Jan. 13, 2010
COUGARS RETURN HOME TO HOST BAY AREA SCHOOLS: After splitting its first two conference road games last weekend, Washington State (12-4, 2-2) men's basketball returns home to host California (10-5, 2-1), Thursday, Jan. 14 and Stanford (8-7, 2-1), Saturday, Jan. 16 at Beasley Coliseum. Thursday's game will tip-off at 7 p.m., while Saturday's is set for a 2 p.m. start.
|Game 16 | California (10-5, 2-1) at Washington State (12-4, 2-2)|
|Date||Thursday, Jan. 14 | 7 p.m. PST|
|Location||Pullman, Wash. | Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum|
|Radio||Cougar Sports Network | Listen Online|
|wsucougars.com||Gametracker | Crimson ZZU Blog | Game Notes|
|All-Time Series||Cal leads 69-46|
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State started the season with a 10-2 nonconference mark and is now 12-4 overall.
The Cougars have split each of their first two Pac-10 weekends as they fell to Oregon (Dec. 31) and defeated Oregon State (Jan. 2) at home, then defeated Arizona (Jan. 8) and fell at Arizona State (Jan. 10).
WSU is 7-1 in home games, but 5-1 in home games played in Pullman.
Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team and conference and ranks seventh in the nation with 23.0 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 14 of the Cougs' 16 games this season and reached 20-plus points in 11 of the 16 contests.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 4.4 assists a game, adding a team second-best 13.0 points an outing.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 7.4 rebounds a game, adding 10.8 points per game.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS:
Cal enters Thursday's game with a 10-5 overall record and 2-1 conference mark.
The Bears are two points away from being 3-0 in the Pac-10, as their only loss came to UCLA in overtime, 76-75, Jan. 6.
California has yet to play a Pac-10 game on the road this season...it is 1-2 on the road and 0-2 in neutral site games this season.
Jerome Randle leads the team with 19.1 points and 4.7 assists per game.
Patrick Christopher is adding 15.4 points and 5.6 boards.
Theo Robertson and Jamal Boykin round out the Cal double-figure scorers wtih 14.9 and 11.1 points per game respectively.
BACK-TO-BACK STELLAR STARTS FOR WSU COACHES:
First-year Cougar head coach Ken Bone got his team off to a 6-0 start, making him the second-straight WSU coach to start 6-0 in his rookie campaign.
Bone's 6-0 mark ranks as the fifth-best start by a Pacific-10 Conference coach in his debut in the post-World War II era.
It ties as the 18th-best start by a head coach at a current Pac-10 institution.
Four seasons ago, Tony Bennett got off to a 7-0 start for the Cougars, which ties for the 13th-best start by a Pac-10 coach.
In 2006-07 Bennett and the Cougar reached 14-2 before losing their third game of the season January 13 at Stanford.
AGAINST THE GOLDEN BEARS:
California holds a 69-46 advantage in the all-time series against Washington State.
The series is tied at 27 apiece in WSU home games.
Last season Cal was one of just two Pac-10 teams that the Cougars did not defeat as it swept the season series.
In the first meeting, California defeated WSU, 57-50, Jan. 8 in Pullman.
The Cougars held leading scorer Jerome Randle to just eight points, but Patrick Christopher went for 22 to lead the Bears.
Taylor Rochestie led the Cougars with 19 points, while Klay Thompson added 14.
In the second meeting, Feb. 7 in Berkeley, WSU fell 71-63.
Four Cougars scored in double figures led by Rochestie's 19 points.
Thompson, Caleb Forrest and Aron Baynes added 15, 13 and 10 points respectively.
AGAINST THE CARDINAL:
Stanford holds a 67-56 advantage in the all-time series against WSU.
WSU leads 34-25 when hosting Stanford.
Last season the two teams split the season series as WSU won the first meeting in Pullman and Stanford took the second meeting in Stanford.
Taylor Rochestie's basket with 17 seconds to go in the game sealed the 55-54 victory for WSU Jan. 10 at Friel Court.
Rochestie finished with 21 points and four assists.
