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Washington State at California, No. 2 Stanford
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Release: 01/24/2000
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Jan. 24, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State gets its first look at California's new facility -- Haas Pavilion -- when the Bears host the Cougars Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, WSU faces the nation's second-ranked team for the second time this season when Stanford hosts the Cougars in a 1:00 p.m. matinee. The WSU-Stanford game will be shown live in San Francisco on Fox Sports Net Bay Area. CROSBY NEARS TOP 15: Senior forward Chris Crosby is now just five points away from entering WSU's top 15 in career fact, the Littleton, Colo., native has a great chance to jump all the way to 13th this weekend as he needs just 28 points to pass No. 15 Steve Harriel (1,147/1979, 81-83), No. 14 Vince Hanson (1,153/1943, 45-46, 48 -- WSU's first 1,000-point scorer) and No. 13 Terry Ball (1,169/1960-62)...Crosby is the 22nd member of WSU's 1,000-career point club and should climb into WSU's all-time top 10 by season's end...he is now 120 points away from the top 10...he ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring and second in FT Pct. THIS WEEK Radio: The Crimson & Gray Sports Network will broadcast all WSU regular season games on its 13-station network with Bud Nameck (7th season) calling the play-by-play. Broadcasts are also available via the Internet, WSU at California Thursday, January 27 7:30 p.m. Haas Pavilion (12,300) Television: None. Records: WSU is 5-10 on the year (0-6 Pac-10) after dropping a pair of close games to the Oregon schools this weekend. California is 10-7 overall (1-4 Pac-10) following an 81-70 loss to Stanford on Saturday. WSU at No. 2 Stanford Saturday, January 29 1:00 p.m. Maples Pavilion (7,391)

Television: The Washington State-Stanford game will be shown live regionally in San Francisco on Fox Sports Net Bay Area. Barry Tompkins and Stan Morrison are the announcers. Records: Stanford is 15-1 overall (4-1 Pac-10) after defeating Cal 81-70 Saturday. The Cardinal host Washington Thursday night. Quick Stat: SO G Mike Bush continues to be WSU's leading scorer in Pac-10 play. The Riverside, Calif., native is averaging 16.7 ppg in league games. On Deck: Washington State will unveil its brand new Friel Court parquet floor when the Cougars host Washington on Saturday, February 5 at 3:00 p.m. WSU COACH PAUL GRAHAM: Paul Graham is in his first season as a head coach...he has a 5-10 record overall and at Washington State...Graham was an assistant coach for seven seasons under Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State prior to accepting the head position at WSU...he is the 13th former Sutton assistant to land a Division I head coaching job...Graham is the 14th head coach in the 99-year history of Cougar basketball...against Grambling State, Graham became the 11th WSU head coach to win his home debut. Though Graham lost his first game (Nevada) as WSU's head coach, it's not a bad sign...the last Cougar head coach to lose his first game on the Cougar sideline was George Raveling in 1972, who would later become the only man in WSU history to lead the Cougars to two NCAA Tournament appearances (1980, 1983). OH WHAT A FRIELING: Washington State's 74-71 victory December 2, 1998, against Portland State was the Cougars' 200th all-time win at Beasley Coliseum's Friel Court...beginning with an 80-78 WSU victory against Louisiana State on December 1, 1973, the Cougars have won nearly two-thirds of the games they have played there (.642)...WSU has a 208-116 all-time record in Beasley...milestone wins at Friel: No. 1 WSU 80, LSU 78, 12/1/73
No. 3 WSU 71, USC 56, 1/5/74 (first league win)
No. 25 WSU 77, Cal 63, 1/8/77
No. 50 WSU 77, USC 57, 1/24/80
No. 100 WSU 75, Oregon 71, 2/14/86
No. 150 WSU 95, Oregon 79, 1/21/93
No. 200 WSU 74, Portland State 71, 12/2/98
