Jan. 21, 2003
|THIS WEEK:||Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003 -- WSU at Oregon State-7:05 p.m.|
|Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003 -- WSU at Oregon-6 p.m. (Oregon Sports Network)|
|NEXT WEEK:||Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 -- WSU at Washington-7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Net Northwest)|
RADIO: All Washington State men's basketball games will be broadcast over the Cougar Basketball Radio Network...Bud Nameck is in his 10th season calling all the action...games can be heard on KCLK 1430 AM (Clarkston), KCLX 1450 AM (Colfax), KCVL 1240 AM (Colville), KRKO 1380 AM (Everett), KBAM 1270 AM (Longview), KZFN 106.1 FM (Moscow, Idaho), KBSN 1470 AM (Moses Lake), KZXR 1310 AM (Prosser), KYCZ 1090 AM (Seattle), KXLY 920 AM (Spokane), KHHO 850 AM (Tacoma), KALE 960 AM (Tri-Cities), KGDC 1320 AM (Walla Walla) and KUSA 980 AM (Yakima).
INTERNET: Cougar men's basketball games can also be accessed via the Washington State athletic department web site at www.wsucougars.com or at broadcast.yahoo.com.
COUGARS ON TELEVISION: Washington State will make 11 appearances on television during its 27-game regular season, including four national and seven regional broadcasts...FOX Sports Net televised the games vs. UCLA (Jan. 4) and at Arizona (Jan. 9) and will televise games at Stanford (Feb. 15) and at USC (March 8)...FOX Sports Net Northwest televised the game vs. California (Jan. 18) and will televise games at Washington (Jan. 31), vs. Arizona (Feb. 8), vs. Oregon State (Feb. 22) and vs. Washington (March 1)...FOX Sports Net Arizona and FOX Sports Net Northwest televised the game at Arizona State (Jan. 11)...the Oregon Sports Network will televise the game at Oregon (Jan. 25).
CRUCIAL WEEK IN THE NORTHWEST: All four Northwest schools in the Pac-10 reside in the bottom half of the standings entering the week...the Oregon schools will host both Washington and Washington State this week...Oregon (2-3) is tied for sixth with UCLA...Washington is eighth (2-4)...Oregon State is ninth (0-5) and WSU is 10th (0-6).
OREGON STATE PREVIEW: The Beavers enter the week winless in the Pac-10 (0-5) and 7-7 overall...three players average double-figure scoring, led by Philip Ricci at 17.9 points per game...he is fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring...Ricci also leads the Beavers with 8.1 rebounds per contest...the Beavers bring the worst scoring offense (66.9 points per game) in the Pac-10 into the game with WSU, which has the worst scoring defense in the conference (80.1 points per game).
SERIES WITH THE BEAVERS: The Cougars have faced the Beavers 264 times, more than any other opponent...Oregon State leads the series 154-110...the Beavers swept last season's series winning 74-72 in Pullman (Jan. 24) and 91-55 in Corvallis (Feb. 23)...OSU has won the last four against WSU in Corvallis.
OREGON PREVIEW: The Ducks are 12-4, 2-3 in the Pac-10...the Ducks are No. 23 in the Associated Press poll...Luke Ridnour is third in the Pac-10 in scoring (19.2 points per game)...Oregon is the best foul shooting team in the conference (73.2 percent) and is second in the conference in scoring (84.8 points per game).
SERIES WITH THE DUCKS: The Cougars have met the Ducks 259 times, second most among opponents...Oregon leads the series 143-116...the Ducks swept last year with a 94-86 win in Pullman (Jan. 26) and a 115-77 victory in Eugene (Feb. 21)...Oregon has won seven straight over WSU in Eugene.
COUGARS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: WSU has lost 35 straight to ranked opponents...the Cougars are 5-7 all-time against ranked Oregon teams.
WOUNDED COUGARS: Junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) has been playing with bone spurs and bone chips in his right ankle for just over a month...the point guard, who is the No. 2 scorer in the Pac-10 at 19.3 points per game will undergo surgery late this week or early next week...the surgery will likely end his season...senior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) suffered a fractured back in the USC loss (Jan. 2)...he missed three games before returning agains Stanford, Jan. 16...he aggravated the injury against the Cardinal and is out this week...sophomore Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) has a stress reaction in his lower left leg...he has missed four games and is out this week...junior Ezenwa Ukeagu (Coral Springs, Fla.) suffered acute appendicitis Tuesday (Jan. 14), has missed two games and is be out two or three more weeks...senior Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas) has a sprained ligament in the bottom of his left foot...he has missed two games and is doubtful this week.
