Feb. 6, 2007
COUGARS HOST BAY AREA SCHOOLS: The Washington State men's basketball team (No. 14 Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today) will host Stanford (No.25 Associated Press), Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m....takes on California, Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m.
COUGAR HEAD COACH Tony Bennett: Washington State Head Coach Tony Bennett is in his first season at the helm of the Cougar program...fourth year with WSU...assistant coach in 2003-04...associate head coach in 2004-05 and 2005-06...assistant coach at Wisconsin from 2000-03...became the first head coach at a current Pacific-10 institution to start 7-0 in his inaugural campaign at the school since Stanford's Robert W. Burnett was 9-0 in 1951-52...Bennett's accomplishment is tied for the third best start in a debut season at Pac-10 school in the post-World War II era.
ABOUT STANFORD: Stanford is currently 15-6 overall, 7-3 in the Pacific-10...fourth in the conference, a half game back of WSU and USC...received its first national ranking of the season this week, entering the Associated Press poll in the No. 25 spot...have won six of their last seven league games...coming off a 90-71 victory over California...sophomore Lawrence Hill leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.6 points per game...Anthony Goods (13.6) and freshman Brook Lopez (10.5) are also posting double figure scoring...Stanford is currently leading the conference in blocked shots (5.95 per game) led by freshman Robin Lopez, who is rejecting 2.57 shots per game, leading the conference.
SERIES WITH THE CARDINAL: Stanford leads 62-54WSU owns a 32-24 record in Pullman...Cardinal captured the first meeting this season in a 71-68 overtime thriller at Stanford...WSU used a 10-1 run during the final 2:57 in regulation to force an overtime period...Cardinal's Anthony Goods hit a 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds remaining in the extra session to earn the win...junior Kyle Weaver recorded the first triple-double in Washington State history (14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists)...Goods led all scorers with 30 points...Stanford has won three straight...last home victory for the Cougars came Dec. 31, 2004, 60-51 in Spokane...Stanford has won 10 straight in Pullman...last Cougar victory at Friel came in 1995...last time Stanford came to Pullman ranked as March 4, 2004 (No. 1).
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Feb. 8): Washington State is 11-21 when competing Feb. 8...have played as a ranked team once (No. 17), resulting in 42-34 loss to Oregon State at Friel in 1949...in 2001, WSU knocked off Arizona State in Tempe, 58-57...David Adams hit two free throws with 2:15 left to give the Cougars their first lead of the game...WSU rallied back from 17 points down on a run that included a 10-0 stretch over a 5:45 span...Mike Bush scored a game-high 20 points...Jerry McNair (13) and Adams (10) also scored in double figures...win snapped a Pacific-10 record 30-game road losing streak in conference games...it was also the first win in Tempe since the 1996-97 season.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears are 12-10 overall, 4-6 in the Pacific-10...play at Washington, Thursday...have lost four straight, including 90-71 setback at home to Stanford in their last outing...own 3-4 record on the road this season...Ryan Anderson leads four players in double-figure scoring at 16.9 points per game.
SERIES WITH THE GOLDEN BEARS: California leads 67-43...Golden Bears have won four of the last five overall five of the last six at Washington State (includes 59-47 victory at Spokane Arena in 2004-05 season)...Cougars won the season's first meeting 73-56, Jan. 11 in Berkeley...all five WSU starters scored in double figures with Ivory Clark, Daven Harmeling and Kyle Weaver each tallying 14 points.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Feb. 10): The Cougars are 12-21 when competing Feb. 10 including a 6-8 record in Pullman...have competed once as a ranked team (No. 17) which resulted in a 51-50 loss at the hands of Idaho in 1950...head coach Kevin Eastman led WSU to a 70-65 win over Oregon at home during the 1996-97 season...Donminic Ellison hit a three-pointer with 1:11 left to give the Cougars a four point lead...three players scored in double figures: Isaac Fontaine had 19 points, Ellison added 16, and Shamon Antrum contributed 14...WSU shot 42 percent from the field...Cougars went on to compete in the NIT, losing to Nebraska in the second round.
COUGARS IN THE POLLS: Washington State is currently ranked No.14 in both the Associated Press poll and the ESPN/USA Today...the AP ranking equals the highest by the Cougars in school history...Washington State was ranked No. 14, by the Associated Press, Jan. 25, 1949...Cougars began receiving votes after upsetting then-No. 18 Gonzaga, 77-67 Dec. 5...earned first AP ranking (No. 22, Jan. 8) since Feb. 1983...first time in school history WSU has been ranked three consecutive week and first time the Cougars have been ranked in four different weeks during a season.