The calendar hasn't even hit February so bracketology talk of any sort is still very premature. Still, a promise is a promise.
@TheCraigPowers Who's ready for weekly WCBB bracketology posts on CougCenter?— Mark Sandritter (@MarkSandritter) January 18, 2014
Neither basketball team has been successful enough in recent years to actually write bracketology posts, so I'm going to take advantage of this opportunity while it exists. Thankfully for me, ESPN's Charlie Creme authors a weekly women's basketball bracketology forecast. Even better news, the Cougars remain in the mix.
WSU dropped its first Pac-12 game of the season on Sunday, losing to Utah 59-57. We don't know where WSU would have stood had it won, but the Cougars find themselves just on the outside of Creme's latest projection. The Cougars are listed as the first of the first four out. USC is the final team in the last four in, so the Cougars and Trojans could wind up battling for one of the final at-large spots in the tournament. WSU is 11-7 on the season and 5-1 in Pac-12 play. USC is slightly better on both fronts with a 13-6 overall record and 6-1 conference record.
The Cougars still have 12 conference games to play, including an upcoming stretch of four in the row on the road. If they continue to play solid basketball -- and assuming Lia Galdeira is able to return to the court soon -- WSU should have a prime opportunity to play their way in.
If you're wondering, WSU women's basketball has reached the NCAA Tournament once, losing in the first round in 1990-91.
Pac-12 Basketball Power Rankings: California, Utah rising - House of Sparky
11. Washington State Cougars (8-10, 1-5) Last Week: 11 No change here for the Cougars, who got crushed by both Stanford and California this past weekend.
Pac-12 basketball power rankings - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Jan. 20, 2014
Washington State (8-10, 1-5; last week: No. 12) — The Cougars put together two solid halves in the Bay Area, but in different games. If WSU can start playing well in the second half the Cougars could start to climb this list.
Oregon St. Looking At Transfer From Washington St. - Building The Dam
Rahmel Dockery, who was a 3 star WR prospect out of Curtis High in University Place, WA, a Tacoma suburb, in the 2011 class,that Oregon St. originally recruited, is working through the process to become a Beaver.