HOME NON-LEAGUE STREAK ENDS AT 45: The second-longest non-conference home winning streak in the nation ended at 45 games after No. 25 Utah stopped WSU 78-66 Dec. 11 at Friel was nearly a decade since WSU's last non-conference home loss...WSU was 45-1 versus non-conference teams at Friel during the 1990s!...the Cougars had not lost at home to a non-conference foe since December 14, 1989, when Idaho escaped Friel Court with a 56-52 win. The streak began with a 112-81 win over BYU-Hawaii in the first game of the 1990-91 season...WSU's 45 wins include 40 at Friel and five at Bohler Gym (all during the 1990-91 season)...the streak also included NIT victories in 1992 (Minnesota), 1995 (Texas Tech) and 1996 (Gonzaga). EIGHT ENOUGH?: Of WSU's 10 losses, eight have come to teams making serious pushes for the NCAA tournament...Arizona is 16-3, Oregon is 13-3, USC is 12-5, UCLA is 11-5, Arizona State is 11-6, Utah is 14-3, Gonzaga is 14-5 and Colorado State is 11-6...that's a combined record of 102-36 and a winning percentage of .739! SCOUTING CALIFORNIA: Cal's lineup has been in a state of flux this season...11 different Bear players have started at least on game so far...JR F Sean Lampley has been Cal's most consistent, drawing 16 starts before coming off the bench last week versus Stanford...Lampley averages 17.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game to rank fourth and third, respectively, in the Pac-10...FR G Shantay Legans averages 3.7 assists per game and leads the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.921)...FR G Brian Wethers has started all five Pac-10 games and is averaging 10.4 ppg during that span. WSU-CALIFORNIA SERIES: Golden Bears lead 55-40. In the 1990s: 11-9 Cougars. Eight of the last nine games in this series have been decided by nine points or less...last year, each team won on its home floor -- Cal 75-68 in Oakland and WSU 79-73 in Pullman...that was WSU's last Pac-10 win...WSU's last win in Berkeley was a 92-89 upset during the 1994-95 season...that game was played at Harmon Gym, now the site of the new Haas Pavilion...Cal won 18 of the first 21 games in this series...since then, it's been a dead heat at 37-37 (beginning in 1961-62)...the series dates back to a 28-20 Cal win in 1917. DID YOU KNOW: Only two members of the traveling party have ever been part of a game at Harmon Gym while with WSU -- SR F Chris Crosby and Crimson & Gray radio announcer Bud Nameck. SCOUTING STANFORD: The second-ranked Cardinal have lost just once on the season -- 68-65 to Arizona...the balanced Stanford attack features six players who average 9.0 points per game or better...Washington native Curtis Borchardt (Redmond/Eastlake HS) averages 4.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game and leads the Cardinal in blocks with 36...Stanford leads the Pac-10 in several categories, including: scoring defense (58.1 ppg), scoring margin (+19.1 ppg), free throw percentage (.737), field goal percentage defense (.330), blocked shots (6.06 bpg) and three pointers made per game (7.31). WSU-STANFORD SERIES: Cougars lead 52-48. In the 1990s: 12-8 Cardinal. Stanford has a six-game winning streak against WSU, which matches the Cardinal's longest streak over the Cougs (1988-91)...the Cougars' last win in the series was a 68-59 decision at 24th-ranked Stanford in 1996, that game also marks WSU's last road win over a ranked team...last year at Maples, Stanford handed WSU its second-worst loss in school history, a 94-45, 49-point defeat...the Cardinal also eked out a 64-58 win last season in Pullman...the series dates back to a 36-18 Cougar win in 1917. WSU VS. No. 2: Second-ranked Stanford is the second No. 2 team WSU will face this season...WSU lost 80-75 Jan. 13 at No. 2 Arizona...WSU has never defeated a team ranked first, second or third in the national polls...the highest ranked team the Cougars have defeated was No. 4 Oregon State 69-51 in 1980. FROSH ADAMS HITS FOR 20: When guard David Adams scored a career-high 20 points last Thursday versus Oregon State, he became the first WSU freshman to notch 20 points in a game since Isaac Fontaine went for 21 against Arizona State, Feb. 5, 1994...Fontaine also had a 33-point game earlier that season against Michigan State...Adams leads WSU in three-point field goal percentage (.462) and ranks fourth in the Pac-10...the Tacoma, Wash., native is averaging 8.2 points per game and has four double-figure scoring games this season: Grambling State (12), Portland (12), Colorado State (17) and