Feb. 22, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - The nation's top ranked team visits Pullman for the first time in 11 years when No. 1 Stanford comes to Friel Court Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, it's Senior Night as the Cougars host California is a 7:30 p.m. game that will be shown live on Fox Sports Net Northwest.
No. 1 VISITS PULLMAN FOR FIRST TIME IN 11 YEARS: For the first time in 11 years, the nation's top-ranked men's college basketball team will play in Pullman when Washington State hosts No. 1 Stanford Thursday night at Friel Court...it will be the first time the nation's top-ranked team has visited Pullman since No. 1 Arizona came to town March 2, 1989. It will also be just the 12th game involving the No. 1 team to be played on the Palouse. The Cougars have never defeated the nation's top-ranked team, though they have been close several times...in 1970, WSU fell two points shy in a 72-70 loss to UCLA...nine years later, the Cougars again pushed the top-ranked Bruins to the brink before falling 110-102 in triple overtime in one of the most exciting games in WSU history...the last No. 1 team to visit Pullman, Arizona in 1989, had an easier time, winning 74-48...the highest-ranked team ever defeated by WSU was No. 4 Oregon State, a 69-51 loser at Pullman in 1980.
Games involving No. 1 teams in Pullman:
1/7/67 No. 1 UCLA 76, WSU 67
2/15/69 No. 1 UCLA 83, WSU 59
2/9/70 No. 1 UCLA 72, WSU 70
2/27/71 No. 1 UCLA 57, WSU 53
2/21/72 No. 1 UCLA 85, WSU 55
2/10/73 No. 1 UCLA 88, WSU 50
1/7/74 No. 1 UCLA 71, WSU 56
2/24/79 No. 1 UCLA 110, WSU 102 3 ot
1/22/81 No. 1 OSU 66, WSU 53
12/22/88 No. 1 Arizona 89, WSU 55
3/2/89 No. 1 Arizona 74, WSU 48
THOMAS INJURY PUTS WEEKEND IN DOUBT: Senior guard Jan-Michael Thomas suffered a serious injury to his left knee during practice on Tuesday and is very doubtful for Thursday's game...if the injury is as severe as initially suspected, Thomas could miss WSU's final six regular season games...he will be examined by team doctors Wednesday evening...if Thomas can't play, look for RS-JR guard Cedric Clark, a walk-on, to make his first career start. Thomas is WSU's third-leading scorer, averaging 12.6 points per game this season, and leads the Cougars with 51 three-point baskets...last year, Thomas set a WSU single-season record with 89 three-point field goals...if he doesn't play again, he finishes his career as WSU's all-time leading free throw shooter, having made 82.9 percent of his total attempts (121-146), just edging Byron Vadset's mark of 82.5 percent...Thomas also ranks fifth in career three-point field goals (140) and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.385).
THIS WEEK Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum (12,058)
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, www.wsucougars.com.
No. 1 Stanford vs. WSU Thursday, February 24, 2000 7:00 p.m. PST
Records: WSU is 5-17 overall, (0-13 Pac-10) and looking to snap a 14-game losing streak. The Cardinal are 22-1 overall (11-1 Pac-10) and are trying to win their second straight Pac-10 title.
California vs. WSU Saturday, February 26, 2000 7:30 p.m. PST
Television: The Washington State-California game will be shown live regionally on Fox Sports Net Northwest. Dennis Patchin and Bill Krueger are the announcers.
Records: Cal has thoughts of postseason play with a 14-10 overall record (5-7 Pac-10). The defending NIT champs may be hoping for a return to New York. The Bears play at Washington Thursday night before venturing to the Palouse.
Senior Day Saturday: Saturday versus Cal, WSU will bid farewell to seniors Chris Crosby and Jan-Michael Thomas, manager Jake Hamblin and unveil Butch!
On Deck: The first of four road games to finish the season finds WSU traveling to Edinburg, Texas, for a non-conference date with Texas-Pan American Monday night at 5:30 p.m. Pacific time.
WSU COACH PAUL GRAHAM: Paul Graham is in his first season as a head coach...he has a 5-17 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 (.638)...WSU has a 208-118 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 Court...it 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).
PACK YOUR BAGS: Of WSU's 17 losses, 15 have come to teams making postseason plans...near-locks for the NCAA Tournament include Stanford (22-1), Arizona (23-4), Oregon (18-6), Utah (20-5) and Gonzaga (20-7)...bubble/NIT teams include Arizona State (16-9), California (14-10), UCLA (13-11), USC (13-11), Oregon State (12-12) and Colorado State (15-10)...that's a combined record of 186-86 and a winning percentage of .684!
