March 8, 2011
WSU TRIES TO MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW: Sixth-seeded Washington State men's basketball (19-11, 9-9) looks to advance at the Pac-10 Tournament with a win over rival Washington (20-10, 11-7), the No. 3 seed in the tournament, at 8:40 p.m. The game will be shown live on FSN.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is currently 19-11 overall and has a 9-9 league mark....WSU finished sixth overall in conference play.
WSU is 3-1 at neutral-site games this season...the Cougars beat Portland at KeyArena in Seattle, along with Mississippi State and Baylor at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu...their only loss was against Butler in the finals of that tournament.
Klay Thompson leads the Cougars this season with 21.4 points per game, leading the league, while ranking 12th in the nation.
Thompson also ranks in the league's top-five in 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage, steals and assists.
First year player, junior college transfer, Faisal Aden is second on the team and 15th in the Pac-10 with 12.9 points per game...he's missed two games this season.
DeAngelo Casto is the third Coug in double figures with 12. points per game (18th in Pac-10) while leading the team with 6.8 rebounds per game (eighth in the Pac-10)...he also leads the team and third in the league with 1.6 blocks a game.
Point guard Reggie Moore, who missed the Cougars' first five games with a left wrist injury, the game at Stanford due to a suspension and the game against UCLA due to an ankle injury, is adding 9.5 points per game, along with 3.5 assists (ninth in the Pac-10).
AGAINST THE HUSKIES:
Washington State trails the all-time series to Washington 171-100...the Cougars hold a 2-1 advantage at neutral sites.
WSU defeated Washington in the previous two matchups this season...the Cougars won 87-80 at home, Jan. 30th and 80-69 when the two teams met in Seattle, Feb. 27.
Klay Thompson is averaging 25.5 points against the Huskies this season...he scored 25 points in their first meeting and 26 points in the second meeting.
DeAngelo Casto is averaging 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds against Washington this season.
The Cougars have faced the Huskies only once in Pac-10 Tournament history...WSU defeated Washington in their first game of the 2007 tournament, 74-64. The Cougars faced the Huskies Feb. 27, winning 80-69.
DeAngelo Casto had his fifth double-double of the season and 12th of career...with 20 points, he reached the 20-point plateau for the third time this season and in his career.
Casto had a season-high and a Pac-10 high with 13 rebounds...career high is 14 done twice, last against Idaho, Dec. 9, 2009.
Casto tied his career high going 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
WSU improved to 14-1 when leading at the half...UW dropped to 0-5 when trailing at the half this season.
The Cougars sweep the regular season series...one of the two teams have swept the season series (WSU vs. UW) each season since 2003-04.
Klay Thompson led the Cougars with 26 points...reached the 20-point plateau for the 17th time this season.
The combined 41 points at halftime are the fewest combined first-half points this season...the fewest combined points since WSU and USC scored 37 in the first half, Jan. 24, 2009...WSU led 19-18 after the first 20 minutes in that game.
WSU held UW to a Husky season-low 17 first half points...its previous low was 28 done twice, most recently at Stanford Jan. 13.
The Huskies' 17 points ties Sacramento State for the low by a Cougar opponent this season...UW's .222 (8-for-36) is the lowest by a WSU opponent this season.
WSU AT THE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT:
The Cougars are 5-11 all-time at the conference tournament with one win against Washington.
WSU has played eight of the nine other Pac-10 teams, with the exception being Cal.
With a win, the Cougars will face the winner of the UCLA vs Oregon/Oregon State game.
WSU is 1-1 all-time as a No. 6 seed.
See page five in today's notes for more.
COUGARS EARN ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS:
Klay Thompson was named to the 2010-11 All-Pac-10 Team...he is the fourth player in Cougar history to be named to the first team during multiple seasons.
DeAngelo Casto was named to the All-Pac-10 second team as well as the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team.
Last year Casto was named honorable mention and to the all-defensive team.
Both Cougars earned Pac-10 All-Freshmen Accolades as rookies in 2008-09.
THOMPSON BECOMES THIRD LEADING SCORER:
With 22 points at Oregon last season, Klay Thompson surpassed the 1,000-point for his career...he finished the season with 1,023 points.
He now has 1,644 points and currently is third on the Cougars' all-time scoring list...he scored 30 points at Arizona (Feb. 17) to pass Don Collins who has 1,563 points.
Thompson became the 31st Cougar to reach 1,000 career points and the third-fastest, accomplishing the feat in his 63rd career game.
The only two Cougars to do it faster than Thompson were Steve Puidokas (52 games) and Jim McKean (57 games)...Thompson surpassed Larry Beck who was previously third as he did it in 66 games.
If Thompson continues to average 21.4 points this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,665 points, making him the third-leading scorer in Washington State history....Isaac Fontaine holds the school record with 2,003 points, while Steve Puidokas scored 1,894 in his career.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the third most overall wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 104-59 overall and 47-43 in conference play over the last four years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 127-47 overall and 64-26 in league play.
The Cougars need three wins to catch up to second-ranked Washington.
THOMPSON AMONG NATION'S LEADING SCORERS:
With 21.4 points this season Klay Thompson leads the Pac-10 and ranks 12th in the nation in scoring.
Thompson is also 25th in 3-point field goal percentage (.413) and 22nd in 3-point field goals per game (2.9).
Thompson also ranks in the top-100 in steals per game at 65th and in free-throw percentage at 87th.
