Jan. 22, 2013
COUGARS HIT THE ROAD TO FACE 16TH-RANKED DUCKS: Washington State University men's basketball (10-8, 1-4) hits the road once again as it travels to Eugene, Ore. to face No. 16 Oregon, Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena.
The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks, as Jim Watson and Ernie Kent 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. DUCKS:
Wednesday marks the 284th all-time meeting between Oregon and Washington State, with the Ducks holding a 160-123 advantage.
Oregon has won the last three meetings and the last three games at Eugene.
WSU's last road win in the series came Jan. 17, 2009, while WSU's last win in the series came Jan. 8, 2011.
Fourth-year Cougar head coach Ken Bone is 1-6 against Oregon with the Cougars and 2-7 in his career, as his Portland State squad defeated Oregon, 54-52, during the 2005-06 season at Eugene.
The Cougars' largest margin of victory against the Ducks of 35 points came exactly 21 years prior to this matchup, as WSU defeated Oregon, 90-55, Jan. 23, 1992.
Last season Oregon swept the series with wins at Spokane Arena (Dec. 29) and Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene (Feb. 11).
In the meeting in Eugene, Mike Ladd finished with 13 points, tying his then-season high.
Reggie Moore added 12 point and reached double figures for the third-straight game, tying his longest consecutive double-figures game last season.
Brock Motum tied his career-high with five assists...he finished with 17 points.
Marcus Capers scored eight of his nine points in the first half.
WSU shot .500 (27-for-54) from the field...has shot at least .500 from the field in each of the last two games.
Oregon shot .553 from the field (26-for-47) and .550 from 3-point (11-for-20)...shot above .500 from both the field and 3-point in both games against the Cougars this season.
In the first meeting, the two teams' Pac-12 openers, DaVonté Lacy scored a then-career-high 19 points...he made a career-best five 3-pointers and was 7-for-9 from the field.
Brock Motum scored 12 points.
Oregon shot .694 from the field...the highest field goal percentage by a WSU opponent since Gonzaga shot .708 (34-for-48) Dec. 28, 2003.
WSU snapped its six-game winning streak, its longest since winning the first six games of the 2009-10 season.
The Cougars dropped to 14-30 all-time in Pac-8/10/12 openers...0-2 against Oregon in openers.
Oregon got 44 of its 92 points in the paint and 42 points from the bench.
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 144 career wins in his seventh season as a Division I head coach.
COUGARS VS. RANKED OPPONENTS:
Washington State is 47-224 all-time against opponents ranked in the Associated Press Poll.
This week Oregon is ranked 16th in the AP Poll...the Cougars are 5-10 against the Ducks when they are ranked.
WSU is 4-7 when playing the 16th-ranked team in the country...the last time the Cougars faced No. 16 was against Washington March 7, 2009, a 67-60 loss.
The only other time WSU faced the No. 16 Ducks resulted in a 95-68 loss 42 years ago, Jan. 23, 1971.
WSU has lost four-straight games against ranked opponents, its last win against No. 18 Washington, Jan. 30, 2011.
The Cougars' last win at a ranked opponent came at No. 14 Arizona State, Feb. 28, 2009.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars are 10-8 overall and 1-4 in conference play after splitting their homestand with Utah and Colorado last week.
WSU is 8-3 at home, 0-3 on the road and 2-2 in neutral-site games.
Four of the Cougars' 8 losses have come by 5 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).
Prior to Jan. 16, WSU had lost three-straight games, tying its longest losing streak of the season...in the first losing streak, all games occurred on the road or at a neutral sites, Nov. 16-20 (loss at Pepperdine and vs. Kansas and Texas A&M in Kansas City, Mo.).
The Cougars' longest winning streak is four games, Dec. 9-29, with wins over Fresno State and Jackson State at Pullman and Buffalo at Seattle and Idaho State at Kennewick, Wash.
Brock Motum leads the team with 19.1 points per game and 6.5 rebounds...he's scored at least 13 points in all 18 games this season...he's averaging 17.4 points in WSU's five conference games.
Motum is tied for second in the conference and ranked 25th in the nation (as of Jan. 21) in scoring and has reached double figures in every game this season.
Motum ranks 16th in the league in rebounding and seventh in minutes played.
Mike Ladd has reached double figures each of the last six games and is second on the team with 10.8 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team second-best 5.9 rebounds a game.
Ladd is averaging 15.6 points (10th in the Pac-12) and 6.8 rebounds (15th 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 9.6 points in 14 games.
Dexter Kernich-Drew 6.8 ppg, and D.J. Shelton 5.1 points and a team third-best 5.6 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).
Brock Motum scored a season-low 13 points.
Mike Ladd finished with 13 points and has scored in double figures in each of the last six games.
Will DiIorio was 1-for-2 from the 3-point arc...he is now 5-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc on the season and 5-for-8 on his career.
DiIorio was 3-for-4 from the field and was one point shy of his career high with 8 points.
Junior Longrus recorded a career-high 3 blocked shots in just 10 minutes of action...his previous high was 2 blocks.
WSU's 19 first half points are its fewest in the first half of the season and the fewest since scoring 19 points in the first against UCLA of last season, March 1, 2012.
The Cougars shot a season-low .444 (4-for-9) from the free throw line...their previous low was .476 (10-for-21) at California, Jan. 12.
The game between WSU and Colorado was the fourth overall and the first meeting between the two teams in Pullman.
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 1,276 points, Motum is 14th on WSU's career scoring list...he is just 9 points away from Carlos Daniel (1995-98) in 13th with 1,285 points.
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).