SCOUTING STANFORD: The top-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...FR F Casey Jacobsen leads the Cardinal in scoring at 11.7 points per game, while SR F Mark Madsen is tops in rebounds at 8.8 per game...Stanford leads the Pac-10 in several categories, including: scoring defense (57.2 ppg), scoring margin (+20.8 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.338), 3-point field goal percentage (.386), rebound margin (+10.0) and three pointers made per game (7.52).
WSU-STANFORD SERIES: Cougars lead 52-49. Since 1990: 13-8 Cardinal. Stanford has a seven-game winning streak against WSU, which is the Cardinal's longest-ever streak over the Cougs...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...Stanford has also won four straight in Pullman, dating back to WSU's 77-63 victory in 1995...earlier this season, the Cardinal stopped WSU 63-38 at Maples...last year, the Cardinal eked out a 64-58 win in Pullman...the series dates back to a 36-18 Cougar win in 1917.
STANFORD RECAP: Jason Collins had 14 points as the Cardinal sent the Cougars to their ninth straight loss 63-38 Jan. 29 at Maples Pavlion...despite scoring 38 points, however, WSU dictated the pace of the game and held the Cardinal to their second-lowest point total of the season. Casey Jacobsen and Jarron Collins each added 10 points for Stanford, which held the Cougars to 26 percent shooting. Chris Crosby had 16 points for WSU, while redshirt-junior guard Cedric Clark scored a career-high seven points. The Cougars missed their first five shots of the game, and the Cardinal were up by 11 points by the time Eddie Miller hit a jumper with 13:48 left in the first half...Washington State then missed its next six shots, as Stanford built its 22-3 lead...a 10-2 run pulled the Cougars within 24-13 with 5:50 left in the first half, but Ryan Mendez hit a 3-pointer to begin a 10-0 Stanford run and Washington State never got close again. Stanford led 36-16 at halftime and built its margin to 23 points with 8:04 left in the second half on a three-point play by Jason Collins.
SCOUTING CALIFORNIA: Despite last weekend's record-setting loss to Stanford (101-50), the young Golden Bears are still having a fine season and have a good shot at the NIT...JR F Sean Lampley is the only Cal player averaging double figures (15.8 ppg)...Cal has been starting three freshmen in forward Brian Wethers (6.8 ppg), center Nick Vander Laan (9.8 ppg) and guard Shantay Legans (9.1 ppg)...nearly all of Cal's scoring will return next season as SR G Raymond King (1.6 ppg) is the only regular scheduled to graduate in 2000.
WSU-CALIFORNIA SERIES: Golden Bears lead 56-40. Since 1990: 11-10 Cougars. Eight of the last 10 games in this series have been decided by nine points or less...the Jan. 27 game at Cal (80-46) was one of the exceptions...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...Cal won 18 of the first 21 games in this series...since then, it's been a near dead heat at 38-37 Cal (beginning in 1961-62)...the series dates back to a 28-20 Cal win in 1917.
CALIFORNIA RECAP: Joe Shipp scored 22 points off the bench, including 16 straight during a decisive second-half California rally, leading the Bears to an 80-46 win over Washington State Jan. 27...Cal broke a four-game losing streak, while the Cougars lost their eighth straight. The Bears scored 13 of the game's first 15 points and were never in trouble...they led 36-20 at the half, holding the Cougars to 34.8 percent shooting (8-for-23) and forcing 10 turnovers...freshman center Nick Vander Laan nearly had a double-double by halftime, with nine points and nine rebounds, and finished with 12 points and a season-high 12 rebounds...not one player in Washington State reached doubled figures...senior forward Chris Crosby led the Cougars with nine points. The game was delayed 22 minutes when steam from a hot dog stand set off a fire alarm 20 minutes before tipoff, forcing an evacuation and creating a logjam between fans exiting and those not yet in the building...it was the third game this season that a game was delayed by a fire alarm at Cal's new Haas Pavilion. Freshman forward Bryan Whitehead saw his first action since injuring his knee in practice prior to the Jan. 6 USC game...he played three minutes and scored two points versus Cal...Whitehead missed six games.
