Nov. 23, 2005
WASHINGTON STATE (1-1, 0-0 Pac-10)
COUGARS HOST VANDALS: The Washington State men's basketball team returns to Friel Court, Saturday, Nov. 26 when it hosts Idaho at 2 p.m.
ABOUT THE HEAD COACHES: Dick Bennett is 26-33 at Washington State and in his third season on the Palouse...owns a 480-290 career record (.623) in 27 collegiate seasons...guided Wisconsin to 2000 Final Four...Leonard Perry is 44-74 in his fifth season at Idaho.
SERIES WITH IDAHO: Washington State leads 153-107...Cougars have won two straight and seven of the last eight...WSU has captured the last eight meetings in Pullman.
OLD RIVALS: Washington State and Idaho are meeting for the 101st consecutive men's basketball season...two schools have the oldest continuous rivalry West of the Mississippi River...sixth longest continuous rivalry nationally behind Columbia/Yale (105th season), Princeton/Yale (105th season), Pennsylvania/Princeton (104th season), Columbia/Pennsylvania (103rd season) and Cornell/Pennsylvania (103rd season).
LAST SEASON'S GAME A LOW SCORING AFFAIR: Washington State defeated Idaho, 37-36, Nov. 30, 2004 marking the fewest points in a Cougar victory since a 36-28 triumph at Idaho, Jan. 11, 1947...fewest points in a win by a Pacific-10 team since the shot clock was instituted for the 1985-86 season...tied for third fewest in NCAA history in shot clock era...fewest points given up by WSU in a game since a 41-34 win at Montana State, Dec. 15, 1958...lowest scoring game in Cougar history since 37-36 loss at Washington, Jan. 24, 1970...lowest scoring WSU-Idaho game since 39-34 Cougar win at Idaho, March 3, 1950.
WASHINGTON STATE AGAINST THE WAC: The Cougars are 179-123 all-time against current members of the Western Athletic Conference...first meeting with the Vandals as a WAC opponent...under Dick Bennett, WSU is 0-2 against WAC schools at the time of the game...lost to Rice (no longer a conference member) in the Top of the World Classic championship game at Fairbanks, Alaska and at Fresno State during the 2003-04 season.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY: Washington State opened the 1993-94 season, Nov. 26, with a 57-55 victory over Coppin State at the San Juan Shootout in Bayamon, Puerto Rico...Mark Hendrickson recorded a double-double for the Cougars with a team-high 14 points and game-high 15 rebounds...true freshman Donminic Ellison had 12 points on 4-for-4 shooting from 3-point range...Cougars finished the campaign 20-11 and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament during Kelvin Sampson's last season at WSU.