Jan. 28, 2011
COUGARS HOST HUSKIES SUNDAY: Washington State men's basketball (14-6, 4-4) concludes the first round of Pacific-10 Conference action as it hosts No. 18/17 Washington (15-4, 7-1), Sunday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum. The game will be televised nationally on FSN.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is currently 14-6 overall and tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with a 4-4 league mark.
WSU is 7-2 at Beasley this year and 3-1 at home in Pac-10 play, having suffered its first league home loss last Saturday against Arizona...the Cougars' other loss at Beasley this season came at the hands of then-No. 5 Kansas State, Dec. 3.
The Cougars swept their first Pac-10 home series against Oregon State (84-70) and Oregon (77-63) Jan. 6 and Jan. 8.
Klay Thompson leads the Cougars this season with 22.2 points per game, leading the league, while ranking ninth in the nation.
Thompson also ranks in the league's top-five in 3-point field goals made, free throw percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, assists and steals.
First year player, junior college transfer, Faisal Aden is second on the team and 12th in the Pac-10 with 14.1 points per game.
DeAngelo Casto is the third Coug in double figures with 10.9 points per game while leading the team with 6.3 rebounds per game (11th in the Pac-10)...he also leads the team and league with 1.9 blocks a game.
Point guard Reggie Moore, who missed the Cougars' first five games with a left wrist injury, and the Stanford game due to a suspension, is adding 9.0 points per game, along with 4.1 assists.
AGAINST THE HUSKIES:
Washington State trails the all-time series to Washington, 171-98 and trails 71-61 at home (70-61 at Pullman, 1-0 at Spokane).
The Huskies have won the last four meetings, as no current Cougar has defeated UW (Abe Lodwick and Charlie Enquist redshirted in 2007-08 when the Cougs swept the series).
Prior to UW's win Jan. 3, 2009, WSU had won seven-straight over the Dawgs, including three games at Beasley Coliseum.
Last year UW swept the season series with a 59-52 victory at Pullman Feb. 27 and a 92-64 win at Seattle Jan. 30.
Last season at Beasley Coliseum, DeAngelo Casto tied his then-career high with 19 points...he also had 19 points against Arizona (Feb. 6)...he attempted a then-career-high 16 field goals.
Marcus Capers recorded a career-high five steals.
Senior Nikola Koprivica had six points and a team-high eight rebounds in his final regular season home game as a Cougar.
The Cougars shot a season-low .295 (18-for-61) from the field...previous low was .298 (17-for-57).
The Pac-10's second (Quincy Pondexter) and third (Klay Thompson) leading scorers scored seven and five points, respectively...coming in averaged 20.3 and 20.1 points per game, respectively.
AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS:
Washington comes into Sunday's game ranked 18th in the Associated Press Poll.
WSU holds a 46-209 all-time record against teams ranked in the AP Top-25.
The Cougars are 1-1 against ranked teams this season, a loss to No. 5 Kansas State (Dec. 3) and a win over No. 15 Baylor. (Dec. 23).
WSU's last win over a ranked Pac-10 foe came Feb. 28, 2009, a 65-55 victory over No. 14 Arizona State at Beasley Coliseum...no Pac-10 opponent was ranked last season.
WSU is 2-4 all-time against the 18th-ranked team...the last time the Cougars faced No. 18 they defeated Gonzaga, 77-67, Dec. 5, 2006.
Six of WSU's now seven 18th-ranked opponents have been conference foes.
The Cougs have faced a ranked Husky team 22 times, holding a 7-15 mark...the seven wins are WSU's most over any team when ranked all-time.
WSU has won two of the last three meetings against a ranked UW team, a 77-64 victory against No. 16 Feb. 4, 2006 and a 78-71 win over the No. 10 Huskies, Jan. 7, 2006...the Cougs lost the last matchup against No. 16 Washington, 67-60, March 7, 2009.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the fourth most overall and fourth most conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 99-54 overall and 42-38 in conference play over the last four years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 119-44 overall and 57-23 in league play.
The Cougars need three wins to catch up to second-ranked Washington.
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 1,467 points and currently is tied for fifth on the Cougars' all-time scoring list...he just passed Marcus Moore for sole possession of fifth on the all-time scoring list...he's 29 points from Mark Hendrickson in fourth.
Thompson became the 31st Cougar to reach 1,000 career points and the third-fastest, accomplishing the feat in his 63rd career game.
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 continues to average 22.2 points this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,715 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.
THOMPSON AMONG NATION'S LEADING SCORERS:
With 22.2 points this season Klay Thompson leads the Pac-10 and ranks eighth in the nation in scoring.
Thompson is also 23rd in 3-point field goal percentage (.428) and ninth in 3-point field goals per game (3.1).
The other categories Thompson ranks in the top-100 are steals per game at 74th and free-throw percentage at 83rd.
DOUBLING UP IN A HALF:
Klay Thompson is dominating not just games, but halves over his career.
In his career Klay Thompson has had 68 halves with at least 10 points, 34 times in the first half and 34 in the second half.
He has scored 15 or more points in 22 halves, 10 in the first and 12 in the second.
Thompson has scored 20-plus points in a half six times, three in the first half, three in the second half.
In 18 games Thompson has scored in double figures in both halves, three as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and eight so far as a junior.
This season Thompson has scored in double figures in 23 halves, six more than his freshman total and five shy of his sophomore total.