OREGON STATE RECAP: Josh Steinthal scored 18 points as Oregon State used a late run to defeat Washington State 64-56 last Saturday...Jason Heide added 14 points and Deaundra Tanner eight assists for the Beavers. Mike Bush scored a career-high 26 points and had six rebounds for Washington State...it was the fifth time this season that Bush set a career high in scoring...the sophomore from Riverside, Calif., also had three steals, which moved him into ninth in WSU career steals..in just 41 games, the Bush has 94 career steals...Bush passed Craig Ehlo (91 steals/1982-83) and Terrence Lewis (92/1991-92). Chris Crosby had 15 points and six rebounds for WSU before fouling out...he passed Ron Bennink (1,222 points/1953-55) for 12th in WSU career scoring. The Beavers led 23-16 at halftime and built a 12-point lead midway through the second half by moving the ball effectively into the post and passing back out to the perimeter for 3-pointers...Oregon State finished 5-16 from beyond the arc, as Steinthal connected on four attempts. The Cougars chipped away at the lead and Bush put them within three points by converting a steal into two points with 6:55 left in the game...on Oregon State's next possession, though, Tanner was fouled as he scored a layup, and after he hit the free throw the Beavers mounted a 12-3 run to go up 57-46 with 1:18 left in the game. Washington State held Oregon State to 40 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers, but the Cougars only shot 36 percent from the field and grabbed 31 rebounds to the Beavers 40.
OREGON RECAP: A.D. Smith scored 21 points to lead Oregon to its 18th win of the season 70-53 over Washington State last Thursday night in Eugene...Chris Crosby scored 12 points to lead WSU, while David Adams had 11 and Mike Bush and Milton Riley each added 10...the Ducks jumped out to a 12-0 lead and expanded that to 28-14 with 3:53 left in the first half...but the Cougars went on an 8-0 run that included back-to-back three-point baskets from Jan-Michael Thomas and Bush and a jumper from Crosby to close to within six...but Oregon scored the final four points of the half to lead by 10 at halftime and kept the margin in double figures the rest of the game. Riley, a redshirt-freshman, scored all 10 of his points off the bench in the second half...it was his second career double figure scoring game and the most since he had 12 versus Gonzaga on Nov. 29...Riley, who was playing with a broken little finger on his right hand, also had four rebounds and an assist in 12 minutes...Adams' 11 points versus Oregon was his second straight game in double figures, following his 10-point effort versus Arizona.
CLARK TOPS CAREER TOTAL AT STANFORD: Redshirt junior forward Cedric Clark scored a career-high seven points Jan. 29 at Stanford...the walk-on from Birmingham, Ala., also notched a career high in steals with two...Clark came into the Stanford game with six career points. Clark, the only true point guard on the WSU roster with the injury to Nick Graham and the departure of Blake Pengelly, has seen action in each of WSU's last 15 games...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 236 minutes this year, more than 10 times the total of his last two years combined -- 23 minutes. Clark's first half field goal Jan. 27 versus Cal was the first he had made since the very first game of his WSU career -- Nov. 14, 1997, versus Central Washington.
COUGS MAY PLAY PART IN NCAA RECORD: Isn't this ironic...though much has been made of WSU's losses this season, it may actually be a Cougar win that finds its way into the NCAA record book...remember back to Nov. 22 -- WSU's second game of the year -- when the Cougars defeated Grambling State 83-55?...at the time it didn't seem significant, but the Tigers are now 1-27 with two games to play...if Grambling loses its final two games -- Saturday at 10-14 Alabama State and Monday at 15-10 Alabama A&M, it will break Prairie View A&M's NCAA record of 28 losses in a season, set in 1992...and wouldn't you know it, the last game Grambling scheduled last summer was none other than that Nov. 22 date at Washington State (a pay out game en route to the Tigers' appearance in the Great Alaska Shootout).
CROSBY EYES TOP 10: Senior forward Chris Crosby comes into the Stanford game with 1,229 career points...the Littleton, Colo., native recently passed Ron Bennink (1,222/1953-55) to take over 12th place...he is just 13 points behind No. 11 Eddie Hill (1,242/1991-94)...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 33 points away from entering the top 10...he ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring and fourth in FT Pct.
THOMAS SHOOTING FOR WSU CAREER FT MARK: SR G Jan-Michael Thomas is on pace to establish the WSU career record for free throw percentage...his career average through one-plus seasons is 82.9 percent (121-146)...the school record is currently 82.5 percent (255-309) by Byron Vadset (1962-64)...teammate Chris Crosby is currently in eighth (79.2 percent).
In the single season chase, Crosby's and Thomas' roles are reversed...Crosby is hitting 84.4 percent at the charity stripe this season (improving on last season's .843 clip), while Thomas is at 81.5 percent...Crosby is just off David Sanders' 1988 record of 88.5 percent (54-61)...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.
