March 6, 2012
EIGHTH-SEEDED COUGARS TAKE ON NO. 9 BEAVERS IN PAC-12 TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND: Eighth-seeded Washington State University men's basketball (15-15, 7-11) will kick-off the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament as it takes on ninth-seeded Oregon State (17-13, 7-11), Wednesday, March 7 at 12:10 p.m. at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The game can be see live on FSN/ROOT NW as Kevin Calabro and Don MacLean have the call with Rebecca Haarlow on the sidelines. The game can also be heard on the Cougar Radio Network with Bud Nameck's call. Please see the list of affiliates on page one of today's notes for more information. You can also get updates on Twitter by following @WSUHoopsBlog, the official Twitter account of Washington State men's basketball.
WSU AGAINST OREGON STATE:
The Cougars trail the all-time series with the Beavers 122-162.
WSU leads the series 76-60 in Pullman, but trails the series 99-40 in Corvallis...Oregon State leads the series 5-3 in neutral site matchups.
Head coach Ken Bone is 5-2 all-time against the Beavers and 5-1 as the head coach at Washington State...he lost to Oregon State once prior to becoming the coach at WSU.
The Cougars swept the regular season series this year and have won 10 of the last 12 matchups with the Beavers...WSU has won the last four meetings.
The last time WSU and Oregon State met at a neutral site (not including Cougar `home' games at Spokane) came in the 1988 Pac-10 Tournament in Tucson, Ariz
. The Cougars and Beavers have never faced each other in the state of California.
The Cougars have won four-straight games against the Beavers, defeating Oregon State in both matchups last season and posting a victory in Spokane Dec. 31, 2011 and in Corvallis, Feb. 9.
In the first matchup earlier this season, WSU secured its first Pac-12 victory with an 81-76 defeat of the Beavers.
Brock Motum led WSU with 26 points and eight rebounds.
Reggie Moore had a then-season high nine assists.
DaVonté Lacy finished with 18 points...he had his two highest scoring games this season in back-to-back games (19 against Oregon in the previous game).
In addition, the Cougars shot .538 from the field and made a season-high 17 field goals in the first half.
In the second meeting, WSU controlled the first 30 minutes en route to an 83-73 victory in Corvallis.
Moore finished with a season-high 11 assists...he had nine of his assists in the first half.
Moore's 11 assists are his most in a conference game...he had his first double-double of the season with 10 points, the second of his career.
D.J. Shelton scored a career-high 14 points...he added a career-high nine rebounds...Shelton's previous high for points was nine the first time against Oregon State this season (Dec. 31).
With 83 WSU scored its most points since scoring 93 against Santa Clara, Dec. 11...the most in a Pac-12 game this season (scored 81 against OSU the first time and Stanford).
The Cougars got their first road win of the season and first season series sweep.
The Cougars got 26 points off of 14 Beaver turnovers.
WSU AT THE PAC-12 TOURNAMENT
The Cougars are 5-12 all-time at the conference tournament and 0-1 against Oregon State in the tournament.
WSU has played eight of the 11 other Pac-12 teams, with the exceptions being California and the newest members, Colorado and Utah.
With a win, the Cougars would face No. 1 seeded Washington, Thursday, March 8 at 12:10 p.m.
The Cougars were knocked out of the tournament last year by Washington, falling 89-87, after winning the two regular season meetings against the Huskies.
WSU is 1-2 all-time as the No. 8 seed in the tournament...the Cougars were last seeded eighth in the 2004 tournament, getting knocked out by Stanford in their first game.
The first time WSU was seeded eighth, it won its first game in the tournament, a victory over UCLA, but fell to Oregon State in overtime, 74-68.
See page six in today's notes for more.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE:
Washington State is 15-15 on the season and finished tied for eighth in the conference with Oregon State with a 7-11 league mark.
The Cougars will take to a neutral court for the fourth game this season, not including two `home' games at Spokane Arena in late December.
WSU is 1-3 in netural-site games and 0-3 in neutral-site games in Southern California, falling in all three games at the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif. in November.
The Cougars defeated Pepperdine at Seattle's KeyArena in the Cougar Hardwood Classic, Dec. 22, followed by a loss to Oregon and victory over Oregon State at Spokane Arena Dec. 29 and 31, respectively.
WSU is 1-4 in the state of California this season, but won its last game, a 43-38 victory at USC March 3.
