March 2, 2012
WSU CONCLUDES REGULAR SEASON AT USC: The Washington State University men's basketball team (14-15, 6-11) will face USC (6-24, 1-16) in its final regular-season game of 2011-12, Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Galen Center. USC currently sits in 12th place in Pac-12 standings, while WSU is tied with Oregon State for eighth in conference play. Saturday's game marks the final regular season game for the Cougars before the Pac-12 Tournament begins March 7. The game can be heard on the Cougar Radio Network with Bud Nameck's call as well as in a free, live stream of the game at www.USCTrojans.com. Please see the list of affiliates on page one of today's notes for more information. You can also get updates on Twitter by following @WSUHoopsBlog, the official Twitter account of Washington State men's basketball.
WSU AGAINST USC:
• The Cougars hold a 45-67 record in the all-time series against the Trojans.
• USC leads the series 43-13 at Los Angeles, but WSU holds a 30-23 lead in the series at Pullman...the Trojans lead the series 2-1 in neutral site matchups.
• Earlier this season the Cougars and Trojans met in Pullman, Feb. 2 where WSU handed USC a 60-53 defeat.
• Brock Motum led the Cougars in the victory with 26 points.
• Senior Marcus Capers collected a then season-high eight rebounds, while Mike Ladd made his return after aggravating a thumb injury and missing five games.
• Head coach Ken Bone is 4-1 all-time against the Trojans and never faced USC prior to arriving at WSU.
• WSU has won 13 of the last 18 meetings with USC.
• Each of the last seven matchups with the Trojans have been decided by 10 points or less and by an average of 5.7 points.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• The Cougars suffered their second loss of the season to UCLA, falling in Los Angeles at the L.A. Sports Center, 78-46, Thursday, March 1.
• WSU is 14-15 on the season and 6-11 in Pac-12 play, tied with Oregon State for eighth place in the Pac-12...the Cougars are on pace to play in the No. 8 vs. No. 9 game, Wednesday, March 7 at noon.
• The Cougars have played 11 of their last 18 games away from Pullman, including `home' games in Seattle (Pepperdine, Dec. 22) and Spokane (Oregon, Dec. 29 and Oregon State, Dec. 31).
• WSU is 3-8 in road games, 10-4 in home games (including a 1-1 mark in games at Spokane and a 9-3 mark at Beasley Coliseum) and 1-3 in neutral-site games.
• Junior Brock Motum leads the team and ranks second in the Pac-12 with 17.8 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 27 of the team's 29 games.
• Motum also ranks seventh in the league and 32nd in the nation in field goal percentage (.548/183-for-334) and sixth in rebounding in the league with 6.6 rebounds a game. • The junior is the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-11 in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding.
• Motum is first in the conference in league games only with 20.3 points per game and ranks sixth with 6.8 rebounds per Pac-12 outing...he is also ranked 10th in league field goal percentage with a .543 (119-for-219) clip.
• Freshman DaVonté Lacy has started 22 games for the Cougars and is fourth on the team with 9.0 points per game.
• He ranks 11th in conference with 1.7 3-pointers made per game.
• Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick played his first game this season Dec. 18 after missing the first 10 with a foot injury...he's made at least two 3-pointers in eight of WSU's last 11 games.
• He got his first start Jan. 26 at Arizona and has started every game since.
• Redshirt junior Mike Ladd missed WSU's games against UC Riverside, Grambling State, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Santa Clara with a sprained thumb...he then missed the games at Washington and at home against Stanford and Cal and at Arizona and Arizona State.
• Ladd also missed WSU's game at home against Arizona State after suffering a concussion in the previous game against Arizona Feb. 16.
• Faisal Aden missed the Cougars' games against Eastern Washington, Idaho and Santa Clara with a concussion...he left the Arizona game in the first half with a left knee injury and did not play against Arizona State...he will miss the remainder of the season with after suffering a left ACL tear.
CAPERS TIES RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED:
• Senior Marcus Capers played his 127th career game Thursday at UCLA, tying the school record originally set by George Hamilton in 1945 and 47-49.
• Given Capers plays in the team's final regular-season game this Saturday against USC, it will be his record-setting 128th game.
• Additionally, the Cougars will have at least one game in the Pac-12 Tournament, allowing Capers to extend his record to 129 career games played.
MOORE OF THE SAME:
• Reggie Moore has finished in the top-nine in the league in assists per game over his first two seasons (ninth last season, fifth as a freshman in 2009-10).
• This season Moore leads the league with 5.4 assists per game (38th in the country)...he's adding a team third-best 9.2 points per game.
• He is also fourth in the league with a 2.2 assist/turnover ratio which ranks 58th nationally.
• Moore has now moved into the WSU single-season top-10 for assists...he is currently tied with Kyle Weaver for third with 157 assists...next on the list is Taylor Rochestie with 165 assists in a single season.
• Moore previously was tied for the 10th spot with Marcus Moore (2002) after dishing out 131 assists as a freshman in 2009-10).
• Moore started the season ranked 18th in the WSU record books for career assists with 226...he currently has moved into sixth with 383 assists, surpassing Taylor Rochestie (381)...Marcus Moore is next on the list with 423 career assists.
• The Cougar season record for assists average is 6.9 apg accomplished by Donminic Elllison during the 1994-95 season...he also holds the second spot with 5.6 per game during the 1995-96 season.
• If Moore continues his 5.4 assists per game average this season, he will finish third in WSU history for single season average.
• WSU suffered its second-straight loss, falling at the hands of UCLA, 46-78 at the L.A. Sports Arena, March 1.