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 240 field goals with only 45 percent (107) 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 45 percent from the field through 22 games (107-240)...and make no mistake, his three-point shooting is just as good as ever, if not better, he's 42-107 (39 percent) from three-point land this season and the inside-out dual threat makes his threes all the more devastating. Crosby is also grabbing 4.0 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.
THREE-POINT PLAYERS: Seniors Chris Crosby and Jan-Michael Thomas now both rank in WSU's top five in career three-point baskets. Crosby leads the pair with 183 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 fifth with 140.
BUSH LEADS COUGS IN PAC-10 PLAY: SO G Mike Bush has been impressive in Pac-10 play...he leads the team in scoring (15.2 ppg) and set a career high with 26 points versus Oregon State last Saturday...he also had 20 points and 10 rebounds Feb. 12 versus Arizona State, giving Bush back-to-back double-doubles (19 pts, 12 reb. Feb. 5 vs. UW)...for his well-rounded play, Bush could receive consideration for all-Pac-10 honors...he leads the team in steals and assists and ranks second in rebounding...he also ranks among the league leaders in scoring, rebounding and steals.
COUGS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: A glance at this week's Pac-10 stats (2/21) finds several Cougars ranked in the conference in assorted categories...Chris Crosby ranks fourth in the conference in free throw shooting (84.4 pct.), 10th in scoring (15.3 ppg) and 10th in three-point field goal percentage (39.3)...Mike Bush is 19th in scoring (12.9 ppg), fifth in steals (2.14 spg) and 11th in rebounding (6.5 rpg)...Jan-Michael Thomas is 20th in scoring (12.6 ppg) and eighth in free throw shooting (81.5 pct)...David Adams is sixth in three-point field goal percentage (42.9)...Tyrone Evans is eighth in blocked shots (1.16 bpg) As a team, WSU is second in three-point field goal percentage (.376), fourth in rebounding defense (rebounds allowed) at 34.1 rpg, fifth in free throw percentage (.692) and third in three-pointers made per game (6.41).
EXTRA FACTS ON OVERTIME: WSU has played three overtime games so far this season...it's the first time the Cougars have played three overtime games in one season since 1987-88...it is also the first time in school history that WSU played three consecutive home overtime games...the season record for overtime games is four in 1982-83 and 1985-86.
MILLER SEEING DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Since returning to WSU's lineup 14 games ago, junior forward Eddie Miller has been solid...he's averaging 8.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game and has notched career-highs in rebounds twice (14 vs. USC and Arizona) and points once (23 vs. Washington)...during that stretch, Miller had 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 seven of the last 14 games...Miller, who was sidelined during the fall semester due to academic problems, would be among the Pac-10 leaders 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.
BUSH ENTERS STEALS CAREER TOP 10: The best defender on the Cougar team and one of the most underrated players in the Pac-10 players, SO G Mike Bush entered the WSU career top 10 in steals -- AS JUST A SOPHOMORE! He moved into ninth with three steals in the Oregon State game, passing Terrence Lewis (92/1991-92) and Craig Ehlo (91/1982-83)...he needs just two steals to pass No. 8 Neil Derrick (95/1991-92).
Bush is also close to cracking the single-season top ten, with six games yet to play...he has 47 on the season, three back of No. 10 Terrence Lewis (50/1992).
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 2.1 steals per game to rank fifth in the Pac-10. Bush continues to show much improvement during his sophomore season...he is one of WSU's top rebounders (6.5 rpg)...Bush had 10 boards in WSU's win over Idaho and has been WSU's leading rebounder nine times this season...he also had 15 points versus the Vandals which gave the 6-6 Bush his first career double-double...against Washington, Bush notched his second career double-double with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds...versus Arizona State Feb. 12, Bush scored a career-high 20 points to go with 10 rebounds -- his second straight double-double...most recently, Bush set a career-high in scoring with 26 last Saturday at OSU. The Riverside, Calif., native has also shown more scoring punch with 11 double-figure scoring games this year...for the season, Bush is averaging 12.2 points per game, up from his 6.6 ppg mark of his rookie campaign.
