Feb. 18, 2003
|THIS WEEK:||Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003||vs. Oregon-7 p.m.|
|Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003||vs. Oregon State-6 p.m. (FOX Sports Net Northwest)|
|NEXT WEEK:||Saturday, March 1, 2003||vs. Washington-8 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 at Stanford (Feb. 15) and will televise the game at USC (March 8)...FOX Sports Net Northwest televised games vs. California (Jan. 18) and at Washington (Jan. 31) and will televise games vs. Oregon State (Feb. 22) and vs. Washington (March 1)...FOX Sports Net Arizona and FOX Sports Net Northwest televised the games at Arizona State (Jan. 11) and vs. Arizona (Feb. 8)...the Oregon Sports Network televised the game at Oregon (Jan. 25).
OREGON PREVIEW: The Ducks are 17-6, 7-5 in the Pacific-10...Oregon resides in fourth place in the Conference standings...Luke Ridnour is third in the Pac-10 with 19.2 points per game.
SERIES WITH THE DUCKS: The Cougars have met the Ducks 260 times, second most among opponents...Oregon leads 144-116 and has won three straight...the Ducks won 76-66, Jan. 25 in Eugene behind 28 points from Luke Ridnour.
OREGON STATE PREVIEW: Oregon State is 11-10, 4-8 in the Pac-10 (pending Thursday game at Washington)...the Beavers are seventh in the Pac-10, a game and a half ahead of Washington...Philip Ricci's 8.7 rebounds per outing are tops in the Conference.
SERIES WITH THE BEAVERS: The Cougars have faced Oregon State 265 times, more than any other opponent...Oregon State leads 155-110 and has won three straight...the Beavers won 63-48 in Corvallis, Jan. 23.
WOUNDED COUGARS: Junior Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) had surgery (Jan. 24) to remove bone chips in his right ankle and is out for the season...the point guard was the No. 2 scorer in the Pac-10 at 19.3 points per game...senior Justin Lyman (Missouri City, Texas) and sophomore Shami Gill (Mission, British Columbia) did not make the Bay Area trip due to back spasms and are questionable for this week...as a team, the Cougars have missed a total of 38 games due to injury.
GETTING A FRESH START: Largely due to injuries, Washington State has started 13 different players and 10 different lineups...the Cougars have used a different starting lineup in each of the last four games...freshman Randy Green (Renton) made his first start at California Thursday...sophomore Thomas Kelati (Walla Walla) is the only Cougar to appear in all 22 games, having started each outing for WSU this season...a breakdown of the Cougar starting lineups this season.
HOME SWEET HOME: Sophomore Chris Schlatter (Lafayette, Calif.) is shooting 46.5 percent (20-for-43) from beyond the three-point range at home and just 16.0 (4-for-25) from beyond the arc on the road.
MR. PERFECT: Senior Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) is 18-for-18 from the foul line this season after connecting all eight shots from the charity stripe at Stanford last Saturday...as a team, Washington State has made 26 straight free throws, including 18-for-18 at Stanford...the perfect day at the line against the Cardinal marked the third time in school history WSU has not missed a foul shot as a team (minimum 10 attempts)...the other two occasions were at Oregon, March 1, 1968 (19-for-19) and vs. No. 1 Arizona, Dec. 22, 1987 (13-for-13).
WHO'S HOT: Junior Ezenwa Ukeagu (Coral Springs, Fla.) is averaging 7.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in the last three games.
SLOW STARTS: For the second time since the Pac-10 began play in 1978-79, Washington State is 0-13 in conference play...in 1999-2000, the Cougars lost their first 14 Pac-10 games and finished 1-17.
WINLESS STREAK: The Cougars have lost a school record 20 straight Pacific-10 games...the Conference mark is held by UCLA (1937-40)...the Bruins lost 30 straight Pacific Coast Conference games...USC dropped 21 straight Pacific-8 games from 1975-77.