Jan. 11, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State heads to the Southwest for its first Pac-10 road trip of the season. The Cougars meet second-ranked Arizona Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. MST) in a game that will be shown live on Fox Sports Northwest. Saturday, WSU travels West to Tempe to face Arizona State at 3:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. MST).
WSU COACH PAUL GRAHAM: Paul Graham is in his first season as a head coach...he has a 5-6 record overall and at Washington State...Graham was an assistant coach for seven seasons under Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State prior to accepting the head position at WSU...he is the 13th former Sutton assistant to land a Division I head coaching job...Saturday, Graham will coach against another former Sutton assistant -- Arizona State's Rob Evans...Evans is the Godfather of WSU freshman guard Nick Graham...Graham is the 14th head coach in the 99-year history of Cougar basketball...against Grambling State, Graham became the 11th WSU head coach to win his home debut. Though Graham lost his first game (Nevada) as WSU's head coach, it's not a bad sign...the last Cougar head coach to lose his first game on the Cougar sideline was George Raveling in 1972, who would later become the only man in WSU history to lead the Cougars to two NCAA Tournament appearances (1980, 1983).
WELCOME BACK, FAST EDDIE: Junior forward Eddie Miller has certainly lived up to his nickname since returning to the WSU lineup three games ago...he's been the Cougs' leading rebounder in all three (8 against Colorado State, 14 versus USC, 9 vs. UCLA) and is averaging 10.3 boards per game...he recorded his second career double-double against the Trojans with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds...the Reseda, Calif., native was sidelined during the fall semester due to academic problems...Miller, a 1999 Pac-10 all-newcomer honorable mention, averaged 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season. THIS WEEK
Radio: The Crimson & Gray Sports Network will broadcast all WSU regular season games on its 13-station network with Bud Nameck (7th season) calling the play-by-play. Broadcasts are also available via the Internet, www.wsucougars.com.
WSU at No. 2 Arizona Thursday, January 13 5:30 p.m. PST (6:30 MST) McKale Center (14,489)
Television: The Washington State-Arizona game will be shown live to the Pacific Northwest on Fox Sports Net Northwest and in Arizona on Fox Sports Net Arizona. Tod Pickett and Dave Harshman are the announcers.
Records: WSU is 5-6 on the year (0-2 conference) after dropping a pair of games to USC and UCLA last weekend. The Wildcats are 13-2 overall (2-0 Pac-10), having upset top-ranked Stanford 68-65 Saturday. Arizona edged Cal 65-61 Thursday night.
WSU at Arizona State Saturday, January 15 3:00 p.m. PST (4:00 MST) Wells Fargo Arena (14,198)
Records: ASU is 9-4 (1-1 Pac-10) after splitting in the Bay Area last week. The Sun Devils stopped Cal 111-108 Saturday in double-overtime and lost to Stanford 86-67 on Thursday. The Sun Devils host Washington Thursday night.
Quick Stats: Chris Crosby is averaging 17.4 points per game over the last seven games and has reached double figure scoring in all seven.
On Deck: The Cougars return home to host Oregon State on Thursday, Jan. 20 and Oregon on Saturday, Jan. 22.
OH WHAT A FRIELING: Washington State's 74-71 victory December 2, 1998, against Portland State was the Cougars' 200th all-time win at Beasley Coliseum's Friel Court...beginning with an 80-78 WSU victory against Louisiana State on December 1, 1973, the Cougars have won nearly two-thirds of the games they have played there (.646)...WSU has a 208-114 all-time record in Beasley...milestone wins at Friel:
No. 1 WSU 80, LSU 78, 12/1/73
No. 3 WSU 71, USC 56, 1/5/74 (first league win)
No. 25 WSU 77, Cal 63, 1/8/77
No. 50 WSU 77, USC 57, 1/24/80
No. 100 WSU 75, Oregon 71, 2/14/86
No. 150 WSU 95, Oregon 79, 1/21/93
No. 200 WSU 74, Portland State 71, 12/2/98
HOME NON-LEAGUE STREAK ENDS AT 45: The second-longest non-conference home winning streak in the nation ended at 45 games after No. 25 Utah stopped WSU 78-66 Dec. 11 at Friel Court...it was nearly a decade since WSU's last non-conference home loss...WSU was 45-1 versus non-conference teams at Friel during the 1990s!...the Cougars had not lost at home to a non-conference foe since December 14, 1989, when Idaho escaped Friel Court with a 56-52 win. The streak began with a 112-81 win over BYU-Hawaii in the first game of the 1990-91 season...WSU's 45 wins include 40 at Friel and five at Bohler Gym (all during the 1990-91 season)...the streak also included NIT victories in 1992 (Minnesota), 1995 (Texas Tech) and 1996 (Gonzaga).