INJURY UPDATE: WSU's athletic trainers have been earning their keep this semester...Jan-Michael Thomas (see above) is only the latest casualty...RS-FR F Milton Riley fractured the little finger on his right hand Feb. 15 during practice...Riley has been playing with the little finger padded and taped to his ring finger...SR F Chris Crosby sprained his right ankle during practice the day before the Washington game (2/5) and was very limited versus the Huskies...Crosby returned to form the next game (2/10) with 20 points versus Arizona State...another of WSU's more serious injuries is FR G Nick Graham, who suffered a severe right ankle sprain during practice on Jan. 17...Graham is likely out for the remainder of the season...WSU's back up point guard had played in all 13 games prior to his injury, averaging 1.7 points per game...JR F Tyrone Evans has suffered a myriad of injuries this season...he has sprained his left knee twice (the first time, Dec. 30 at Colorado State, caused him to miss three games)... Evans also cut his right hand on the backboard Jan. 17 during practice, and required 10 stitches...FR F Bryan Whitehead sustained a right knee injury during practice before the Jan. 6 USC game and missed six games...he returned to play three minutes and scored two points Jan. 27 against Cal...so far, four Cougars have missed games due to injury this season: Graham (9 games), Whitehead (6 games), Evans (3 games) and Milton Riley (1 game).
FROSH ADAMS HITS FOR 20: When guard David Adams scored a career-high 20 points Jan. 20 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 (.429) and ranks sixth in the Pac-10...the Tacoma, Wash., native is averaging 7.6 points per game and has six double-figure scoring games this season: Grambling State (12), Portland (12), Colorado State (17), Arizona (10), Oregon (10) and Oregon State. Adams is coming off back-to-back double figure games with 10 points versus Arizona and 11 at Oregon.
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. THE SKINNY ON THE L's: There have been several inquiries as to the historical relevance of WSU's current losing streaks...in the interest of accuracy, here are the brief facts about the current streaks the Cougars are trying to snap out of:
14-game losing streak
, is WSU's longest since 18-game streak in 1990
, is the second-longest in WSU history
18 games, 12-30-89 to 3-8-90
Last win: 12-20-99 (Portland State, 68-62)
7-game home losing streak
, is WSU's longest since 8-game streak in 1990
, is tied for second-longest in WSU history
8 games, 12-14-89 to 2-24-90
7 games, 12-10-52 to 2-17-53
Last win: 12-7-99 (Portland, 59-56)
17-game Pac-10 losing streak
, is WSU's longest since 17-game streak in 1990
, is tied for the second-longest in WSU history
18 games, 2-22-74 to 3-1-75 (Pac-8)
17 games, 12-2-89 to 3-8-90
Last win: 2-18-99 (California, 79-73)
22-game Pac-10 road losing streak
, is WSU's longest since 34-game streak 1954-58
, is the second-longest in WSU history
, is the second-longest in Pac-10 since expansion
Longer WSU streaks:
34 games, 2-5-54 to 2-8-58 (Pacific Coast Conference)
Longer Pac-10 streaks:
Oregon, 27 games, 1991-94
Last win: 1-15-98 (Oregon State, 69-53)
8-game Pac-10 home losing streak
, is WSU's longest since 8-game streak in 1990
, is tied for the third-longest in WSU history
10 games, 3-2-74 to 2-22-75 (Pac-8)
9 games, 1-24-27 to 2-21-28 (Pacific Coast North)
8 games, 12-2-89 to 2-24-90
Last win: 2-18-99 (California, 79-73)
0-13 to begin Pac-10 play
, matches WSU's poorest (1975)
Other starts to conference play:
0-13, 1975, finished 1-13 (Pac-8)
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 Trojans...it 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 Jan. 13 at 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.
ANOTHER SERVICE RANKS WSU RECRUITS NO. 2 IN THE PAC-10: First Bob Gibbons did it...now Clark Francis of Hoop Scoop has ranked WSU's 2000 recruiting class as the second-best in the Pac-10...in 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.
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 59, followed by Jan-Michael Thomas (46).
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)
G11-22 Crosby, Miller, Thomas, Bush, Adams (0-12)
HENDRICKSON RE-SIGNED BY CAVS: Former WSU standout Mark Hendrickson (1993-96) signed a second 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 18...it 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.
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.
RECENT ADDITIONS: WSU has 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 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/receiver...now 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)...like 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.
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, reached game No. 260 this season...Washington State and Idaho met for the 255th time this season...the second Oregon was No. 254 in the series...WSU and Washington inch toward the 250 mark with games 247 and 248 this season...it was just the second meeting with Grambling State.
I WANT MY COUGTV: Washington State will be on the Fox network nine times this season...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).
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, Jan. 8 vs. No. 20 UCLA and Feb. 12 vs. No. 7 Arizona...one more opponent is currently ranked in the national polls: No. 1 Stanford...in 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 seven games scheduled against top 25 teams...the next comes Thursday versus No. 1 Stanford...the last time WSU defeated a ranked opponent was February 22, 1997, when the Cougs beat No. 25 Cal 89-87...WSU played eight games versus ranked opponents during the 1996-97 season.
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.