WSU LOOKS FOR FIRST PAC-12 WIN AGAINST NATIONALLY RANKED COLORADO: Washington State University men’s basketball (7-7, 0-2) is on the hunt for its first Pac-12 victory of the season as it hosts No. 15/17 Colorado (13-2, 2-0) at Spokane’s Spokane Arena, Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m.
• Wednesday’s game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks as Lamar Hurd and JB Long have the call.
• Bud Nameck, in his 21st year with Cougar Basketball, will have the call on the Cougar IMG Radio Network...please see the list of affiliates on page one of today’s notes.
• Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men’s basketball.
• WSU will host Utah in its first true home Pac-12 game of the season at Beasley Coliseum, Sunday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.
AGAINST THE BUFFALOES:
• Wednesday marks just the fifth all-time meeting between WSU and Colorado with the Buffs holding a 3-1 advantage in the series.
• WSU is 0-1 at home against Colorado and 1-0 at neutral sites, as its only win in the series came at Albuquerque, N.M., Dec. 19, 1960.
• Wednesday’s matchup is technically a home game for the Cougars, but not at their traditional home location.
• With just four meetings between the two schools, WSU has played Colorado the fewest of all Pac-12 schools.
• Since Colorado joined the Pac-12 prior to the 2011-12 season, Washington State has not defeated the Buffaloes.
• In the first conference meeting between the two schools Colorado used a big first half to defeat WSU, 71-60, Jan. 7, 2012 at Boulder.
• Last year, the first meeting between the two schools at Pullman, the Cougars had a season league-low 49 points, falling to the Buffs, 58-49, Jan. 19 at Beasley Coliseum.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• WSU opened its Pac-12 season on the road at No. 1 Arizona, followed by a trip to Arizona State, falling in both games for a 0-2 start to the conference slate.
• The Cougars are 7-7 overall and have lost their last two games and three of their last four games.
• WSU is 5-2 in home games this season, 1-2 in neutral-site games, 1-2 on the road and 1-0 in home games played at neutral venues (at Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash, Dec. 18).
• Junior DaVonté Lacy leads the team with 17.7 points per game, ranking seventh in the Pac-12 and 108th in the nation.
• Lacy missed the Cougars’ games Dec. 28 against Mississippi State and Jan. 2 at No. 1 Arizona with appendicitis, but returned for WSU’s game at Arizona State, Jan. 5, only to leave with a rib injury in the first half...he will not play in Wednesday’s game against Colorado.
• Fellow-junior, Royce Woolridge, is just 0.1 points shy of being the only other Cougar in double figures with 9.9 points per game...he leads the team with 2.5 assists per game.
• Senior D.J. Shelton leads the team and is 10th in the conference with 7.7 rebounds per game.
• He ranks 125th in the country in rebounding and has grabbed 11 or more rebounds in three of the last five games...he has two double-doubles on the season and is 3 total points away from having five double-doubles.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson has picked up some of the scoring with at least 18 points in three of the last four games...he had a career-high 21 points against UTEP, Dec. 21.
• Johnson leads the team in conference-only scoring with 10.5 points per game in league play and is third on the team with 9.1 points per game in all 14 games this season.
WSU AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS:
• Colorado is currently ranked 15th in the Associated Press Poll and 17th in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
• WSU is facing a ranked foe for the third time this season after taking on No. 1 Arizona Jan. 2 and No. 13 Gonzaga, Nov. 21.
• The Cougars are 48-219 all-time against opponents ranked in the AP Top-25 and 7-12 against the 15th-ranked team in the country.
• WSU’s last meeting with the No. 15 team in the country resulted in a 77-71 win over Baylor at Honolulu, Hawaii as part of the Diamond Head Classic...ironically, one of Colorado’s two losses this season came to Baylor.
• The Cougars have won two of their last three games against the No. 15 team with a 61-41 win over Notre Dame, March 22, 2008 in Denver, Colo in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (WSU was ranked No. 21 at the time).
