March 24, 2012
COUGARS CLASH WITH PANTHERS IN CBI CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: The Washington State University men's basketball team (18-16) meets the Big East's Pittsburgh Panthers (20-16) in the first game of a best-of-three series for the CBI Championship Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. PT at Beasley Coliseum. The game marks the second meeting in the two schools' histories. The Cougars host the first game of the series, while Pittsburgh will host the second (Wednesday, March 28) and, if need be, the third (Friday, March 30). The game(s) at Pittsburgh will tip off at 4 p.m. PT. All three games of the championship series can be seen on HDNet, as well as heard on the Cougar Radio Network with Bud Nameck's call. Please see the list of affiliates on page one of today's notes for more information. You can also get updates on Twitter by following @WSUHoopsBlog, the official Twitter account of Washington State men's basketball.
WSU AGAINST PITT:
• WSU lost the only game it has played against Pittsburgh by a margin of 57-43 in Newark, N.J.
• The last meeting between the teams was also in a championship game - the Legends Classic Championship in 2008 at the Prudential Center.
• The Panthers were ranked No. 4 in the nation in the last meeting between the teams.
• This will be Head Coach Ken Bone's first game against Pittsburgh in his coaching career.
• Daven Harmeling led the Cougars in scoring in their 2008 meeting with 12 points.
• Both teams shot an identical 17-48 from the field. Pitt took the advantage from shooting 27 free throws and making 20 of them (WSU made 3 of 4 free throw attempts).
• Marcus Capers and Abe Lodwick are the only two remaining Cougars on the roster that played in the only other meeting with Pitt, while Charlie Enquistwas also on the roster.
WSU AGAINST THE BIG EAST:
• Against current Big East schools, WSU is 7-7 all-time.
• WSU has never played Cincinnati, UConn, Georgetown, Louisville, or Rutgers.
• Big East schools the Cougs have played: DePaul, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, South Florida, Syracuse, Villanova, and West Virginia.
• The Cougars played Notre Dame on March 22, 2008 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
• WSU beat Notre Dame by 20 and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1941.
• The Legends Classic Championship game against Pittsburgh (Nov. 29, 2008) marked the last Big East opponent WSU faced.
• Of the Big East school's they have faced, WSU has never defeated Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John's, or South Florida.
• WSU is 1-0 against Marquette, Seton Hall, and West Virginia, and 1-1 against DePaul, Syracuse, and Villanova.
WSU IN THE POSTSEASON:
• This marks the 12th postseason appearance for Washington State and its first College Basketball Invitational (CBI) appearance...it's WSU's fifth postseason appearance in the last six years.
• The Cougars are 16-11 all-time in postseason play.
• Last season the Cougars reached the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and notched their most postseason wins in a season going 3-1.
• WSU has made six NCAA Tournaments (6-6) and five NITs (7-5).
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE:
• Washington State is 18-16 on the season and finished tied for eighth in the conference with Oregon State with a 7-11 league mark.
• WSU is 11-3 in home games played at Beasley Coliseum this season and 6-0 in nonconference home games.
• The Cougars have won four-straight home postseason games, three in last year's NIT and WSU's previous game against Wyoming, Monday, in the CBI.
• WSU is 7-0 all-time in postseason games played at Beasley Coliseum (six NIT games, one CBI game).
• Brock Motum leads the team with 18 points per game and 6.4 rebounds an outing...he currently leads the Pac-12 in scoring average.
• Motum led all scorers in Pac-12 only play with 20.7 points per game in league contests...he added 6.6 rebounds per game in those games.
• Motum ranks 32nd in the country in scoring and 27th in the country with a .553 field goal percentage...he ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage.
• The junior is the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-13 in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding.
• Reggie Moore is second among active Cougars in scoring with 9.6 points per game...he leads the league and ranks 37th in the country with 5.3 assists per game.
• Freshman DaVonté Lacy has started 27 games for the Cougars and is fourth on the team with 8.4 points per game.
• Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick played his first game this season Dec. 18 after missing the first 10 with a foot injury...he got his first start Jan. 26 at Arizona and has started every game since.
• Redshirt junior Mike Ladd missed WSU's games against UC Riverside, Grambling State, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Santa Clara with a sprained thumb...he then missed the games at Washington and at home against Stanford and Cal and at Arizona and Arizona State.
• Ladd also missed WSU's game at home against Arizona State after suffering a concussion in the previous game against Arizona Feb. 16.
