak to Los Angeles where it will face Washington State (15-15, 7-11) in the opening game of the Pac-12 Tournament at noon on Wednesday at the Staples Center. TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally on FSN with Kevin Calabro and Don MacLean calling the action and Rebecca Haarlow reporting from the sideline.

Motum turns into a one-man offense for WSU
Heading into the Pac-12 tournament, the Cougars have one given they can rely on: junior forward Brock Motum. As good as he is, he's not enough. Not even close.

Pac-12 to honor WSU great Puidokas during tournament - Sports: Eric Degerman | Tri-City Herald : Mid-Columbia news
As a kid growing up in Spokane, I became a fan of three Washington State University athletes — running backs Ken Grandberry and Bernard Jackson and power forward Steve Puidokas.

Annual Pac-12 basketball media survey results, comments - San Jose Mercury News
Our annual Pac-12 basketball survey has been expanded this season to include not only newspaper beat writers and columnists, but media who cover the conference either online or on television. Our 28 panelists cast their votes at various times over the past week. Not all of them voted in every category.

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