Nov. 22, 2011
WSU HEADS TO CALIFORNIA TO TAKE PART IN 76 CLASSIC: Washington State University men's basketball remains on the road as it heads to Anaheim, Calif., to take part in the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Cougars will play games Thursday, Nov. 24, Friday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 27, opening up with Oklahoma Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Depending on outcomes of the first round, WSU will face either New Mexico or Santa Clara in the second round of the 76 Classic at 6:30 or 9 p.m.
COUGS AGAINST THE SOONERS; BIG 12:
• Thursday's game marks the first all-time meeting between Washington State and Oklahoma on the hardwood.
• WSU holds a 9-10 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).
• Last season the Cougars went 2-1 against Big 12 teams, falling to then-No. 5 Kansas State Dec. 3 at home, while defeating then-No. 15 Baylor Dec. 23 as part of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu and Oklahoma State, March 21 in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• Washington State is 2-1 this season with a loss in its season opener at No. 22/23 Gonzaga Nov. 14 and a victory over Sacramento State in its home opener Nov. 17...WSU added a victory at Portland Nov. 20.
• WSU is 1-1 on the road, 1-0 at home and hasn't played a neutral-site game.
• Brock Motum leads the team with 17.7 points per game after putting up 17 at Gonzaga and a career-high 23 against Sacramento State...he also leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game, having grabbed eight boards in the first two games.
• Motum led the Cougars in both scoring and rebounding in the first two games this season.
• Senior Faisal Aden is second on the team with 17.0 points per game.
• As of Tuesday, Nov. 22, both Motum and Aden ranked in the top-5 of the Pac-12 in points per game.
• Motum is also top-5 in the league in field goal percentage (.667) and top-15 in rebounding (6.7 rpg).
• Freshman DaVonté Lacy is third on the team with 12.3 points per game.
• Motum, Aden and Lacy have each scored in double figures in all three games this season.
• Junior point guard Reggie Moore led the team in rebounding for the first time in his career at Portland with six...he leads the team and the Pac-12 with 5.7 assists per game.
• Moore and Aden are in the top-7 in the league in steals per game, as Aden is tied for second (2.7 spg) and Moore is tied for sixth (2.3 spg).
• Redshirt senior Abe Lodwickhas not played this season...as of Nov. 18 he was scheduled to miss 3-5 weeks due to a fracture in his left foot.
WSU IN THE 2011 76 CLASSIC:
• This season marks the second-straight that the Cougars will compete in an ESPN Regional Television (ERT) tournament after competing in the Diamond Head Class last year in Hawaii.
• WSU is 78-73 all-time in in-season tournaments and has appeared in the championship game of its last six tournaments, winning the John Thompson Foundation Challenge (2006-07), the Cougar Hispanic College Fund Challenge (2007-08) and the Great Alaska Shootout (2009-10).
• Last year WSU fell to national runner-up Butler in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.
• WSU is 1-1 against current members of the Big 12 in in-season tournaments, defeating Baylor last season in the Diamond Head Classic and falling to Texas during the 1994-95 season in the Sun Classic in El Paso, Texas.
• The 76 classic is just Washington State's fourth in-season tournament to take place in the state of California, holding a 5-1 record in in-season tournaments in the state.
• The Cougars competed in the Los Angeles Classic in the 1991-92 season defeating Central Connecticut State and Loyola Marymount, the Texaco Star Classic in San Diego in 1992-93 defeating Azusa Pacific and San Diego State, and the Coors Light Classic in 1993-94 in Fresno, coming out on top against Cal State Northridge and falling to Fresno State.
WSU AGAINST THE REST OF THE FIELD:
• The Cougars are 1-2 all-time against New Mexico.
• The two teams last met in the second round of the NIT with the Lobos coming out on top, 79-71.
• The other two meetings were in tournaments, the Far West Classic in 1971 in Portland, Ore. and the New Mexico Invitational in Albuquerque in 1969. • WSU is 3-0 all-time against Santa Clara.
• The Cougars and Broncos will meet for sure this season, as they will face-off in Pullman Dec. 11.
• Last season WSU needed overtime to defeat Santa Clara 85-79 en route to Hawaii for the Diamond Head Classic in December.
• The two teams met in the Rainbow Classic in 1973 in their only neutral site matchup.
