washington state cougars
i've only seen a few minutes of them this year, but they are off to a solid start. They have yet to play anyone decent, but they are 6-0 with an average win margin of 26ppg. ANd they're doing it without their starting pg reggie moore who was their second best player last season and the pac 10 runner up for freshman of the year behind derrick williams. Eventually they will get him back and they will be that much more dangerous. But in the meantime swing men klay thompson and faisal aiden are both averaging over 20 a game and shooting over 50% from the floor giving them a great 1-2 combo on the wings. They got kansas state up next which should give us a better idea of if they are a legit team.
The Pac-10 is actually worst then i first feared:(
I think Kansas State just might eat them alive.
@stanfordhoops, true. I knew they were the worst of the big 6, but i thought they would be a little better then they have been. Arizona and washington are legit. We still dont know what wash st is capable of. And i ucla is not defending right now and needs some serious work to become a tournament team. The bottom half the conference sucks but i expected that.
@iggy, i dont expect wash st to beat k state. Just curious to see if they can compete with a legit team.
they now sit at 7-1. They blew gonzaga out by 22. They did lose to kansas state by 5 points in a very close game that could have gone either way. But this team looks legit.
Klay thompson is their best player and an all-american candidate. Faisel adien has been huge off the bench as a offensive scorer who can play either gaurd position. Reggie moore is back now and is one of the most ahtleitc pg's in the pac 10. Deangelo casto and marcus capers really give them an athletic pair of forwards around the basket. They play great defense and their average win margin is over 20 points a game.
Pac-10 should get three teams in.
Ucla i think is a year away from being a tourney team, they should be competative, they at times show the spark they never had last year.
But too bad defensivly, and if Honeycutt doesnt have a good game their screwed, i thought they would be a tourney team, thought Malcolm Lee would hve a big yea.
Arizona, Washington, and Washington state will make the tourney (Klay Thompson is one of the most underrated players in the country).
I think Ucla, and Stanford will be nit teams.
Pac-10 isnt back yet, but next year its gonna be a great year (if they dont get screwed by the early entry bug).
if there was a 4th team to get in, i would say its USC. They have a stud big man in nikola vucevic and they just got done blowing out texas. On december 15th, they get their starting pg eligible. They have a young perimiter and a short bench. BUt talent wise they have a chance to be a 4th team in.
Beat the PAC-10 now because next year and the year after they will be tough again IMO
They have improved a bit since last year. I watched them play K-State last year and I believe we won by 15 points. They played good team D, especially on Pullen who only had 8 points (his 2nd single digit game in around 50 games I believe). Washington State is a solid team. I think they are NIT material, but they will have a shot at a low seed in the tourny. 2011 will be the year they make a bunch of noise though, especially if Thompson stays. Casto is a nice athlete down low, and Thompson has a nice touch. I would like to see him play tougher, more aggressive, and stronger (most of the PAC-10 wings have those same problems), but he's a solid offensive player at this level.