CAPERS SETS RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED:
• Senior Marcus Capers played his 128th career game Saturday, March 3 at USC, setting the WSU school record for games played originally set by George Hamilton who played 127 games in 1945 and 1947-49.
• He has now played in 132 games.
• WSU has at least two games remaining (CBI championship series) which could extend his record to at least 134 games.
MOTUM JOINS ELITE COMPANY:
• Junior Brock Motum grabbed his 200th rebound of the season March 7 in the Pac-12 Tournament and has 613 points and 216 rebounds this season.
• He joined two other Cougars, Steve Puidokas and Larry Beck to reach 500 points and 200 boards in a season.
• Beck had 506 points and 214 rebounds in 1955-56, while Puidokas recorded 559 points and 259 rebounds in 1974-75.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES FOR MOTUM:
• Junior Brock Motum played 799 minutes in 54 games his first two seasons combined at Washington State...this season he has already clocked 1,072 minutes of action.
• In his first two seasons he averaged 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds a game, but still did it at a high shooting clip, .591.
• This season alone Motum has 293 more points than he did in his first two seasons combined (613 compared to 320), and is averaging 18.5 points per game, 12.6 more points than his first two seasons.
• Motum also has 216 rebounds this season, more than his 72 his first two years combined, averaging 6.4 rebounds, over four rebounds more a game.
• He continues to shoot at a high clip at .554 for a .567 career field goal percentage.
MOORE OF THE SAME:
• Reggie Moore has finished in the top-nine in the league in assists per game over his first two seasons (ninth last season, fifth as a freshman in 2009-10).
• This season Moore leads the league with 5.3 assists per game (37th in the country)...he's adding a team third-best 9.6 points per game.
• He is also fourth in the league with a 2.12 assist/turnover ratio which ranks 58th nationally.
• Moore ranks second in the WSU single season record books with 181 assists in 2011-12, passing Taylor Rochestie in second with 165...the record is 192 set by Donminic Ellison in 1995.
• Moore is third for season assists average with 5.3 assists per game...the record is 6.9 apg set by Ellison in 1995...he also holds the second spot of 5.6 apg.
• Moore ranks sixth in the WSU career record books with 407 career assists, behind Marcus Moore in fifth with 423...the record is held by Bennie Seltzer with 474.
• He is second in career assists average with 4.4 apg in his almost three complete seasons...Ellison holds the record at 5.3 apg.
LODWICK HEATING UP:
• Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick had the week of his life last week as he averaged 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the CBI.
• He scored a career-high 16 points Monday, March 19 at home against Wyoming, adding 7 rebounds and four assists...he was 4-for-7 from 3-point and shot .667 from the field.
• The Bend, Ore. native outdid himself Wednesday, March 21 at Oregon State as he put up a career-high 23 points and added a career-high 12 points for his first double-double. • Lodwick was 5-for-8 from beyond the 3-point arc, as his five 3's marked a career-high.
• In those two games Lodwick shot .667 from the field (14-for-21) and .600 from 3-point (9-for-15).
• In the CBI he's averaging a team second-best 16.3 points per game and a team-best 7.0 rebounds a game in 29.3 minutes per game.
• In his 21 games prior to the CBI, Lodwick was averaging 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 20.8 minutes of action, with his season-high coming Jan. 19 against Stanford with 12 points.
FOUR COUGARS EARN ALL-PAC-12 HONORS:
• Junior Brock Motum was named to the 2011-12 All-Pac-12 First Team and the league's Most Improved Player, picking up his first career conference honors.
• It marked the first time a Cougar was named the league's Most Improved Player.
• Three other Cougars were honored by the league.
• Junior Reggie Moore was named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, senior Marcus Capers All-Defensive Team Honorable Mention and DaVonté Lacy All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention.
• Moore was named to the all-freshman team in 2009-10, while Capers and Lacy picked up their first league awards.
COUGS SHINE OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT:
• All three games (if a third is necessary) against Pittsburgh will be televised on HDNet, which is not a good sign for the Cougars.
• The Cougars are 5-13 in televised games this season after going 10-11 each of the previous two seasons.
• WSU is 13-4 when not televised, including 5-3 in Pac-12 play.
PAC-12 LOOKING FOR THIRD CBI TITLE:
• Although the tournament is in just its fifth year, two other Pac-12 schools have won College Basketball Invitational titles.
• Oregon State won in 2009, while Oregon won last year in 2011...both of those championship series went three games.
