The signifying beginning to the Pac-12 basketball season has commenced, as Pac-12 Media Day is upon us. Washington State coach Ken Bone and star Brock Motum took part in the meetings and clinics throughout the day, as well as answering questions and predictions for the media sessions. Motum is the reigning Pac-12 “Most Improved Player” and is currently the best returning big man in the conference. For Ken Bone, this will be his 4th season at Washington State, holding a respectable 57-46 record and back to back postseason tournament appearances. The Cougars made the semi-finals of the Men’s NIT field in 2011, while losing the best of three championship round of the CBI Tournament last season to Pittsburgh.
Today the 2012-13 preseason media poll was released, as Arizona was picked to finish first in the conference with 403 points, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-12 men’s basketball. Washington State was selected to finish 10th for the second-straight year, tallying 163 votes, three behind USC in ninth with 166. The Wildcats just edged out the Bruins of UCLA, who earned 402 points. They were followed by California (third, 325), Stanford (fourth, 296), Washington (fifth, 278), Colorado (sixth, 262), Oregon (seventh, 217) and Oregon State (eighth, 166). Arizona State (11th, 107) and Utah (12th, 78) were picked to finish behind WSU.