Dec. 4, 2006
WASHINGTON STATE (7-1)
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.
STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT: Tony Bennett was 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.
PLAYING THE BULLDOGS: No. 18 Gonzaga is coming off an 87-77 win over Texas at the Hall of Fame Challenge in Phoenix...owns 8-1 record this season...runner-up in the NIT Season Tip-Off...knocked off Rice, Baylor and then-No. 2 North Carolina before falling in the championship game to Butler, 79-71...head coach Mark Few is in his seventh season with the Bulldogs...has taken Gonzaga to the NCAA tournament every year...led by senior Derek Raivio and redshirt-sophomore Josh Heytvelt who are putting up 19.8 and 16.8 points per game, respectively...Bulldogs are shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 41.0 percent from 3-point land.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Dec. 5): The Cougars are currently 14-9 when competing Dec. 5...carry a 2-3 record when taking on Gonzaga...head coach George Raveling led his Cougars to a 75-58 victory over Gonzaga in Spokane, Dec. 5, 1979 en route to their first NCAA tournament berth in 39 years...senior Don Collins lit up the stat sheet with 32 points behind 15-for-19 shooting from the field...also recorded five steals, three assists, and six rebounds...senior Stuart House pulled down nine boards and tallied six blocks...despite a closer second half, the Bulldogs never had a chance as the Cougars first half effort (31-15) put Gonzaga away early...Collins, who is third on WSU's career list for points with 1,563, set school single-season records averaging 23.1 points and 2.71 steals per game.
WSU AND THE WCC: The Cougars are 115-50 all-time against current members of the West Coast Conference, including a win over Portland this season.
SERIES WITH THE ZAGS: The Cougars are currently 95-45 all-time against the Bulldogs...WSU owns a 47-18 record in Pullman...Cougars have lost seven straight...Gonzaga has been nationally ranked five out of the last six meetings...last two meetings at Friel Court have been decided by eight points.
COUGARS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: Washington State is currently 34-192 when competing against nationally-ranked opponents...includes a 26-77 record at home and a 1-4 record when taking on teams ranked No. 18...are 0-4 when taking on a nationally-ranked Gonzaga squad...Cougars dropped their last meeting in Pullman, 54-52 by a missed 3-point bucket at the buzzer, Dec. 7, 2004...during the 2005-06 season, the Cougars were 2-2 against ranked opponents, knocking off a ranked Washington squad twice, in Seattle (No. 10) and in Pullman (No. 16)...also took down a No. 11 Arizona team, 70-63 in Tucson, Jan. 29, 2005.
ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: Tuesday's crowd is expected to be the largest at Friel Court since 11,463 watched No. 6 UCLA defeat Washington State 98-83, Feb. 11, 1995.
TV TIME: For the first time this season, the Cougars will be televised...the game will be on KHQ Channel 6 in the Spokane market and as well as KHQ's Idaho territories...rest of Washington, with the exception of a 60-mile radius of Seattle, as well as the remainder of Idaho, all or Alaska, Montana and Oregon can see the game on FSN Northwest.
QUALITY SHOOTING: Washington State is shooting 48.6 percent in 2006-07...John Thompson Foundation Challenge (Nov. 10-12) in Milwaukee marked the first time since the 1995-96 season that the Cougars shot 50 percent or better in three consecutive games...Cougars fired a 50.0 field goal percentage over UAB...60.4 field goal percentage over UW-Milwaukee...60.0 field goal percentage over Radford.
WSU WINS IN DIFFERENT WAYS: The Cougars led by at least 24 points in each of their first four games this season... Cougars led by double figures at halftime in all four games...first time WSU has posted four consecutive double-digit victories since Nov. 26-Dec. 7, 1996...WSU led for all but 13:26 in the four games...was never tied or behind in the second half...never trailed by more than six points...wins over Idaho State and Boise State came by six points or less...Cougars had lost 16 of their last 18 games decided by six points or less prior to the 2006-07 season.
SAME OLD STORY: Cougar Head Coach Tony Bennett has said the defense his father Dick is famous for is still a staple of the WSU program...Cougars are yielding 58.4 points per game, best in the Pac-10.
COUGARS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: Washington State is in the top three of the Pac-10 rankings in scoring defense (first, 58.4 points per game), field goal percentage defense (third, 40.6), 3-point field goal percentage (first, 40.7 percent), and field goal percentage (third, 48.6).
PROTECTING THE HOUSE: In the last 16 seasons, the Cougars are 73-3 in Pullman against nonconference opponents...mark includes a 5-0 record in Bohler Gym during the 1990-91 campaign...two of three losses have come at the hands of Gonzaga.
COUGARS ACROSS THE COUNTRY: The Washington State Men's basketball team currently holds the most diverse roster in the Pacific-10 Conference with seven states, the District of Columbia, and three foreign countries represented...ties Arizona to lead the conference with 11 different representations...Pacific-10 conference is the most internationally diverse conference in NCAA Division I...has a total of 24 student-athletes represented by 16 different countries.