Nov. 18, 2012
WSU LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AT THE CBE HALL OF FAME CLASSIC: After suffering its first loss of the season, Washington State University men's basketball (2-1) heads from California to Kansas City, Mo. to compete in the 2012 Edward Jones College Basketball Experience (CBE) Hall of Fame Classic, Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 and 20, at the Sprint Center. First up for the Cougars in the Championship Rounds of the tournament is Kansas (2-1), ranked No. 7 in the country, as of Nov. 18, Monday at 9 p.m. CT/7 p.m. PT. The game can be seen live on ESPN2 as Bob Wischusen and Stephen Bardo have the call. Bud Nameck, in his 20th year with Cougar Basketball, will have the call on the Cougar IMG Radio Network. Please see the front page of today's notes for a complete listing of affiliates. Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men's basketball.
WSU AGAINST KANSAS AND THE CBE FIELD:
Monday marks just the second all-time meeting between WSU and Kansas.
The only other meeting occurred Dec. 14, 1973 at Kansas as part of the Jayhawk Tournament in Lawrence.
Kansas defeated Washington State in that game, 66-51...the Cougars lost their second game of that tournament as well, to Princeton, 63-60 in double-overtime the next day.
The Cougars have faced both Saint Louis and Texas A&M once each.
WSU lost the only meeting with Saint Louis, 64-59, Dec. 13, 1952 at Saint Louis.
The Cougars won the only meeting with the Aggies of Texas A&M, 75-66, Dec. 30, 1997 in a home game played in Spokane.
COUGARS AGAINST THE BIG 12:
Washington State is 9-11 all-time against current members of the Big 12, having faced all the teams except Iowa State.
WSU has faced four Big 12 teams over the last two seasons, three during 2010-11 and one in 2011-12.
The Cougars defeated Baylor in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii Dec. 23, 2010 and Oklahoma State in the NIT second round, March 21, 2011 in Pullman.
WSU fell to Kansas State at Pullman, Dec. 3, 2010 in nonconference action as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Challenge and to Oklahoma in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif., Nov. 24, 2011.
WSU has faced Kansas State the most (six times) with a 2-4 record, and Baylor the second-most with a 3-1 mark.
Below's a breakdown of WSU against the Big 12:
Iowa State: Never played
Kansas State: 2-4
Oklahoma State: 1-1
Texas Tech: 1-0
West Virginia: 1-0
COUGS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS:
As of Nov. 18, 2012, Kansas was ranked seventh in the Associated Press Poll.
The Cougars are 47-209 all-time against teams ranked in the AP Top-25, 7-120 against the top-10 and 1-74 against the top-5.
WSU did not face a ranked foe in 2011-12, but defeated its last two ranked opponents (No. 18 Washington - Jan. 30, 2011 and No. 15 Baylor - Dec. 23, 2010).
The Cougars are 0-1 against ranked opponents in the month of November.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars are 2-1 this season, 2-0 at home (Eastern Washington and Utah Valley) and 0-1 on the road (at Pepperdine).
The CBE Hall of Fame Classic games are just the second and third games away from home for WSU, and the last until the Cougar Hardwood Classic in Seattle, Dec. 21.
Washington State is led by senior forward Brock Motum, who is averaging 17.7 points per game, fourth -best in the Pac-12...he's adding 6.7 rebounds a game.
Senior guard Mike Ladd is adding 12.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while sophomore DaVonté Lacy rounds out the double-figure scorers with 11.3 points and 3.3 assists per game.
Junior forward D.J. Shelton leads the team with 7.3 rebounds per game (14th-best in the conference), while starting point guard, Royce Woolridge is adding 7.7 points an outing.
Sixth-man, Dexter Kernich-Drew is averaging 8.7 points per game off the bench.
MOTUM EYES 1,000 POINTS:
With 986 points, senior Brock Motum is just 14 points away from becoming the 33rd Cougar to reach 1,000 career points and the third in the last four seasons.
Klay Thompson scored his 1,000th point during the 2009-10 season and Reggie Moore reached 1,000 points in the Cougs second-to-last game of the 2011-12 season.
The Cougars suffered their first loss of the season, falling at Pepperdine, 58-56 in overtime, Friday, Nov. 16.
Brock Motum led the team with 15 points, adding 7 rebounds.
