Nov. 29, 2011
WSU HOSTS GRAMBLING STATE WEDNESDAY:
Fresh off the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif., Washington State University men's basketball (2-4) returns home to host Grambling State (0-5), Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum. The game is the first of a men's-women's double header that will be followed by the women's basketball team facing Gonzaga at 8 p.m. Both games are available on webcasts on www.wsucougars.com.
COUGS AGAINST THE TIGERS; SWAC:
The Cougars are 2-0 all-time against Grambling State.
The two teams first met in 1998 at the Sun Bowl Classic in El Paso, Texas with the Cougars coming out on top 114-68.
The most recent meeting between the two teams was 1999 in Pullman, Wash. WSU won that matchup 83-55.
Washington State vs. Grambling State
WSU leads the all-time series 2-0
Dec. 29, 1998 - WSU 114, GSU 68 (Sun Bowl Classic - El Paso, Texas)
Nov. 22, 1999 - WSU 83, GSU 55 (Pullman, Wash.)
WSU is 14-0 all-time against current members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
In five of the 14 games Washington State has scored 100 points or more.
Alabama A&M is the only SWAC school that the Cougars have never faced.
Nine of the 14 times WSU has played a SWAC school it has been at home.
Washington State vs. the Southwestern Athletic Conference
Alabama A&M 0-0
Alabama State 1-0
Alcorn State 1-0
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1-0
Grambling State 2-0
Jackson State 1-0
Mississippi Valley State 3-0
Prairie View A&M 2-0
Texas Southern 1-0
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Washington State is 2-4 on the season, 1-0 at home, 1-1 on the road and 0-3 in neutral-site games.
Senior Faisal Aden leads the team with 17.0 points per game and, as of Monday, ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in points per game.
Junior Brock Motum is second on the team and 10th in the Pac-12 in points per game with 15.2...he's leading the team with 7.0 rebounds per game, tying for seventh in the league.
Aden and Motum are the only two Cougars to score in double figures in all six games this season.
Motum has led WSU in rebouding in all but one game this season.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has reached double figures in three of the Cougars first six games (first three games) and is averaging 10.0 points per game.
Junior Reggie Moore is dishing out a Pac-12 best 5.5 assists per game...he is tied for 42nd in the country in assists per game.
Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick has not played this season...as of Nov. 18 he was scheduled to miss 3-5 weeks due to a fracture in his left foot.
Redshirt junior Mike Ladd missed WSU's game against UC Riverside with a sprained thumb.
WSU went 0-3 at the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
The Cougars fell to Oklahoma in the quarterfinals, 74-59, New Mexico, 72-62, and UC Riverside, 64-63.
WSU went winless in an in-season tournament for the first time since the Sun Bowl Classic in El Paso, Texas during the 1998-99 season.
Faisal Aden averaged 17.0 points per game in the tournament, including 25 points against New Mexico Nov. 25.
Brock Motum averaged 12.7 points per game in teh tournament and 7.3 rebounds.
Moore dished out 16 assists and scored 7.7 points per game, including a 10-point effort against UC Riverside.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win over Sacramento State Nov. 17, WSU improved to 410-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 41-straight November games in Pullman and are 43-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
WSU's only loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1962, by a score of 77-47.
The Cougars will have just one more opportunity to play at home in November when they host Grambling State Nov. 30 at Beasley Coliseum.
COUGARS ON ESPN FOR SEVEN OF NINE GAMES:
For their seventh time in nine games, the Cougars appeared on the ESPN family of networks, as they played their final four games of last season on either ESPNU or ESPN2 and their season opener on ESPN, the opening game of the tournament on ESPN2, the second on ESPNU and the finale on ESPN3.
The Cougars defeated Long Beach State on ESPNU and Oklahoma State and Northwestern on ESPN2 in the National Invitation Tournament, followed by a loss to Wichita State in the semifinals of the NIT on ESPN2 to end last season.
In all, the Cougars appeared on the ESPN family of networks seven times last year, adding their three games in the Diamond Head Classic to the mix.
Ken Bone IN HIS THIRD SEASON:
WSU head coach Ken Bone holds a 40-32 record in his third season in 2011-12, and already has more wins than eight previous Cougar men's basketball coaches, six of which coached at least two seasons.
Last season Bone led WSU to an NIT postseason appearance, making him the third-fastest Cougar coach to reach a postseason tournament.
