Dec. 2, 2005
WASHINGTON STATE (3-1, 0-0 Pac-10)
COUGARS HOST WILDCATS: The Washington State men's basketball team hosts Kansas State at Friel Court, Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m...game will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest.
ABOUT THE HEAD COACHES: Dick Bennett is 28-33 at Washington State and in his third season on the Palouse...owns a 482-290 career record (.624) in 27 collegiate seasons...guided Wisconsin to 2000 Final Four...Jim Woolridge is 72-77, including 4-0 this season, and in his sixth season at Kansas State...career record is 301-224 and he is in his 19th season.
SERIES WITH KANSAS STATE: Kansas State leads 2-1, including a 62-55 win in Manhattan, Kan., last season...first meeting in Pullman...other games in the series are a 47-22 Cougar win in Seattle, Dec. 20, 1941 and a 63-39 Wildcat home victory, Dec. 22, 1949.
RARE WEST COAST TRIP FOR THE WILDCATS: Kansas State is making its first trip to the state of Washington since a 74-60 loss at Washington, Dec. 9, 1995...Wildcats played Loyola (Maryland) and California in Oakland during 1995-96 season...since then, 90-77 win at Long Beach State, Dec. 12, 1998 and 87-82 triple-overtime loss at Oregon State, Dec. 6, 2003 are only games played on the West Coast.
COUGARS AGAINST THE BIG 12: Washington State is 8-14 all-time against current members of the Big 12 Conference, including 0-2 under Dick Bennett...Cougars lost at Kansas State and at Oklahoma State last season...WSU is 1-3 against Big 12 schools since the conference began in 1996-97...Cougars defeated Texas A&M in Spokane during the 1997-98 season and lost at Texas in 2001-02...Nebraska (member of Big 8) in 1967-68 and 1985-86 and Texas Tech (member of Southwest Conference) in 1994-95 are only current Big 12 schools to play WSU in Pullman.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY: Brian Quinnett scored a game-high 18 points as Washington State routed Delaware State 93-39, Dec. 3, 1988 in Akron, Ohio...Cougars led 39-21 at intermission and held Hornets to 18 percent shooting from the floor in the second half...margin of victory tied for fifth largest in WSU history and biggest in last 65 seasons...a baker's dozen Cougars scored in the victory.
WASHINGTON STATE NEWCOMERS CONTRIBUTING: The Cougars have eight new faces this season, including a pair of walk-ons...WSU newcomers have accounted for 38 percent of the minutes played and are contributing 43 percent of the scoring...junior transfer forward Ivory Clark is tied with returnee Derrick Low for the team-lead in scoring at 12.7 points per game...Clark also leads the team with nine blocks and is second among Cougars with 4.8 rebounds per game...newcomers have recorded 32 percent of the team's rebounds...first-year Cougars are shooting 56 percent from the field led by true freshman center Aron Baynes at 70 percent.
COUGAR SCORING UP: Washington State is averaging 70.0 points per game this season...Cougars averaged 56.9 points per game during Dick Bennett's first two seasons...WSU has scored 280 points through four games, eclipsing the five-game total of 2003-04 (274) and 2004-05 (239).
BENCH SCORING: Washington State is averaging 23.5 points per game this season off the bench...Aron Baynes scored 19 points off the bench in the Cougars' 81-55 season-opening victory over UC Riverside, Nov. 19...against Idaho, Nov. 26, Cougar bench players tallied 31 points in 63-37 victory.
PROTECTING THE HOUSE: In the last 16 seasons, the Cougars are 68-3 in Pullman against nonconference opponents...mark includes a 5-0 record in Bohler Gym during the 1990-91 campaign.
TEAMS DO NOT EXCEED FIFTY-FIVE: Dick Bennett has been the Washington State men's basketball coach for 61 games...in 30 of those, the Cougar opponent has scored 55 points or less...from 1992-93 through 2002-03, WSU held a total of 31 opponents to 55 points or less.
STREAKS BROKEN IN BENNETT ERA: In two seasons under Dick Bennett, the Cougars have accomplished several firsts and broken many losing streaks...here is a look at the achievements.
STATISTICAL TRENDS: WSU is 18-2 under Dick Bennett when holding the opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field, including 3-0 in 2004-05...Bennett's Cougars are 18-1, including 2-1 in 2005-06, when outrebounding their opponent...WSU is 17-3 in the Bennett era, including 2-0 this season, when getting to the foul line more often than its opponent.
WSU EXTENDS 3-POINT STREAK: The Cougars have made at least one 3-pointer in 285 consecutive games...last time Cougars did not make a shot from beyond the arc was Feb. 18, 1995 at Oregon...since 3-point line was adopted in 1986-87, WSU has failed to make a 3-pointer three times...other two occasions were Jan. 5, 1987 at Idaho and Dec. 9, 1988 at home against Portland.
COUGARS NEAR PERFECT IN NOVEMBER: Washington State is 25-0 all-time in November at Friel Court...Cougars have won 25 straight November games in Pullman and are 27-1 all-time...only loss was 77-47 to Colorado State, Nov. 30, 1963.