The Cougars have been in Los Angeles since Wednesday, Feb. 29, having stayed after playing at UCLA March 1 and at USC March 3.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Brock Motum leads the team with 18.1 points per game and 6.5 rebounds an outing...he finished second in the Pac-12 in scoring, just 0.1 points behind Oregon State's Jared Cunningham.
Motum leads all scorers in Pac-12 only play with 20.7 points per game in league contests...he added 6.6 rebounds per game in those games.
Motum ranks 40th in the country in scoring and 29th in the country with a .549 field goal percentage.
The junior is the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-11 in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding.
Reggie Moore is second among active Cougars in scoring with 9.1 points per game...he leads the league and ranks 39th in the country with 5.3 assists per game.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has started 23 games for the Cougars and is fourth on the team with 9.0 points per game.
Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick played his first game this season Dec. 18 after missing the first 10 with a foot injury...he got his first start Jan. 26 at Arizona and has started every game since.
Redshirt junior Mike Ladd missed WSU's games against UC Riverside, Grambling State, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Santa Clara with a sprained thumb...he then missed the games at Washington and at home against Stanford and Cal and at Arizona and Arizona State.
Ladd also missed WSU's game at home against Arizona State after suffering a concussion in the previous game against Arizona Feb. 16.
CAPERS SETS RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED:
Senior Marcus Capers played his 128th career game Saturday, March 3 at USC, setting the WSU school record for games played originally set by George Hamilton who played 127 games in 1945 and 1947-49.
WSU has at least one game remaining (first round of the Pac-12 Tournament) which could extend his record to at least 129 games.
MOTUM FOUR REBOUNDS FROM ELITE COMPANY:
Junior Brock Motum has 542 points and 196 rebounds this season, needing just four boards to reach 500 points and 200 rebounds in the same season.
If Motum gets those final four rebounds he will join two other Cougars, Steve Puidokas and Larry Beck to reach 500 points and 200 boards in a season.
Beck had 506 points and 214 rebounds in 1955-56, while Puidokas recorded 559 points and 259 rebounds in 1974-75.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES FOR MOTUM:
Junior Brock Motum played 799 minutes in 54 games his first two seasons combined at Washington State...this season he has already clocked 971 minutes of action.
In his first two seasons he averaged 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds a game, but still did it at a high shooting clip, .591.
This season alone Motum has 222 more points than he did in his first two seasons combined (542 compared to 320), and is averaging 18.1 points per game, 12 more points than his first two seasons.
Motum also has 137 rebounds this season, more than his 72 his first two years combined, averaging 6.5 rebounds, over four rebounds more a game.
He continues to shoot at a high clip at .549 for a .565 career field goal percentage.
MOORE OF THE SAME:
Reggie Moore has finished in the top-nine in the league in assists per game over his first two seasons (ninth last season, fifth as a freshman in 2009-10).
This season Moore leads the league with 5.3 assists per game (39th in the country)...he's adding a team third-best 9.2 points per game.
He is also fourth in the league with a 2.11 assist/turnover ratio which ranks 67th nationally.
Moore ranks third in the WSU single season record books with 160 assists in 2011-12...he is just five away from Taylor Rochestie in third with 160...the record is 192 set by Donminic Ellison in 1995.
Moore is third for season assists average with 5.3 assists per game...the record is 6.9 apg set by Ellison in 1995...he also holds the second spot of 5.6 apg.
Moore ranks sixth in the WSU career record books with 386 career assists, behind Marcus Moore in fifth with 423...the record is held by Bennie Seltzer with 474.
He is second in career assists average with 4.34 apg in his almost three complete seasons...Ellison holds the record at 5.3 apg.
FOUR COUGARS EARN ALL-PAC-12 HONORS:
Junior Brock Motum was named to the 2011-12 All-Pac-12 First Team and the league's Most Improved Player, picking up his first career conference honors.
It marked the first time a Cougar was named the league's Most Improved Player.
Three other Cougars were honored by the league.
Junior Reggie Moore was named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, senior Marcus Capers All-Defensive Team Honorable Mention and DaVonté Lacy All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention.
Moore was named to the all-freshman team in 2009-10, while Capers and Lacy picked up their first league awards.
COUGS SHINE OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT:
Unfortunately for Washington State all of the games in the Pac-12 Tournament will be televised, which according to the statistics, is a bad sign for the Cougars.
The Cougars are 3-12 in televised games this season after going 10-11 each of the previous two seasons.
WSU is 12-4 when not televised, including 5-3 in Pac-12 play.
