Cougars Picked 10th in Pac-12 by AP Voters: A Fan’s Reaction

The Associated Press feels that this isn't a good year for basketball at Washington State University. The preseason predictions from the AP are out for the Pac-12 Conference, and WSU got picked to finish in a tie for 10th place with the University of Colorado.

38 voters from the AP help to decide these preseason rankings, and there was no clear favorite within the conference. Three teams got first place votes from the panel, including UCLA (14), California (13), and Arizona (11). The teams get ranked in that order as well, with UCLA the school picked to win the Pac-12 this year.

When the voters place their preseason bets, each school gets a number of points based on where they get predicted to finish. A first place vote is worth 12 points; second place is worth 11, and so on down to 12th place where one point is assigned. UCLA has 421 points, followed by California with 405, and Arizona with 404. Colorado and Washington State are way down there with just 119 points, ahead of only Utah with 74 points.

It's worth noting that the preseason AP Top 25 voted Arizona No. 16, UCLA No. 17, and California No. 24. It seems that the East Coast voters have more confidence in Arizona than the voters on the West Coast, and that could be an interesting tidbit to look at when polls come out later on down the line this year.

In the newest issue of ESPN Magazine, WSU got ranked as the No. 99 team in college basketball, so it isn't just the AP that isn't giving much credit to Ken Bone and his system with the Cougars. That seems like the national interpretation of where the programming is heading the year after losing Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto . It's hard to blame voters that don't pay a lot of attention to sports in Eastern Washington, and maybe it will simply serve as more incentive for this young Cougars team to prove the voters wrong.

Proving the voters wrong is exactly what is going to take place this season, so it's time for people to get on the Cougars bandwagon.

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*Ryan is a former Washington State University student that bleeds crimson and gray. He has continued to be a die-hard Cougars supporter through the ups and downs of Cougar sports. Once a Coug ; Always a Coug .

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Updated Friday, Nov 4, 2011