HOME SWEET HOME:
• The Cougars returned to Beasley Coliseum Jan. 19 for the first time since defeating Western Oregon, 66-42, on their home court, Sunday, Dec. 18.
• During that stretch WSU played six games, three of them `home' games...it hosted Pepperdine in Seattle in the Cougar Hardwood Classic Dec. 22 and Oregon and Oregon State at Spokane Arena Dec. 29 and 31, respectively.
• The Cougars went 2-4 in those games, winning two of their first three.
• Ironically WSU donned its crimson uniforms just once during the six games and month away from Pullman...at Colorado Jan. 7.
• The Cougars wore white at Utah Jan. 5, as the Utes were having a `Blackout' and their new gray uniforms at Washington Jan. 15.
• WSU is 12-9 in its white uniforms this season.
• WSU is 11-3 at Beasley Coliseum this season and had won its last 11 games there dating back to last season prior to falling to UCLA Feb. 4.
COUGARS RAISE MONEY FOR RYPIEN FOUNDATION:
• The Washington State men's basketball team showed its support in the fight against cancer at its home basketball game Saturday, Feb. 4 against UCLA as the WSU staff wore sneakers with their suits to support Coaches vs. Cancer.
• In addition to their work with the American Cancer Society, the Cougars worked closely with the Rypien Foundation to raise money and awareness.
• The Rypien Foundation was established by Cougar football great Mark Rypien who was the quarterback at Washington State from 1981-1985 and ranks sixth in both total offensive yards (5,101) and pass yards (4,573) in the WSU record book.
• As of Monday, WSU Athletics had raised $1,650.83 for the Rypien Foundation by `Passing the Shoe.'
• Each year the NABC has a nationwide campaign, Suits and Sneakers, which this season took place the week of January 22-29.
• The Cougar coaching staff wore sneakers with its suits at the WSU game Saturday, Jan. 28 at Arizona State to support the campaign.
ADEN OUT FOR THE SEASON:
• Senior Faisal Aden suffered a left Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear in the first half of the team's game at Arizona, Thursday, Jan. 28 in Tucson, Ariz. • He will miss the remainder of the season.
• Aden was averaging a team second-best 14.5 points a game (ninth in the Pac-12), while shooting a league-best .894 (42-for-47) from the free throw line.
• Fresh off being named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 16-22, he tallied six points and grabbed two rebounds in 11 minutes of action in the game against the Wildcats.
• He missed three games earlier this season with a concussion.
WASHINGTON STATE GETS 1,500TH WIN:
• With the win at Idaho Dec. 7, Washington State notched its 1,500th win in its 109 years of existence.
• The Cougars are now 1,513-1,381 all-time for a .523 win percentage.
MOTUM & ADEN EARN PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS:
• Faisal Aden was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 16-22.
• Aden led the Cougars to two victories that week, an 81-69 win against conference-leading Stanford (Jan. 19) and a 77-75 thriller over California (Jan. 21).
• Aden averaged 28.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game over the two-game span and added two assists and two steals. He shot .655 (19-for-29) from the field and .950 (19-for-20) from the free throw line.
• In addition to being names Pac-12 Player of the Week, Aden was also honored as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week, marking the first time a Washington State student-athlete has been honored as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week.
• Brock Motum was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 5-12.
• Motum led the Cougars to two victories that week, a 66-64 win at Idaho Wednesday (Dec. 7) and a 93-55 win over Santa Clara Sunday (Dec. 11).
• This is the first honor for both Aden and Motum...Motum became the first Cougar not named Klay Thompson to earn conference player of the week since Taylor Rochestie picked up the honor, Feb. 23, 2009.
• Motum is the first forward to pick up the accolades since Daven Harmeling, Feb. 4, 2007.
• The two honors mark Washington State's 24th and 25th all-time Player of the Week accolades.
BASKETBALL GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY:
• The Cougars spent the majority of the summer and fall of 2011 giving back to the community, participating in various community service activities.
• In June the team held three camps, including a day camp for kids ages 8-14.
• In July members of the Cougar basketball team participated in Palouse Habitat for Humanity and Pullman Learning Center's sports week and in August the team made appearances at the Lentil Festival's street fair and parade.
• The entire team spent time before the Cougars' Sept. 10 football game, signing autographs as part of `family day.'
• Members of the team visited the senior center Sept. 16. and then again Feb. 24, 2012, the team held a free Kids' Clinic Oct. 1, members of the team helped with the YMCA's Keys to Success event and several Cougars have visited Jefferson Elementary, helping out in a second-grade classroom.