WSU EQUALS 2009-10 WIN TOTALS:
With its victory over Oregon State, Feb. 5, Washington State improved to 16-7 overall and 6-5 in Pac-10 action.
The Cougars matched their win totals from last season, as they went 16-15 overall and 6-12 in league action a year ago.
Just four games ago WSU entered its game against Washington with its same record from a year prior, 14-6 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10.
Last year the Cougs lost that game, 92-62, after holding a halftime lead.
This year the Cougs won the game, 87-80.
After going 4-5 in the first nine Pac-10 games last year, the Cougs went just 2-7 in the second half of league play to finish 6-12 in conference action.
The loss at UW last Jan. 30 contributed to a 2-10 record in WSU's final 12 games of the season.
This year Washington State was 5-4 during the first half of the Pac-10 season.
DOUBLING UP IN A HALF:
Klay Thompson is dominating not just games, but halves over his career.
In his career Klay Thompson has had 76 halves with at least 10 points, 37 times in the first half and 39 in the second half.
He has scored 15 or more points in 25 halves, 10 in the first and 15 in the second.
Thompson has scored 20-plus points in a half seven times, three in the first half, four in the second half.
In 21 games Thompson has scored in double figures in both halves, three as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and 10 so far as a junior.
This season Thompson has scored in double figures in 34 halves.
Faisal Aden (15 halves), DeAngelo Casto (nine halves), Reggie Moore (five halves), Brock Motum (three halves) and Patrick Simon (one half) have each reached double figures in at least one half this season as well.
Moore reached double figures in 16 halves last year as a freshman, one shy of Thompson's freshman mark.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington State lost to UCLA 58-54 at Friel Court, March 5.
Brock Motum led the team with 15 points and was 6-for-10 from the field.
Ben Loewen got his first career start and played a career-high 21 minutes...previous high in a Pac-10 game was three against UCLA at home last year...career high was 14...the redshirt junior was honored for senior day.
Freshman walk-on Will DiIorio scored the first Pac-10 points of his career...finished with two points, two rebounds and three assists.
Two of the seven players to see action for the Cougars Saturday on walk-ons (Loewen and DiIorio).
WSU fell to 15-2 when leading at the half while UCLA improved to 4-7 when trailing at half.
WSU held UCLA to its second fewest points in a first half this season, 19 tonight...its low is 18.
WSU 1-2 in overtime games this year and 2-4 in OT under head Coach Ken Bone.
Klay Thompson missed the first game of his career due to a suspension.
Reggie Moore did not play due to an ankle injury.
KLAY A CANDIDATE FOR SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR:
Klay Thompson was one of five candidates for the 2010 Male Sports Star of the Year presented by ROOT SPORTS, put on by the Seattle Sports Commission.
The award was given to Olympic speed skater Apolo Ono at the awards show held Jan. 26.
The Male Sports Star of the Year is awarded to a male athlete or coach for outstanding achievement in 2010 in a non-professional sport.
Also nominated for the award are University of Washington student-athletes Quincy Pondexter (basketball) and Mason Foster (football), and Olympic speed skaters Apolo Ono and J.R. Celski.
THOMPSON FEASTS ON COMPETITION:
For the second year in a row, Klay Thompson captured Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday...this year the week was Nov. 22-28.
For the week, he averaged 28.5 points, while shooting 21-of-33 (.636) from the field, 5-of-10 (.500) from three-point range, and 10-of-12 (.833) from the free throw line...he also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the two contests.
This is the third honor for Thompson who becomes the first Cougar to earn a Player of the Week honor three times in his career...last year he became the first Cougar to earn the honors in back-to-back weeks as he was Pac-10 Player of the Week Nov. 23 and Nov. 30.
Four WSU student-athletes have earned the honor twice in their careers.
THOMPSON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN:
For the second time this season and the fourth in his career, Klay Thompson has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 6-12.
The junior guard helped lead the Cougars to wins over Gonzaga and Texas-Pan American.
For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds.
THOMPSON NAMED WOODEN AND NAISMITH MIDSEASON CANDIDATE:
Klay Thompson is one of 30 midseason candidates for the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Award.
Earlier this season, Thompson became the first Cougar to make the preseason lists since Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were both named to the preseason top-50 prior to the 2007-08 season.
He is the first to move on to the Wooden midseason top-30 since Low went on to make the midseason cut that year...the first to make the Naismith top-30 cut since Weaver in 2007-08.
Thompson is joined by Isaiah Thomas (Washington) and Derrick Williams (Arizona) on both lists.
THOMPSON, ADEN EXCEL IN FIRST FIVE GAMES:
Through the first five games of the season Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden held the third and fifth-best scoring out puts by a Cougar in his first five games of the season since the 3-point line in 1986-87.
Thompson also holds the second spot after scoring 127 in the first five games of his sophomore season.
Aden has the second-most points by a Cougar in his first five games of his career, second to Neil Derrick who scored 111 in his first five games after transferring prior to his junior year.
COUGARS PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH:
WSU was chosen to finish fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2010-11, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 basketball.
2010-11 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Poll
1. Washington (33) 348
2. Arizona (1) 296
3. UCLA (1) 281
4. Arizona State 215
5. Washington State 191
6. USC 178
7. California 151
8. Oregon State 120
9. Stanford 98
10. Oregon 47
First place votes in parentheses