Oregon State. INJURY UPDATE: WSU's roster numbers have taken a hit lately...FR G Nick Graham will be sidelined for at least three more weeks after suffering a severe right ankle sprain during practice on Jan. 17...WSU's back up point guard had played in all 13 games prior to his injury, averaging 1.7 points per game...FR F Bryan Whitehead sustained a right knee injury during practice before the Jan. 6 USC game and has missed WSU's last six games...Whitehead, who is averaging 2.2 ppg and 2.0 rpg, should be available for the Cal game...JR F Tyrone Evans cut his right hand on the backboard Monday during practice, which required 10 stitches...Evans saw limited action in the Oregon State game, playing five minutes in the first half before the tissue surrounding the stitches became too tender and Evans had to be pulled from the game...WSU had only eight players to finish the second half, only six of whom are on scholarship...Evans was able to play against Oregon with a special glove covering his stitches, designed by team athletic trainer Mike Coco...Evans sprained his left knee during the Colorado State game (in which, he had a career-high 13 points) and missed three far, four Cougars have missed games due to injury this season: Whitehead (6 games), Evans (3 games), Graham (2 games) and Milton Riley (1 game). COUGS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: A glance at this week's Pac-10 stats (1/24) finds several Cougars ranked in the conference in assorted categories...Chris Crosby ranks second in the conference in free throw shooting (88.2 pct.), fifth in scoring (16.7 ppg) and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.417)...Mike Bush is fourth in steals (2.40 spg) and 11th in rebounding (6.4 rpg)...Jan-Michael Thomas is 12th in scoring (15.0 ppg) and sixth in free throw shooting (84.1 pct)...David Adams is fourth on three-point field goal percentage (46.2). As a team, WSU is frst in three-point field goal percentage (.392), second in rebounding defense (rebounds allowed) at 32.1 rpg and third in three-pointers made per game (6.8). OREGON STATE RECAP: Brian Jackson scored 19 points, including six in the final four minutes, as Oregon State edged Washington State 77-73 last Thursday...Oregon State posted its first victory in Pullman since 1990. Washington State closed to within one, at 70-69, on a Mike Bush 3-pointer with 2:33 left in the game...Jackson then scored a pair of baskets for the Beavers...Bush, who finished with 18 points, followed with a layup and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but David Adams collected the rebound and layed the ball back in to cut OSU's lead to 74-73 with 1:07 left. Adams led the Cougars with a career-high 20 points, hitting all four of his three pointers...Jan-Michael Thomas had 18 points for the Cougars. Both teams put on a display of long-range shooting...the Beavers made nine-of-19 3-point attempts in the game. Washington State sank 10-of-19 from long range...WSU shot better from the field than the Beavers, 51 percent to 50 percent, but struggled at the free throw line, hitting 52 percent (9-of-17)...the Beavers also out-rebounded WSU by eight, 36-28, which was the Cougars' largest rebounding deficit since the Portland State game (10). WSU started the game with just nine players available and played the second half with just eight...not suited for the game were freshmen Bryan Whitehead (knee) and Nick Graham (ankle)...junior forward Tyrone Evans played five minutes in the first half, but reinjured his right hand that he cut during practice earlier in the week...the tissue surrounding cut, which required 10 stitches, became too tender to allow Evans to play in the second half. QUICK STAT: Chris Crosby has reached double figure scoring in 12 of 15 overall this season...Crosby played in his 100th career game Jan. 15 versus Arizona State. OREGON RECAP: A.D. Smith sank a game-winning jumper from inside the key with 36 seconds left in overtime to lead Oregon to an 80-81 victory over Washington State on Saturday...Smith's basket marked the 22nd lead change in a game that ended with Washington State's Jan-Michael Thomas' driving jumper bouncing off the rim with four seconds left...both teams were still scrambling for the rebound