WSU LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AT OLD SPICE CLASSIC: Washington State University men’s basketball (2-2) makes just its second trip in school history to the state of Florida for the Old Spice Classic at HP Pavilion at Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Dec. 1.
• First up for WSU is Butler (4-0), Thursday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET).
• The Cougars will then face either Oklahoma State (5-0) or Purdue (5-0), Friday, Nov. 29 at either 8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET) or 10:30 a.m. PT (1:30 p.m. ET).
• Saturday is an off game for all eight teams, before the final games take place Sunday, Dec. 1.
• Thursday’s game can be seen on ESPN2, as Fran Fraschilla and Mark Jones have the call.
• Derek Deis will have the call on the Cougar IMG Radio Network, filling in for Bud Nameck, in his 21st year with Cougar Basketball, who will be calling the football team’s Apple Cup Friday...please see the list of affiliates on page 1 of today’s notes.
• Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men’s basketball.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE
• The Cougars are 2-2 this season after suffering their first home loss of the season to TCU, 64-62, Sunday, Nov. 24 at Beasley Coliseum.
• WSU has lost two-straight, falling at No. 13/12 Gonzaga, Thursday, Nov. 21.
• WSU has notched victories over CSU Bakersfield (Nov. 8) and Lamar (Nov. 16).
• Junior DaVonté Lacy leads the team and ranks seventh in the Pac-12 with 20.3 points per game.
• Lacy leads the Pac-12 with 3.5 made 3-pointers per game and ranks fourth in the league with 2.3 steals per game.
• Freshman Ike Iroegbu is second on the team with 11.8 points per game and ranks tied for 20th in the Pac-12 and fourth among the league’s freshman in scoring.
• He is tied for 11th overall with a .846 (11-for-13) field goal percentage and 15th with a .429 3-point field goal percentage (4-for-6).
• Redshirt junior Royce Woolridge is adding 9.3 points per game and has 2.25 assists per outing.
• Sophomore Junior Longrus is just out of the Pac-12 top 15 with 1.0 block per game.
• Senior D.J. Shelton leads the team and ranks 19th in the Pac-12 with 6.5 rebounds per game...his classmate Will DiIorio is second on the team with 4.5 rebounds per game.
• Aside from Iroegbu, three other newcomers have seen action in all four games this season, redshirt junior Jordan Railey, who transferred from Iowa State, redshirt freshman Que Johnson, who missed last season due to NCAA rules and fellow true freshman Josh Hawkinson.
WSU MAKES SECOND TRIP TO FLORIDA:
• The Old Spice Classic marks just the second time in school history that a men’s basketball team has competed in the state of Florida.
• The only other time was an 82-77 victory at Jacksonville, Dec. 6, 1975.
COUGARS VS. BULLDOGS:
• WSU and Butler are no strangers to playing each other on a holiday, as Thanksgiving marks just their second all-time meeting...the two teams previously met on Christmas Day, 2010, in Honolulu, Hawaii in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic.
• Butler came away with the 84-68 victory in the game, as the Bulldogs went on to become the runner-up in the NCAA Tournament that year.
WSU AGAINST THE BIG EAST:
• Butler is currently a member of the Big East...the Cougars are 3-6 all-time against current members of the Big East (Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier).
• WSU has faced all but two members, Georgetown and Xavier.
• The Cougars have not faced a current Big East member more than twice.
• Aside from their meeting with Butler in 2010, the last time the Cougars met a current Big East opponent was exactly 20 years ago Thursday, Nov. 28, 1993, at the San Juan Shootout, resulting in a 56-46 victory over Marquette.
• The Cougars went undefeated in that tournament, capturing the San Juan Shootout championship with that victory.
COUGARS VS. COWBOYS:
• WSU could face Oklahoma State Friday...the all-time record between Washington State and Oklahoma State is tied at 1-1.
• Both teams have victories at their home venues in the series.
• The last meeting occurred in the second round of the 2011 National Invitation Tournament (NIT), as WSU defeated OSU, 74-64, March 21, 2011 at Pullman’s Beasley Coliseum.
• Previously the two teams met at Stillwater, Okla., Dec. 4, 2004, as the No. 6 Cowboys defeated the Cougars, 81-29.
WSU AGAINST THE BIG 12:
• Oklahoma State is a member of the Big 12 conference, along with Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
• WSU is 9-13 all-time against current members of the Big 12 and 0-1 this season after falling to TCU, Nov. 24.
• The Cougars have faced 9 of the 10 teams in the league, with the exception being Iowa State.
• Washington State has hosted 5 of the current Big 12 schools at Beasley Coliseum in 8 different games.
• This year marked the seventh-straight season the Cougars have faced a member of the Big 12 and the ninth time in the last 10 years.
WSU AGAINST RANKED FOES:
• Oklahoma State is ranked fifth in this week’s Associated Press Top-25 Poll.
• WSU is 48-218 all-time against ranked opponents and 1-74 against opponents ranked in the top-5.
• WSU is 0-10 against the No. 5 ranked team in the country, while its last top-5 opponent was No. 5 Kansas State...WSU fell in that game, 63-58 at home.
COUGARS VS. BOILERMAKERS:
• WSU and Purdue have faced each other 3 times with the Boilermakers winning all 3 matchups.
• The last time they met was Dec. 30, 1964 in the Far West Classic at Portland, Ore.