He also has more wins than two of the last three head coaches, three more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and eight more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
Senior Marcus Capers has played 104 games in his WSU career, while the school record is 127 games played set by George Hamilton in 1945 and 47-49.
Given Capers plays in all the team's games this season, he will play in his 127th game March 1 at UCLA and his record-setting 128th game in WSU's regular season finale, March 3 at USC.
WASHINGTON STATE APPROACHING 1,500 WINS:
In Washington State's 109 years of basketball, it has compiled 1,497 wins, needing just three more wins in the 2011-12 season to reach the 1,500-win plateau.
The Cougars are 1,497-1,371 all-time for a .522 win percentage.
COUGARS PICKED TIED FOR 10TH IN PRESEASON PAC-12 POLL:
Washington State was picked to tie with Colorado for 10th place (119 points) in the inaugural Pac-12 preseason media poll released by the league at the conference's media day in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 28.
The poll had UCLA finishing first with 14 of the 38 first-place votes and 421 points.
California was chosen second with 13 first-place votes and 405 points, followed closely by Arizona with 11 first-place votes and 404 overall points. Washington (fourth, 355), Oregon (fifth, 282), Stanford (sixth, 255), USC (seventh, 194), Oregon State (eighth, 188), Arizona State (ninth, 148), Colorado (t-10th, 119 points) and Utah (12th, 74) rounded out the poll.
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., 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.
THOMPSON AND CASTO LEAVE EARLY TO PURSUE PROFESSIONAL CAREERS:
DeAngelo Casto and Klay Thompson both opted out of their senior seasons at Washington State to play basketball at the professional level following the 2010-11 season.
Thompson was drafted as the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft to the Golden State Warriors (the highest NBA Draft pick in WSU history), while Casto signed a one-year contract to play with Antalya BSB in the Turkish Basketball League.
Casto ranked eighth in the Pac-10 with 6.8 rebounds per game during 2010-11.
Thompson led the Cougars and the Pac-10 and ranked 11th in the country with 21.6 points per game while setting the school record with 733 points during his junior season.
COUGARS RETURN THREE STARTERS; FIVE OF TOP SEVEN SCORERS:
WSU welcomes back three starters and seven letterwinners from the Cougars' 2010-11 team.
Marcus Capers, Abe Lodwick, and Reggie Moore appeared in the starting lineup during the majority of last season, en route to a 22-13 finish and a semifinal appearance in the NIT.
Senior Faisal Aden, who started nine games as a junior, is the team's returning scorer after averaging 12.7 points per game in his first year with the squad.
Moore was fourth on the team with 9.1 points per game, including 10.1 in conference play.
WSU REACHES NIT SEMIFINALS IN NEW YORK:
For the 11th time in school history, the Cougars made a postseason appearance as they claimed a second-seed berth in the 2011 National Invitation Tournament.
The NIT appearance marked the fifth in school history and the second in the past three seasons.
WSU defeated Long Beach State, Oklahoma State, and Northwestern to advance to the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but fell to Wichita State, 75-44, in the semifinals.
The Cougars set a school record with three postseason victories (3-1), while going the furthest in the NIT in school history.
WSU also became just the sixth Pac-10 team to advance to the semifinals and the first since Oregon went to New York in 2004.
WASHINGTON STATE ATHLETICS' REBRANDING:
Updates to the basketball practice facility were completed this summer as part of WSU Athletics' branding master plan.
The gym, located in the P.E. Building between Bohler Gym and Smith Gym, is now easily recognizable with the WSU logo painted on one set of doors and Cougars on the other.
Paint, including the WSU fight song, and photos were also added, along with changes to reflect the newly formed Pac-12.
BEASLEY COLISEUM GETS NEW SCOREBOARD:
The addition of the center-hung scoreboard in Beasley Coliseum, home of WSU men's and women's basketball teams, has been completed and is ready for use in the 2011-12 season.
Washington State completed the project in conjunction with Daktronics, Inc. of Brookings, S.D.
The new center-hung display features four LED video displays, each measuring 11 feet high by 15 feet wide.
With 10 millimeter line spacing, these displays will incorporate clarity and contrast of video images with the capability to present live and recorded video.
The displays are also capable of showing custom animations, vivid graphics, up-to-the minute statistics, player highlights and in-game advertising from sponsors.