March 12, 2012
COUGARS HIT THE ROAD TO TAKE ON SAN FRANCISCO IN THE CBI FIRST ROUND: Washington State University men's basketball (15-16) will make its first appearance in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) as it heads to San Francisco, Calif. to face the University of San Francisco (20-13), Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. PT. The game can be see live on HDNet. The game can also 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 SAN FRANCISCO:
The Cougars and the Dons have met just once with WSU holding a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series.
Washington State won the lone meeting, 53-45, Dec. 23, 1950.
COUGARS AGAINST THE WCC:
Washington State is 126-60 against current members of the West Coast Conference all-time and 3-1 this season.
The Cougars have played Gonzaga in 145 of the 182 games against those WCC members.
WSU's first two road games this season were at West Coast Conference schools...a loss at Gonzaga (Dec. 14) and a win at Portland (Nov. 20).
The Cougars then hosted Santa Clara Dec. 11 in Pullman and took on Pepperdine in the Cougar Hardwood Classic Dec. 22 in Seattle.
This marks WSU's fifth WCC opponent of the season.
WSU IN THE POSTSEASON:
This marks the 12th postseason appearance for Washington State and its first College Basketball Invitational (CBI) appearance...it's WSU's fifth postseason appearance in the last six years.
The Cougars are 13-11 all-time in postseason play.
Last season the Cougars reached the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament and notched their most postseason wins in a season going 3-1.
WSU has made six NCAA Tournaments (6-6) and five NITs (7-5).
WSU and USF have never met in the postseason.
The last time WSU played a postseason game in California was against another member of the West Coast Conference, March 17, 2009, when it fell at Saint Mary's in the first round of the NIT.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE:
Washington State is 15-16 on the season and finished tied for eighth in the conference with Oregon State with a 7-11 league mark.
WSU is 4-8 on the road this season, but won its last road game, at USC March 3.
WSU is 1-5 in the state of California this year, but all five games occurred in Southern California.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Brock Motum leads the team with 18.1 points per game and 6.5 rebounds an outing...he currently leads the Pac-12 in scoring.
Motum led all scorers in Pac-12 only play with 20.7 points per game in league contests...he added 6.6 rebounds per game in those games.
Motum ranks 40th in the country in scoring and 30th in the country with a .551 field goal percentage...he ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage.
The junior is the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-13 in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding.
Reggie Moore is second among active Cougars in scoring with 9.1 points per game...he leads the league and ranks 30th in the country with 5.5 assists per game.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has started 24 games for the Cougars and is fourth on the team with 8.6 points per game.
Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick played his first game this season Dec. 18 after missing the first 10 with a foot injury...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.
CAPERS SETS RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED:
Senior Marcus Capers played his 128th career game Saturday, March 3 at USC, setting the WSU school record for games played originally set by George Hamilton who played 127 games in 1945 and 1947-49.
He has now played in 129 games.
WSU has at least one game remaining (first round of the CBI) which could extend his record to at least 130 games.
MOTUM JOINS ELITE COMPANY:
Junior Brock Motum grabbed his 200th rebound of the season March 7 in the Pac-12 Tournament and has 560 points and 202 rebounds this season.
He joined two other Cougars, Steve Puidokas and Larry Beck to reach 500 points and 200 boards in a season.
Beck had 506 points and 214 rebounds in 1955-56, while Puidokas recorded 559 points and 259 rebounds in 1974-75.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES FOR MOTUM:
Junior Brock Motum played 799 minutes in 54 games his first two seasons combined at Washington State...this season he has already clocked 1,005 minutes of action.
In his first two seasons he averaged 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds a game, but still did it at a high shooting clip, .591.
This season alone Motum has 230 more points than he did in his first two seasons combined (550 compared to 320), and is averaging 18.1 points per game, 12 more points than his first two seasons.
Motum also has 202 rebounds this season, more than his 72 his first two years combined, averaging 6.5 rebounds, over four rebounds more a game.
He continues to shoot at a high clip at .551 for a .566 career field goal percentage.
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 5.5 assists per game (39th in the country)...he's adding a team third-best 9.1 points per game.
He is also fourth in the league with a 2.11 assist/turnover ratio which ranks 67th nationally.
Moore ranks second in the WSU single season record books with 170 assists in 2011-12, passing Taylor Rochestie in second with 165...the record is 192 set by Donminic Ellison in 1995.
Moore is third for season assists average with 5.5 assists per game...the record is 6.9 apg set by Ellison in 1995...he also holds the second spot of 5.6 apg.
Moore ranks sixth in the WSU career record books with 396 career assists, behind Marcus Moore in fifth with 423...the record is held by Bennie Seltzer with 474.
He is second in career assists average with 4.4 apg in his almost three complete seasons...Ellison holds the record at 5.3 apg.
FOUR COUGARS EARN ALL-PAC-12 HONORS:
Junior Brock Motum was named to the 2011-12 All-Pac-12 First Team and the league's Most Improved Player, picking up his first career conference honors.
It marked the first time a Cougar was named the league's Most Improved Player.
Three other Cougars were honored by the league.
Junior Reggie Moore was named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, senior Marcus Capers All-Defensive Team Honorable Mention and DaVonté Lacy All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention.
Moore was named to the all-freshman team in 2009-10, while Capers and Lacy picked up their first league awards.
COUGS SHINE OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT:
Unfortunately for Washington State its first game of the CBI will be televised, which according to the statistics, is a bad sign for the Cougars.
The Cougars are 3-13 in televised games this season after going 10-11 each of the previous two seasons.
WSU is 12-4 when not televised, including 5-3 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.
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 1,510-1,381 all-time for a .522 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, marking the first time a Washington State student-athlete has been honored as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week.
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.
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. and then again Feb. 24, 2012, 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.