PULLMAN - Washington State is ranked in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches' national men's basketball polls, announced Monday.
The Cougars (14-2, 3-1 Pacific-10) moved into the rankings tied for No. 22 with Notre Dame in the AP list and No. 23 by the coaches after defeating Arizona State 75-55 and No. 7 Arizona 77-73 in overtime. The accolades mark the first time WSU has been ranked in the AP poll since Feb. 1, 1983, according to the Cougars' media information department. The Cougars had never been ranked by the coaches since ESPN and USA Today took over their poll in 1991-92.
"The ranking to me means our team has gotten off to a solid start with some quality wins," first-year head coach Tony Bennett said. "If we have a good ranking at the end of the year, then it will really mean something. There is a lot of season to be played."
The Cougars travel to the Bay Area this week to play California Thursday and Stanford Saturday. The Stanford game is set for 4 p.m. on FSN.