• Brock Motum led WSU with 18 points and eight rebounds...he has scored in double figures in 26 of WSU's 28 games this season.
• Marcus Capers tied the WSU career record for games played with his 127th game played...the record was set by George Hamilton in 1949.
• WSU scored its fewest first-half points this season with 19 in the first half...previous low was 23 at Utah...ties lowest in a half this season, also had 19 in the second half against Oklahoma (Nov. 24).
• The Cougars faced their second-largest halftime deficit of the season trailing by 19, 38-19.
• WSU's 32-point loss marked its first 30-point loss since falling by 31 to Wichita State in the NIT Semifinal, March 29, 2011.
• WSU's 46 points are its fewest since scoring 44 against Wichita State in that NIT Semifinal.
COUGS SHINE OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT:
• Washington State's final regular-season games against USC will not be televised, which according to the statistics, is a good sign for the Cougars.
• The Cougars are 3-12 in televised games this season after going 10-11 each of the previous two seasons.
• WSU is 11-4 when not televised, including 4-3 in Pac-12 play.
HOME SWEET HOME:
• The Cougars returned to Beasley Coliseum Jan. 19 for the first time since defeating Western Oregon, 66-42, on their home court, Sunday, Dec. 18.
• During that stretch WSU played six games, three of them `home' games...it hosted Pepperdine in Seattle in the Cougar Hardwood Classic Dec. 22 and Oregon and Oregon State at Spokane Arena Dec. 29 and 31, respectively.
• The Cougars went 2-4 in those games, winning two of their first three.
• Ironically WSU donned its crimson uniforms just once during the six games and month away from Pullman...at Colorado Jan. 7.
• The Cougars wore white at Utah Jan. 5, as the Utes were having a `Blackout' and their new gray uniforms at Washington Jan. 15.
• WSU is 11-8 in its white uniforms this season.
• WSU is 9-3 at Beasley Coliseum this season and had won its last 11 games there dating back to last season prior to falling to UCLA Feb. 4.
WSU HONORS SENIORS AT FINAL HOME GAME:
• The Cougars' played in their final regular-season home game against the Washington Huskies Feb. 25, suffering a 55-59 loss.
• Prior to tip off of the game, WSU recognized the seniors on the team for their commitment to the program.
• Included in the ceremony were Faisal Aden, Marcus Capers, Charlie Enquist, and Abe Lodwick.
• In addition, WSU has the tradition of recognizing the services of senior team managers, which this year included team managers Blake Jones, Alex Schilter and Neil Stover.
COUGARS RAISE MONEY FOR RYPIEN FOUNDATION:
• The Washington State men's basketball team showed its support in the fight against cancer at its home basketball game Saturday, Feb. 4 against UCLA as the WSU staff wore sneakers with their suits to support Coaches vs. Cancer.
• In addition to their work with the American Cancer Society, the Cougars worked closely with the Rypien Foundation to raise money and awareness.
• The Rypien Foundation was established by Cougar football great Mark Rypien who was the quarterback at Washington State from 1981-1985 and ranks sixth in both total offensive yards (5,101) and pass yards (4,573) in the WSU record book.
• As of Monday, WSU Athletics had raised $1,650.83 for the Rypien Foundation by `Passing the Shoe.'
• Each year the NABC has a nationwide campaign, Suits and Sneakers, which this season took place the week of January 22-29.
• The Cougar coaching staff wore sneakers with its suits at the WSU game Saturday, Jan. 28 at Arizona State to support the campaign.
ADEN OUT FOR THE SEASON:
• Senior Faisal Aden suffered a left Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear in the first half of the team's game at Arizona, Thursday, Jan. 28 in Tucson, Ariz.
• He will miss the remainder of the season.
• Aden was averaging a team second-best 14.5 points a game (ninth in the Pac-12), while shooting a league-best .894 (42-for-47) from the free throw line.
• Fresh off being named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 16-22, he tallied six points and grabbed two rebounds in 11 minutes of action in the game against the Wildcats.
• He missed three games earlier this season with a concussion.
WASHINGTON STATE GETS 1,500TH WIN:
• With the win at Idaho Dec. 7, Washington State notched its 1,500th win in its 109 years of existence.
• The Cougars are now 1,509-1,381 all-time for a .523 win percentage.
MOTUM & ADEN EARN PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS:
• Faisal Aden was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 16-22.
• Aden led the Cougars to two victories that week, an 81-69 win against conference-leading Stanford (Jan. 19) and a 77-75 thriller over California (Jan. 21).
• Aden averaged 28.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game over the two-game span and added two assists and two steals. He shot .655 (19-for-29) from the field and .950 (19-for-20) from the free throw line.
• In addition to being names Pac-12 Player of the Week, Aden was also honored as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week.
• This marks the first time a Washington State student-athlete has been honored as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week as Aden is the only Pac-12 player to earn the award this season.
• Brock Motum was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 5-12.
• Motum led the Cougars to two victories that week, a 66-64 win at Idaho Wednesday (Dec. 7) and a 93-55 win over Santa Clara Sunday (Dec. 11).
• This is the first honor for both Aden and Motum...Motum became the first Cougar not named Klay Thompson to earn conference player of the week since Taylor Rochestie picked up the honor, Feb. 23, 2009.
• Motum is the first forward to pick up the accolades since Daven Harmeling, Feb. 4, 2007.
• The two honors mark Washington State's 24th and 25th all-time Player of the Week accolades.
Ken Bone IN HIS THIRD SEASON:
• WSU head coach Ken Bone holds a 52-43 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, 16 more than Dick Bennett(2003-06, 36-49) and 21 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
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.