Jan. 17, 2007
WASHINGTON STATE (15-3, 4-2 Pacific-10)
COUGARS TAKE ON HUSKIES: The Washington State men's basketball team (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today) hosts arch-rival Washington at Friel Court, 3 p.m...game will be televised by FOX Sports Net Northwest.
COUGAR HEAD COACH Tony Bennett: Washington State Head Coach Tony Bennett is in his first season at the helm of the Cougar program...fourth year with WSU...assistant coach in 2003-04...associate head coach in 2004-05 and 2005-06...assistant coach at Wisconsin from 2000-03...became the first head coach at a current Pacific-10 institution to start 7-0 in his inaugural campaign at the school since Stanford's Robert W. Burnett was 9-0 in 1951-52...Bennett's accomplishment is tied for the third best start in a debut season at Pac-10 school in the post-World War II era.
ABOUT THE HUSKIES: Washington is 11-6, 1-5 in the Pac-10...only conference win came against Arizona State in Seattle, 64-53, Jan. 6...lost first three conference games at USC (86-79/2OT), at then-No.1 UCLA (96-74), and vs. then-No.7 Arizona (96-87)...have not recorded a win on the road this season...four players, all underclassmen, average in double figure scoring...freshmen Spencer Hawes and Quincy Pondexter are putting up 15.2 and 12.9 points per outing, respectively while sophomores Jon Brockman and Justin Dentmon are averaging 13.2 and 10.7 points per game, respectively.
SERIES WITH WASHINGTON: Huskies lead the series 167-93 and own a 69-59 record in Pullman...the 2006-07 season is the 91st straight in which the schools have played at least once, tied for the 13th longest continuous rivalry nationally...Washington State has won two straight...prior to the 2005-06 season sweep, the Huskies had won six out of the last seven meetings, including four straight victories over the Cougars...Saturday's match-up is the first time in five meetings Washington State will be facing an unranked Husky squad.
OFFENSE VS. DEFENSE: Saturday's match-up brings in two very different squads...Washington is currently 11th in the nation in scoring offense, putting up 83.4 points per game while the Cougars are 22nd in the nation in scoring defense holding opponents to just 58.7 points per outing.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Jan. 20): Washington State is 14-12 when competing Jan. 20 including a 6-4 record at home...Cougars overcame a seven-point halftime deficit at Oregon in 1994 to win 95-85...Cougars were led a career-high 43 points from Tony Harris...Harris also had a game-high nine boards and was a perfect 11-11 from the charity stripe...three other Cougars scored in double figures, Fred Ferguson (20), Mark Hendrickson (14), and Donminic Ellison (11)...WSU finished the season 20-11, after making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 11 years.
RECAPPING THE SEASON SWEEP OF THE HUSKIES: Washington State captured the series last season with a 78-71 win in Seattle, Jan. 7, marking the first time WSU won at Bank of America Arena since 1994...finished the season sweep with a 77-64 victory in Pullman, Feb. 4...both wins were over a ranked Husky squad (No. 10, Jan.7 and No. 16, Feb. 4)...Cougars victory on the road marked the first time a Washington State team had conquered a top-10 opponent on the road...Josh Akognon paced the Cougars with 27 points, including six 3-pointers...in Pullman, five Cougars scored in double figures led by Akognon's 14 points...Brandon Roy led all scorers with 21 points...Aron Baynes recorded his second straight double-double with 13 points and 12 boards...first home-and-home sweep of the Huskies since 1994.
WEAVER MAKES HISTORY: Washington State junior Kyle Weaver recorded what is believed to be the first triple-double in Cougar history by registering 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in the 71-68 overtime loss at Stanford, Jan. 13...WSU records prior to the 1968-69 season are incomplete...Beloit, Wis., native also tallied a career-high six steals...Weaver's performance was his third straight double-double and fourth in his career (all in the last seven games)...guard is averaging 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in six Pac-10 games this season.
RANKED COUGARS POST VICTORY: Washington State's win at California, Jan. 11 was the first for the Cougars as a ranked team (No. 22) since Feb. 23, 1980...WSU, ranked 20th at the time, was victorious 69-67 at USC...last time the Cougars won consecutive games as a ranked team was Feb. 17-18, 1950, both at Washington.
COUGARS EARN NATIONAL RANKING: Washington State is currently ranked 21st by ESPN/USA Today...Cougars are first in the "receiving votes" section of the Associated Press poll...WSU is among the nation's best for the sixth straight week...Cougars began receiving votes after upsetting then-No. 18 Gonzaga, 77-67 Dec. 5...earned first AP ranking (No. 22, Jan. 8) since Feb. 1983.