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Washington State is a 10 seed in ESPN’s latest women’s bracketology

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Good morning, fellow Coug fans. If you’re from my part of the state, you emerged from your winter bunkers this week to enjoy the sunlight and warm weather like bears emerging from hibernation. It’s always a great moment when you can go outside sans jacket and enjoy yourself. There are sunnier days ahead, too.

There are also sunny days ahead for the women’s basketball team (see what I did there?). Although Thursday night’s performance against Arizona left much to be desired, the Cougs actually moved up in ESPN’s latest bracketology.

The latest projection has WSU as a 10 seed, which is better than being on the bubble, which is where WSU found itself in previous bracketology projections. The Cougs are one of six Pac-12 teams in the latest projections.

These bracketology projections tend to do quite well (at least on the men’s side—I haven’t followed the women’s side of things until this season) at predicting most or all of the field. The seeds, matchups and locations are much more difficult to project, but predicting the 64-team field is impressive enough.

So, for what it’s worth (and it’s not worth a lot, at least not yet), the latest projections have WSU playing the seven-seed in Central Florida. There’s even a semi-local connection to UCF: Ahna Burney, a 5’8 guard for the Knights, is from Vancouver, Wash.

There’s no need to dwell on a hypothetical opponent. But being a projected 10 seed may calm the nerves of Coug fans and those in the program. Of course, it’s not over until it’s over, and the field isn’t set quite yet, obviously. Some bubble teams could make a late season run in their conference tournaments, and some on the bubble—or even worse than that—could strike oil and win their conference tournament, squeezing out an otherwise deserving team. Madness!

We’ll find out on March 15.

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