Klay Thompson added 13 points in WSU's victory, which snapped a three-game losing streak to Stanford.
The Cougs fell in the second meeting, 65-54, at Stanford, Feb. 5.
Thompson and Aron Baynes led the Cougars with 18 and 16 points, respectively.
MOORE OUT OF REGGIE:
Point guard Reggie Moore has gotten off to a hot start for the Cougars in his rookie campaign, ranking second on the team with 13.0 points per game.
Not only is he second in scoring, but he leads the team in assists with 4.4 dishes per game.
At Kansas State, Dec. 5, Moore set a WSU freshman record with 12 free throws made.
Against Air Force Dec. 12 in Spokane, Moore had the first double-double of his young career...he had a career high 10 assists, the second-most single game assists by a Cougar freshman.
Moore bettered that in his next game with 12 assists, marking the second-most single game assists by a Cougar freshman as he now has the second and third best performances.
Moore leads all Pac-10 freshmen in assists and assists/turnover ratio and ranks second among freshmen in scoring and free throw percentage.
He is currently on pace for the WSU freshman record for assists which is 114 set by Bennie Seltzer in 1990.
If the season ended today, Moore would capture the freshman record for assists average and would finish second in scoring average.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
The Cougars snapped a two-game winning streak with a 71-46 loss at Arizona State Sunday, Jan. 10.
Klay Thompson led the team with nine points and eight rebounds, as no Cougars scored in double figures for the first time this season.
The Cougars scored a season-low 46 points...previous low was 65 against Oregon State (Jan. 2)...the 25-point loss is WSU's largest margin of defeat this season.
WSU shot a season-low .298 (17-for-57) from the field...the previous low was .388 (19-for-49) against LSU Dec. 22.
Eleven different players saw action in the first half for WSU...no more than 10 Cougars had seen action in a complete Pac-10 game this season...all 13 players on the trip played for WSU.
ASU led by as many as 15 in the first half, before WSU cut the lead to eight at halftime.
The Cougars scored a season-low 25 first half points...previous low was 27 scored against Oregon (Dec. 31).
Charlie Enquist got his first career start.
Freshmen Steven Bjornstad and John Allen saw their first Pacific-10 Conference action.
It marked WSU's worst loss since falling at Oregon 67-37, Feb. 18, 2006.
KOPRIVICA AMONG WINNINGEST COUGARS:
Senior Nikola Koprivica has been apart of WSU men's basketball teams that have combined for 81 wins (2007-present).
With 81 wins to his name, Koprivica is tied with Daven Harmeling for the third most wins by an individual student-athlete in WSU history.
The number of wins does not include wins during a student-athlete's redshirt year, and the player doesn't have to have played in all of the games during the season.
Below is a list of the top-five winningest players in WSU history:
1. George Hamilton (1945, 1947-49), 86
2. Ed Gayda (1947-50), 82
3. Daven Harmeling (2005, 2007-09), 81
Nikola Koprivica (2007-10), 81
5. Aaron Baynes (2006-09), 80
Caleb Forrest (2006-09), 80
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the second-most overall and conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 81-37 (.686) overall and 34-24 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best three-year record at 98-28 (.778) overall and 46-12 in league play.
THOMPSON MAKES ALASKA HIS `KLAY'GROUND:
Klay Thompson had the week of his young career at the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Nov. 25-28.
Thompson broke the Great Alaska Shootout single-game and championship game records with 43 points in WSU's win over San Diego...the old record was set by Glenn Robinson of Purdue also in the championship game against Portland in 1993.
His 16 field goals mark a championship game record, besting Robinson's mark of 15 in 1993.
Thompson also set championship game records for field goals made (16), 3-pointers made (eight) and 3-pointers attempted (13).
His 89 total points were tied for second most in the tournament with Casey Green of Southwest Louisiana (1997).
Thompson's 14 3-pointers stand at fifth best all-time in the Great Alaska Shootout.
He was named the Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game in all three WSU games.
He earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award.
He led the tournament in points, scoring average, 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goals attempted and free throws, and was ranked in the top five in assists, steals, blocks and minutes played.
