Duke or Carolina? BC or UMASS? Gonzaga or Washington.. or Washington State? What is the best program in each state? While there's not much competition in Hawaii.. there are great debates to be had in loaded regions like California, North Carolina, and Texas. The State of '08 is a ranking of every program in every state.. based mostly on recent success (the last five years) mixed in with subjective factors such as conference prestige, historical success, and overall program direction.
For more info, check out the State of '08 introduction.
OREGON - In Ernie Kent's 11 seasons, the Ducks have made 5 NCAA Tournaments and 2 NITs. While Kent's squads have often failed to meet high expectations, that's often been the fault of the expectations and not the team. Don't forget that Oregon accomplished virtually nothing in the decade before Kent arrived.
PORTLAND STATE - The Vikings are coming off one of the program's all-time great seasons with a Big Sky regular season title, conference tourney win, and NCAA Tourney trip. In 2005, PSU also were the Big Sky regular season leaders, and 2007 wasn't bad either with 19 total wins.
OREGON STATE - Ever since Ralph Miller retired in 1989, the program has gone steadily down hill. You figure last year was as bad as it could get ever get, as the Beavers went 0-18 in the Pac-10 play and won just 6 games overall. 2005 was the last time OSU was half-decent, but even that year they finished just 5th in the Pac-10 and couldn't even break into the RPI top 100 (plateaus that haven't been met in over a dozen years).
PORTLAND - Portland has been so bad in recent years that they make Oregon State look good. In the last decade, Portland's best season in the WCC is a 5-9 finish.
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State of '08: The Introduction (& State list/links)