Dec. 8, 2009
COUGARS HOST VANDALS IN FINAL NONCONFERENCE GAME IN PULLMAN: Washington State University men's basketball (6-2) returns to Pullman for the final time this nonconference season as it hosts cross-border rival Idaho (5-2), Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. PST. The game will be shown live on FSN NW and as always Bud Nameck has the call on the Cougar Sports Radio Network.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State returns after a five-game road swing having lost its last two games at Gonzaga (Dec. 2) and Kansas State (Dec. 5).
Klay Thompson leads the team with 25.9 points per game, adding 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists a game.
DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 6.3 rebounds a game, chipping in 11.4 points an outing.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 3.9 assists a game and is second with 13.4 points a game.
Head Coach Ken Bone is the second-consecutive WSU head coach to go undefeated in the month of November during his first year while getting off to a 6-0 start.
|Game 9 | Idaho (5-2) at Washington State (6-2)|
|Date||Wednesday, Dec. 9 | 8 p.m. PST|
|Location||Pullman, Wash. | Beasley Coliseum|
|Radio||Cougar Sports Network | Listen Online|
|wsucougars.com||Gametracker | Crimson ZZU Blog | Game Notes|
|All-Time Series||WSU leads 157-107|
ABOUT THE VANDALS:
Idaho has gotten off to a quick 5-2 start on its season.
It's coming off a 68-48 upset of then-No. 25 Portland, Sunday, Dec. 6.
UI also has wins at Utah and North Dakota State and at home against Sacramento State and Eastern Washington.
Steffan Johnson leads UI with 14.0 points per game, while shooting .464 from the field.
Former Coug Mac Hopson is adding 12.9 points an outing, along with 4.9 assists a game.
Kashif Watson is also in double figures with 11.6 points and 3.1 rebounds a game.
Washington State and Idaho are meeting for the 105th consecutive men's basketball season.
The two schools have the oldest continuous rivalry West of the Mississippi River.
It is the sixth longest continuous rivalry nationally behind Columbia/Yale (109th season), Princeton/Yale (109th season), Pennsylvania/Princeton (108th season), Columbia/Pennsylvania (107th season) and Cornell/Pennsylvania (107th season).
The Cougars also hold the ninth oldest continuous rivalry, as they will face Oregon State for the 102nd-straight basketball season this year.
WSU AGAINST THE WAC:
WSU holds a 185-123 record against current members of the Western Athletic Conference.
Like last season, WSU will face just one member of the WAC this season, Idaho.
New Mexico State is the only current WAC member that WSU has never faced.
The Cougars have a winning record against every WAC team they've faced except Utah State, holding just a 1-7 mark against the Aggies.
Of the 308 games against WAC opponents, 264 have come against the Vandals.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
The Cougars fell at Kansas State, 86-69 in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series Dec. 5.
Klay Thompson led WSU with 22 points on 11-for-11 shooting from the free throw line.
Reggie Moore made a WSU single game freshman record 12 free throws as he finished with 16 points and six assists.
WSU dropped to 2-3 all-time against Kansas State and 1-2 in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
WSU got 17 of its 29 first-half points at the free throw line...shot just .261 (6-for-23) in the first period of play...it got 28 of its 69 total points at the free throw line.
The Cougs shot .737 (14-for-19) in the second half, a best in a half for them this season.
WSU's 17-point halftime deficit marked its largest first period deficit since trailing by 20 points (30-10) at Oregon, Feb. 18, 2006.
The Cougs tied their season low for first half points with 29...also had 29 against San Diego in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout (Nov. 28).
WSU's 25 turnovers mark the most by a Cougar team since turning the ball over 26 times against Wyoming , Nov. 30, 2005.
THOMPSON MAKES ALASKA HIS `KLAY'GROUND:
Klay Thompson had the week of his young career at the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Nov. 25-28.
Thompson broke the Great Alaska Shootout single-game and championship game records with 43 points in WSU's win over San Diego...the old record was set by Glenn Robinson of Purdue also in the championship game against Portland in 1993.
His 16 field goals mark a championship game record, besting Robinson's mark of 15 in 1993.
Thompson also set championship game records for field goals made (16), 3-pointers made (eight) and 3-pointers attempted (13).
His 89 total points were tied for second most in the tournament with Casey Green of Southwest Louisiana (1997).
Thompson's 14 3-pointers stand at fifth best all-time in the Great Alaska Shootout.
He was named the Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game in all three WSU games.
He earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award.
He led the tournament in points, scoring average, 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goals attempted and free throws, and was ranked in the top five in assists, steals, blocks and minutes played.
COUGARS DOMINATE SHOOTOUT AS WELL:
The Cougars not only won the Great Alaska Shootout title, but they also notched their names in the record books along the way.
