Feb. 1, 2013
WSU LOOKS TO `WHITEOUT' BEASLEY AS IT HOSTS ARIZONA SATURDAY AT 7 P.M.: Washington State University men's basketball (11-10, 2-6) hosts No. 8 Arizona (18-2, 6-2) Saturday, Feb. 2 at Beasley Coliseum.
• Fans are encouraged to wear white in an attempt to `whiteout' Beasley Coliseum...the first 6,000 fans will receive a free t-shirt.
• The WSU coaching staff will be in polos to raise awareness of the fight against cancer for `Coaches vs. Cancer Night.'
• The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks, as Kevin Calabro and Brevin Knight have the call.
• Bud Nameck, in this 20th year with Cougar Basketball, will have all the action on the Cougar IMG Radio Network.
• Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men's basketball.
COUGARS VS. WILDCATS:
• Saturday marks the 72nd all-time meeting between Washington State and Arizona, with the Wildcats leading the series, 54-17.
• Arizona has won the last four games and leads 26-8 at Washington State and 27-8 at Tucson, along with a 2-0 mark in neutral-site meetings.
• WSU head coach Ken Bone is 2-4 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 four.
• Last season Arizona won the first meeting, 85-61, Jan. 26 at Tucson, and followed it up with a 76-72 victory at Pullman, Feb. 16.
• In the first meeting, Brock Motum led the team with 18 points...he has scored in double figures in 18 of 20 games this season -- he added nine rebounds.
• Motum made a career-high 10 free throws...was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line.
• Faisal Aden had his WSU career end early as he tore his ACL during the game.
• Arizona's .577 (15-for-26) 3-point percentage was the highest by a WSU opponent this season...previous high was .563 (9-for-16) done by Oregon, Dec. 29.
• Arizona's 15 3-pointers made was a season-high by a Cougar opponent...previous high was 13 done by Gonzaga in the season opener.
• In WSU's 4-point loss at Beasley Coliseum, Brock Motum scored 28 points on the night as he broke the 20-point plateau for the fifth time in six games.
• Reggie Moore finished with a season-high 21 points.
• Moore also knocked down eight shots breaking his previous season-high of seven at Idaho, Dec. 7.
• Brock Motum attempted a career-high 18 free throws...his previous high was 11 set against Santa Clara Dec. 11.
• Marcus Capers led the team with seven rebounds...it was only the second time that season that Capers led the Cougars in rebounding.
Ken Bone GETS 400TH CAREER WIN:
• With WSU's win over Buffalo, Dec. 21, fourth-year head coach Ken Bone got his 400th career win as a head coach.
• He has 67 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 in his 21st season as a head coach.
• Bone has 145 career wins in his seventh season as a Division I head coach.
COUGARS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS:
• Arizona is currently ranked eighth in the Associated Press Poll, becoming WSU's fourth ranked opponent of the season.
• The Cougars fell to No. 12 Kansas Nov. 19, No. 10 Gonzaga Dec. 5 and No. 16 Oregon Jan. 23.
• Although Gonzaga was the only team ranked in the top-10 at the time of its game with WSU, all four of the ranked opponents WSU has played (and will play this week) are currently ranked in the top-10 (Kansas-2, Gonzaga-7, Arizona-8, Oregon-10).
• The Cougars are 47-214 all-time against ranked opponents and 34-90 against ranked opponents at home.
• WSU has lost its last five games against ranked opponents, its last win over No. 18 Washington, Jan. 30, 2011 at home.
• The Cougars are 7-122 all-time against teams ranked in the AP Top-10 and 1-7 against the No. 8 team in the country.
• WSU is 3-36 against ranked Arizona teams and 0-2 against Arizona as the No. 8 team in the country...Washington State is 1-22 against UA teams ranked in the top-10, the only win against No. 7 Arizona, Jan. 6, 2007 at Pullman.
• The Cougars have lost 11-straight games to top-10 opponents, their last win, the Jan. 6, 2007 victory over No. 7 Arizona, 77-73, in overtime.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• The Cougars are 11-10 overall and 2-6 in conference play, sitting in 10th place in the league standings heading into the weekend.
• WSU is 8-4 at home, 1-4 on the road and 2-2 in neutral-site games...in league play, WSU is 1-3 at home and 1-3 on the road.
• Six of the Cougars' 10 losses have come by 7 points or less, including a 2-point loss to then-No. 10 Gonzaga (Dec. 5) and a 5-point loss to Washington in the Pac-12 season opener (Jan. 5).
• Brock Motum leads the team with 18.5 points per game and 6.8 rebounds...he's scored at least 11 points in all 21 games this season...he's averaging 16.5 points in WSU's eight conference games.
• Motum is ranked third in the conference and 36th in the nation (as of Jan. 31) in scoring and has reached double figures in every game this season.
• Motum ranks 14th in the league in rebounding and eighth in minutes played.
• With 20 and 10 at Oregon State Jan. 26, Motum is one of just four Pac-12 players to record at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a conference game this season, joined by Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski and Carrick Felix and UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad.
• Mike Ladd has reached double figures each of the last nine games and is second on the team with 11.9 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team second-best 6.0 rebounds a game.
