Cougar Basketball Picked Eighth in Pac-10 Preseason Poll

Oct. 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES - With first-year head coach Ken Bone at the helm and just one upperclassman on the roster, the Washington State University men's basketball team has been chosen to finish eighth in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2009-10, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 basketball.

The poll, released at the league's annual media day in Los Angeles Thursday, had California finishing first with 25 of the 37 first place votes and 350 points. Washington was chosen a close second with seven first place votes and 330 points. UCLA received the other five first place votes, coming in third with 302 points. Arizona (fourth, 221), Oregon State (fifth, 218), Oregon (sixth, 175), Arizona State (seventh, 144), USC (ninth, 109) and Stanford (10th, 63) rounded out the poll.

The Cougars received 123 points in the poll, 21 behind the Sun Devils. WSU returns seven letterwinners and two starters from last season's 17-16 squad, which reached the first round of the NIT. Joining the lone senior, Nikola Koprivica, are seven sophomores and eight freshmen.

Before opening the season Nov. 13 at home against Mississippi Valley State, Washington State will host Lewis-Clark State in an exhibition game Monday, Nov. 9 at Friel Court.

2009-10 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Poll1. California (25), 3502. Washington (7), 3303. UCLA (5), 3024. Arizona, 2215. Oregon State, 2186. Oregon, 1757. Arizona State, 1448. Washington State, 1239. USC, 10910. Stanford, 63(first place votes in parentheses)

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