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Nationally-Ranked Cougars Travel to California and Stanford
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Release: 01/09/2007
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Jan. 9, 2007

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COUGARS TRAVEL TO BAY AREA: The Washington State men's basketball team (tied-22nd Associated Press/23rd ESPN/USA Today) travels to the Bay Area for games at California (7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 11) and Stanford (4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13).

WASHINGTON STATE-STANFORD ON TELEVISION: The Cougars' game Saturday against the Cardinal will be televised by FOX Sports Net Bay Area and will be carried by FOX Sports Net Northwest.

COUGAR HEAD COACH Tony Bennett: Washington State Head Coach Tony Bennett is in his first season at the helm of the Cougar program...fourth year with WSU...assistant coach in 2003-04...associate head coach in 2004-05 and 2005-06...assistant coach at Wisconsin from 2000-03...became the first head coach at a current Pacific-10 institution to start 7-0 in his inaugural campaign at the school since Stanford's Robert W. Burnett was 9-0 in 1951-52...Bennett's accomplishment is tied for the third best start in a debut season at Pac-10 school in the post-World War II era.

ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS: California is 10-5, 2-1 in the Pacific-10...lost at Arizona (94-85) before taking down Arizona State in overtime (66-62)...won at Stanford 67-63 snapping a 13-game losing streak at Maples Pavilion...have not competed at home in over three weeks...owns a 5-1 record when competing at Haas Pavilion this season...four players average in double-figures led by freshman forward Ryan Anderson's 17.2 points per outing (second in the Pac-10)...currently leads the nation in free throw percentage (78.9) through Jan. 7...head coach Ben Braun is in his 11th season with the Bears and owns a 196-126 record.

GOLDEN BEARS REVIEW: California took the series last year with a pair of two-point victories, 55-53 at California, Jan. 28 and 43-41 in Pullman, Feb.23...Richard Midgley led all scorers with 15 points while Leon Powe recorded his fifth consecutive double-double with 14 points and 11 boards in Berkeley...Aron Baynes recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds...in Pullman, Powe dominated again recording 21 points in the 43-41 Bear victory...Cougars held Golden Bears to their lowest point total (43) since 1985...Derrick Low led Washington State with eight points.

SERIES WITH CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears lead the series 67-42 including a 42-15 record at California...Cougars have lost four straight...last victory on the road for Washington State came, Jan. 4 2004, 55-50...win was Dick Bennett's first Pac-10 win and broke 31-game losing streak in California, 22-game road losing streak in conference play, and eight-game slide at California...last three games in Berkeley have been decided by a combined 13 points.

COUGARS EARN NATIONAL RANKING: For the first time since Feb. 1, 1983, Washington State is among the national rankings...Cougars are tied for 22nd with Notre Dame in the Associated Press poll and 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today rankings...Cougars began receiving votes after upsetting then-No. 18 Gonzaga, 77-67 Dec. 5...only other ranking since 1950 was a one-week stint in late February, 1980...WSU is 6-9 when playing as a ranked team.

DATE

AP

ESPN/USATODAY

Dec. 119 points/43rd place5/Tied-35th
Dec. 188/38th8/Tied-33rd
Dec. 2514/Tied-33rd23/29th
Jan. 138/31st16/Tied-31st
Jan. 8214/Tied-22nd79/23rd

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Jan. 11): The Cougars are 12-16 when competing Jan. 11, including 7-13 when on the road...after suffering their first loss of the 1991-92 season to No. 19 Alabama, Kelvin Sampson's Cougars took in-state rival Washington to overtime before falling 78-73...first half played into the hands of the Huskies, who led by as many as seven, before the Cougars battled back to close the gap to one at halftime, 28-27...Sampson's squad came out of intermission on a roll to take the lead 31-30...led by senior Terrence Lewis, who finished with 30 points and 10 boards, the Cougars closed the second half on a 6-1 run tying the game at 65-65 and forcing an overtime period...Cougars luck ran out as Washington's Rich Manning scored eight of the Huskies 13 overtime points, giving Washington the win 78-73...despite the loss the Cougars, 22-11 on the season, advanced to the National Invitational Tournament, making their first postseason appearance since the 1982-83 season.

ABOUT THE CARDINAL: Stanford is 9-1, 1-2 in Pac-10 play...defeated Arizona State in Tempe in conference opener, 71-60...lost at Arizona (89-75) and to California at home (67-63)...bounced back with a last second victory at Virginia (76-75)...three players average double-figures for the Cardinal led by sophomore Lawrence Hill's 14.8 per game...sophomore Anthony Hill and freshman Robin Lopez add 11.8 and 10.8 points per outing, respectively.

CARDINAL REVIEW: Stanford captured the series last season with a 69-59 victory at Stanford, Jan. 26 and a 39-37 win in Pullman, Feb. 23...Matt Haryasz led all scorers with 22 points and added nine rebounds in the Cardinal's home win...three Cougars scored in double figures led by Josh Akognon's 15 points...in Pullman, Anthony Goods scored off a rebound of a Chris Hernandez miss with four seconds left to give Stanford the two-point win...Hernandez led Stanford with 10 points while Akognon tallied a game-high 11 points for the Cougars.

SERIES WITH STANFORD: The Cardinal lead the series 62-54 including a 35-21 at Stanford...Washington State has lost two straight...Stanford swept season series 1996-97 through 2003-04, including a Pac-10 Tournament in 2003-04...Washington State took wins in Pullman and Stanford during the 2004-05 campaign, but Stanford again posted a conference tournament victory.

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Jan. 13): Washington State is currently 18-9 when competing Jan. 13 including an 8-4 record on the road...Kevin Eastman's Cougar's captured their first Pac-10 victory, 76-62, and only January win of the 1995-96 season at Oregon State Jan. 13...the Pac-10 foes battled it out during the first half with four lead changes and three ties before WSU took a two-point advantage, 28-26, at intermission...Cougars came out firing in the second half before back to back slam dunks by seniors Tavares Mack and Carlos Daniel sparked a 14-3 WSU run...Cougars never looked back as they held out a double-digit advantage until the final horn...all five starters finished in double-figures led by senior Shamon Antrum's 22 points...Washington State's 18-11 season was rewarded with a trip to the NIT where it finished in the second round after suffering a 82-73 loss to Nebraska.

WSU IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougars are ranked nationally in fewest turnovers (fourth-10.9 per game), win-loss percentage (tied-11th, 87.5), scoring defense (21st, 58.1 points per game), fewest personal fouls committed (42nd, 16.5 per game).

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