Mike Ladd led the team in rebounding with a WSU personal-best 13 boards, tying his career-high set at Fresno State...he added 10 points for his first double-double as a Cougar and fourth of his career.
Royce Woolridge scored a career-high 11 points...he scored 8 of his points in the first half.
D.J. Shelton made his first-career 3-pointer...he finished with 5 points...he shot his first two 3's of his career.
The last time WSU lost to a WCC school not named Gonzaga was Saint Mary's in the 2009 NIT (March 17, 2009).
The Cougars played their first overtime game since falling at Utah, Jan. 5, 2012...they 2-6 under Ken Bone in OT.
COUGARS RETURN TWO STARTERS:
The team boasts two returning starters, including 2011-12 Pac-12 leading scorer, Brock Motum.
Joining Motum and sophomore DaVonté Lacy are six more returning letterwinners and two returning squad members.
Among the returning letterwinners are senior guard Mike Ladd, junior forward Will DiIorio, redshirt sophomore guard Dexter Kernich-Drew and redshirt junior forward D.J. Shelton, along with squad members sophomore Royce Woolridge and freshman Dominic Ballard, both whom redshirted last season.
Joining this year's squad are four transfers and three true freshmen.
Two of the transfers, Jordan Railey (Iowa State) and Brett Kingma (Oregon) will sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but Keaton Hayenga and James Hunter, and Brett Boese, Bryce Leavitt and Junior Longrus will be eligible immediately.
WSU lost three starters from last season's team; Marcus Capers and Abe Lodwick, who graduated following their senior seasons and Reggie Moore, who was dismissed from the team this fall.
Seniors Faisal Aden and Charlie Enquist and sophomore Patrick Simon are also gone from last year's team after playing notable minutes for the Cougs.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win over Utah Valley Nov. 14, WSU improved to 44-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 44-straight November games in Pullman and are 46-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
WSU's only loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1962, by a score of 77-47.
COUGARS GO `DOWN UNDER':
The Cougars spent two weeks in Australia, Aug. 3-16, 2012, as part of an NCAA approved international tour.
The team made stops in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane/Gold Coast and Cairns, playing five games in all.
WSU went 2-3 in those games, three of them against teams of the NBL (National Basketball League), Australia's highest professional league.
Brock Motum averaged 27.2 points in the five games, including a 41-point output against the Cairns Taipans in the final game of the tour.
Reggie Moore averaged 13.0, Dexter Kernich-Drew 8.4 and Mike Ladd 6.4 points per game.
The Cougar roster contains three Aussies; Motum (Brisbane), Kernich-Drew (Melbourne) and James Hunter (Sydney).
MOTUM A CANDIDATE FOR THE WOODEN AWARD:
Senior Brock Motum is one of 50 preseason candidates for the 2012-13 John R. Wooden Award.
Motum is the second Cougar in three seasons to make the list, as Klay Thompson was named to the preseason top-50 prior to the 2010-11 season.
Before that, Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were both named to the preseason top-50 for the 2007-08 season. Thompson went on to make the midseason top-30 cut in 2010-11, as did Low in 2007-08.
This season's preseason list contains student-athletes from 16 different conferences, including four from the Pac-12 Conference.
Motum is joined by André Roberson (Colorado), Allen Crabbe (California), and Solomon Hill (Arizona).
WSU DEFEATS SAINT MARTIN'S IN EXHIBITION ACTION:
WSU defeated Saint Martin's, 62-60, Tuesday, Nov. 6 in exhibition action at Beasley Coliseum.
Brock Motum led all scorers with 21 points, while Mike Ladd added 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Royce Woolridge finished with 10 points and a game-high 3 steals, while D.J. Shelton led the team with 9 rebounds.
COUGARS MAKE 12TH POSTSEASON APPEARANCE:
Washington State competed in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in 2011-12, marking the first CBI and 12th overall postseason appearance in school history.
WSU advanced to the championship series, marking the second-straight season the Cougars have reached at least the semifinals of their postseason tournament...last year WSU advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in New York, falling to eventual-champion Wichita State in the semifinals.
The Cougars are 17-13 all-time in postseason play.
WSU also compiled its most single-season postseason wins with a 4-2 record in the CBI...last season the Cougars went 3-1 in the NIT.
