March 6, 2007
THIS WEEK: The Washington State Cougars, (No. 11 Associated Press/No. 12 ESPN/USA Today) travel to Los Angeles for the Pacific Life Pacific-10 Tournament...Cougars are the second seed in the tournament...action begins Wednesday at Staples Center with No. 8 seed California facing No. 9 Oregon State at 6:12 p.m. and No. 7 Washington playing No. 10 Arizona State at 8:42 p.m...WSU plays the winner of Washington/Arizona State, Thursday at 8:50 p.m.
WSU PAC-10 TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The Cougars are 2-7 all-time in Pacific-10 Tournament games...lost to Arizona State in 1987...defeated UCLA and lost to Oregon State in 1988...beat Oregon and lost to Arizona in 1989...lost to USC in 1990...lost to Stanford in 2004 and 2005...lost to Oregon in 2006...WSU did not qualify for tournament in 2002 or 2003...all 10 teams made the tournament 1987-90 and 2006-07.
Tony Bennett ACCOLADES: Washington State Head Coach Tony Bennett has led the Cougars 24 wins this season, tied for third most in school history...named Pacific-10 Conference, United States Basketball Writers Association District 9 and Basketball Times national Coach of the Year.
MORE BENNETT: 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 Pacific-10 school in the post-World War II era.
LOW AND WEAVER GARNER HONORS: Junior guards Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were named All-Pacific-10 Conference and National Association of Basketball Coaches District 14 First Team...Low was also named First Team for District 9 by the United States Basketball Writers Association...first time since 1995-96 Washington State has placed a pair of student-athletes on the all-conference team.
SELECTION SUNDAY: The Washington State University athletics department will host a public event in Bohler Gymnasium, Sunday March 11 to celebrate the Cougars' expected bid to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship...admission is free...doors open at 2 p.m...even program begins at 2:30 p.m...CBS will air the selection of the 65-team field beginning at 3 p.m...Bud Nameck, the radio voice of the Cougars, will broadcast live from Bohler Gymnasium from 3-4 p.m.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (March 8): Washington State is 5-11 when competing, March 8...in 1992, the Cougars earned their 20th win of the season by knocking off No. 8 USC, 82-68 in front of a home crowd and ABC television audience...first win over a ranked opponent since Dec. 19, 1986 (No. 17 UCLA)...Bennie Seltzer scored 18 points and dished out nine assists off the bench for WSU...Cougars followed the victory with a win over Washington and advanced to the NIT...defeated Minnesota in Pullman and lost at New Mexico to finish the season 22-11.
COUGARS EQUAL BEST PAC-10 FINISH: Washington State's 88-86 double overtime win over No. 23 USC last Saturday earned sole possession of second place in the final Pac-10 standings...first time WSU has finished in the upper division of the conference since a tie for fifth in 1994-95...equals best finish in Pac-10 history (1982-83).
WSU WINS PILING UP: The Cougars have won 24 games this season, tied for third most in school history...WSU posted 26 wins in 1940-41 (NCAA runner-up), 25 in 1916-17 (national champions by the Helms Foundation of Los Angeles) and 24 in 1936-37 (Pacific Coast Conference North Division champions)...WSU's 13 Pac-10 wins are third in school history (14 in 1979-80 and 1982-83)...Cougars have won 13 more games than last season, second biggest improvement in school history (won eight in 1943-44 and 23 in 1944-45).
COUGARS IN THE POLLS: Washington State is currently No. 13 in both the Associated Press poll and the ESPN/USA Today poll...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.
|Dec. 11||9 points/43rd place||5/Tied-35th|
WSU IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougars are ranked nationally in fewest turnovers (third, 10.5 per game), scoring defense (12th, 58.6 points per game), win-loss percentage (tied-18th, 80.0), field goal percentage defense (23rd, 40.1), fewest personal fouls committed (23rd, 16.1 per game), blocked shots (tied-43rd, 4.7 per game), and scoring margin (49th, +7.9 points per game)...Kyle Weaver is tied for 33rd in steals per game (2.2).
COUGARS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: In conference play, Washington State leads the Pacific-10 in scoring defense (59.2 points per game), field goal percentage defense (39.6), 3-point field goal percentage defense (32.0), turnover margin (plus 2.61 per game) and assist to turnover ratio (1.45)...overall, the Cougars rank first in the conference in scoring defense (58.6 points per game), turnover margin (plus 3.60 per game), and assist to turnover ratio (1.36).