Feb. 14, 2006
WASHINGTON STATE (11-10, 4-8 Pac-10)
COUGARS CARAVAN TO OREGON: The Washington State men's basketball team looks to snap a seven season losing streak at the Oregon schools when it faces Oregon State, Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m...Cougars conclude Oregon road trip at Oregon, Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m...game against the Ducks will be televised by Oregon Sports Network.
THE HEAD COACHES: Dick Bennett is 36-42 at Washington State and in his third season on the Palouse...owns a 490-299 career record (.621) in 27 collegiate seasons...guided Wisconsin to 2000 Final Four...Jay John is 52-60 and in his fourth season at Oregon State...career mark is the same...Ernie Kent is 160-108 and in his ninth season at Oregon...overall record is 260-188 in 15 seasons...Bennett is 1-4 against both John and Oregon State...Bennett is 1-5 vs. Oregon (0-4 as WSU Head Coach) and is 0-4 against Kent.
ABOUT OREGON STATE: The Beavers are 10-14 overall, 3-10 in the Pacific-10...Oregon State leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots averaging 4.79 per game and sit second behind the Cougars in field goal percentage defense (41.9)...Nick DeWitz leads the conference in blocked shots (2.08 per game), is eighth in field goal percentage (49.1), tied for 14th in rebounding (4.8 per game), and 20th in scoring (11.5 points per game)...Sasa Cuic ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage (48.1), 14th in scoring (13.4 points per game), and 17th in rebounding (4.8 per game)...Chris Stephens is second in free throw percentage (89.5), third in 3-point field percentage (43.0), and 15th in scoring (12.5 per game)...Marcel Jones is fifth in rebounding (7.0 per game).
SENIOR CLASS SEEKS WIN IN EUGENE: If Washington State wins at Oregon Saturday, the current Cougar senior class (Randy Green) will be the first at WSU to defeat all nine Pac-10 opponents since 1989.
SERIES WITH THE BEAVERS: Oregon State leads 159-112 overall, 96-36 at Corvallis...Beavers have won 11 of the last 14 in the series, including the last seven in Corvallis...Beavers won the season's first encounter 59-50 at Pullman, Jan. 21...Oregon State's Chris Stephens lead all scorers with 23 points...Oregon State has been Washington State's opponent 271 times, more than any other school.
ABOUT OREGON: Oregon is 11-14 overall, 5-8 in the Pacific-10...Oregon leads the Pac-10 in 3-point field goals made (6.60 per game)...Aaron Brooks is second in conference in assists (4.48) and assist/turnover ratio (1.70), and tied for seventh in free throw percentage (80.0)...Malik Hairston ranks sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (42.2) and 10th in scoring (14.6 points per game)...Maarty Leunen ranks seventh in rebounding (6.7 per game)...Chamberlain Oguchi is ranked 10th in 3-point field goals made (1.67 per game).
SERIES WITH THE DUCKS: Oregon leads 159-116 overall, 87-41 at Eugene...Ducks have won last nine meetings and 17 of the last 18...Oregon has won 10 straight over WSU in Eugene...in the season's first meeting, Oregon's Malik Hairston made a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left to give the Ducks a 52-50 victory in Pullman, Jan. 19...WSU's Josh Akognon led all scorers with 18 points.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Feb. 16): Three Cougars scored 20 plus points as WSU picked up its first Pac-10 road win with a 94-85 triumph at Oregon State Feb. 16, 1995...Shamon Antrum and Isaac Fontaine each scored 24 points and Mark Hendrickson had 22 points and a game-high 11 rebounds...Antrum hit a 3-pointer with 12:41 in the first half that put WSU ahead for good, 19-16...Beavers were unable to get closer than three points the rest of the game...Cougars made 35 of 43 free throw attempts for the game, both marked season-highs.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Feb. 18): The Cougars roared to a 17-2 lead in the first eight minutes as WSU beat Oregon, 76-59, Feb. 18, 1995...marked the second consecutive road sweep of the Oregon schools...WSU held Oregon to season-lows in points (59) and shooting percentage (29.2)...Cougars made their first 24 shots from the foul line which pushed the school record to 34 consecutive made free throws...WSU was held without a 3-point basket for the third time since the shot was adopted in 1986-87.
OREGON TRAIL ROUGH FOR COUGARS: The road trip to the Beaver State for annual games at Oregon State and at Oregon has been difficult for the Cougars in recent years...Washington State has been swept on the trip each of the last seven seasons...Cougars are 1-8 against the Beavers in the last nine games played at Corvallis...WSU has lost 10 consecutive games to the Ducks in Eugene...last time the Cougars won both games on this road trip was 1994-95 when WSU finished 18-12, 10-8 in the Pacific-10 and advanced to the NIT quarterfinals.
COUGARS CONTINUE TO BREAK STREAKS: Washington State has accomplished several firsts and has broken many losing streaks under the tutelage of Dick Bennett.