Jan. 5, 2011
COUGARS RETURN HOME TO HOST OREGON SCHOOLS: Washington State University men's basketball (10-4, 0-2), will host a game in Pullman for the first time since Dec. 8 as it faces off against Oregon State (7-6, 2-0), Thursday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum. WSU's Pac-10 home opener will not be televised, but can be heard on the radio. Please see page one of today's notes for all radio affiliates.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is coming off a 14-day, six-game road trip in which it came out 3-3, holding a 10-4 overall record.
Last weekend the Cougars opened Pac-10 play at L.A., dropping close contests to UCLA and USC, respectively...WSU is 0-2 in league play.
Washington State is 4-1 at home, its lone setback, a 63-58 loss to then-No. 5 Kansas State, Dec. 3.
The Cougars are averaging 79.4 points per game in home games this season, 27.2 more than their opponents averaging 55.2 points.
Klay Thompson leads the Cougars this season with 22.2 points per game, leading the league, while ranking 11th in the nation.
Thompson also ranks in the league's top-five in 3-point field goals made (second, 2.9 mpg), free throw percentage (third, .826), assists (fourth, 4.0 apg), steals (fourth, 1.9 spg) and 3-point field goal percentage (fifth, .444).
First year player, junior college transfer, Faisal Aden is second and the team and seventh in the Pac-10 with 15.4 points per game.
DeAngelo Casto is close to double figures with 9.9 points per game while leading the team with 6.0 rebounds per game (17th in the Pac-10).
Point guard Reggie Moore, who missed the Cougars' first five games with a left wrist injury, is adding 7.7 points per game, along with 3.6 assists.
Forward/center Brock Motum leads the league in field goal percentage with a .653 clip...he's fourth on the team with 8.0 points per game.
AGAINST THE BEAVERS:
Washington State and Oregon State are meeting for the 103rd-consecutive men's basketball season.
The two schools are tied for the eighth-longest continuous rivalry (see chart on page three of today's notes).
The Cougars also hold the sixth oldest continuous rivalry, as they faced Idaho for the 106th-straight basketball season this year.
Oregon State holds a 162-118 advantage in the all-time series and won the last meeting.
Last season the two teams split the season series, each winning at home, as the Beavers snapped a three-game Cougar winning streak.
Last season at Pullman, WSU held on for a 65-60 victory over OSU, Jan. 2.
Reggie Moore led WSU with a then-career high 19 points...he added three steals.
Marcus Capers added his lone career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a team-most 35 minutes.
James Watson scored a career-high seven points.
WSU scored a then-season-low 65 points.
WSU head coach Ken Bone got his first Pac-10 win as the Cougar coach.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the third most overall and fourth most conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 95-52 overall and 38-36 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 115-42overall and 54-21 in league play.
The Cougars need just two wins to catch up to second-ranked Washington and four conference wins to jump USC and tie with Washington for second.
THOMPSON MOVING UP SCORING LIST:
With 22 points at Oregon last season, Klay Thompson surpassed the 1,000-point for his career...he finished the season with 1,023 points.
He now has 1,334 points and currently ranks 10th on the Cougar all-time scoring list.
Thompson became the 31st Cougar to reach 1,000 career points and the third-fastest, accomplishing the feat in his 63rd career game.
The only two Cougars to do it faster than Thompson were Steve Puidokas (52 games) and Jim McKean (57 games)...Thompson surpassed Larry Beck who was previously third as he did it in 66 games.
If Thompson continues to average 22.2 points again this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,685 points, making him the third-leading scorer in Washington State history....Isaac Fontaine holds the school record with 2,003 points, while Steve Puidokas scored 1,894 in his career.
THOMPSON AMONG NATION'S LEADING SCORERS:
With 22.2 points this season Klay Thompson leads the Pac-10 and ranks 11th in the nation in scoring.
Thompson is also 30th in 3-point field goal percentage (.444) and 35th in 3-point fields gaols per game (2.9).
The other category Thompson ranks in the top-10 is steals per game at 75th.
DOUBLING UP IN A HALF:
Klay Thompson is dominating not just games, but halves over his career.
In his career Klay Thompson has had 60 halves with at least 10 points, 31 times in the first half and 29 in the second half.
He has scored 15 or more points in 20 halves, 10 in each.
Thompson has scored 20-plus points in a half five times, three in the first half, two in the second half.
In 16 games Thompson has scored in double figures in both halves, three as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and five so far as a junior.
This season Thompson has scored in double figures in 15 halves, two shy of his freshman total and 13 shy of his sophomore total.
Faisal Aden (eight halves), DeAngelo Casto (two halves), Brock Motum (two halves), Reggie Moore (one half) and Patrick Simon (one half) have each reached double figures in at least one half this season as well.
Moore reached double figures in 16 halves last year as a freshman, one shy of Thompson's freshman mark.
THOMPSON FEASTS ON COMPETITION:
For the second year in a row, Klay Thompson captured Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday...this year the week was Nov. 22-28.
For the week, he averaged 28.5 points, while shooting 21-of-33 (.636) from the field, 5-of-10 (.500) from three-point range, and 10-of-12 (.833) from the free throw line...he also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the two contests.
This is the third honor for Thompson who becomes the first Cougar to earn a Player of the Week honor three times in his career...last year he became the first Cougar to earn the honors in back-to-back weeks as he was Pac-10 Player of the Week Nov. 23 and Nov. 30.
Four WSU student-athletes have earned the honor twice in their careers.
THOMPSON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN:
For the second time this season and the fourth in his career, Klay Thompson has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 6-12.
The junior guard helped lead the Cougars to wins over Gonzaga and Texas-Pan American last week.
For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds.
THOMPSON, ADEN EXCEL IN FIRST FIVE GAMES:
Through the first five games of the season Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden held the third and fifth-best scoring out puts by a Cougar in his first five games of the season since the 3-point line in 1986-87.
Thompson also holds the second spot after scoring 127 in the first five games of his sophomore season.
Aden has the second-most points by a Cougar in his first five games of his career, second to Neil Derrick who scored 111 in his first five games after transferring prior to his junior year.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win Nov. 30, WSU finished the month 40-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 40-straight November games in Pullman and are 42-1 (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 PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH:
WSU was chosen to finish fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2010-11, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 basketball.
2010-11 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Poll
1. Washington (33) 348
2. Arizona (1) 296
3. UCLA (1) 281
4. Arizona State 215
5. Washington State 191
6. USC 178
7. California 151
8. Oregon State 120
9. Stanford 98
10. Oregon 47
First place votes in parentheses