March 5, 2010
COUGARS CONCLUDE PAC-10 SEASON AT OREGON: Washington State University men's basketball (16-13, 6-11) concludes the regular season as it takes on Oregon (14-15, 6-11), Saturday, March 6 at 5 p.m. The game is the final Pac-10 game at historic McArthur Court and will determine the Cougs' seed in the upcoming Pacific-10 Conference Tournament. It will be shown live on the Oregon Sports Network.
|Game 30 | Washington State (16-13, 6-11) at Oregon (14-15, 6-11)|
|Date||Saturday, March 6 | 5 p.m. PST|
|Location||Eugene, Ore. | McArthur Court|
|Television||Oregon Sports Network|
|Radio||Cougar Sports Network | Listen Online|
|wsucougars.com||Gametracker | Crimson ZZU Blog | Game Notes|
|All-Time Series||Oregon leads 155-122 (Streak: WSU -1)|
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Despite a strong second-half comeback, WSU fell at Oregon State, 59-55, Thursday at Gill Coliseum.
The Cougars are now 16-13 on the season and 6-11 in Pacific-10 Conference action, sitting tied with Oregon for ninth place in the league.
WSU has lost eight of its last 10 games and its last five road games.
WSU is 3-8 on the road and 2-6 on the road in conference action...the Cougs are 3-0 in neutral site games.
Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team and ranks third in the conference with 19.6 points per game...he's scored double figures in 23 of the Cougs' 29 games this season and reached 20-plus points in 15 of the 29 contests.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 4.0 assists a game, adding a team second-best 13.1 points an outing.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 6.8 rebounds a game, adding 10.5 points per game.
The Cougars' lone senior, Nikola Koprivica, is chipping in 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
AGAINST THE DUCKS:
The Cougars trail the all-time series 122-155...Oregon holds a 90-43 advantage in Eugene in the series.
Washington State had its six-game winning streak over Oregon snapped in the first meeting this season, but has won the last two at Eugene.
In the first meeting this season, WSU fell in a double-overtime heartbreaker to Oregon, 91-89, involving a controversial technical foul at the end of the first overtime.
Klay Thompson led the team with 33 points, reaching 20 points for the 11th time in the Cougars' 13 games this season...he reached 30-plus points for the third time this season.
Thompson got fouled on three 3-point attempts, compiling nine of his 15 free throw attempts...finished 19-for-21 from the free throw line...his 19 free throws are a career high, as are his 21 free throw attempts.
DeAngelo Casto finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, recording his fourth double-double of the season and his career.
WSU played its second-consecutive overtime game...first back-to-back overtime games since 1981-82...WSU defeated No. 16 UCLA in three overtimes (Jan. 2, 1982) and fell to USC in one overtime (Jan. 4).
The Cougars' overtime loss marked its first in OT since Feb. 2, 2008 to Stanford at home (had won four-straight in OT).
The game was WSU's first double overtime game since March 8, 2008.
WSU didn't lead in the game until 4:45 to go in the first overtime.
The Ducks snapped a six-game losing streak to the Cougars.
WSU fell to 11-21 in Pac-10 openers.
DONALDSON TO SERVE AS HONORARY CAPTAIN:
Former Cougar standout and WSU Athletic Hall of Fame member James Donaldson will serve as an honorary captain for WSU's game at Oregon Saturday.
Donaldson starred for the Cougs from 1976-79...he scored 718 career points and averaged a double-double both his junior and senior years.
In his four games at Mac Court, Donaldson went 3-1...his biggest games came his junior and senior years.
He scored 13 points and grabbed nine boards as a junior and 14 points and eight rebounds as a senior.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
WSU battled back from an 18-point halftime deficit and just 15 points in the first period, but it wasn't enough as it fell at Oregon State, 59-55, Thursday at Gill Coliseum.
Klay Thompson reached double figures for the first time since scoring 28 points at California (Feb. 13)...finished with 18, surpassing his 15 total points in the last three games combined.
Thompson's four 3-pointers are his second-most in Pac-10 play this season...hit five at California (Feb. 13).
Nikola Koprivica tied his Pac-10 high with 35 minutes played...just one shy of his career high of 36.
Reggie Moore scored all 10 of his points at the free throw line...was 10-for-11 from the charity stripe.
WSU never got closer than one point after the game started at 0-0...started the second half with a 19-4 run to pull within four points at 38-34 with 15:39 to go.
