Men’s season preview

Young, talented Cougs look to ascend up PAC-1o food chain in Ken Bone’s second year in Pullman. Click the tab below to read my season preview.

By Ryan Collingwood of the Tribune

PULLMAN – From an on-paper standpoint, the Washington State men’s basketball team doesn’t exhibit the congruence of a club that finished dead last in the Pac-10.

Cellar-dwellers typically won’t boast a troika of all-conference players. They usually aren’t tabbed to make a lateral move halfway up the conference’s food chain to fifth by pundits the following season, either.

That’s because the youthful Cougars, who return all five starters from their 16-15 campaign, were an atypical last-place club in Ken Bone’s first year in Pullman.

Bone had the sizable task of transforming the Cougs’ halfcourt play into an athletic motion that allowed a horde of guards to get out and run. Initially, it looked like a seamless transition when the former Portland State coach got WSU off to a 12-3 start.

But a second-half slide equated to a 6-12 mark in Pac-10 play and a first-round exit in the conference tournament.

Tribune subscribers can read the rest of this story here.

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