Feb. 27, 2012
WSU TRAVELS TO L.A. FOR FINAL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES: The Washington State University men's basketball team (14-14, 6-10) will travel to Los Angeles to face UCLA (16-13, 9-7) and USC (6-23, 1-15) in the final regular-season games of the 2011-12 season. The Cougars will first face UCLA Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the L.A. Sports Arena. Following the game Thursday, WSU will play USC Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Galen Center. UCLA currently holds sixth place in the Pac-12, while USC sits in 12th. WSU is currently eighth in conference play. Saturday's game marks the final regular season game for the Cougars before the Pac-12 Tournament begins March 7. Both upcoming games can be 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 UCLA:
The Cougars hold a 14-100 record in the all-time series against the Bruins.
WSU holds an 11-46 mark against the Bruins at Pullman and a 2-52 mark at Los Angeles.
UCLA leads the series 2-1 in neutral site matchups.
Earlier this season the Cougars fell to the Bruins in Pullman Feb. 4, 63-60.
Junior Brock Motum scored 25 points in the matchup and pulled in 10 rebounds, notching his third double-double of the season.
Four Cougars scored in double figures including Motum, junior Reggie Moore (12 points), senior Abe Lodwick (11), and redshirt-junior Mike Ladd (10).
The game marked WSU's first loss at Beasley Coliseum in 11 games dating back to last season.
Head coach Ken Bone is 0-5 all-time against the Bruins and 0-4 at WSU...he lost UCLA once prior to becoming the head coach at WSU.
WSU has lost the last six meetings with UCLA and 37 of the last 39.
The Cougars' last road win over the Bruins came Feb.
21, 2009, marking only the second time in the series history the Cougars have won in Los Angeles.
The last four matchups with the Bruins have been decided by single digits including a four-point overtime defeat in Pullman last season.
WSU AGAINST USC:
The Cougars hold a 45-67 record in the all-time series against the Trojans.
USC leads the series 43-13 at Los Angeles, but WSU holds a 30-23 lead the series at Pullman...the Trojans lead the series 2-1 in neutral site matchups.
Earlier this season the Cougars and Trojans met in Pullman, Feb. 2 where WSU handed USC a 60-53 defeat.
Brock Motum lead the Cougars in the victory with 26 points.
Senior Marcus Capers collected a then season-high eight rebounds, while Mike Ladd made his return after aggravating a thumb injury and missing five games.
Head coach Ken Bone is 4-1 all-time against the Trojans and never faced USC prior to arriving at WSU.
WSU has won 13 of the last 18 meetings with USC.
The last seven matchups with the Trojans have been decided by 10 points or less and by an average of 5.7 points.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars suffered a four-point loss and their second loss of the season to Washington, 59-55, in WSU's final regular-season home game Feb. 25.
WSU is 14-14 on the season and 6-10 in Pac-12 play, holding eighth place in the conference standings.
The Cougars have played 10 of their last 17 games away from Pullman, including `home' games in Seattle (Pepperdine, Dec. 22) and Spokane (Oregon, Dec. 29 and Oregon State, Dec. 31).
WSU is 3-7 in road games, 10-4 in home games (including a 1-1 mark in games at Spokane and an 9-3 mark at Beasley Coliseum) and 1-3 in neutral-site games.
The loss to the Huskies last Saturday marks only the third time this season the Cougars have lost at Beasley Coliseum...all three losses have been decided by four points or less.
Junior Brock Motum leads the team and ranks second in the Pac-12 with 17.8 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 26 of the team's 28 games.
Motum also ranks seventh in the league and 28th in the nation in field goal percentage (.555/177-for-319) and sixth in rebounding in the league with 6.6 rebounds a game.
The junior is the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-10 in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding.
Motum is first in the conference in league games only with 20.4 points per game and ranks sixth with 6.7 rebounds per Pac-12 outing...he is also ranked ninth in league field goal percentage with a .554 (113-for-204) clip.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has started 21 games for the Cougars and is fourth on the team with 9.2 points per game.
He is tied for 10th in conference with 1.8 3-pointers made per game.
Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick played his first game this season Dec. 18 after missing the first 10 with a foot injury...he's made at least two 3-pointers in eight of WSU's last 10 games.
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.
Faisal Adenmissed the Cougars' games against Eastern Washington, Idaho and Santa Clara with a concussion...he left the Arizona game in the first half with a left knee injury and did not play against Arizona State...he will miss the remainder of the season with after suffering a left ACL tear.
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD THIS WEEKEND:
Senior Marcus Capers has played 126 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 this Thursday, March 1 at UCLA and in his record-setting 128th game in WSU's regular season finale, March 3 at USC.
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 5.6 assists per game (33rd in the country)...he's adding a team third-best 9.4 points per game.
He is also second in the league with a 2.3 assist/turnover ratio which ranks 43rd nationally.
Moore has now moved into the WSU single-season top-10 for assists...he has jumped to fourth with 156 assists and is one assist shy of tying Kyle Weaver for third.
Moore previously was tied for the 10th spot with Marcus Moore (2002) after dishing out 131 assists as a freshman in 2009-10).
Moore started the season ranked 18th in the WSU record books for career assists with 226...he currently has moved into sixth with 382 assists, surpassing Taylor Rochestie (381)...Marcus Moore is next on the list with 423 career assists.
The Cougar season record for assists average is 6.9 apg accomplished by Donminic Elllison during the 1994-95 season...he also holds the second spot with 5.6 per game during the 1995-96 season.
If Moore continues his 5.6 assists per game average this season, he will tie Elllison for second in single season average in WSU history.
WSU suffered only its third loss of the season at Beasley Coliseum as it fell to Washington, 59-55, Saturday, Feb. 25.
Marcus Capers set both a season high and personal conference-game high with 14 points...his career high is 16 done against Oregon in the Pac-10 Tournament, March 10, 2010.
Abe Lodwick did not make a 3-pointer but finished with eight points...he had made at least two 3-pointers in each of the previous six games and has now made at least two in eight of the last 10 games.
Lodwick shot six free throws on the night...he had shot just three all season...he made his first four and had made his first seven free throws of the season before missing.
Lodwick tied his career high with nine rebounds...it marked a season high and a personal conference-game high as well.
Brock Motum led WSU with 17 points...he has scored in double figures in 26 of WSU's 28 games this season.
WSU out-rebounded Washington 42-35, 14 of them coming on the offensive end...the 42 rebounds marks a season third-best for the Cougars and a season Pac-12 best.
Washington won shooting .358 (19-for-53) from the field marking the first time an opponent shot less than .400 from the field and won this season...the last time was also Washington, shooting.396 (21-for-53) at Washington Feb. 27, 2011.
The Cougars shot .917 (11-for-12) from the free throw line in the first half and just .300 (6-for-20) in the second half...the second half is a season low for free throw percentage.
Prior to the game WSU's Faisal Aden, Marcus Capers, Charlie Enquist and Abe Lodwick were honored, as well as three managers, for `Senior Night'.
COUGS SHINE OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT:
Neither of Washington State's upcoming games against UCLA and USC will be televised, which according to the statistics, is a good sign for the Cougars.
The Cougars are 3-12 in televised games this season after going 10-11 each of the previous two seasons.
WSU is 11-3 when not televised, including 4-2 in Pac-12 play.
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 11-8 in its white uniforms this season.
WSU is 9-3 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.
WSU HONORS SENIORS AT FINAL HOME GAME:
Saturday's game against the Washington Huskies marked the final regular-season home game for the Cougars.
Prior to tip off of the game, WSU recognized the seniors on the team for their commitment to the program.
Included in the ceremony were Faisal Aden, Marcus Capers, Charlie Enquist, and Abe Lodwick.
In addition, WSU has the tradition of recognizing the services of senior team managers, which this year included team managers Blake Jones, Alex Schilter and Neil Stover.
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 1,509-1,380 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.
This marks the first time a Washington State student-athlete has been honored as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week as Aden is the only Pac-12 player to earn the award this season.
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.
Ken Bone IN HIS THIRD SEASON:
WSU head coach Ken Bone holds a 52-42 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, 16 more than Dick Bennett(2003-06, 36-49) and 21 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
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.