BUSH, COUGARS TIE STEALS MARKS: Mike Bush reasserted himself as one of the best defenders in the Pac-10 Dec. 20 versus Portland State by tying Don Collins' 20 year-old single-game steals record of eight...led by his efforts, the Cougs also tied the team single-game steals record with 17...Bush is averaging 2.91 steals per game to rank second in the Pac-10. Bush continues to show much improvement during his sophomore season...he is one of WSU's top rebounders (6.5 rpg) and ranks 10th in the Pac-10...Bush broke his career mark with 10 boards in WSU's win over Idaho and has been WSU's leading rebounder six times this season...he also had 15 points versus the Vandals which gave the 6-6 Bush his first career double-double...the Riverside, Calif., native has also shown more scoring punch this season, having set his career high in points, 19, versus UCLA...he is averaging 10.9 points per game, up from his 6.6 ppg mark of his rookie campaign. Bush could make a serious run at the WSU single-season steals mark of 76 set by Don Collins in 1980. Nearly halfway through the season (28 games total), Bush has 32 steals -- nearly halfway to Collins' mark...Bush is also 12 steals shy of entering the WSU career top 10, tying Craig Ehlo (91/1982-83). SCOUTING ARIZONA: The Wildcats are solid all the way around, but must find a way to make up for the loss of SO F Richard Jefferson (12.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg), who will miss the next two months after injuring his right foot Saturday against Stanford...RS-FR F Luke Walton will make his first start in Jefferson's place...Arizona has just seven active scholarship players available...RS JR transfer Loren Woods has been a dominant force, scoring 14.3 points per game with 3.4 blocks per game...freshmen Gilbert Arenas (12.7 ppg) and Jason Gardner (12.0 ppg) are also in double figure scoring for the Wildcats.
WSU-ARIZONA SERIES: Wildcats lead 34-10. In the 1990s: Arizona leads 20-0. Arizona owns a remarkable 28-game winning streak versus the Cougars that dates back to the 1985-86 season...WSU's last win over the Wildcats was a 65-63 overtime decision, January 30, 1986, in Pullman...WSU's last win in Tucson was a 51-49 decision in 1983-84...Arizona's domination during the streak has been impressive...21 of the 28 wins have come by 10 or more points and 14 have come by 15 or more...the series dates back to 1960 in a game WSU won 64-58...prior to the 1983-84 season, the Cougars led this series 8-4...last year, UA won 98-87 in Tucson (the most points WSU has ever scored in McKale) and 81-79 in Pullman...Jan-Michael Thomas set McKale Center and Arizona opponent records with eight three pointers and scored a career-high 34 points last season in Tucson...the Cougs also forced 30 UA turnovers, which was the most-ever by a Lute Olsen-coached team.
WSU VS. No. 2: Second-ranked Arizona is the highest ranked team WSU will face since meeting top-ranked Arizona in Pullman in 1989 (Stanford was No. 3 last year when WSU played the Cardinal)...the Cougars lost that game 74-48...WSU has never defeated a team ranked first, second or third in the national polls...the highest ranked team the Cougars have defeated was No. 4 Oregon State 69-51 in 1980.
THE STREAK: The inherent thing about a streak is that inevitably, it will end -- ask Joe DiMaggio...so, while it lasts, here's a bit of nostalgia from the last time the Cougars defeated Arizona, 65-63 (overtime), Jan. 30, 1986, in Pullman. WSU's youngest player, freshman David Adams (born Nov. 5, 1980), was just five years old the last time the Cougs defeated Arizona, the oldest, senior Jan-Michael Thomas (born Oct. 16, 1977), was eight. Do you remember 1986? The Chicago Bears defeated the New England Patriots 39-20 to win their first and only Super Bowl...Bill Buckner's ill-fated Game Six error cost the Boston Red Sox the World Series as the New York Mets won 4 games to 3...and Jack Nicklaus won his last Master's. 1986 was also an amazing year at the box office, with at least a dozen classics in the theaters...in addition to the Oscar-winning Platoon, there was Top Gun, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Hoosiers, Stand By Me, Aliens, Blue Velvet, Lucas, Crocodile Dundee and Star Trek IV.
SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE: ASU is led by Pac-10 and ESPN national player of the week Eddie House...the 6-1 senior guard laid a Pac-10 record-tying 61 points on Cal in Saturday's double-overtime win...after House (24.0 ppg), the scoring dips to FR F Shawn Redhage's 11.1 ppg...the Sun Devils feature an entirely revamped frontcourt this season in Redhage, SO F Awvee Storey and SO C Chad Prewitt...Story is a transfer from Illinois...the Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in scoring at 81.1 points per game...ASU also surrenders the most points per game in the league at 71.1 ppg.
WSU-ARIZONA STATE SERIES: Sun Devils lead 24-21. In the 1990s: Tied 10-10. Dating back to a 94-70 ASU win in 1960, neither team has been able to win more than five in a row...the Sun Devils bring a four-game streak into Saturday's game...prior to ASU's current streak, WSU won five in a row...last year, the Sun Devils won 91-63 in Tempe and 67-64 in Pullman...ASU's 28-point win last year was its largest margin of victory in the series.
COUGS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: A glance at this week's Pac-10 stats (1/6) finds several Cougars ranked in the conference in assorted categories...Chris Crosby ranks second in the conference in free throw shooting (89.9 pct.), ranks third in scoring (16.6 ppg) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.429)...Mike Bush is second in steals (2.91 spg) and 10th in rebounding (6.5 rpg)...Jan-Michael Thomas is 11th in scoring (14.6 ppg) and sixth in free throw shooting (85.3 pct)...David Adams is ninth in three point shooting (40.6 pct.). As a team, WSU is third in rebounding defense (rebounds allowed) at 32.1 rpg and three-pointers made per game (6.55)., fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.364) fifth in free throw percentage (.712).
CROSBY ENTERS TOP 20: Senior forward Chris Crosby moved into 17th WSU career scoring during the UCLA game...Crosby passed Ed Gayda (1,061/1947-50) and Terry Kelly (1,071/1977-80) and comes into the weekend with 1,075 career points...the Littleton, Colo., native needs just three points to pass No. 16 Keith Morrison (1,077/1983-86) and 25 points to reach 1,100...Crosby is the 22nd member of WSU's 1,000-career point club and should climb into WSU's all-time top 10 by season's end...he ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring and second in free throw percentage.
MORE ON CROSBY: Pop quiz -- how do you transform a 6-8 shooting guard into a pretty well-rounded inside player? Answer -- Paul Graham...for the first three years of his career, Chris Crosby was a shooting guard inside a forward's body...nearly half of his career field goal attempts (365 of 739) came from beyond the arc...but this season, Crosby has attempted 121 field goals with only 40 percent (49) coming from downtown. And to those who thought he was just a gunner, check out the box from the Grambling State game, his 29 points were the second-highest of his career, but only one of his 12 FGs was a three...he also had six boards and a pair of steals...Crosby is shooting a career-best 47 percent from the field through 10 games (57-121)...and make no mistake, his three-point shooting is just as good as ever, if not better, he's 21-49 (43 percent) from three-point land this season and the inside-out dual threat makes his threes all the more devastating. Crosby is also grabbing 3.7 rebounds per game and setting screens in the offensive set that eventually lead to a lot of open looks at the basket...he has even cut his turnovers of late down to less than two per game, a number that needs to continue to decline...but if Crosby makes it to the next level, he can thank one man with a reputation for developing big men -- Paul Graham.
GAMES OF THE 1900s: The Colorado State game on Dec. 30, 1999, was the 2,510th and final game of the 1900s for Washington State...WSU's first season of basketball was 1901-02...the Cougars posted a 1,326-1,184 all-time record from 1901-99.