OVERTIME GAMES: Washington State is 0-2 in overtime games this season...the Cougars lost 110-104 to Gonzaga, Dec. 7, despite a career-high 42 points from junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.)...Moore scored 27 of his points in the final 8:17 (3:17 regulation/5:00 overtime)...WSU dropped a 73-68 decision to Stanford, Jan. 16...sophomore Chris Schlatter (Lafayette, Calif.) converted 1-of-2 free throws with 3.1 seconds left to force the extra session...WSU has lost its last three overtime games and 10 of its last 12.
SLOW STARTS: For the third time since the Pac-10 began play in 1978-79, Washington State is 0-6 in conference play...the two previous occasions are 1999-2000 (0-14 finished 1-17) and 2001-02 (0-10 finished 1-17).
MOORE GOES OVER 1,000: Junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) became the 24th player in Washington State men's basketball history to score 1,000 points in his career with a 35-point effort at No. 2 Arizona, Jan. 9...currently Moore has 1,027 points...in addition, he is two assists and three steals shy of becoming just the third player in WSU history to record 1,000 points, 300 assists and 125 steals...Keith Morrison (1983-86) and Bennie Seltzer (1990-93) are the other two...Moore currently ranks sixth in assists and is tied for sixth in steals on the WSU career lists.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Three Cougars players, junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.), senior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) and sophomore Shami Gill (Mission, British, Columbia) have recorded double-double this season...Moore has a pair with 28 points/10 rebounds vs. Southern Utah (Nov. 25) and 22 points/career-high 11 rebounds vs. Fresno State (Dec. 23)...Moore has five career double-doubles...Riley scored 12 points and added a career-high 12 rebounds at TCU (Nov. 30) for his second career double-double...Gill scored 11 points and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds vs. High Point (Dec. 21) for his first career double-double.
SUPER SOPHOMORE: With the injury to Marcus Moore, sophomore Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) will be asked to shoulder more of the offensive load for the remainder of the season...his stats show he is more than capable...he leads the Pac-10 with 48.2 percent three-point shooting and three-pointers per game (2.73 per game), is tied for third with a 1.83 assist/turnover ratio, and ninth in assists (3.67 per game)...Blake Pengelly (1996-97) holds the Cougars' single season record for three-point shooting at 48.6 percent (36-for-74)...Kelati's 41 treys this season are more than double the 18 he knocked down as a freshman.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE: The Cougars tied single-game team records for three-pointers (18) and three-point attempts (37) in the loss to Gonzaga...both marks were set Dec. 29, 1990 during a 121-82 win over Seattle in Bohler Gym...WSU leads the Pacific-10 with 9.53 three-pointers made per game...at that pace, the Cougars would finish with 257...the 1993-94 squad holds the single-season record with 221...WSU is also on track to attempt 725 three-pointers (26.8 per game) this season which would shatter the record of 598 set in 1993-94.
GLASS CLEANERS: Five Cougars veterans have set their career high in rebounds this season...junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) tallied his career high with 11 rebounds against Fresno State (Dec. 23)...senior Milton Riley (Gardena, Calif.) recorded his career high at TCU (Nov. 30) with 12...sophomore Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) pulled down 13 boards against High Point (Dec. 21)...at Idaho (Dec. 4), seniors Cedrick Hughey (Waldo, Ark.) and Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas) grabbed seven and six boards, respectively...Hughey equaled the career-high with seven rebounds vs. USC (Jan. 2) and at Arizona State (Jan. 11).
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: The combined 214 points scored in the Gonzaga game were the most by two teams at Friel Court since No. 12 Arizona won a 114-111 overtime thriller against the Cougars March 2, 1995...the 90 points by WSU in the loss to USC (Jan. 2) were the most my the Cougars in a Pac-10 game since a 95-86 win over USC, Jan. 30, 1999.