• On the other side of the bracket, Boston College leads WSU 1-0, Saint Louis leads WSU 1-0, the series with Villanova is tied at 1-1 and UC Riverside and WSU have never met.
• WSU led at halftime for the first time this season, coming away with an 83-73 victory at Portland Sunday.
• Senior Faisal Aden led the scoring efforts with 21 for the Cougs, finishing 7-for-14 from the field and 6-for-7 from the free throw line.
• Reggie Moore had a season-high eight assists...has 17 (5.7 apg) assists on the season...his most since dishing out nine against Oregon State Jan. 6 of last season.
• Moore led the team in rebounding (six boards) for the first time in his career.
• Charlie Enquist played a career-high 25 minutes...his previous high was 23 minutes against Air Force Dec. 12, 2009...had a career-high eight points (previous was six) and he tied his career high with four rebounds...got third career start.
• Junior Brock Motum added 13 points and freshman DaVonté Lacy added 11.
COUGARS ON ESPN FOR SIXTH OF EIGHT GAMES:
• For their sixth time in eight games, the Cougars will appear on the ESPN family of networks, as they played their final four games of last season on either ESPNU or ESPN2 and their season opener on ESPN.
• The Cougars defeated Long Beach State on ESPNU and Oklahoma State and Northwestern on ESPN2 in the National Invitation Tournament, followed by a loss to Wichita State in the semifinals of the NIT on ESPN2 to end last season.
• In all, the Cougars appeared on the ESPN family of networks seven times last year, adding their three games in the Diamond Head Classic to the mix.
Ken Bone IN HIS THIRD SEASON:
• WSU head coach Ken Bone holds a 40-29 record in his third season in 2011-12, and already has more wins than eight previous Cougar men's basketball coaches, six of which coached at least two seasons.
• Last season Bone led WSU to an NIT postseason appearance, making him the third-fastest Cougar coach to reach a postseason tournament.
• He also has more wins than two of the last three head coaches, three more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and eight more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
MOORE EYEING 1,000 POINTS:
• Junior Reggie Moore has 672 career points, just 328 shy of the 1,000-point plateau.
• The Cougars have at least 27 games left this season, meaning he needs to average 12.1 points per game this season to reach 1,000 points.
• He's averaged 10.9 points per game in 62 games in his career.
• He would become the 32nd Cougar to score 1,000 points in his WSU career.
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
• Senior Marcus Capers has played 101 games in his WSU career, while the school record is 127 games played set by George Hamilton in 1945 and 47-49.
• Given Capers plays in all the team's games this season, he will play in his 127th game March 1 at UCLA and his record-setting 128th game in WSU's regular season finale, March 3 at USC.
WASHINGTON STATE APPROACHING 1,500 WINS:
• In Washington State's 109 years of basketball, it has compiled 1,497 wins, needing just three more wins in the 2011-12 season to reach the 1,500-win plateau.
• The Cougars are 1,497-1,370 all-time for a .522 win percentage.
LACY PROVES TO BE `FRESH-MAN' FOR THE COUGARS:
• Freshman DaVonté Lacy has been a strong addition for the Cougars this season and it shows in the Pac-12 rankings.
• Lacy ranks in the top-20 in the Pac-12 rankings in six different categories, as of Tuesday, Nov. 22.
• He is tied for fourth for 3-pointers made (2.0 pg), sixth for assist/turnover ratio (2.5), tied for 12th in field goal percentage (.571), tied for 15th in 3-point field goal percentage (.400), tied for 15th in assists (3.3) and tied for 19th in scoring (12.3 ppg).
COUGARS PICKED TIED FOR 10TH IN PRESEASON PAC-12 POLL:
• Washington State was picked to tie with Colorado for 10th place (119 points) in the inaugural Pac-12 preseason media poll released by the league at the conference's media day in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 28.
• The poll had UCLA finishing first with 14 of the 38 first-place votes and 421 points.
• California was chosen second with 13 first-place votes and 405 points, followed closely by Arizona with 11 first-place votes and 404 overall points. Washington (fourth, 355), Oregon (fifth, 282), Stanford (sixth, 255), USC (seventh, 194), Oregon State (eighth, 188), Arizona State (ninth, 148), Colorado (t-10th, 119 points) and Utah (12th, 74) rounded out the poll.
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., 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.