In the last two seasons WSU has gone 7-3 in postseason play.
WSU has made it to six NCAA Tournaments (6-6) and five NITs (7-5).
Washington State became the third Pac-12 school to advance to the championship round of the CBI as Oregon State won in 2008 and Oregon won the tournament in 2011.
MOTUM'S BREAKOUT JUNIOR SEASON:
Washington State junior Brock Motum had a breakout season in 2011-12 as he led the Cougars and the Pac-12 in scoring in both the overall games and conference only games.
Motum averaged 18.0 points per game in all games, edging out Oregon State's Jared Cunningham with 17.9 points per game.
In league games the Australian averaged 20.7 points per game, over a point per game ahead of Cunningham with 19.2 points per game.
He also ranked sixth in field goal percentage (.554) and seventh in rebounds per game (6.4 rpg), making him the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-13 in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding.
Motum finished the season ranked 38th in the country in points per game and 26th in field goal percentage.
In contrast to his junior season, Motum played 799 minutes in 54 games his first two seasons combined at Washington State...this season he clocked 1,072 minutes of action.
In his first two seasons he averaged 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds a game, but still did it at a high shooting clip, .591.
Last season alone Motum had 293 more points than he did in his first two seasons combined (613 compared to 320), and averaged 18.0 points per game, 12.1 more points than his first two seasons.
Motum also had 216 rebounds last season, more than his 72 his first two years combined, for a 6.4 rebounding average, over four rebounds more a game.
He continued to shoot at a high clip at .554 last season for a .567 career field goal percentage.
MOTUM JOINS ELITE COMPANY:
Junior Brock Motum grabbed his 200th rebound of the 2011-12 season March 7 in the Pac-12 Tournament and had 613 points and 216 rebounds last season.
He joined two other Cougars, Steve Puidokas and Larry Beck as the only WSU players to reach 500 points and 200 boards in a season.
Beck had 506 points and 214 rebounds in 1955-56, while Puidokas recorded 559 points and 259 rebounds in 1974-75.
COUGARS IN THE COMMUNITY:
The Cougars have been very active in the community over the last two years.
Below is a breakdown of some of the work they've done in the community.
Cougar Elite Camp (WSU Campus) - June 18-19, 2011
Cougar Day Camp (WSU Campus) - June 21-24, 2011
Cougar Team Camp (WSU Campus) - June 28-July 1, 2011
Palouse Habitat for Humanity (Uniontown) - July 9, 2011
Learning Center Sports' Week (Pullman) - July 27, 2011
National Lentil Festival Street Fair (Downtown Pullman) - August 19, 2011
National Lentil Festival Parade (Downtown Pullman) - August 20, 2011
WSU Family Weekend (WSU Campus) - Sept. 10, 2011
Pullman Senior Center (Downtown Pullman) - Sept. 16, 2011 and Feb. 24, 2012
Free Kids' Clinic (WSU Campus) - Oct. 1, 2011
YMCA Keys to Success (Pullman) - Oct. 8, 2011
Jefferson Elementary School (Pullman) - Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, 2011
Sacred Hearth Children's Hospital Visit (Spokane) - Dec. 28, 2011
Free Kids' Clinic (Spokane) - Dec. 30, 2011
Sunnyside Elementary School Pizza Party (Pullman) - Jan. 17, 2012
Cougar Elite Camp (WSU Campus) - June 16-17, 2012
Cougar Day Camp (WSU Campus) - June 18-21, 2012
Cougar Team Camp (WSU Campus) - June 26-29, 2012
Hoopfest (Spokane) - June 29-30, 2012
Palouse Habitat for Humanity (Uniontown) - July 21, 2012
National Lentil Festival Street Fair (Downtown Pullman) - August 17, 2011
National Lentil Festival Parade (Downtown Pullman) - August 18, 2011
Pullman Senior Center (Downtown Pullman) - Oct. 8, 2012
Free Basketball Clinic for Youth (Lapwai, Idaho) - Oct. 20, 2012
Free Kids' Clinic (WSU Campus) - Oct. 28, 2012
Pullman Senior Center (Downtown Pullman) - Oct. 29, 2012
Campus Trash Pickup (WSU Campus) - Nov. 11, 2012