The state of Washington is enjoying quite a change in college basketball culture these days. Just as the Washington Huskies have risen to prominence in recent seasons, so have their rival Washington State Cougars.
After a 13-year drought, Washington State made the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and 2008, advancing pas the first round both years.
In 2008, the Cougars reached their first Sweet Sixteen since 1941.
Washington State Cougars basketball Thru the Years
The Washington State Cougars having been accomplishing big things on the basketball court for the better part of a century. In 1936, they were retroactively awarded the 1917 national title, as the honor didn’t exist at the time.
The Cougars made a memorable run in 1941’s March Madness, reaching their first and only Final Four. After that, they went quite before reaching the NCAA Tournament in 1980, 1983 and 1994.
But it’s the new Washington State Cougars that have generated the most buzz among the student population, emerging as a team to watch in the Pac-12. Their success is largely credited to Tony Bennett, who coached them from 2006 to 2009.
The Cougars have produced 24 NBA draft picks since 1957, including five in the first two rounds, including Don Collins, Kyle Weaver, Mark Hendrickson,.
The Cougars continue to look like a team on the rise, having gone 22-13 last season and reached the NIT semifinal.
Here’s hoping they take the next step and return to March Madness this season!