• Ladd is averaging 16.8 points (sixth in the Pac-12) and 6.9 rebounds (12th in the Pac-12) in Pac-12 only action.
• After missing four games due to a knee injury suffered in the first five minutes against Kansas, Nov. 19, DaVonté Lacy is now averaging 8.8 points in 17 games.
• Royce Woolridge is adding 8.0 points per game, Dexter Kernich-Drew 7.1 ppg, and D.J. Shelton 5.0 points and a team third-best 5.7 rebounds a game.
• Will DiIorio played against Buffalo (Dec. 21) after missing two games due to a sprained ankle suffered against Gonzaga (Dec. 5)...he scored a career-high 9 points against Washington (Jan. 5)...he got his first start of the season at Stanford (Jan. 9).
COACHES VS. CANCER:
• The Cougars will do their part to raise awareness in the fight against cancer as Saturday's game is part of "Spokane Coaches vs. Cancer Week".
• Since 2002, Spokane Coaches vs. Cancer has raised over $6 million that has benefited the American Cancer Society and other local cancer-fighting initiatives such as Camp Goodtimes-East, the Ronald McDonald House, the Hospice House, and much more.
• The eight-day "Spokane Coaches vs. Cancer Week" began Friday, Jan. 25 with "CvC Night with the Chiefs" as the Spokane Chiefs hosted Portland at Spokane Arena.
• The next day, Jan. 26, was "CvC Day" in Spokane as Gonzaga hosted San Francisco.
• Wednesday, Jan. 30 was ALL local Papa Murphy's "Day for CvC," in which all Spokane and Coeur d'Alene Papa Murphy's donated a portion of proceeds to the Spokane Coaches vs. Cancer.
• The Cougars end the `week' hosting Arizona Saturday for "CvC Day" in Pullman.
• Also, all week donations will be taken at all Spokane and Coeur d'Alene Wendy's and Rosauer's.
• The Spokane Coaches vs. Cancer offers a variety of ways to donate to its cause, including text to donate and the sale of `BELiEVE' t-shirts, as part of its `BELiEVE' campaign.
• Those wanting to donate can text CVC to 90999 to donate $5 to CVC, call toll free 1-855-838-4282 (4CVC), or mail donations to: Coaches vs. Cancer Spokane, c/o American Cancer Society, 920 N. Washington Suite 200, Spokane, WA 99201.
• `BELiEVE' t-shirts can be purchased at www.cvctee.com.
• For more information on the fight against cancer, please visit Spokane Coaches vs. Cancer's website at www.CvCSpokane.com or the American Cancer Association's at www.cancer.org.
• The Cougars dropped another close one, falling to Arizona State, 63-59, Thursday, Jan. 31 at Beasley Coliseum in Pac-12 action.
• Royce Woolridge led WSU with 16 points and 4 assists...marks his most points since scoring 20 against Portland, Dec. 1 and a personal Pac-12 best.
• Mike Ladd finished with 14 points and has scored in double figures in each of the last nine games...he added 7 rebounds.
• Ladd scored in double figures in the first half for the third-straight game and the fourth time in five games with 10 points...he's averaging 10.6 points per game in the first half in conference games this season.
• Dexter Kernich-Drew finished with 10 points, marking his first double-figure scoring performance in Pac-12 play (a Pac-12 personal best) and his first since scoring 10 against Jackson State (Dec. 13).
• Brock Motum had a season-low 11 points.
• Motum finished with a game-high 11 rebounds, marking his second-straight double-double and his third of the season.
• The Cougars' 2 first-half fouls tied a season-low, while they combined with the Sun Devils for 6 total first half fouls, the lowest combined in a game this season in the first 20 minutes.
• WSU's 7 first-half 3-pointers tied for its most in a first half this season...was 7-for-14 in the first half from 3-point range.
• The Cougars assisted on 10 of their 19 made field goals, while the Sun Devils assisted on 13 of 24.
MOTUM SCORES 1,000TH POINT:
• Brock Motum became the 33rd Washington State men's basketball student-athlete to score 1,000 career points with 14 points against Kansas, Monday, Nov. 19.
• He is the third Cougar in the last four seasons to reach 1,000 career-points...Klay Thompson scored his 1,000th point during the 2009-10 season and Reggie Moore reached 1,000 points in the Cougs second-to-last game of the 2011-12 season.
• With 1,321 points, Motum is 12th on WSU's career scoring list...he is 12 points away from Chris Crosby (1997-00) in 11th with 1,333.
MOTUM NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
• For the second time in his career, Brock Motum was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 3-9.
• Motum led the Cougars with 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game as WSU fell to No. 10 Gonzaga, 71-69, Dec. 5, and defeated Fresno State, 59-50, Dec. 9.
• He shot .552 (16-for-29) from the field, including a .700 clip (7-for-10) from 3-point range.
• Against Gonzaga, Motum had 23 points and made a career-high 5 3-pointers, going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc...he tied his career high with 3 blocked shots.
• He also scored 23 points against Fresno State, adding a team-high 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
• Motum's honor is the 26th Player of the Week nod in WSU history as he became the sixth Cougar to earn the award multiple times in his career (also earned it Dec. 12, 2011).