CROSBY SECOND IN PAC-10 AT CHARITY STRIPE: Proving last season's .843 clip (fourth best ever at WSU) from the free throw line was no fluke, senior forward Chris Crosby is tearing it up at the charity stripe this season where he leads the Pac-10 with an 88.9 average...Crosby has just six misses from the line this season (48-54)...he tied a 35 year-old school record by hitting 11-of-11 attempts Dec. 4 versus Southern...Crosby had a streak of 25 consecutive free throws made snapped with a miss late in the Portland game...the school single-season free throw percentage record is 88.5 percent by David Sanders in 1988...Crosby has some competition for team honors, however...senior Jan-Michael Thomas is hitting 85.3 percent at the line this season.
EVANS QUESTIONABLE, WHITEHEAD DOUBTFUL FOR ARIZONA, ASU: A pair of knee injuries has left a big void in the WSU frontcourt...JR F Tyrone Evans sprained his left knee during the Colorado State game (in which, he had a career-high 13 points), while FR F Bryan Whitehead sustained his injury during practice before the USC game...the two did not dress for the USC or UCLA games...Evans, who is averaging 6.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, is doubtful for Arizona, but could be ready to comeback versus Arizona State...Whitehead, at 2.2 ppg and 2.0 rpg, is doubtful for the Arizona trip...if those two are out, WSU will have just four frontcourt players available: SR Chris Crosby, RS-JR Eddie Miller, RS-FR Milton Riley and RS-JR Paul Mencke.
GIBBONS RANKS WSU NO. 2 IN PAC-10: College basketball recruiting expert Bob Gibbons has ranked Washington State's 2000 recruiting class as the 28th-best in the nation in his December newsletter...the four WSU signees are also listed as the No. 2 class in the Pac-10, trailing only Oregon...the Cougars signed four guards during the early signing period in November...slated to take the hardwood for WSU next season are high schoolers Tommy Johnson from Los Angeles' Crenshaw High School and Marcus Moore from Dominguez Hills High School in Compton, Calif., and junior college transfers Jerry McNair (Fullerton College) and Kendall Minor (Southern Idaho)...Moore enrolled at WSU in January and has been practicing with the team...both McNair and Minor will come in with three years of eligibility remaining...Oregon was ranked 25th, just three spots higher than WSU...other Pac-10 schools in the top 75 include No. 57 Stanford, No. 61 Washington and No. 72 Arizona State...WSU has one more newcomer who will join the four fall signees next year -- 6-10 center J Locklier who transferred from Miami, Ohio...Locklier must redshirt this season under NCAA transfer rules and will be a junior in 2000-01.
RECENT ADDITIONS: WSU had added three players to its roster since the beginning of the season...the latest two additions are freshman guard Marcus Moore and junior forward Claude "CD" Doucet. Moore is a 6-5 guard who signed with WSU in the fall and passed his SAT in December to become eligible...Moore finished his brilliant career at Dominguez Hills High School in Compton, Calif., last spring, leading the school to the 1999 state championship...he was the 1999 John Wooden Award winner for the state of California for coach Russell Otis and was ranked as the state's top point guard after averaging 13 points, eight assists and six boards a game. Doucet comes to WSU via Lamar...the Anchorage, Alaska, native signed with Lamar after playing two seasons at South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas, where he averaged seven points and four rebounds per game...Doucet, who transferred to WSU to be closer to home, will practice with the Cougars this semester, but will not be eligible until next year. Football player Paul Mencke was already a slash -- quarterback/tight end/receiver...now you can add two more words to that title -- guard/forward...Mencke, a two-time Greater Spokane League MVP, joined the Washington State basketball team on Dec. 13. During his junior year, the Spokane native was named MVP of the GSL and led Lewis and Clark High School to its first state tournament appearance in 32 years...the 6-5, 229-lbs., Mencke averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior and repeated his GSL MVP honors...playing for coach Glenn Williams, he led the GSL in scoring in back-to-back seasons. Mencke wears number 24 (he wanted to wear his football number 12, but the jersey was too small)...like he was in football, Mencke is a redshirt junior and has this season and next season of eligibility remaining...following basketball, Mecke will re-join the football team for spring drills and then stay with football through the fall...if all goes well this season, Mencke will play basketball again next winter following the conclusion of the 2000 football season.
