Nov. 20, 2010
WSU HEADS TO COUGAR HARDWOOD CLASSIC: Washington State University men's basketball will take to the road for the first time this season as it hosts a neutral-site game against the University of Portland in the sixth annual Cougar Hardwood Classic, Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Seattle's KeyArena. The game can be seen live on FSN Northwest.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is off to a 2-0 start after defeating Southern and Idaho, both at Beasley Coliseum.
Newcomer Faisal Aden has shown that he can help take some of the scoring load and leads the team and the Pac-10 with 22.0 points per game.
Klay Thompson is adding 19.0 points and 7.5 assists per game (seventh and second in the Pac-10, respectively).
DeAngelo Casto leads the league with 2.5 blocks per game and is tied for 16th in scoring with 13.0 points per game.
Point guard Reggie Moore missed the first two games after aggravating a wrist injury...he is out indefinitely.
Head coach Ken Bone is in his second season with Washington State.
ABOUT THE PILOTS:
Located in Portland, Ore., University of Portland is a member of the West Coast Conference.
Portland is coached by Eric Reveno, in his fifth season.
The Pilots are 4-1 after defeating Idaho, 66-53 Saturday.
The Pilots were led by sharp-shooting senior Jared Stohl with 15.0 points per game.
Last season Stohl led the nation with a .478 3-point field goal clip.
Junior Eric Waterford and senior Luke Sikma are adding 9.6 and 9.2 points per game this season, respectively.
Portland defeated UW-Milwaukee in its opening game, followed by wins over UC Davis and Florida Atlantic, before suffering its first loss to Kentucky, 79-48, Friday.
IN THE HARDWOOD CLASSIC: This is the earliest the CHC has occurred in it's six year history. Prior to this season the Cougar Hardwood Classic had only been played in December, with the earliest date being Dec. 13 (against Montana State, 2008). The Cougars are 5-0 all-time in the Cougar Hardwood Classic having defeated Utah (2005), San Diego State (2006), The Citadel (2007), Montana State (2008) and LSU (2009). Last season the Cougars and Tigers went into overtime before WSU pulled off the 72-70 victory. Klay Thompson led the team with 26 points in the victory last year, while DeAngelo Casto grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
IN THE HARDWOOD CLASSIC:
This is the earliest the CHC has occurred in it's six year history.
Prior to this season the Cougar Hardwood Classic had only been played in December, with the earliest date being Dec. 13 (against Montana State, 2008).
The Cougars are 5-0 all-time in the Cougar Hardwood Classic having defeated Utah (2005), San Diego State (2006), The Citadel (2007), Montana State (2008) and LSU (2009).
Last season the Cougars and Tigers went into overtime before WSU pulled off the 72-70 victory.
Klay Thompson led the team with 26 points in the victory last year, while DeAngelo Casto grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
COUGS AGAINST THE PILOTS:
This season marks the 12th all-time meeting between Washington State and Portland, as the Cougars hold a 9-2 mark.
The Cougars have won the last three meetings which took place during the 2006-07, 2005-06 and 2004-05 seasons.
The Pilots' last win came with a 70-66 victory Dec. 5, 2000 at Portland.
WSU is 7-0 at home in the series and 1-0 in neutral-site games against UP.
Ken Bone is 3-1 against Portland as a head coach.
WSU AGAINST THE WCC:
WSU holds a 115-54 record against current members of the West Coast Conference.
The Cougars have faced all eight WCC members and have defeated all but Saint Mary's (0-1).
This season WSU has the opportunity to play four of the eight WCC schools, as Gonzaga, Portland and Santa Clara are all on the schedule...WSU could meet San Diego at the Diamond Head Classic at Hawaii.
Of the 169 games against WCC opponents, 144 have come against Gonzaga.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
WSU is 39-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 39-straight November games in Pullman and are 41-1 (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.
YOUNG BUT EXPERIENCED:
Although there are no seniors on this year's Cougar squad, there is still a wealth of experience amongst the team.
Heading into the season this year's team had a total of 333 games played between them, including 184 starts.
COUGARS PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH:
WSU was chosen to finish fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2010-11, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 basketball.
2010-11 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Poll
1. Washington (33) 348
2. Arizona (1) 296
3. UCLA (1) 281
4. Arizona State 215
5. Washington State 191
6. USC 178
7. California 151
8. Oregon State 120
9. Stanford 98
10. Oregon 47
First place votes in parentheses
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the third most overall and fourth most conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 85-49 (.634) overall and 38-34 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 106-37 (.741) overall and 53-20 in league play.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Cougars defeated Idaho, 88-71, Tuesday, Nov. 16 at Pullman's Beasley Coliseum.
Faisal Aden led the Cougars with 26 points, while Klay Thompson added 23 points and a career-high nine assists.
The Cougars improved to 159-107 against Idaho...have won the last eight meetings.
WSU improved to 39-0 at Friel Court in November...how won the last 35.
The Cougars shot .576 from the field, their best shooting performance since a .635 (33-for-52) field goal mark against Portland State, Dec. 19, 2009...highest shooting percentage at Beasley Coliseum since shooting .568 (21-for-37) against Oregon, Feb. 12, 2009.
In just his second game of his career, freshman Patrick Simon scored in double figures for the first time with 12 points, going 5-for-7 from the field.
THOMPSON MOVING UP SCORING LIST:
With 22 points at Oregon last season, Klay Thompson surpassed the 1,000-point for his career...he finished the season with 1,023 points.
He now has 1,061 points and is tied for 24th in the WSU record books with Ed Gayda (1947-50) and Mike Bush (1999-2002).
Thompson became the 31st Cougar to reach 1,000 career points and the third-fastest, accomplishing the feat in his 63rd career game.
He is just three points away from the last Cougar to reach 1,000 points, Aron Baynes, who did it in 2008-09.
The only two Cougars to do it faster than Thompson were Steve Puidokas (52 games) and Jim McKean (57 games)...Thompson surpassed Larry Beck who was previously third as he did it in 66 games.
If Thompson averages 19.6 points again this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,632 points, making him the third-leading scorer in Washington State history....Isaac Fontaine holds the school record with 2,003 points, while Steve Puidokas scored 1,894 in his career.