• However, WSU’s last win over a No. 15 conference foe came March 4, 1995 against Arizona State, an 84-71 victory.
• Last season WSU snapped its eight-game losing streak to ranked foes with a 73-61 victory over No. 23 UCLA, March 6, 2013 at home at Beasley Coliseum.
• The last time WSU faced a ranked opponent at Spokane Arena was Jan. 11, 2001 when it fell to No. 21 Arizona, 84-51.
• The last time the Cougars defeated a ranked opponent at Spokane Arena came Jan. 9, 1997, an 81-76 win over No. 17 Oregon.
• WSU has never faced a ranked Colorado team.
• The Cougars couldn’t bounce back against Arizona State, Sunday, falling, 66-47, at Wells Fargo Arena.
• Que Johnson led WSU with 18 points…he has scored in double figures in 3 of the last 4 games.
• Johnson was 7-for-10 from the field and 3-for-6 from 3-point range.
• Junior Longrus and D.J. Shelton led WSU with 7 rebounds apiece.
• Longrus was one rebound shy of his career-high and had a Pac-12 high with his 7 boards…five of his rebounds came on the offensive end.
• Juniors DaVonté Lacy and Dexter Kernich-Drew returned to the lineup after missing Thursday’s game at Arizona with injuries…Lacy missed the last two games.
• Lacy, who started the game, left the game in the first half with an injury, he did not return.
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 789 points, Lacy needs 211 more points to reach 1,000 in his career, meaning if he plays at least 29 games, he’ll need to average 14.6 ppg over the season.
• Right now Lacy is averaging 17.7 points per game…if he keeps up the average, he could accomplish the feat in WSU’s 28th game this season, depending on his return to the court.
• Lacy is also climbing up the record books for 3-pointers made, currently in sole possession of ninth with 142 career 3-pointers.
• He is on pace to finish in the top-6 by the end of his career at WSU, averaging 1.9 made 3-pointers a game over his career.
• He is currently 10 away from Marcus Moore (2001-2004) in eighth place with 152.
• Lacy is ranked 16th in the WSU career record books with a .369 3-point field goal percentage.
LACY SPICES HIS GAME UP IN FLORIDA:
• Junior DaVonté Lacy proved his early start to the season wasn’t a fluke over Thanksgiving Weekend at the Old Spice Classic near Orlando, Fla.
• The 6-4 guard scored at least 25 points in 2 of the 3 games and averaged 22.3 points per game in the tournament.
• Lacy led the Cougars in scoring in all three games, putting up 26 points in their loss to Butler (Nov. 28), 16 in the win over Purdue (Nov. 29) and 25 in the loss to Saint Joseph’s (Dec. 1).
• He also led the Cougars in assists in two of those games, rebounding in one and steals in one, averaging 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg and 1.0 spg.
NEW GUYS STEPPING UP:
• The Cougars have four newcomers on this season’s team; true freshmen Ike Iroegbu and Josh Hawkinson, redshirt freshman Que Johnson and redshirt junior and Iowa State-transfer, Jordan Railey.
• So far each of the newcomers has appeared in every game and the four have combined for 16 starts.
• The four newcomers are contributing a combined 20.8 points per game this season and have reached double figures nine times.
• Iroegbu and Johnson are two of four Cougars not named DaVonté Lacy to lead the team in scoring this season when Iroegbu had 20 points at nationally ranked Gonzaga, Nov. 21 and Johnson had 21 against UTEP, Dec. 21. and 19 against MVSU, Dec. 28.
• Johnson is the only other Cougar aside from Lacy to lead the team in scoring multiple times this season, having led the Cougars three times.
KEN BONE GETS 400TH CAREER WIN:
• With WSU’s win over Buffalo, Dec. 21, 2012, WSU head coach Ken Bone got his 400th career win as a head coach and now has 412 wins.
• He has 77 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 154 career wins in his ninth season as a Division I head coach.
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.