SLASH MENCKE BECOMES TRUE TWO-SPORTER: To the delight of his hometown Spokane Arena crowd, Paul Mencke became the first two-sport football-basketball player at WSU since Kitrick Taylor in the mid 1980s when he played in his first basketball game Jan. 6 versus USC...Mencke played four minutes and grabbed two rebounds against the Trojans...it was the first time in four years that Mencke played in the Lilac City...Mencke also had three boards in the UCLA game. Taylor is a former NFL player who lettered in football in 1982-83 and 1985-86 and in basketball in 1985 and 1987. UCLA RECAP: Jason Kapono scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures as the Bruins overcame a slow start to defeat Washington State 86-64 Saturday...after trailing at the half 45-30, Washington State got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way...Washington State made four early 3-pointers to take a 14-11 lead...the Cougars scored 21 of their first 25 points from behind the arc...sophomore guard Mike Bush led the Cougars with a career-high 19 points, 16 in the second half...Chris Crosby had 17 points and moved up to 17th in WSU career scoring with 1,075 career points...Jan-Michael Thomas finished with 14 points for WSU...Washington State suited up just nine players to the Bruins' 11...Washington State reserve forwards Tyrone Evans and Bryan Whitehead were both out with knee injuries...despite the size and depth disadvantages, UCLA only managed to out-rebound the Cougars by five, 33-28...Eddie Miller led WSU with nine rebounds, while Milton Riley grabbed a career-high seven...Miller, a junior forward, is averaging 10.3 rebounds per game over his last three.
USC RECAP: A shorthanded WSU squad dropped its Pac-10 opener 83-61 to USC Thursday night at the Spokane Arena...Jeff Trepagnier scored 18 points for Southern Cal and got 17 points from Sam Clancy...Washington State was playing with just nine players because of injury and illness...it was new coach Paul Graham's first Pac-10 game...Eddie Miller, who was playing in just his second game of the season for WSU this season, had 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for his second career double-double...Mike Bush had 15 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Cougars...Chris Crosby, WSU's leading scorer, was slowed by a mild ankle sprain suffered midway through the first half and finished with 13 points...Jan-Michael Thomas added 12 points for WSU... the Cougars were without the services of forwards Tyrone Evans and Bryan Whitehead, both of whom were out with knee injuries...in addition, Bush was limited because of the flu.
COUGS LOOK TO SNAP STREAK: The Cougars are searching for their first Pac-10 road win since defeating Oregon State 69-53 on Jan. 15, 1998...since that game, WSU has lost 16 consecutive Pac-10 road games, which is tied for the second-longest such streak in WSU history...Kelvin Sampson's 1988-89 and 1989-90 squads combined to drop 16 consecutive conference road games, as well...the WSU record for consecutive league road losses is 34 (Pacific Coast Conference), sustained by the legendary coach Jack Friel's teams between 1954 and 1958. CLARK SEES PLAYING TIME: Walk-on point guard Cedric Clark has seen action in each of WSU's last four games, including a career-high 13 minutes of playing time in the USC game...overall, the redshirt-junior from Birmingham, Ala., has played in 37 minutes this year, that's more than the total of his last two years combined -- 23 minutes.
HENDRICKSON RE-SIGNED BY CAVS: Former WSU standout Mark Hendrickson (1993-96) signed a second 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 8...it is the 21st straight season that WSU has had at least one player in the NBA, dating back to James Donaldson in 1979-80 and continuing with Craig Ehlo, Brian Quinnett and Hendrickson...this is Hendrickson's fourth year in the NBA, he was drafted by Philadelphia and has also played for Sacramento and New Jersey...Hendrickson is No. 4 on WSU's all-time scoring list (1,496 points) and second in rebounding (926) and field goal percentage (.567)...he also ranks sixth in free throws (400), first in fouls (335) and third in minutes played (3,570)...he was a two-time all-Pac-10 pick in 1995-96 and made the league's freshman team in 1993...Hendrickson was a three-time NABC District 14 All-America selection, team MVP in 1995 and 1996 and captained the 1996 Cougar squad.