when time was the second overtime victory in three days for the Ducks, fresh off a 76-74 win Thursday at was also the second straight year the two teams played extra minutes in Pullman, last season, Oregon won an 87-83 triple-overtime marathon. Washington State led most of the second half and finished 10-for-17 from 3-point range only to lose its seventh game in a row...the Cougars trailed 32-29 after the first half, which featured eight lead changes...Washington State came out strong in the second half and held a 68-60 lead with 2:54 left in regulation play. But Oregon whittled the lead down before the Ducks' Alex Scales hit back-to-back 3-point shots in the final minute of regulation...his second 3-pointer came with 34 seconds left and closed out scoring in regulation at 72-72...the Ducks were 1-of-15 from three-point range until Scales hit his back-to-back three pointers. Scales led all scorers with 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting, while Smith finished with 20. Chris Crosby led Washington State with 26 points, including 12 from 3-point range...Jan-Michael Thomas added 20 points and Mike Bush had 15 points and seven rebounds...Eddie Miller just missed yet another double-double for the Cougars, collecting 12 points and nine rebounds...Miller also had a career-high three blocks and three steals...Paul Mencke, a walk-on from the football team, grabbed a career-high five rebounds in 15 minutes. CROSBY SECOND IN PAC-10 AT CHARITY STRIPE: Proving last season's .843 clip (fourth best ever at WSU) from the free throw line was no fluke, senior forward Chris Crosby is tearing it up at the charity stripe this season with an 88.2 average...he tied a 35 year-old school record by hitting 11-of-11 attempts Dec. 4 versus Southern...Crosby had a streak of 25 consecutive free throws made snapped with a miss late in the Portland game...the school single-season free throw percentage record is 88.5 percent by David Sanders in 1988...Crosby has some competition for team honors, however...senior Jan-Michael Thomas is hitting 84.1 percent at the line this season. GAMES OF THE 1900s: The Colorado State game on Dec. 30, 1999, was the 2,510th and final game of the 1900s for Washington State...WSU's first season of basketball was 1901-02...the Cougars posted a 1,326-1,184 all-time record from 1901-99. MORE ON CROSBY: Pop quiz -- how do you transform a 6-8 shooting guard into a pretty well-rounded inside player? Answer -- Paul Graham...for the first three years of his career, Chris Crosby was a shooting guard inside a forward's body...nearly half of his career field goal attempts (365 of 739) came from beyond the arc...but this season, Crosby has attempted 171 field goals with only 42 percent (72) coming from downtown. And to those who thought he was just a gunner, check out the box from the Grambling State game, his 29 points were the second-highest of his career, but only one of his 12 FGs was a three...he also had six boards and a pair of steals...Crosby is shooting a career-best 47 percent from the field through 15 games (80-171)...and make no mistake, his three-point shooting is just as good as ever, if not better, he's 30-72 (42 percent) from three-point land this season and the inside-out dual threat makes his threes all the more devastating. Crosby is also grabbing 4.1 rebounds per game and setting screens in the offensive set that eventually lead to a lot of open looks at the basket...he has even cut his turnovers of late down to less than two per game, a number that needs to continue to decline...but if Crosby makes it to the next level, he can thank one man with a reputation for developing big men -- Paul Graham. BUSH, COUGARS TIE STEALS MARKS: Mike Bush reasserted himself as one of the best defenders in the Pac-10 Dec. 20 versus Portland State by tying Don Collins' 20 year-old single-game steals record of eight...led by his efforts, the Cougs also tied the team single-game steals record with 17...Bush is averaging 2.40 steals per game to rank fourth in the Pac-10. Bush continues to show much improvement during his sophomore season...he is one of WSU's top rebounders (6.4 rpg) and ranks 11th in the Pac-10...Bush broke his career mark with 10 boards in WSU's win over Idaho and has been WSU's leading rebounder six times this season...he also had 15 points versus the Vandals which gave the 6-6 Bush his first career double-double The Riverside, Calif., native has also shown more scoring punch this season, having set his career high in points, 19, versus UCLA...he followed that with 18 at Arizona and 18 versus Oregon State and is WSU's leading scorer in Pac-10 games at 16.7 ppg...for the season, Bush is averaging 12.2 points per game, up from his 12.4 ppg mark of his rookie campaign. Bush could make a serious run at the WSU single-season steals mark of 76 set by Don Collins in 1980. 