Last season: 13-18, lost in first round of Pac-12 tournament.
Nickname: Cougars. Coach: Ernie Kent.
Key returners: Josh Hawkinson, with 14.7 ppg and 10.8 rpg, was Pac-12's most improved player last season; Ike Iroegbu, 8.9 ppg.
Who left: Leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, 16.9 ppg; Jordan Railey, 6.6 ppg; Dexter Kernich-Drew, 6.6 ppg.
The Skinny: Washington State lost leading scorer Lacy to graduation, but double-double specialist Hawkinson is back for a team that is picked by media to finish last in the league.