March 14, 2008
COUGARS FACE CARDINAL IN SEMIFINALS: Twenty-first ranked Washington State University men's basketball (24-7) continues its run in the 2008 Pacific Life Pacific-10 Conference Tournament as it takes on No. 11 Stanford (25-6), Friday, March 14 at 8:30 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The third-seeded Cougars and second-seeded Cardinal will meet for the third time this season live on FSN.
THE SERIES WITH STANFORD
The Cardinal leads the all-time series 65-55 including 3-1 at neutral sites.
WSU and Stanford have met twice in the Pac-10 Tournament with the Cardinal holding a 2-0 lead. The two met in both 2004 (Stanford 68, WSU 47) and 2005 (Stanford 60, WSU 58).
Stanford has won six of the last seven meetings, including the regular-season sweep this year.
The Cougars have led the Cardinal at halftime in the last five games. WSU is 1-4 in those games.
The first meeting went into overtime, marking the second-straight season that the two teams have gone into an extra period.
Derrick Low is averaging 16 points per game in the two meetings this season. Kyle Weaver is adding 13.5 points per game, including 17-for-21 from the free throw line.
BENNETT GETS 50TH CAREER WIN
WSU'S 75-70 victory over Oregon Thursday gave second-year head coach Tony Bennett the 50th win of his career. He is 50-15 (.769) as head coach at WSU.
He is tied for 10th in NCAA history for wins by a coach in his first two seasons.
With a win Friday, Bennett could move into a tie for eighth place in the category.
Below is a look at the 10-best coaching starts in NCAA history through two seasons.
Coach, Team Seasons W L Pct. Bill Guthridge, North Carolina 1998-99 58 14 .806 Everett Case, North Carolina St 1947-48 55 8 .873 Todd Lickliter, Butler. .2002-03 53 12 .815 Ben Carnevale, North Carolina 1945-46 52 11 .825 Mark Fox, Nevada 2005-06 52 13 .800 Mark Few, Gonzaga 2000-01 52 16 .765 Don Monson, Gonzaga 1998-99 52 17 .754 Bill Carmody, Princeton 1997-98 51 6 .895 Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh 2004-05 51 14 .785 Gary Cunningham, UCLA. 1978-79 50 8 .862 Kermit Davis Jr., Idaho 1989-90 50 12 .806 Nolan Richardson, Tulsa 1981-82 50 13 .794 Thad Matta, Butler & Xavier 2001-02 50 14 .781 Tevester Anderson, Murray St 1999-2000 50 15 .769 Tony Bennett, WSU 2007-08 50 15 .769 John Phillips, Tulsa 2002-03 50 17 .746 Stan Watts, BYU 1950-51 50 21 .704
COUGARS IN THE PAC-10 TOURNEY
WSU is now 4-8 all-time in the Pacific-10 Tournament.
The Cougars have never gotten past the semifinal round. Last season they won their first game to Washington, then fell to USC.
Against the Cardinal, the Cougars are 0-2 in the tournament with losses in both 2004 and 2005.
ON THE VERGE OF BACK-TO-BACK 25-WIN SEASONS
The Cougars are just one win away from their 25th win of the season. Last year's team finished 26-8.
WSU has never had back-to-back 25-win seasons. Its back-to-back 20-win seasons is the first time since 1940-41 and 1941-42.
WSU's 50 wins in two years is the school record for most wins in a two-year span. The previous record was 49 wins last done in 1939-40 and 1940-41.
IN THE SEASON RECORD BOOKS
Several Cougars are nearing the top in the WSU season record books:
Derrick Low 3-pt Field Goals 81-T-3rd 2nd-83 Taylor Rochestie Assists 141-5th 4th-145 Kyle Weaver Assists 138-6th 5th-141 Kyle Weaver Steals 52-NR T-9th-55
IN THE CAREER RECORD BOOKS
Several Cougars are nearing the top in the WSU career record books:
Kyle Weaver Assists 452-3rd 2nd-256 Robbie Cowgill Blocks 117-4th 5th-118 Kyle Weaver Blocks 88-9th 8th-89 Derrick Low 3-pt Field Goals 209-4th 3rd-230(For more information on the career record standings, see Thursday's WSU game notes.)
WSU is 15-3 in games played outside Pullman, tied with North Carolina, Butler and Robert Morris for the most road/neutral-site wins in the nation this season.
WSU went 10-3 on the road, marking the first time since the mid 40's that the Cougars have had 10 or more road victories.
AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
The Cougars are 2-4 against top-25 opponents this season.
They are 1-4 against top-25 Pac-10 opponents this season.
WSU is 2-13 against ranked opponents at neutral sites.
The Cougars are 3-20 all-time against ranked Cardinal teams.
Stanford comes in the game ranked 11th in the nation, WSU is 5-5 all-time against the 11th-ranked team.
At 5-5, the Cougars hold their best record against the 11th ranked team than any other top-25 ranking.