Dec. 21, 2009
WSU FACES LSU IN COUGAR HARDWOOD CLASSIC: Washington State men's basketball (9-2) concludes its nonconference season as it takes on LSU (8-2) in the fifth Cougar Hardwood Classic held at Seattle's KeyArena, Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on CBS College Sports.
|Game 12 | LSU (8-2) vs. Washington State (9-2)|
|Date||Tuesday, Dec. 22 | 7 p.m. PST|
|Location||Seattle, Wash. | KeyArena|
|Television||CBS College Sports|
|Radio||Cougar Sports Network | Listen Online|
|wsucougars.com||Gametracker | Crimson ZZU Blog | Game Notes|
|All-Time Series||LSU leads 2-1|
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is off to a 9-2 start this season having won its last three games over Portland State (12/9), Air Force (12/12) and Idaho (12/9).
The Cougars are in the midst of a three-game road trip in which they are hosting `home' games throughout the state of Washington...they hosted Air Force in Spokane and Portland State in Kennewick.
Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team and the conference with 24.9 points per game, adding 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists a game....he's scored in double figures in all 11 games this season and reached 20-plus points in nine of the 11 contests.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 5.2 assists a game, along with a team second-best 12.6 points an outing.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 7.2 rebounds a game, adding 10.5 points per game.
ABOUT THE TIGERS:
LSU is off to an 8-2 start with five-straight wins after dropping its only two neutral-site games of the season.
The Tigers defeated Rice Saturday, 65-61, in their last outing.
Senior Tasmin Mitchell leads the team with 17.9 points.
Sophomore Storm Warren is the Tigers' leading rebounder at 11.2 boards per game, and adds 15.4 points per outing...Warren is averaging 4.9 offensive rebounds per game.
Junior Bo Spencer is second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.9 points.
BACK-TO-BACK STELLAR STARTS FOR WSU COACHES:
First-year Cougar head coach Ken Bone got his team off to a 6-0 start, making him the second-straight WSU coach to start 6-0 in his rookie campaign.
Bone's 6-0 mark ranks as the fifth-best start by a Pacific-10 Conference coach in his debut in the post-World War II era.
It ties as the 18th-best start by a head coach at a current Pac-10 institution.
Four seasons ago, Tony Bennett got off to a 7-0 start for the Cougars, which ties for the 13th-best start by a Pac-10 coach.
AGAINST THE TIGERS; THE SEC:
The Cougars and Tigers met last season for the first time in 31 years, as LSU holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series.
This is the first time LSU and WSU will meet on a neutral court.
Last season was the first time WSU faced two SEC teams in the same season, having defeated Mississippi State, 63-52, Nov. 28 at the Legends Classic in Newark, N.J.
WSU holds a 4-7 record against current members of the Southeastern Conference.
The Cougars have faced seven of the 12 teams in the league...they have not faced Auburn, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina or Tennessee.
The only SEC schools WSU has faced multiple times are Alabama (1-2) and LSU (1-2).
THE COUGAR HARDWOOD CLASSIC:
The Cougar Hardwood Classic is in its fifth season.
WSU is undefeated in the event with a 4-0 mark.
In the first CHC, WSU defeated Utah, 69-42, Dec. 22, 2005.
The Cougars have also defeated San Diego State (2006-07), The Citadel (2007-08) and Montana State (2008-09) in the event held annually at Seattle's KeyArena.
MOORE OUT OF REGGIE:
Point guard Reggie Moore has gotten off to a hot start for the Cougars in his rookie campaign, ranking second on the team with 12.5 points per game.
Not only is he second in scoring, but he leads the team in assists with 5.2 dishes per game.
At Kansas State, Dec. 5, Moore set a WSU freshman record with 12 free throws made....he is currently ranked 18th in the country with 58 made free throws this season.
Against Air Force Dec. 12 in Spokane, Moore had the first double-double of his young career...he had a career high 10 assists, the second-most single game assists by a Cougar freshman.
Moore bettered that in his next game with 12 assists, marking the second-most single game assists by a Cougar freshman as he now has the second and third best performances.
Moore leads all Pac-10 freshmen in assists, steals, and assists/turnover ratio and ranks second among freshmen in scoring and free throw percentage.
He is currently on pace for the WSU freshman record for assists which is 114 set by Bennie Seltzer in 1990.
If the season ended today, Moore would capture the freshman record for assists average and tie for second in scoring average.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
First year Cougar head coach Ken Bone faced his former team in Portland State as WSU hosted the Vikings, Dec. 19 in Kennewick, Wash.
WSU had a stellar night shooting, defeating PSU, 93-69.
Klay Thompson and Nikola Koprivica let the Cougars with 23 points apiece.
DeAngelo Casto had a game-high 12 rebounds and Reggie Moore added 12 assists.
WSU set a school record shooting 81.3 percent (13-for-16) from 3-point range...the previous best was 80 percent vs. Princeton Dec. 29, 1992 and vs. Arizona State March 4, 1995...WSU shot a season-best 63.5 percent (33-of-52) from the field.
Abe Lodwick scored a career-high 13 points...his previous was nine at Alaska-Anchorage (Nov. 25).
Koprivica made a career-high five 3-pointers...the first time he's made more than two in a game....he put together a perfect game 6-for-6 from the field, 5-for-5 from 3-point and 6-for-6 from free throw line...he didn't have any turnovers and added three rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes.
For the second-consecutive game, Reggie Moore dished out double-digit assists, finishing with a career high 12...he had 10 against Air Force, Dec. 12...Moore also committed zero turnovers.
As a team the Cougars had a season-high 25 assists.
WSU played in Kennewick for the first time since losing to Eastern Washington 83-82 Dec. 22, 1997.
Klay Thompson reached 20 points (finishing with 23) for the ninth time out of 11 games this season for the Cougars.
THOMPSON MAKES ALASKA HIS `KLAY'GROUND:
Klay Thompson had the week of his young career at the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Nov. 25-28.
Thompson broke the Great Alaska Shootout single-game and championship game records with 43 points in WSU's win over San Diego...the old record was set by Glenn Robinson of Purdue also in the championship game against Portland in 1993.
His 16 field goals mark a championship game record, besting Robinson's mark of 15 in 1993.
Thompson also set championship game records for field goals made (16), 3-pointers made (eight) and 3-pointers attempted (13).
His 89 total points were tied for second most in the tournament with Casey Green of Southwest Louisiana (1997).
Thompson's 14 3-pointers stand at fifth best all-time in the Great Alaska Shootout.
He was named the Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game in all three WSU games.
He earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award.
He led the tournament in points, scoring average, 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goals attempted and free throws, and was ranked in the top five in assists, steals, blocks and minutes played.
COUGARS DOMINATE SHOOTOUT AS WELL:
The Cougars not only won the Great Alaska Shootout title, but they also notched their names in the record books along the way.
WSU's .575 field goal percentage in its three games is the third-best in Shootout history and just .011 behind the record.
The Cougs' .511 3-point field goal percentage is the fifth-best 3-point shooting performance all time.
They set the championship game record for largest margin of victory with a 37-point defeat (93-56) of San Diego...the old record was 29 (76-47) points as San Diego State defeated Hampton last season.
WSU tied the tournament championship game record for most second half points with 54, held by Illinois vs. New Mexico State in 1992 and Iowa vs. Northeastern in 1986.
WSU led the tournament in scoring offense (86.0 ppg), scoring defense (64.3 papg), field goal percentage (.575), field goal percentage defense (.391), 3-point field goal percentage (.511), blocked shots (4.7 bpg) and assists (19.0 apg).
To put it in perspective, there have been 381 Shootout games over 32 years.
THOMPSON JOINS FONTAINE IN 20-PLUS POINT GAMES:
Klay Thompson scored 20-plus points in Washington State's first six games this season.
It marks the most consecutive 20-plus point performances by a Cougar since the school's all-time leading scorer, Isaac Fontaine, scored 20-plus in six-straight games Dec. 7-29, 1996.
Thompson became the fifth Cougar to notch six-consecutive 20-point games, joining Jim Meredith (Dec. 11-26, 1970), Don Collins (Feb. 24-Dec. 5, 1970), Joe Wallace (Dec. 20, 1984-Jan. 5, 1985) and Fontaine.
He's now reached 20-plus points in nine of WSU's 11 games.
He's also reached double figures in 18 of WSU's 22 halves this season and in all 11 games.
THOMPSON EARNS BACK-TO-BACK PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS:
Klay Thompson was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the week for the weeks of Nov. 16-22 and Nov. 23-29.
He is just the third Cougar to earn a Pac-10 Player of the Week award twice in the same season as Daven Harmeling did so in 2006-07 and Joe Wallace accomplished the feat in 1985-87.
He's just the second Cougar to earn the honor over the last three seasons.
He became the 17th men's basketball player student-athlete to earn back-to-back Player of the Week honors, as Patrick Christopher of California and James Harden, formerly of Arizona State, accomplished it last season.
Thompson joins elite company, as he became the 13th sophomore to earn multiple Player of the Week awards.
James Harden, Ryan Anderson, Darren Collison, Daven Harmeling, Gilbert Arenas, Baron Davis, Jason Kidd, Harold Miner, Chris Mills, Adam Keefe, Gary Payton and Reggie Miller also accomplished that feat in their sophomore campaigns.
THE PAC-10 40 POINT CLUB:
With his 43 points against San Diego (Nov. 28), Klay Thompson became just the third Pac-10 player to score 40 points in the last five seasons...James Harden of ASU scored 40 in 2008-09 and Leon Powe of California scored 41 in 2005-06.
It's the most points scored by a Pac-10 player since Jason Kapono of UCLA scored 44 against WSU, Jan. 4, 2003.
THOMPSON ONE OF NATION'S TOP SCORERS:
As of games through Sunday, Dec. 20, Klay Thompson ranked fourth in the nation with 24.9 points per game.
He ranks second in the country in field goals made with 92.
Thompson is also third with 274 total points.
For a complete list of where he ranks, and where he ranks in the Pac-10 see the box on the right side of the previous page.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the second-most overall and conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 77-35 (.688) overall and 32-22 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best three-year record at 94-25 (.790) overall and 44-10 in league play.
COUGS AMONG YOUNGEST TEAMS IN NATION:
With 15 underclassman and just one upperclassman, Washington State's men's basketball team is among the youngest in the country, according to research done by Central Florida's SID.
WSU has the most underclassmen with 15, followed by Harvard with 14 and UCF and Toledo with 13 apiece.
The Cougars are also tied for the fewest amount of upperclassmen in the country as they and Saint Louis each have one.
For the second-straight season, WSU has five left-handed shooters on its team in 2009-10.
Anthony Brown, Marcus Capers, Nikola Koprivica, Abe Lodwick and Brock Motum are all left-handed on the basketball court.
Last season WSU also had five lefties on the team with Taylor Rochestie and Nick Witherill before the arrival of freshmen Brown and Motum.
COUGAR HARDWOOD CLASSIC TO BE ON TV:
The 2009 Cougar Hardwood Classic which pits WSU up against Southeastern Conference-member LSU will be televised live on CBS College Sports.
The game will take place at Seattle's KeyArena, Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m.