COUGARS DOMINATE SHOOTOUT AS WELL:
The Cougars not only won the Great Alaska Shootout title, but they also notched their names in the record books along the way.
WSU's .575 field goal percentage in its three games is the third-best in Shootout history and just .011 behind the record.
The Cougs' .511 3-point field goal percentage is the fifth-best 3-point shooting performance all time.
They set the championship game record for largest margin of victory with a 37-point defeat (93-56) of San Diego...the old record was 29 (76-47) points as San Diego State defeated Hampton last season.
WSU tied the tournament championship game record for most second half points with 54, held by Illinois vs. New Mexico State in 1992 and Iowa vs. Northeastern in 1986.
WSU led the tournament in scoring offense (86.0 ppg), scoring defense (64.3 papg), field goal percentage (.575), field goal percentage defense (.391), 3-point field goal percentage (.511), blocked shots (4.7 bpg) and assists (19.0 apg).
To put it in perspective, there have been 381 Shootout games over 32 years.
THOMPSON JOINS FONTAINE IN 20-PLUS POINT GAMES:
Klay Thompson scored 20-plus points in Washington State's first six games this season.
It marks the most consecutive 20-plus point performances by a Cougar since the school's all-time leading scorer, Isaac Fontaine, scored 20-plus in six-straight games Dec. 7-29, 1996.
Thompson became the fifth Cougar to notch six-consecutive 20-point games, joining Jim Meredith (Dec. 11-26, 1970), Don Collins (Feb. 24-Dec. 5, 1970), Joe Wallace (Dec. 20, 1984-Jan. 5, 1985) and Fontaine.
He's now reached 20-plus points in 11 of WSU's 16 games.
He's also reached double figures in 21 of WSU's 32 halves this season and in 14 of the team's 16 games.
Thompson scored 10 combined points in the 10 combined minutes of the two overtimes against Oregon Dec. 31.
THOMPSON EARNS BACK-TO-BACK PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS:
Klay Thompson was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the week for the weeks of Nov. 16-22 and Nov. 23-29.
He is just the third Cougar to earn a Pac-10 Player of the Week award twice in the same season as Daven Harmeling did so in 2006-07 and Joe Wallace accomplished the feat in 1985-87.
He's just the second Cougar to earn the honor over the last three seasons.
He became the 17th men's basketball player student-athlete to earn back-to-back Player of the Week honors, as Patrick Christopher of California and James Harden, formerly of Arizona State, accomplished it last season.
Thompson joins elite company, as he became the 13th sophomore to earn multiple Player of the Week awards.
James Harden, Ryan Anderson, Darren Collison, Daven Harmeling, Gilbert Arenas, Baron Davis, Jason Kidd, Harold Miner, Chris Mills, Adam Keefe, Gary Payton and Reggie Miller also accomplished that feat in their sophomore campaigns.
THE PAC-10 40 POINT CLUB:
With his 43 points against San Diego (Nov. 28), Klay Thompson became just the third Pac-10 player to score 40 points in the last five seasons...James Harden of ASU scored 40 in 2008-09 and Leon Powe of California scored 41 in 2005-06.
It's the most points scored by a Pac-10 player since Jason Kapono of UCLA scored 44 against WSU, Jan. 4, 2003.
COUGS AMONG YOUNGEST TEAMS IN NATION:
With 15 underclassman and just one upperclassman, Washington State's men's basketball team is among the youngest in the country, according to research done by Central Florida's SID.
WSU has the most underclassmen with 15, followed by Harvard with 14 and UCF and Toledo with 13 apiece.
The Cougars are also tied for the fewest amount of upperclassmen in the country as they and Saint Louis each have one.
For the second-straight season, WSU has five left-handed shooters on its team in 2009-10.
Anthony Brown, Marcus Capers, Nikola Koprivica, Abe Lodwick and Brock Motum are all left-handed on the basketball court.
Last season WSU also had five lefties on the team with Taylor Rochestie and Nick Witherill before the arrival of freshmen Brown and Motum.