HOME SWEET HOME:
The Cougars returned to Beasley Coliseum Jan. 19 for the first time since defeating Western Oregon, 66-42, on their home court, Sunday, Dec. 18.
During that stretch WSU played six games, three of them `home' games...it hosted Pepperdine in Seattle in the Cougar Hardwood Classic Dec. 22 and Oregon and Oregon State at Spokane Arena Dec. 29 and 31, respectively.
The Cougars went 2-4 in those games, winning two of their first three.
Ironically WSU donned its crimson uniforms just once during the six games and month away from Pullman...at Colorado Jan. 7.
The Cougars wore white at Utah Jan. 5, as the Utes were having a `Blackout' and their new gray uniforms at Washington Jan. 15.
WSU is 11-8 in its white uniforms this season.
WSU is 9-3 at Beasley Coliseum this season and had won its last 11 games there dating back to last season prior to falling to UCLA Feb. 4.
COUGARS RAISE MONEY FOR RYPIEN FOUNDATION:
The Washington State men's basketball team showed its support in the fight against cancer at its home basketball game Saturday, Feb. 4 against UCLA as the WSU staff wore sneakers with their suits to support Coaches vs. Cancer.
In addition to their work with the American Cancer Society, the Cougars worked closely with the Rypien Foundation to raise money and awareness.
The Rypien Foundation was established by Cougar football great Mark Rypien who was the quarterback at Washington State from 1981-1985 and ranks sixth in both total offensive yards (5,101) and pass yards (4,573) in the WSU record book.
As of Monday, WSU Athletics had raised $1,650.83 for the Rypien Foundation by `Passing the Shoe.'
Each year the NABC has a nationwide campaign, Suits and Sneakers, which this season took place the week of January 22-29.
The Cougar coaching staff wore sneakers with its suits at the WSU game Saturday, Jan. 28 at Arizona State to support the campaign.
ADEN OUT FOR THE SEASON:
Senior Faisal Aden suffered a left Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear in the first half of the team's game at Arizona, Thursday, Jan. 28 in Tucson, Ariz.
He will miss the remainder of the season.
Aden was averaging a team second-best 14.5 points a game (ninth in the Pac-12), while shooting a league-best .894 (42-for-47) from the free throw line.
Fresh off being named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 16-22, he tallied six points and grabbed two rebounds in 11 minutes of action in the game against the Wildcats.
He missed three games earlier this season with a concussion.
WASHINGTON STATE GETS 1,500TH WIN:
With the win at Idaho Dec. 7, Washington State notched its 1,500th win in its 109 years of existence.
The Cougars are now 1,510-1,381 all-time for a .522 win percentage.
MOTUM & ADEN EARN PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS:
Faisal Aden was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 16-22.
Aden led the Cougars to two victories that week, an 81-69 win against conference-leading Stanford (Jan. 19) and a 77-75 thriller over California (Jan. 21).
Aden averaged 28.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game over the two-game span and added two assists and two steals. He shot .655 (19-for-29) from the field and .950 (19-for-20) from the free throw line.
In addition to being names Pac-12 Player of the Week, Aden was also honored as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week, marking the first time a Washington State student-athlete has been honored as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week.
Brock Motum was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 5-12.
Motum led the Cougars to two victories that week, a 66-64 win at Idaho Wednesday (Dec. 7) and a 93-55 win over Santa Clara Sunday (Dec. 11).
This is the first honor for both Aden and Motum...Motum became the first Cougar not named Klay Thompson to earn conference player of the week since Taylor Rochestie picked up the honor, Feb. 23, 2009.
Motum is the first forward to pick up the accolades since Daven Harmeling, Feb. 4, 2007.
The two honors mark Washington State's 24th and 25th all-time Player of the Week accolades.
BASKETBALL GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY:
The Cougars spent the majority of the summer and fall of 2011 giving back to the community, participating in various community service activities.
In June the team held three camps, including a day camp for kids ages 8-14.
In July members of the Cougar basketball team participated in Palouse Habitat for Humanity and Pullman Learning Center's sports week and in August the team made appearances at the Lentil Festival's street fair and parade.
The entire team spent time before the Cougars' Sept. 10 football game, signing autographs as part of `family day.'
Members of the team visited the senior center Sept. 16. and then again Feb. 24, 2012, the team held a free Kids' Clinic Oct. 1, members of the team helped with the YMCA's Keys to Success event and several Cougars have visited Jefferson Elementary, helping out in a second-grade classroom.