WSU's .575 field goal percentage in its three games is the third-best in Shootout history and just .011 behind the record.
The Cougs' .511 3-point field goal percentage is the fifth-best 3-point shooting performance all time.
They set the championship game record for largest margin of victory with a 37-point defeat (93-56) of San Diego...the old record was 29 (76-47) points as San Diego State defeated Hampton last season.
WSU tied the tournament championship game record for most second half points with 54, held by Illinois vs. New Mexico State in 1992 and Iowa vs. Northeastern in 1986.
WSU led the tournament in scoring offense (86.0 ppg), scoring defense (64.3 papg), field goal percentage (.575), field goal percentage defense (.391), 3-point field goal percentage (.511), blocked shots (4.7 bpg) and assists (19.0 apg).
To put it in perspective, there have been 381 Shootout games over 32 years.
THOMPSON JOINS FONTAINE IN 20-PLUS POINT GAMES:
Klay Thompson scored 20-plus points in Washington State's first six games this season.
It marks the most consecutive 20-plus point performances by a Cougar since the school's all-time leading scorer, Isaac Fontaine, scored 20-plus in six-straight games Dec. 7-29, 1996.
Thompson became the fifth Cougar to notch six-consecutive 20-point games, joining Jim Meredith (Dec. 11-26, 1970), Don Collins (Feb. 24-Dec. 5, 1970), Joe Wallace (Dec. 20, 1984-Jan. 5, 1985) and Fontaine.
He's now reached 20-plus points in seven of WSU's eight games.
He's also reached double figures in 14 of WSU's 16 halves this season and in all eight games.
THOMPSON EARNS BACK-TO-BACK PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS:
Klay Thompson was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the week for the weeks of Nov. 16-22 and Nov. 23-29.
He is just the third Cougar to earn a Pac-10 Player of the Week award twice in the same season as Daven Harmeling did so in 2006-07 and Joe Wallace accomplished the feat in 1985-87.
He's just the second Cougar to earn the honor over the last three seasons.
He became the 17th men's basketball player student-athlete to earn back-to-back Player of the Week honors, as Patrick Christopher of California and James Harden, formerly of Arizona State, accomplished it last season.
Thompson joins elite company, as he became the 13th sophomore to earn multiple Player of the Week awards.
James Harden, Ryan Anderson, Darren Collison, Daven Harmeling, Gilbert Arenas, Baron Davis, Jason Kidd, Harold Miner, Chris Mills, Adam Keefe, Gary Payton and Reggie Miller also accomplished that feat in their sophomore campaigns.
THE PAC-10 40 POINT CLUB:
With his 43 points against San Diego (Nov. 28), Klay Thompson became just the third Pac-10 player to score 40 points in the last five seasons...James Harden of ASU scored 40 in 2008-09 and Leon Powe of California scored 41 in 2005-06.
It's the most points scored by a Pac-10 player since Jason Kapono of UCLA scored 44 against WSU, Jan. 4, 2003.
THOMPSON ONE OF NATION'S TOP SCORERS:
As of games through Sunday, Dec. 6, Klay Thompson ranked second in the nation with 25.9 points per game.
He ranks second in the country in field goals made with 69.
Thompson is also second with 207 total points.
For a complete list of where he ranks, and where he ranks in the Pac-10 see the box on the right side of this page.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the second-most overall and conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 75-35 (.682) overall and 32-22 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best three-year record at 93-24 (.795) overall and 44-10 in league play.
GETTING MOORE AT POINT GUARD:
With 31 assists and a 3.9 apg average, freshman Reggie Moore is on pace to move into second on the WSU freshman top-10 list for assists.
He is also on average to hit the WSU freshman record of 114 records set by Bennie Seltzer in 1990.
Moore currently ranked seventh in the conference and is the only freshman in the top-10 in assists per game.
He's also on pace for second in the WSU freshman scoring average list and set to pass Klay Thompson in second for total points.
COUGS AMONG YOUNGEST TEAMS IN NATION:
With 15 underclassman and just one upperclassman, Washington State's men's basketball team is among the youngest in the country, according to research done by Central Florida's SID.
WSU has the most underclassmen with 15, followed by Harvard with 14 and UCF and Toledo with 13 apiece.
The Cougars are also tied for the fewest amount of upperclassmen in the country as they and Saint Louis each have one.
For the second-straight season, WSU has five left-handed shooters on its team in 2009-10.
Anthony Brown, Marcus Capers, Nikola Koprivica, Abe Lodwick and Brock Motum are all left-handed on the basketball court.
Last season WSU also had five lefties on the team with Taylor Rochestie and Nick Witherill before the arrival of freshmen Brown and Motum.