• Prior to that, the teams met Dec. 17, 1960 and Dec. 21, 1939.
WSU AGAINST THE BIG TEN:
• Purdue is a member of the Big Ten Conference...the Cougars are 17-34 all-time against current members of the Big Ten.
• WSU has faced all but one member of the league (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwesten, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin...it has not competed against Penn State.
• The Cougars’ last meeting against the conference came Nov. 21, 1998 in the Top of the World Classic at Fairbanks, Alaska, a 95-84 loss to Nebraska.
LACY ON PACE FOR RECORD BOOKS:
• Junior guard DaVonté Lacy is on pace to become the 34th Cougar to reach 1,000 career points, and could do it in his junior season.
• With 658 points, Lacy needs 342 more points to reach 1,000 in his career, meaning if he stays healthy and plays 32 games, he’ll need to average 13.5 ppg over the season.
• Right now Lacy is averaging 20.3 points per game…if he keeps up the average, he could accomplish the feat in WSU’s 21st game this season.
• Lacy is also climbing up the record books for 3-pointers made, currently tied for 15th with 119 career 3-pointers.
• He is on pace to finish in the top-6 by the end of his career at WSU, averaging 1.8 made 3-pointers a game over his career.
• He is currently 5 3-pointers out of 14th, as Daven Harmeling holds the spot with 124 career 3-pointers during his career from 2005-09.
• Lacy is ranked is ranked 19th in the WSU career record books with a .360 3-point field goal percentage.
IROEGBU SCORES A FRESH 20:
• Ike Iroegbu scored 20 points at Gonzaga, Dec. 21.
• He became the first Cougar freshman to reach the 20-point plateau since Reggie Moore scored 24 points as a freshman, Jan. 23, 2010.
• Iroegbu is also the first freshman to reach 20 points in a nonconference game since Marcus Moore scored 25 against Montana, Dec. 12, 2000.
• WSU dropped its first home contest of the season as it fell to TCU, 64-62, Sunday, Nov. 24 at Beasley Coliseum.
• DaVonté Lacy continued his streak of seven-straight games with double-figure points and all four this season, leading the team with 18 points.
• Lacy was 5-for-12 from 3-point range and has made at least 3 3-pointers in each of the last three games.
• Royce Woolridge finished with 13 points, reaching double figures for the first time this season…his 3 assists also tied a season high.
• Dexter Kernich-Drew scored in double figures for the third times this season with 12 points, all from 3-point range.
• Kernich-Drew tied his career high with 4 3-pointers made (4-for-7).
• D.J. Shelton had a season-high and was one shy of his career high with 11 rebounds…he was one point shy of his second career double-double with 9 points.
• Freshman Ike Iroegbu ended his streak of 2-straight games in double figures, finished with 6…his 2 3-pointers made tied his career high.
• The Cougars did not have a player reach the 20-point plateau for the first time this season.
•WSU’s 13 3-pointers made are their most since converting on 14 against Oregon State last season (Feb. 13, 2013).
TCU SNAPS WSU’S BEASLEY COLISEUM RECORD:
• With its loss to TCU, Nov. 24, WSU suffered its first loss at Beasley Coliseum in the month of November...the Cougars are 48-1 at Beasley Coliseum in the month of November.
• The Cougars had won 48-straight November games in Pullman and are 48-2 (the other loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
• WSU’s only other loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1962, by a score of 77-47.
KEN BONE GETS 400TH CAREER WIN:
• With WSU’s win over Buffalo, Dec. 21, fifth-year head coach Ken Bone got his 400th career win as a head coach and now has 407 wins.
• He has 72 wins at WSU, had 77 in four years at Portland State, 253 victories in 12 seasons as head coach at Division II Seattle Pacific and 5 wins at Division III Cal State Stanislaus...he’s been a head coach for 21 seasons.
• Bone has 149 career wins in his ninth season as a Division I head coach.
MORE ON BONE AS COUGAR HEAD COACH:
• Bone holds a 72-67 (.503) record with Washington State and already has more wins than 11 previous Cougar men’s basketball coaches.
• He also has more wins than the last four head coaches, three more than Tony Bennett (2006-09, 69-33), 36 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 41 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
• Bone’s .519 winning percentage (70-64) prior to this season marked the second-best by a WSU head coach in his first four seasons...only Jack Friel (.624, 63-38) had a better record in his first four seasons.
• Bone’s 70 wins are the most by a Cougar head coach in his first four seasons.
• With 72 wins, Bone is the sixth-winningest head coach in Washington State history.
COUGARS SIGN TWO:
• Head coach Ken Bone signed two student-athletes to NLIs during the early signing period, guard Tramaine Isabell and forward Jermaine Morgan.
• Tramaine Isabell (6-1, 170, G, Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) spent his freshman through junior years at Lakeside High School and currently attends Garfield High School where he’ll play under head coach Ed Haskins.
• Jermaine Morgan (6-8, 215, F, Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young HS/ Moberly Area CC) currently attends Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, Mo., after transferring from Odessa College in Texas following his freshman year.
• The Cougars finished the season 13-19 overall, 4-14 in conference play, 10-7 at home, 1-9 on the road and 2-3 at neutral sites.
• Eleven of WSU’s 19 losses came by 7 points or less, while 6 of them came by 2 points or less, including 2 overtime games.
• The Cougars played 12 games without a starter or significant contributor because of injury...10 of those games were without at least one starter.