Faisal Aden (11 halves), DeAngelo Casto (four halves), Reggie Moore (three halves), Brock Motum (two halves) and Patrick Simon (one half) have each reached double figures in at least one half this season as well.
Moore reached double figures in 16 halves last year as a freshman, one shy of Thompson's freshman mark.
DEJA VU?...HOPEFULLY NOT:
This season the Cougars face the Huskies in their final game of the first go-around of the Pac-10 slate, Jan. 30 with a 14-6 overall record and 4-4 league mark.
Last year WSU also faced UW, it's final first-time conference foe, Jan. 30 with a 14-6 overall record and 4-4 league mark...last year's game was at Seattle.
The Cougs lost that game, 92-62, after holding a halftime lead.
After going 4-5 in the first nine Pac-10 games, the Cougs went just 2-7 in the second half of league play to finish 6-12 in conference action.
The loss at UW last Jan. 30 contributed to a 2-10 record in WSU's final 12 games of the season.
LAST TIME OUT:
DeAngelo Casto scored a team-high 17 points, but the Cougars fell to Arizona, 65-63, Saturday, Jan. 22.
With his first basket of the game at the 15:50 mark, Klay Thompson moved into sole possession of fifth place on WSU's all-time career scoring list...he now has 1,458 (came in with) career points.
Casto led the Cougars in scoring for the second game in a row and just the third this season with 17 points...he was 8-for-12 from the field...he had a team-high four blocked shots.
For the first time this season Thompson did not score in double-figures...he finished with seven points....his first single-digit performance since scoring five points against Washington Feb. 27, 2010.
For the second-straight game, Thompson had at least eight rebounds and seven assists...has had a combined 16 assists and 16 rebounds in the last two games. WSU's 63 points are tied for its second-fewest points in a game this season...season low is 56 points at USC (Dec. 31).
Marcus Capers finished with 11 points and has scored in double-figures in four of the last six games.
COACHES VS. CANCER SUITS AND SNEAKERS AWARENESS WEEKEND:
College basketball coaches nationwide will wear sneakers with their sideline attire to raise cancer awareness and remind fans that by making healthy lifestyle choices, such as regular exercise and a healthy diet, they can reduce their own cancer risk.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a collaboration of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
KLAY A CANDIDATE FOR SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR:
Klay Thompson was one of five candidates for the 2010 Male Sports Star of the Year presented by ROOT SPORTS, put on by the Seattle Sports Commission.
The award was given to Olympic speed skater Apolo Ono at the awards show held Jan. 26.
The Male Sports Star of the Year is awarded to a male athlete or coach for outstanding achievement in 2010 in a non-professional sport.
Also nominated for the award are University of Washington student-athletes Quincy Pondexter (basketball) and Mason Foster (football), and Olympic speed skaters Apolo Ono and J.R. Celski.
THOMPSON FEASTS ON COMPETITION:
For the second year in a row, Klay Thompson captured Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday...this year the week was Nov. 22-28.
For the week, he averaged 28.5 points, while shooting 21-of-33 (.636) from the field, 5-of-10 (.500) from three-point range, and 10-of-12 (.833) from the free throw line...he also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the two contests.
This is the third honor for Thompson who becomes the first Cougar to earn a Player of the Week honor three times in his career...last year he became the first Cougar to earn the honors in back-to-back weeks as he was Pac-10 Player of the Week Nov. 23 and Nov. 30.
Four WSU student-athletes have earned the honor twice in their careers.
THOMPSON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN:
For the second time this season and the fourth in his career, Klay Thompson has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 6-12.
The junior guard helped lead the Cougars to wins over Gonzaga and Texas-Pan American last week.
For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds.
THOMPSON NAMED WOODEN MIDSEASON CANDIDATE:
Klay Thompson is one of 30 midseason candidates for the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award, The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Jan. 6.
Earlier this season, Thompson became the first Cougar to make the preseason list since Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were both named to the preseason top-50 prior to the 2007-08 season.
He is the first to move on to the midseason top-30 since Low went on to make the midseason cut that year.
This season's midseason list contains student-athletes from nine different conferences, including three from the Pacific-10 Conference.
Thompson is joined by Isaiah Thomas (Washington) and Derrick Williams (Arizona).
THOMPSON, ADEN EXCEL IN FIRST FIVE GAMES:
Through the first five games of the season Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden held the third and fifth-best scoring out puts by a Cougar in his first five games of the season since the 3-point line in 1986-87.
Thompson also holds the second spot after scoring 127 in the first five games of his sophomore season.
Aden has the second-most points by a Cougar in his first five games of his career, second to Neil Derrick who scored 111 in his first five games after transferring prior to his junior year.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win Nov. 30, WSU finished the month 40-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 40-straight November games in Pullman and are 42-1 (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.
COUGARS GET EARLY RUN ON HORNETS:
The Cougars opened the game with a 27-0 run as they defeated Sacramento State, 84-36 Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Beasley Coliseum.
WSU held Sacramento State to .319 (15-for-47) shooting from the field and .067 (1-for-15) from beyond the 3-point arc.
WSU's 48-point margin of victory ties for third most since 1945...the largest was 54 points against Delaware in 1989.
Sacramento State's 15 first-half points are tied for 15th fewest points in a half (first or second half) since the 1968-69 season (when WSU joined the Pac-8).
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