In possibly some of the least shocking news you’ll read, Hawaii was picked as the preseason favorites to win the Western Athletic Conference title. New Mexico State was picked second while Utah State was chosen third. The Rainbow-Wahine received seven of eight first place votes while Utah State received the other. Nevada, which struggled last season, was picked to finish sixth.

No Nevada players were named to the 2011 Preseason All-WAC team.

The Wolf Pack represent a pretty interesting team to watch in 2011, however. Remember, the team won two early-season tournaments, with wins over schools like Notre Dame and Pacific, before its season fell apart. With new coach Ruth Lawanson taking over from former coach Devin Scruggs, perhaps that will be the spark the team needs to get over the hump. However, the team lost seniors Kylie Harrington and Nicole Link. But, there’s lots of young talent here. I’m not saying it’ll beat Hawaii, but this season could be better than expected for the Wolf Pack.

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