15 games into the season (28 games total), Bush has 36 steals -- nearly halfway to Collins' mark...Bush is also nine steals shy of entering the WSU career top 10, tying Craig Ehlo (91/1982-83). ANOTHER SERVICE RANKS WSU RECRUITS NO. 2 IN THE PAC-10: First Bob Gibbons did Clark Francis of Hoop Scoop has ranked WSU's 2000 recruiting class as the second-best in the the January edition of Basketball Times, Francis ranked WSU's four fall signees as the 37th-best in the nation and second in the Pac-10 to Oregon (26th overall)...other Pac-10 schools among the top 100 included No. 65 Arizona State, No. 85 California and No. 90 Washington. GIBBONS RANKS WSU NO. 2 IN PAC-10: College basketball recruiting expert Bob Gibbons has ranked Washington State's 2000 recruiting class as the 28th-best in the nation in his December newsletter...the four WSU signees are also listed as the No. 2 class in the Pac-10, trailing only Oregon...the Cougars signed four guards during the early signing period in November...slated to take the hardwood for WSU next season are high schoolers Tommy Johnson from Los Angeles' Crenshaw High School and Marcus Moore from Dominguez Hills High School in Compton, Calif., and junior college transfers Jerry McNair (Fullerton College) and Kendall Minor (Southern Idaho)...Moore enrolled at WSU in January and has been practicing with the team...both McNair and Minor will come in with three years of eligibility remaining...Oregon was ranked 25th, just three spots higher than WSU...other Pac-10 schools in the top 75 include No. 57 Stanford, No. 61 Washington and No. 72 Arizona State...WSU has one more newcomer who will join the four fall signees next year -- 6-10 center J Locklier who transferred from Miami, Ohio...Locklier must redshirt this season under NCAA transfer rules and will be a junior in 2000-01. MILLER SEEING DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Since returning to WSU's lineup six games ago, junior forward Eddie Miller has been impressive...he's averaging 9.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game and has notched career-highs in rebounds twice (14 vs. USC and Arizona)...during that stretch, Miller has a pair of doubles (13 pts, 14 reb vs. USC, 16 pts, 14 reb vs. Arizona) and just missed another at Arizona State (11 pts, 9 reb) and versus Oregon (12 pts, 9 reb)...the Reseda, Calif., native has been the Cougs' leading rebounder in six of the last seven games...Miller, who was sidelined during the fall semester due to academic problems, would be leading the Pac-10 in rebounding if he had played in enough games -- he will not qualify for the Pac-10 stats until Feb. 28 -- following the Cal game on Feb. 26...Miller, a 1999 Pac-10 all-newcomer honorable mention, averaged 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season. RECENT ADDITIONS: WSU had added three players to its roster since the beginning of the season...the latest two additions are freshman guard Marcus Moore and junior forward Claude "CD" Doucet. Moore is a 6-5 guard who signed with WSU in the fall and passed his SAT in December to become eligible...Moore finished his brilliant career at Dominguez Hills High School in Compton, Calif., last spring, leading the school to the 1999 state championship...he was the 1999 John Wooden Award winner for the state of California for coach Russell Otis and was ranked as the state's top point guard after averaging 13 points, eight assists and six boards a game. Doucet comes to WSU via Lamar...the Anchorage, Alaska, native signed with Lamar after playing two seasons at South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas, where he averaged seven