11. Washington State Cougars (8-14, 1-8 Pac-12) LW: 11
For a while, it looked like Washington State was primed to make a splash in the Pac-12. Starting the season 5-2, they looked ready to make a slight leap.
Well, that simply hasn’t been the case. The Cougars have fallen back into familiar losing habits and amass the second-worst record in the conference, sitting at 8-14 overall and 1-8 in league play.
Franks is scoring an impressive 21.4 points per game while shooting above 50 percent from the field and a shed under 35 percent from downtown. He has been a standout player in all of the NCAA this season and has crafted a case to play professionally post college.
But as we all know, hoops is a team game. And standing as losers of five straight conference games, WSU marches into ‘State 48’ for a two-game set against the University of Arizona and Arizona State, two of the conference’s better teams this season.
Right now, things aren’t looking great for Wazzu. The Wildcats are on yet another down-swing but still heavily out-class the Cougars, and ASU has re-established its identity and is playing good basketball again.
It only gets worse from there, as the Cougars take on their rival and the conference-leading Washington Huskies the following game in Pullman.