Shocking, I tell you, shocking. Swish Appeal's ranking of the top 100 women's basketball programs ends today with the top 10 and - can you believe this? - Geno is No. 1 and Pat Summitt is No. 2. Wait, I mean, UConn and Tennessee.
No. 3 is Stanford, which plays both teams in what has become the best two gamesof the regular season to judge the top since, as the story goes to great lengths to explain, the coaches ended the UConn-UT rivalry.
Of interest in the Top 10 … Louisville, which lost to Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 at the Arena last March, is playing at Washington State. … Gonzaga is starting the second home-and-home with Stanford, going to California this year. The visit to McCarthey last year was a sellout and the Arena was packed when Stanford won the Elite 8 matchup of the NCAA Tournament. … There's defending national champion Texas A&M, which Gonaga beat not long ago. … There's Baylor, which Gonzaga played not long ago, and Idaho played last year. … And there's Maryland, which was out here for the NCAA regional a few years back.
The Pac-12 preason coaches poll is out and Washington State is showing signs of progress. The Cougars are No. 7, but it's actually No. 6 in the old Pac-10, I can't remember the last time they were ranked that high. Newcomer Utah is just ahead of the Cougs but Colorado is behind, along with old rivals Oregon, Arizona, Washington State and Oregon State.
BTW, at 11 a.m., Team USA with Gonzaga's Kayla Standish (Ellensburg, 32 above) and Katelan Redmon (Lewis and Clark, 23) faces Agentina in the Pan Am Games. … Sunday's 6 p.m. game against Games host Mexico is on ESPN2.