STARTING LINE-UPS: Here's a breakdown of WSU's starting five in 1999-2000:
G1-2 Evans, Crosby, Pengelly, Thomas, Bush (1-1)
G3-4 Riley, Crosby, Pengelly, Thomas, Bush (1-1)
G5 Bush, Crosby, Pengelly, Thomas, Adams (1-0)
G6-9 Riley, Crosby, Thomas, Bush, Adams (2-2)
G10 Riley Crosby, Miller, Thomas, Adams (0-1)
G11 Crosby, Miller, Thomas, Bush, Adams (0-1)
YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS: WSU opened the season with five freshmen on its roster (David Adams, Nick Graham, Mike Malloy, Milton Riley and Bryan Whitehead) for the first time in 14 years...the last time WSU had at least five rookies on its opening day roster was the 1985-86 season...that year, the Cougs actually had six -- Neil Evans, David Hairston, John Hodges, Anthony Kidd, David Sanders and Brian Wright...five of those six names should be very familiar to the Cougar faithful, Evans (who redshirted the 1985-86 season), Hodges, Kidd, Sanders and Wright all went on to become four-year letter winners for WSU...the 1985-86 Cougars went 15-16 overall and 8-10 in the conference for Coach Len Stevens...this year's crop of freshmen would certainly like to have at least one thing in common with the 1985-86 rookies -- they were the last WSU team to defeat Arizona.
THREE-POINT PLAYERS: Seniors Chris Crosby and Jan-Michael Thomas both rank in WSU's top 10 in career three-point baskets...by season's end, Thomas should join Crosby in the top five. Crosby leads the pair with 162 threes (fourth) and looks to close in on the 200 barrier by season's end...Thomas, in just his second season wearing the Crimson and Gray, is now eighth with 117, two behind No. 7 Blake Pengelly (119/1997-00).
WOW - WHAT A SCHEDULE: For the first time since 1994-95, odds are that WSU will play home games against five different ranked teams...next up is Thursday's game versus No. 2 Arizona...the first three came Nov. 29 versus No. 25 Gonzaga (Spokane), Dec. 11 versus No. 25 Utah and Jan. 8 vs. No. 20 UCLA...two more opponents are currently ranked in the national polls: No. 5 Stanford and No. 2 Arizona...Cal and Oregon are among those teams listed as also receiving votes...in 1994-95, all five teams were from the Pac-10: No. 17 California, No. 23 Stanford, No. 17 Oregon, No. 12 Arizona and No. 15 Arizona State (WSU was 4-1 versus those schools at home)...if one more Pac-10 team finds its way into the top 25, WSU will have home games against six ranked teams for the first time ever.
WSU VS. RANKED TEAMS: WSU currently has eight games scheduled against top 25...the next comes Thursday versus No. 2 Arizona...the last time WSU defeated a ranked opponent was February 22, 1997, when the Cougs beat No. 25 Cal 89-87...WSU also played eight games versus ranked opponents during the 1996-97 season.
NEW OPPONENTS: WSU faces two opponents for the first time ever this season -- Southern and Texas-Pan American...Utah visited Pullman for the first time since 1939, it was also the first game between the two schools overall since 1972...the Cougars also renewed dormant rivalries with Nevada (last meeting 1972), Colorado State (1978) and Portland (1990).
OLD OPPONENTS: WSU's oldest rivalry, Oregon State, will reach game No. 260 this season...Washington State and Idaho met for the 255th time this season...the second Oregon game will be No. 254 in the series...WSU and Washington inch toward the 250 mark with games 247 and 248 this season...it was just the second meeting with Grambling State.
I WANT MY COUGTV: Washington State will be on the Fox network nine times this season, with the possibility of a tenth game (UCLA - March 9) if that contest has a bearing on the conference title race...three games will be shown nationally (Fox Sports Northwest locally) -- Dec. 11 Utah, Jan. 22 Oregon and Feb. 5 Washington...Fox Sports Northwest will broadcast an additional four games -- Nov. 29 Gonzaga, Jan. 13 Arizona, Feb. 12 Arizona and Feb. 26 California -- to a regional audience...two other road games will be shown in their local market -- Jan. 29 Stanford (Fox Sports Bay Area) and March 11 USC (Fox West 2).
PENGELLY LEAVES TEAM: Senior guard Blake Pengelly left the Washington State men's basketball team for personal reasons, announced prior to WSU's Dec. 7 game versus Portland. Pengelly, a native of Eugene, Ore., was averaging 4.0 points and 6.8 assists per game through five contests this season...he played in 93 career games with 56 starts...he ranks fifth in WSU career assists with 324 and is seventh in career three-point field goals with 119.