points and four rebounds per game...Doucet, who transferred to WSU to be closer to home, will practice with the Cougars this semester, but will not be eligible until next year. Football player Paul Mencke was already a slash -- quarterback/tight end/ you can add two more words to that title -- guard/forward...Mencke, a two-time Greater Spokane League MVP, joined the Washington State basketball team on Dec. 13. During his junior year, the Spokane native was named MVP of the GSL and led Lewis and Clark High School to its first state tournament appearance in 32 years...the 6-5, 229-lbs., Mencke averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior and repeated his GSL MVP honors...playing for coach Glenn Williams, he led the GSL in scoring in back-to-back seasons. Mencke wears number 24 (he wanted to wear his football number 12, but the jersey was too small) he was in football, Mencke is a redshirt junior and has this season and next season of eligibility remaining...following basketball, Mecke will re-join the football team for spring drills and then stay with football through the fall...if all goes well this season, Mencke will play basketball again next winter following the conclusion of the 2000 football season. SLASH MENCKE BECOMES TRUE TWO-SPORTER: To the delight of his hometown Spokane Arena crowd, Paul Mencke became the first two-sport football-basketball player at WSU since Kitrick Taylor in the mid 1980s when he played in his first basketball game Jan. 6 versus USC...Mencke played four minutes and grabbed two rebounds against the was the first time in four years that Mencke played in the Lilac City...Mencke scored his first point as a basketball player on a free throw at Jan. 13 Arizona and grabbed a career-high five rebounds Jan. 22 versus Oregon. Taylor is a former NFL player who lettered in football in 1982-83 and 1985-86 and in basketball in 1985 and 1987. CLARK SEES PLAYING TIME: Walk-on junior point guard Cedric Clark has seen action in each of WSU's last eight games, including a career-high 19 minutes of playing time versus Oregon...the Birmingham, Ala., native had two assists and no turnovers...when Clark made one of two free throws Jan. 15 at ASU, it was his first point since netting a free throw against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez on Nov. 30, 1997 -- more than two years ago...overall, Clark has played in 86 minutes this year, nearly quadruple the total of his last two years combined -- 23 minutes. HENDRICKSON RE-SIGNED BY CAVS: Former WSU standout Mark Hendrickson (1993-96) signed a second 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. is the 21st straight season that WSU has had at least one player in the NBA, dating back to James Donaldson in 1979-80 and continuing with Craig Ehlo, Brian Quinnett and Hendrickson...this is Hendrickson's fourth year in the NBA, he was drafted by Philadelphia and has also played for Sacramento and New Jersey...Hendrickson is No. 4 on WSU's all-time scoring list (1,496 points) and second in rebounding (926) and field goal percentage (.567)...he also ranks sixth in free throws (400), first in fouls (335) and third in minutes played (3,570)...he was a two-time all-Pac-10 pick in 1995-96 and made the league's freshman team in 1993...Hendrickson was a three-time NABC District 14 All-America selection, team MVP in 1995 and 1996 and captained the 1996 Cougar squad. STARTING LINE-UPS: Here's a breakdown of WSU's starting five in 1999-2000: G1-2 Evans, Crosby, Pengelly, Thomas, Bush (1-1)
G3-4 Riley, Crosby, Pengelly, Thomas, Bush (1-1)
G5 Bush, Crosby, Pengelly, Thomas, Adams (1-0)
G6-9 Riley, Crosby, Thomas, Bush, Adams (2-2)
G10 Riley Crosby, Miller, Thomas, Adams (0-1)