Washington State scored a season-low 15 first-half points...previous low was 21 against Washington in its last game (Feb. 27).
The Cougars' 15 first-half turnovers are their second-most in a first half this season...had 16 at Kansas State (Dec. 5)...Most in Pac-10 play in the first half...previous high was 10 at Arizona (Jan. 8).
Just three Cougars attempted multiple field goals in the first half (Moore-six, Koprivica-three, Thames-2).
A GLANCE AT THE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT:
There's still five games left to be played in regular season Pac-10 action and a lot can happen before the league tournament begins Wednesday, March 10.
Heading into Saturday, the Cougars can capture anywhere from the seventh to ninth seed in the Pac-10 Tournament.
If the Cougs defeat the Ducks Saturday and Stanford loses to Cal, WSU will capture the seventh seed in the tournament, avoiding having to play on the first day (eighth vs. ninth seeds).
If WSU wins and Stanford wins, it will capture the eighth seed and face Oregon in the first game of the Pac-10 Tournament for the third year in a row.
If WSU falls Saturday, it will end up with the ninth seed.
KOPRIVICA AMONG WINNINGEST COUGARS:
Senior Nikola Koprivica has been a part of WSU men's basketball teams that have combined for 85 wins (2007-present).
With 85 wins to his name, Koprivica ranks second for most wins by an individual student-athlete in WSU history.
The number of wins does not include wins during a student-athlete's redshirt year, and the player doesn't have to have played in all of the games during the season.
Below is a list of the top-five winningest players in WSU history:
1. George Hamilton (1945, 1947-49), 86
2. Nikola Koprivica (2007-10), 85
3. Ed Gayda (1947-50), 82
4. Daven Harmeling (2005, 2007-09), 81
5. Aaron Baynes (2006-09), 80
Caleb Forrest (2006-09), 80
MOORE OUT OF REGGIE:
The Pac-10's lone starting freshman point guard, Reggie Moore has gotten off to a hot start for the Cougars in his rookie campaign, ranking second on the team with 13.1 points per game.
Not only is he second in scoring, but he leads the team in assists with 4.0 dishes per game.
At Kansas State, Dec. 5, Moore set a WSU freshman record with 12 free throws made.
Against Air Force Dec. 12 in Spokane, Moore had the first double-double of his young career...he had a career high 10 assists, the second-most single game assists by a Cougar freshman.
Moore bettered that in his next game with 12 assists, marking the second-most single game assists by a Cougar freshman as he now has the second and third best performances.
Moore leads all Pac-10 freshmen in assists, assists/turnover ratio and free throw percentage and ranks second among freshmen in scoring.
He has already captured the freshman record for assists, surpassing Bennie Seltzer's 114 which he recorded in 1990.
If the season ended today, Moore would finish second in the WSU record books for assists average and scoring average.
Moore has already crushed the WSU freshman record for free throws made with 149 this season...the previous record was 92 set by Marcus Moore in 2001.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the second most overall and fourth most conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 85-47 (.644) overall and 38-33 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 105-35 (.750) overall and 53-19 in league play.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES:
Twenty-nine games into this season, sophomore Klay Thompson has already surpassed his point total from the 33 games of his freshman season.
Thompson scored 414 as a freshman, averaging 12.5 points a game...he currently has 567 points this season, averaging 19.6.
He's shot five times more free throws this year than the entire last season...he's shot 160 as a sophomore, compared to just 31 as a freshman.
Senior Nikola Koprivica's stats have gone up this season as well, as his 256 points are just one point shy of his total from his freshman, sophomore and junior season combined (257).
With 39 treys on the season, he surpassed his total number of 3-pointers made from his first three seasons (26).
THOMPSON APPROACHING 1,000:
Sophomore Klay Thompson currently has career 981 points and is just 19 points away from becoming the 31st Cougar to reach 1,000 career points.
If Thompson can keep up his 19.6 points per game average, he will reach 1,000 points March 6 at Oregon...that would be his 63rd career game.
If he keeps up his 15.7 points per game Pac-10 average, he will reach 1,000 career points in WSU's first game of the Pac-10 Tournament, his 64th career game.
Either way, Thompson would become the third-fastest Coug to 1,000 points behind Steve Puidokas (52 games) and Jim McKean (57 games)...Larry Beck is currently third as he did it in 66 games.
