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No. 21 Cougars Face No. 11 Cardinal in Pac-10 Semifinals
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 03/14/2008
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March 14, 2008

COUGARS FACE CARDINAL IN SEMIFINALS: Twenty-first ranked Washington State University men's basketball (24-7) continues its run in the 2008 Pacific Life Pacific-10 Conference Tournament as it takes on No. 11 Stanford (25-6), Friday, March 14 at 8:30 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The third-seeded Cougars and second-seeded Cardinal will meet for the third time this season live on FSN.

THE SERIES WITH STANFORD
• The Cardinal leads the all-time series 65-55 including 3-1 at neutral sites.
• WSU and Stanford have met twice in the Pac-10 Tournament with the Cardinal holding a 2-0 lead. The two met in both 2004 (Stanford 68, WSU 47) and 2005 (Stanford 60, WSU 58).
• Stanford has won six of the last seven meetings, including the regular-season sweep this year.
• The Cougars have led the Cardinal at halftime in the last five games. WSU is 1-4 in those games.
• The first meeting went into overtime, marking the second-straight season that the two teams have gone into an extra period.
Derrick Low is averaging 16 points per game in the two meetings this season. Kyle Weaver is adding 13.5 points per game, including 17-for-21 from the free throw line.

BENNETT GETS 50TH CAREER WIN
• WSU'S 75-70 victory over Oregon Thursday gave second-year head coach Tony Bennett the 50th win of his career. He is 50-15 (.769) as head coach at WSU.
• He is tied for 10th in NCAA history for wins by a coach in his first two seasons.
• With a win Friday, Bennett could move into a tie for eighth place in the category.
• Below is a look at the 10-best coaching starts in NCAA history through two seasons.

Coach, Team 	Seasons 	W 	L 	Pct.
Bill Guthridge, North Carolina	1998-99 	58 	14 	.806
Everett Case, North Carolina St	1947-48 	55 	8 	.873
Todd Lickliter, Butler.	.2002-03 	53 	12 	.815
Ben Carnevale, North Carolina	1945-46 	52 	11 	.825
Mark Fox, Nevada	2005-06 	52 	13 	.800
Mark Few, Gonzaga	2000-01 	52 	16 	.765
Don Monson, Gonzaga	1998-99 	52 	17 	.754
Bill Carmody, Princeton	1997-98 	51	 6	.895
Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh	2004-05 	51 	14	.785
Gary Cunningham, UCLA.	1978-79 	50 	8 	.862
Kermit Davis Jr., Idaho	1989-90 	50 	12 	.806
Nolan Richardson, Tulsa	1981-82 	50 	13 	.794
Thad Matta, Butler & Xavier	2001-02 	50 	14 	.781
Tevester Anderson, Murray St	1999-2000	50 	15 	.769
Tony Bennett, WSU	2007-08	50	15	.769
John Phillips, Tulsa	2002-03 	50 	17 	.746
Stan Watts, BYU	1950-51 	50 	21 	.704	

COUGARS IN THE PAC-10 TOURNEY
• WSU is now 4-8 all-time in the Pacific-10 Tournament.
• The Cougars have never gotten past the semifinal round. Last season they won their first game to Washington, then fell to USC.
• Against the Cardinal, the Cougars are 0-2 in the tournament with losses in both 2004 and 2005.

ON THE VERGE OF BACK-TO-BACK 25-WIN SEASONS
• The Cougars are just one win away from their 25th win of the season. Last year's team finished 26-8.
• WSU has never had back-to-back 25-win seasons. Its back-to-back 20-win seasons is the first time since 1940-41 and 1941-42.
• WSU's 50 wins in two years is the school record for most wins in a two-year span. The previous record was 49 wins last done in 1939-40 and 1940-41.

IN THE SEASON RECORD BOOKS
• Several Cougars are nearing the top in the WSU season record books:

Derrick Low	3-pt Field Goals	81-T-3rd	2nd-83
Taylor Rochestie	Assists	141-5th	4th-145
Kyle Weaver	Assists	138-6th	5th-141
Kyle Weaver	Steals 	52-NR	T-9th-55

IN THE CAREER RECORD BOOKS
• Several Cougars are nearing the top in the WSU career record books:

Kyle Weaver	Assists	452-3rd	2nd-256
Robbie Cowgill	Blocks	117-4th	5th-118
Kyle Weaver	Blocks	88-9th	8th-89
Derrick Low	3-pt Field Goals	209-4th	3rd-230
(For more information on the career record standings, see Thursday's WSU game notes.)

ROAD WARRIORS
• WSU is 15-3 in games played outside Pullman, tied with North Carolina, Butler and Robert Morris for the most road/neutral-site wins in the nation this season.
• WSU went 10-3 on the road, marking the first time since the mid 40's that the Cougars have had 10 or more road victories.

AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
• The Cougars are 2-4 against top-25 opponents this season.
• They are 1-4 against top-25 Pac-10 opponents this season.
• WSU is 2-13 against ranked opponents at neutral sites.
• The Cougars are 3-20 all-time against ranked Cardinal teams.
• Stanford comes in the game ranked 11th in the nation, WSU is 5-5 all-time against the 11th-ranked team.
• At 5-5, the Cougars hold their best record against the 11th ranked team than any other top-25 ranking.

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