G11-15 Crosby, Miller, Thomas, Bush, Adams (0-5) YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS: WSU opened the season with five freshmen on its roster (David Adams, Nick Graham, Mike Malloy, Milton Riley and Bryan Whitehead) for the first time in 14 years...the last time WSU had at least five rookies on its opening day roster was the 1985-86 season...that year, the Cougs actually had six -- Neil Evans, David Hairston, John Hodges, Anthony Kidd, David Sanders and Brian Wright...five of those six names should be very familiar to the Cougar faithful, Evans (who redshirted the 1985-86 season), Hodges, Kidd, Sanders and Wright all went on to become four-year letter winners for WSU...the 1985-86 Cougars went 15-16 overall and 8-10 in the conference for Coach Len Stevens...this year's crop of freshmen would certainly like to have at least one thing in common with the 1985-86 rookies -- they were the last WSU team to defeat Arizona. THREE-POINT PLAYERS: Seniors Chris Crosby and Jan-Michael Thomas both rank in WSU's top 10 in career three-point season's end, Thomas should join Crosby in the top five. Crosby leads the pair with 171 threes (fourth) and looks to close in on the 200 barrier by season's end...Thomas, in just his second season wearing the Crimson and Gray, is now sixth with 129, after passing Donminic Ellison (128/1994-96) over the weekend...Thomas needs just nine more threes to enter the top five. I WANT MY COUGTV: Washington State will be on the Fox network nine times this season, with the possibility of a tenth game (UCLA - March 9) if that contest has a bearing on the conference title race...three games will be shown nationally (Fox Sports Northwest locally) -- Dec. 11 Utah, Jan. 22 Oregon and Feb. 5 Washington...Fox Sports Northwest will broadcast an additional four games -- Nov. 29 Gonzaga, Jan. 13 Arizona, Feb. 12 Arizona and Feb. 26 California -- to a regional audience...two other road games will be shown in their local market -- Jan. 29 Stanford (Fox Sports Bay Area) and March 11 USC (Fox West 2). PENGELLY LEAVES TEAM: Senior guard Blake Pengelly left the Washington State men's basketball team for personal reasons, announced prior to WSU's Dec. 7 game versus Portland. Pengelly, a native of Eugene, Ore., was averaging 4.0 points and 6.8 assists per game through five contests this season...he played in 93 career games with 56 starts...he ranks fifth in WSU career assists with 324 and is eighth in career three-point field goals with 119. WOW - WHAT A SCHEDULE: For the first time since 1994-95, odds are that WSU will play home games against five different ranked teams...the first three came Nov. 29 versus No. 25 Gonzaga (Spokane), Dec. 11 versus No. 25 Utah and Jan. 8 vs. No. 20 UCLA...two more opponents are currently ranked in the national polls: No. 2 Stanford and No. 4 1994-95, all five teams were from the Pac-10: No. 17 California, No. 23 Stanford, No. 17 Oregon, No. 12 Arizona and No. 15 Arizona State (WSU was 4-1 versus those schools at home). WSU VS. RANKED TEAMS: WSU currently has eight games scheduled against top 25 teams...the next comes Saturday at No. 2 Stanford...the last time WSU defeated a ranked opponent was February 22, 1997, when the Cougs beat No. 25 Cal 89-87...WSU also played eight games versus ranked opponents during the 1996-97 season. NEW OPPONENTS: WSU faces two opponents for the first time ever this season -- Southern and Texas-Pan American...Utah visited Pullman for the first time since 1939, it was also the first game between the two schools overall since 1972...the Cougars also renewed dormant rivalries with Nevada (last meeting 1972), Colorado State (1978) and Portland (1990). OLD OPPONENTS: WSU's oldest rivalry, Oregon State, will reach game No. 260 this season...Washington State and Idaho met for the 255th time this season...the second Oregon game will be No. 254 in the series...WSU and Washington inch toward the 250 mark with games 247 and 248 this was just the second meeting with Grambling State. COUGS LOOK TO SNAP STREAK: The Cougars are searching for their first Pac-10 road win since defeating Oregon State 69-53 on Jan. 15, 1998...since that game, WSU has lost 18 consecutive Pac-10 road games, which is the second-longest such streak in WSU history...the WSU (and conference) record for consecutive league road losses is 34 (Pacific Coast Conference), sustained by the legendary coach Jack Friel's teams between 1954 and 1958...Kelvin Sampson's 1988-89 and 1989-90 squads combined to drop 16 consecutive conference road games. STARTERS: Coming into the 1999-2000 season, only five of WSU's 13 players had ever started a college game...of the active players, Chris Crosby has the most starts with 52, followed by Jan-Michael Thomas (39).

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