WAC preseason polls announced, Idaho too low

24 Oct

Madison McCord | Vandal Nation
Junior forward Stephen Madison throws down a dunk before the Black and Gold Scrimmage Friday.

The preseason suspension of Idaho center Kyle Barone must have really hurt the Vandal men’s basketball team who have been picked to finish sixth and fifth in the coaches and media polls respectively.

The Vandal women’s team also slipped lower than we projected finishing fifth and sixth in the coaches and media polls respectively.

Three bright spots did arise from the polls though for the Vandals, with three players receiving all-WAC honors. For the men, Barone was picked as a first-team member in both polls after finishing last season as a second-team all-WAC selection. On the women’s team, junior forward Alyssa Charlston was a first-team selection in both polls, while sophomore guard Krissy Karr received second-team placement in both.

On the men’s side, the first-team selections rounded out with preseason Player of the Year Preston Medlin (Utah State), Raheem Appleby (Louisiana Tech), Daniel Mullings (New Mexico State) and Chris Udofia (Denver).

The women’s first-team included Player of the Year Devyn Christensen (Utah State), Whitney Frazier (Louisiana Tech), Diamond Ford (Texas State) and Kacie Sowell (Seattle U) along with Charlston.

Here are the complete coaches and media polls on both sides. What are your thoughts — too high, or two low?

2012-13 Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll

Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
1 New Mexico State (5) 77
2 Utah State (5) 76
3 Denver 65
4 Louisiana Tech 54
5 UT Arlington 48
6 Idaho 45
7 UTSA 31
8 Seattle U 22
9 San Jose State 18
10 Texas State 14

2012-13 Preseason Men’s Basketball Media Poll

Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
1 Utah State (15) 232
2 New Mexico State (8) 223
3 Denver (1) 181
4 Louisiana Tech 162
5 Idaho 144
6 UT Arlington (1) 137
7 UTSA 104
8 Seattle U 77
9 San Jose State 61
10 Texas State 54

2012-13 Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll

Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
1 Utah State (7) 78
2 Louisiana Tech (3) 75
3 Denver 55
4 Seattle U 48
5 Idaho 47
6 Texas State 41
7 San Jose State 36
8 New Mexico State 27
9 UTSA 26
10 UT Arlington 17

2012-13 Preseason Women’s Basketball Media Poll

Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
1 Utah State (9) 165
2 Louisiana Tech (4) 145
3 Denver (1) 135
4 Seattle U (2) 111
5 Texas State (1) 105
6 Idaho 91
7 San Jose State 70
8 UTSA 59
9 New Mexico State (1) 56
10 UT Arlington 53
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