CASTO'S BLOCK PARTY:
With 61 blocked shots as a sophomore and 39 during his rookie campaign, DeAngelo Casto has 100 career blocks.
His 100 blocks rank sixth in the WSU career record books.
His 61 blocked shots this season are a sophomore record and rank him fourth in the Cougar single-season record books...the most blocks since Stuart House swatted 69 shots in 1979-80.
BACK-TO-BACK STELLAR STARTS FOR WSU COACHES:
First-year Cougar head coach Ken Bone got his team off to a 6-0 start, making him the second-straight WSU coach to start 6-0 in his rookie campaign.
Bone's 6-0 mark ranks as the fifth-best start by a Pacific-10 Conference coach in his debut in the post-World War II era.
It ties as the 18th-best start by a head coach at a current Pac-10 institution.
Four seasons ago, Tony Bennett got off to a 7-0 start for the Cougars, which ties for the 13th-best start by a Pac-10 coach.
THOMPSON JOINS FONTAINE IN 20-PLUS POINT GAMES:
Klay Thompson scored 20-plus points in Washington State's first six games this season.
It marks the most consecutive 20-plus point performances by a Cougar since the school's all-time leading scorer, Isaac Fontaine, scored 20-plus in six-straight games Dec. 7-29, 1996.
Thompson became the fifth Cougar to notch six-consecutive 20-point games, joining Jim Meredith (Dec. 11-26, 1970), Don Collins (Feb. 24-Dec. 5, 1970), Joe Wallace (Dec. 20, 1984-Jan. 5, 1985) and Fontaine.
He's now reached 20-plus points in 15 of WSU's 29 games.
He's also reached double figures in 30 of WSU's 58 halves this season and in 23 of the team's 29 games.
THOMPSON EARNS BACK-TO-BACK PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS:
Klay Thompson was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the week for the weeks of Nov. 16-22 and Nov. 23-29.
He is just the third Cougar to earn a Pac-10 Player of the Week award twice in the same season as Daven Harmeling did so in 2006-07 and Joe Wallace accomplished the feat in 1985-87.
He's just the second Cougar to earn the honor over the last three seasons.
He became the 17th men's basketball player student-athlete to earn back-to-back Player of the Week honors, as Patrick Christopher of California and James Harden, formerly of Arizona State, accomplished it last season.
Thompson joins elite company, as he became the 13th sophomore to earn multiple Player of the Week awards.
James Harden, Ryan Anderson, Darren Collison, Daven Harmeling, Gilbert Arenas, Baron Davis, Jason Kidd, Harold Miner, Chris Mills, Adam Keefe, Gary Payton and Reggie Miller also accomplished that feat in their sophomore campaigns.
THE PAC-10 40 POINT CLUB:
With his 43 points against San Diego (Nov. 28), Klay Thompson became just the third Pac-10 player to score 40 points in the last five seasons...James Harden of ASU scored 40 in 2008-09 and Leon Powe of California scored 41 in 2005-06.
It's the most points scored by a Pac-10 player since Jason Kapono of UCLA scored 44 against WSU, Jan. 4, 2003.
For the second-straight season, WSU has five left-handed shooters on its team in 2009-10.
Anthony Brown, Marcus Capers, Nikola Koprivica, Abe Lodwick and Brock Motum are all left-handed on the basketball court.
Last season WSU also had five lefties on the team with Taylor Rochestie and Nick Witherill.
COUGARS DOMINATE SHOOTOUT:
The Cougars not only won the Great Alaska Shootout title, but they also notched their names in the record books along the way.
WSU's .575 field goal percentage in its three games is the third-best in Shootout history and just .011 behind the record.
The Cougs' .511 3-point field goal percentage is the fifth-best 3-point shooting performance all time.
They set the championship game record for largest margin of victory with a 37-point defeat (93-56) of San Diego...the old record was 29 (76-47) points as San Diego State defeated Hampton last season.
WSU tied the tournament championship game record for most second half points with 54, held by Illinois vs. New Mexico State in 1992 and Iowa vs. Northeastern in 1986.
WSU led the tournament in scoring offense (86.0 ppg), scoring defense (64.3 papg), field goal percentage (.575), field goal percentage defense (.391), 3-point field goal percentage (.511), blocked shots (4.7 bpg) and assists (19.0 apg).
To put it in perspective, there have been 381 Shootout games over 32 years.