Arizona Wildcats fans upset Oregon's Kelly Graves won Pac-12 Coach of the Year

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The Pac-12 women's basketball regular season schedule is complete and on Tuesday, the Pac-12 conference released their end of the season awards. 

There were a number of pre-determinations, including the naming of Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu to her third straight Player of the Year honors. 

While there weren't very many surprises, at least, from the point of view of Ducks fans, down south, Coach of the Year honors had Arizona Wildcats fans feeling slighted.

They felt like the award should have gone to their head coach, Adia Barnes. 

If you're unfamiliar with Barnes, here's a quick rundown:

A stand-out high school player from San Diego, Barnes earned Pac-10 freshman of the year honors, was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1998 and helped the Wildcats to a WNIT championship where she was named MVP and helped UA to their first ever NCAA appearance.

She was drafted by the Sacramento Monarchs in 1998, becoming the first women's player in Arizona to be drafted into the professional leagues.. She later won a WNBA Championship with the Seattle Storm in 2004. After her playing days, Barnes served as a color commentator for both the Seattle Storm and Seattle University Redhawks radio broadcasts before she joined Washington as an assistant. 

In 2016, Barnes was named the head coach at UA. In her first season, Barnes guided the Wildcats to a 14-16 record. Arizona was 6-24 the following season. But in her third year at the helm, Arizona turned it around, finishing 24-13 and won the WNIT. Now, at 22-4 this season, many thought Barnes, who was named to Naismith Trophy Coach of the Year watchlist, deserved Pac-12 Coach of the Year consideration for her turnaround of the program.

On Tuesday, however, Oregon's Kelly Graves, who helped guide the Ducks to a 28-2 record, was awarded the conference honor. It's not the first time, either. He won the COY media award in 2018 and 2019 coaches award. 

People in Tucson are not happy about it, either. 

And here's an interesting rationale.

The Oregon Ducks are the No. 3 team in the nation. These types of accomplishments don't just happen on their own. One could argue that Graves has an even more difficult task managing the amount of talent on Oregon's deep roster to try and make individual talent shine in a team setting. 

What do you think? Do Wildcats fans have a case?

Arizona Wildcats fans upset Oregon's Kelly Graves won Pac-12 Coach of the Year originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest