WSU OPENS PAC-12 PLAY AT NO. 1 ARIZONA: Washington State University men’s basketball (7-5) opens up Pac-12 play against top-ranked Arizona (13-0), Thursday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT at the McKale Center at Tucson, Ariz.
• Thursday’s game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks as Don McLean and Ted Robinson have the call.
• Bud Nameck, in his 21st year with Cougar Basketball, will have the call on the Cougar IMG Radio Network...please see the list of affiliates on page one of today’s notes.
• Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men’s basketball.
• The Cougars will travel to Tempe, Ariz., to take on Arizona State, Sunday, Jan. 5 at 4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. PT at Wells Fargo Arena.
• Sunday’s game can be seen on ESPNU as Corey Williams and Roxy Bernstein have the call.
COUGARS VS. WILDCATS:
• Thursday marks the 74th all-time meeting between Washington State and Arizona, with the Wildcats leading the series, 57-16 (55-16 to reflect Arizona wins vacated during the 2007-08 season).
• Arizona has won the last six games and leads 27-8 at Washington State and 28-8 at Tucson, along with a 2-0 mark in neutral-site meetings.
• WSU head coach Ken Bone is 2-6 against the Wildcats, all while head coach at WSU.
• Bone and the Cougars swept the season series his first year during the 2009-10 series and have lost the last six matchups.
• Last season Arizona won the first meeting, 63-59, Jan. 31 at Pullman and followed it up with a 69-57 victory Feb. 20 at Tucson...the Wildcats were ranked eighth in the first meeting and 12th in the second.
• This season marks the third-straight season that the Cougars will be without one of their top two scorers against the Wildcats at Tucson, as leading scorer DaVonté Lacy is out for Thursday.
• Last season second-leading scorer Mike Ladd missed the game with a left knee injury, while in 2010-11 second-leading scorer Faisal Aden tore his ACL in the first half and missed the remainder of the season.
COUGARS IN SEASON OPENERS:
• Washington State is 16-29 in season openers since the 1968-69 season when the Cougars joined the Pacific-8 Conference.
• WSU has lost its last 5 league openers and is 2-12 in its last 14 conference openers.
• The Cougars are 2-16 when opening the conference season on the road and 1-4 when opening the conference season on January 2.
• WSU is 1-2 against Arizona in league openers, having opened against the Wildcats Dec. 8, 1978, Dec. 18, 1989 when Arizona was ranked ninth in the country, and most recently Dec. 29, 2005.
• WSU is 0-1 against Arizona in league openers at Tucson, as the 1988-89 took place in the desert.
• The Cougars are 4-9 against ranked conference foes in league openers and have faced the No. 1 team just once, Dec. 28, 2006, top-ranked UCLA at Los Angeles, a 55-52 loss.
WSU AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS:
• Arizona is currently the number 1 team in the country in the Associated Press Poll, marking the Cougars’ second ranked foe of the season.
• Gonzaga was ranked 13th when WSU took it on Nov. 21 of this season.
• WSU is 48-218 all-time against opponents ranked in the AP Top-25, 1-74 against top-5 foes and 0-26 against the No. 1 team in the country.
• The last time the Cougars faced the No. 1 team in the country was in the ‘Sweet 16’ of the 2008 NCAA Tournament as they fell to North Carolina, 68-47, March 27 at Charlotte, N.C...WSU was ranked 21st at the time.
• WSU’s last two meetings with Pac-12 teams ranked first were decided by a total of 5 points...it fell at No. 1 UCLA, Dec. 28, 2006, 55-52 and at home to Stanford, 63-61, March 4, 2004, as the Cardinal used a buzzer-beater for the victory.
• This marks the fourth time WSU will face a top-ranked Arizona team as it occurred March 10, 1989 in the Pac-10 Tournament, March 2, 1989 and Dec. 22, 1987.
• Last season the Cougars snapped their 8-game losing streak to ranked opponents with a 73-61 victory over No. 23 UCLA, March 6, 2013, at home.
• The last ranked opponent WSU defeated on the road was at No. 14 Arizona State, Jan. 29, 2009.
AGAINST THE SUN DEVILS:
• Sunday marks the 74th all-time meeting between the Cougars and Sun Devils, as WSU trails the series, 38-35.
• WSU leads the series, 22-13 at home, while Arizona State leads at Tempe, 24-13, and 1-0 at neutral sites.
• The Cougars have lost the last four games against the Sun Devils at Tempe with their last win coming Jan. 29, 2009 when ASU was ranked 14th.
• Head coach Ken Bone is 3-6 all-time against the Sun Devils as a head coach and 2-6 as head coach of the Cougars.
• Bone led Portland State to a 71-67 victory over ASU during the 2006-07 season...he’s looking for his first win in Tempe as the Cougars’ head coach at ASU.
• Last season WSU fell to Arizona State, 63-59 in the first meeting at Pullman, Jan. 31, followed by a 69-57 defeat Feb. 20 at Tempe.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• WSU got back to its winning ways and has won four of its last five games as it defeated Mississippi Valley State, 85-48, Saturday, Dec. 28 at Beasley Coliseum.
• The Cougars are 1-1 in road games this season, 1-2 at neutral sites and 5-2 in home games...their furthest road trip was 75 miles to Spokane to take on Gonzaga, Nov. 21.
• Junior DaVonté Lacy leads the team with 18.9 points per game, but missed WSU’s last game and will miss Thursday’s game against Arizona due to appendicitis.
• Lacy ranks fifth in the Pac-12 and 62nd in the nation with 18.9 points per game, leads the league and ranks 14th in the nation with 3.4 3-pointers made per game, is sixth with 1.5 steals per game and is 13th in the Pac-12 and 59th in the nation with a .407 3-point field goal percentage.
• Fellow-junior Royce Woolridge is contributing 10.9 points per game, as the only other Cougar scoring in double figures.
• Senior D.J. Shelton leads the team and is tied for sixth in the Pac-12 and is 87th in the nation with 8.2 rebounds per game.
• Shelton has grabbed 11 or more rebounds in each of the last three games and four of the last five games...he has two double-doubles on the season and is 3 total points away from having five double-doubles.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson has picked up some of the scoring with at least 19 points in each of the last two games and double figure scoring in three of the last four games...he had a career-high 21 points against UTEP, Dec. 21.
• The Cougars closed out nonconference action with an 85-48 defeat of Mississippi Valley State, Saturday, Dec. 28 at Beasley Coliseum.
• Senior D.J. Shelton had his second double-double of the season and third of his career, finishing with 14 points and 13 rebounds…he’s grabbed 11 or more rebounds in each of the last three games and four of the last five games.
• Shelton was 6-for-7 from the field and 6-for-6 from 2-point range.
• Redshirt freshman Que Johnson got the first start of his career.
• Johnson finished with a game-high 19 points and has scored in double figures in the last two games and three of the last four.
• Junior Royce Woolridge finished with 15 points…he scored in double figures for the sixth time this season and the fourth time in the last five games.
• Sophomore Junior Longrus tied his career high with 3 blocked shots…he tied his previous career high set against Colorado, Jan. 19 of last season.
• Longrus had a career-high 8 points…his previous high was 5 done against Saint Joseph’s earlier this season.
• WSU’s 37-point margin of victory is its largest of the season, its previous high was 30 points (80-50) against San Francisco State, Dec. 18.
• WSU’s leading scorer, junior DaVonté Lacy did not play due to appendicitis he suffered earlier in the day.
LACY ON PACE FOR RECORD BOOKS:
• Junior guard DaVonté Lacy is on pace to become the 34th Cougar to reach 1,000 career points, and could do it in his junior season.
• With 785 points, Lacy needs 215 more points to reach 1,000 in his career, meaning if he plays at least 29 games, he’ll need to average 14.6 ppg over the season.
• Right now Lacy is averaging 18.9 points per game…if he keeps up the average, he could accomplish the feat in WSU’s 26th game this season, depending on his return to the court.
• Lacy is also climbing up the record books for 3-pointers made, currently in sole possession of ninth with 142 career 3-pointers.
• He is on pace to finish in the top-6 by the end of his career at WSU, averaging 1.9 made 3-pointers a game over his career.
• If he continues his season pace of 3.4 3-pointers made per game, he will add at least 57 to his 142, which would put him in the top 10 in the WSU record books by the end of the season.
• He is currently 10 away from Marcus Moore (2001-2004) in eighth place with 152.
• Lacy is ranked 15th in the WSU career record books with a .371 3-point field goal percentage.
LACY SPICES HIS GAME UP IN FLORIDA:
• Junior DaVonté Lacy proved his early start to the season wasn’t a fluke over Thanksgiving Weekend at the Old Spice Classic near Orlando, Fla.
• The 6-4 guard scored at least 25 points in 2 of the 3 games and averaged 22.3 points per game in the tournament.
• Lacy led the Cougars in scoring in all three games, putting up 26 points in their loss to Butler (Nov. 28), 16 in the win over Purdue (Nov. 29) and 25 in the loss to Saint Joseph’s (Dec. 1).
• He also led the Cougars in assists in two of those games, rebounding in one and steals in one, averaging 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg and 1.0 spg.
NEW GUYS STEPPING UP:
• The Cougars have four newcomers on this season’s team; true freshmen Ike Iroegbu and Josh Hawkinson, redshirt freshman Que Johnson and redshirt junior and Iowa State-transfer, Jordan Railey.
• So far each of the newcomers has appeared in every game and the four have combined for 12 starts.
• The four newcomers are contributing a combined 21.4 points per game this season and have reached double figures eight times.
• Iroegbu and Johnson are two of three Cougars not named DaVonté Lacy to lead the team in scoring this season when Iroegbu had 20 points at nationally ranked Gonzaga, Nov. 21 and Johnson had 21 against UTEP, Dec. 21. and 19 against MVSU, Dec. 28.
• Johnson is the only other Cougar aside from Lacy to lead the team in scoring twice this season.
KEN BONE GETS 400TH CAREER WIN:
• With WSU’s win over Buffalo, Dec. 21, 2012, WSU head coach Ken Bone got his 400th career win as a head coach and now has 412 wins.
• He has 77 wins at WSU, had 77 in four years at Portland State, 253 victories in 12 seasons as head coach at Division II Seattle Pacific and 5 wins at Division III Cal State Stanislaus...he’s been a head coach for 21 seasons.
• Bone has 154 career wins in his ninth season as a Division I head coach.