Dec. 1, 2010
WASHINGTON STATE HOSTS FIFTH-RANKED KANSAS STATE FRIDAY: One of the biggest sports weekends at Pullman this year begins Friday as the Washington State men's basketball squad hosts No. 5 Kansas State at 8 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. The game can be seen nationally on FSN. Saturday the Cougar football team will take on Washington in the Apple Cup at 4 p.m. at Martin Stadium.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is off to a 5-0 start, 3-0 at home (Southern, Idaho and Sacramento State), 1-0 at neutral-site games (Portland at Seattle) and 1-0 on the road (at Fresno State).
Juniors Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden are sharing the scoring load, averaging 22.2 and 20.8 points perspectively...the sharpshooting duo accounts two of the top three scorers in the Pac-10.
Thompson also leads the league and the team in assists per game with 5.2...he dished out a career-high nine assists against Idaho (Nov. 16).
Aden leads the conference in 3-point fields goals made with 15 total and 3.0 per game...he's third in the league and leads the team in steals with 2.6 an outing.
Sophomore forward Brock Motum ranks third on the team with 10.0 points per game, while leading the league in field goal percentage with a .846 mark (22-for-26).
DeAngelo Casto, who missed the Cougars' last two games with a sprained foot, is adding 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds an outing.
Junior Marcus Capers leads the team and is seventh in the league with 7.4 rebounds a game, adding 7.0 points...he grabbed a career-high 15 boards in the season opener against Southern.
Point guard Reggie Moore missed the first five games after aggravating a wrist injury...he has had his cast removed and is probable for Friday's game.
ABOUT THE WILDCATS:
Kansas State, the fifth-ranked team in the Associated Press Poll, is 6-1 on the season with its only loss coming to No. 1 Duke.
Friday marks the first true road game for K-State, which defeated James Madison (75-61), Virginia Tech (73-57), Presbyterian (76-67), Texas Southern (84-60) and most recently Emporia State (85-61) at home.
The Wildcats posted an impressive win over common-foe, Gonzaga, with an 81-64 victory Nov. 22 in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic at Kansas City.
Preseason All-American Jacob Pullen leads a trio of double-figure scorers for KSU with 16.0 points a game...the senior is adding 4.8 assists an outing.
Sophomore Rodney McGruder is adding 11.3 points and a team-high 6.6 boards a game, while Curtis Kelly is chipping in 10.3...Kelly has played in the last four games for K-State, earning his first start in the last game against Emporia State.
Frank Martin is in his fourth season with the Wildcats and led the team to the Elite Eight of last year's NCAA Tournament.
COUGS AGAINST THE WILDCATS:
This season marks the sixth all-time meeting between Washington State and Kansas State, as the Wildcats hold a 3-2 advantage.
Last season Jacob Pullen scored 12 and KSU held WSU to .261 shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes for a 46-29 halftime lead.
The Cougars shot .737 from the field in the second half, sparked by 12 second-half points from Klay Thompson, but it wasn't enough as Denis Clemente scored 17 in the second period for the Wildcats who captured a 86-69 victory.
WSU and Kansas State meet for the fourth time since 2004, for their second home-and-home series in seven seasons.
The two are meeting as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, in its last season.
The last time the two teams met in Pullman, Washington State captured a one-point, 58-57 victory...the other Cougar victory came in the first meeting Dec. 20, 1941, at Seattle.
WSU AGAINST THE BIG 12:
WSU holds a 10-16 record against current members of the Big 12 Conference.
Oklahoma is the only current Big 12 member that WSU has never faced.
The Cougars have winning records against Baylor (2-1), Texas A&M (1-0) and Texas Tech (1-0).
Of all the Big 12 teams, WSU has faced Nebraska the most with a 2-6 record against the Huskers.
The Cougars could also face Baylor in the second round of the Diamond Head Classic at Honolulu Dec. 23.
WSU AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS:
Washington State is 45-208 all-time against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll.
WSU's last win over a ranked opponent came Feb. 28, 2009 when the Cougars defeated No. 14 Arizona State, 51-49 in overtime.
WSU's last win over a ranked regular season nonconference opponent came Dec. 5, 2007 with a 51-47 victory over No. 17 Gonzaga.
The Cougars are 5-38 in the month of December against ranked opponents and 1-73 alll-time against the top-5...WSU is 0-9 all-time against the No. 5 team in the country.
Friday marks just the sixth time WSU has hosted a ranked nonconference opponent at Pullman.
No. 4 Gonzaga - Dec. 10, 2008 (L, 52-74)
No. 24 Baylor - Dec. 6, 2008 (L, 52-58)
No. 18 Gonzaga - Dec. 5, 2006 (W, 77-67)
No. 25 Gonzaga - Dec. 7, 2004 (L, 52-54)
No. 17 Ohio State - Dec. 16, 1968 (L, 74-75)
COUGARS LAST UNDEFEATED TEAM IN LEAGUE...ONE OF 22 IN THE COUNTRY:
With a 5-0 start to the season, Washington State is the last remaining undefeated Pac-10 team.
Arizona suffered its first loss of the season Nov. 27 when it fell to Kansas...the Wildcats were 5-0 before suffering their first setback....Arizona is the only one-loss team in the Pac-10.
WSU is one of 22 undefeated teams in the country as of games Dec. 1.
The Cougs are joined in the undefeated ranks by: Massachusetts, Duke, Kansas, Baylor, Notre Dame, Pitt, Georgetown, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Ohio State, Memphis, UCF, Southern Miss, BYU, San Diego State, UNLV, Tennessee, South Dakota State, Boise State.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last five seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11) the Cougars have the third most overall and fourth most conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 90-48 (.652) overall and 38-34 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 109-39 (.736) overall and 53-20 in league play.
The Cougars need just one win to catch up to second-ranked Washington and two conference wins to jump USC and tie with Washington for second.
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.
SHOOTING THE (B)ROCK:
Cougar sophomore Brock Motum leads the nation in shooting percentage with a .846 clip (22-for-26).
The next-highest shooting percentage is Kelvin Martin of Charleston Southern who is shooting .791 (34-for-43).
WSU also has two of the nation's top 30 scorers in Klay Thompson (15th-22.2 ppg) and Faisal Aden (29th-20.8).
The Cougars are the only team in the nation with two players in the top-30.
As a team, the Cougars rank fifth in field goal percentage in the nation with a .534 clip (155-290).
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.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Cougars opened the game with a 27-0 run as they defeated Sacramento State, 84-36 Tuesday 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.
Klay Thompson led the team with 16 points, while Marcus Capers and Patrick Simon tied the team high with six rebounds apiece.
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).
All 10 players that saw action in the first half scored....11 of the 12 players that got in the game scored.
Abe Lodwick's five assists are a career-high...previous high was two.
Brock Motum-11, Ben Loewen-8, Will DiIorio-7 each scored career high points...DiIorio's were the first of his career.
The Cougars dished out 20 or more assists (20) for the second time this season...last year WSU had just three games with 20 or more assists.
Brock Motum went perfect from the field...he's now shooting .846 (22-26) on the season.
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 1,134 points and currently ranks 20th on the Cougar all-time scoring list...he needs 13 points to tie Steve Harriel for 19th.
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 again this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,710 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.
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