Feb. 19, 2007
THIS WEEK: The No. 9 Associated Press/No. 11 ESPN/USA Today Washington State Cougars travel to play No. 23/24 Oregon (Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.) and Oregon State (Feb. 24 at 5 p.m.)...Oregon game will be carried by FOX Sports Net and will be announced by Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini...Oregon State game will be on FSN Northwest live except within a 75-mile radius of Seattle...live on FOX College Sports in Seattle area...tape delay at 10 p.m., Saturday in all areas on FSN Northwest.
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 Pacific-10 school in the post-World War II era.
ABOUT OREGON: The Ducks are 20-7 overall, 8-7 in the Pacific-10...ranked in both Associated Press (23rd) and ESPN/USA Today (24th) polls...currently tied for fifth place in the Pac-10...have lost five of last six games...all five starters are averaging double-figure scoring...led by Aaron Brooks (17.6 points per game).
SERIES WITH THE DUCKS: Oregon leads 153-116...Ducks have won last 12 meetings...Oregon has won last 11 meetings in Eugene...Ducks captured season's first meeting 77-74 in ovetime at Washington State, Jan. 27...Aaron Brooks tallied 31 points for Oregon...Cougars led 61-53 with 3:36 remaining before Ducks rallied to force overtime on two free throws by Marty Leunen with 0.5 seconds left...WSU missed three 3-pointers in the final 12 seconds that would have forced a second overtime.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Feb. 22): The Cougars are 12-16 when competing Feb. 22...in 1997, Washington State just barely edged by No. 25 California, 89-87 in Pullman...senior Carlos Daniel connected on a lay-up with 3.9 seconds remaining to give WSU the two-point victory...despite Cal's Ed Gray recording 48 points, the Cougars were able to pull off the upset...senior Isaac Fontaine led WSU with 26 points and seven boards.
ABOUT OREGON STATE: The Beavers are 10-18 overall, 2-13 in the Pacific-10 (play Washington Thursday, Feb. 22)...are 7-10 when competing at home...reside in ninth place in the conference...only conference wins have came against Arizona State (67-59, Jan. 13 and 59-55, Feb. 10)...currently coming off an 84-80 overtime loss at California...second in the Pac-10 in steals averaging 7.78 per game...Marcel Jones leads the team in scoring at 15.1 points per game, eighth in the Pac-10.
SERIES WITH THE BEAVERS: Oregon State leads 161-112...Beavers have won last eight meetings in Corvallis...Washington State defeated Oregon State 70-55 in Pullman, Jan. 25...Robbie Cowgill produced a double-double for the Cougars with 18 points and 11 rebounds...Kyle Weaver added 12 points and Ivory Clark chipped in 11 points for WSU...Sasa Cuic led Oregon State with 17 points.
THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Feb. 24): Washington State is 13-25 when competing Feb. 24...in 1977, George Raveling led his Cougars to a 55-53 victory over No. 17 Oregon...after trailing by as many as eightin the first half the Cougars rallied back behind Steve Puidokas to enter intermission with a two-point advantage, 26-24...current Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent brought the Ducks back scoring 5 points in a 7-0 Oregon run...WSU went on to hold the Ducks scoreless for the final 3:52 taking the upset.
SWEEPING THE DAWGS: Washington State completed its second straight home-and-home sweep of Washington with a 65-61 victory in Seattle, Feb. 14...also defeated the Huskies 75-47, Jan. 20 at home...first back-to-back home-and-home sweeps of Washington since 1967-68 and 1968-69 seasons.
STIFLING STANFORD: Washington State's defensive effort played a key role in the Cougars 58-45 victory over No. 25 Stanford, Feb. 8....held the Cardinal to just 28.3 percent from the field, season low for the Bay Area school...third time this season Washington State has held an opponent to under 30 percent shooting...registered school record 12 blocks...allowed only eight points over a 19 minute stretch over the first and second halves...added seven steals...over a one minute span in the first half, WSU recorded three consecutive blocks, totaling eight in the first half...first victory over Stanford in Pullman since 1995 season.
COUGARS IN THE POLLS: Washington State is currently ranked ninth in the Associated Press poll and 11th by ESPN/USA Today...both rankings are school records...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 five consecutive weeks and first time the Cougars have been ranked in six different weeks during a season.
WSU IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougars are ranked nationally in fewest turnovers (second, 10.2 per game), scoring defense (12th, 57.7 points per game), win-loss percentage (tied-14th, 84.6), field goal percentage defense (16th, 39.4), fewest personal fouls committed (22nd, 16.1 per game), blocked shots (tied-31st, 5.0 per game) and scoring margin (35th, +9.3 points per game).
COUGARS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: Washington State entered the week leading the Pac-10 in scoring defense (57.7 points per game), turnover margin (plus 4.46 per game) and assist to turnover ratio (1.41)...Cougars rank second in field goal percentage defense (39.4), blocked shots (4.96 per game), scoring margin (plus 9.3 points per game), and 3-point field goal percentage (37.9).
BOUNCING BACK AFTER A LOSS: Washington State is one of 20 teams which has not lost consecutive games this season...list includes Air Force (23-4), Akron (20-5), Appalachian State (21-6), Butler (24-4), UCLA (23-3), UCF (19-7), Creighton (18-9), Davidson (23-4), Florida (24-3), Kansas (23-4), Massachusetts (19-7), Memphis (23-3), Nevada (24-2), North Carolina (23-4), Ohio State (24-3), USC (19-7), Virginia Commonwealth (22-6), Winthrop (23-4), and Wisconsin (26-2).
GET THAT SHOT OUT OF HERE: In 2005-06, Washington State tied a school record with 130 blocks shots...this season the Cougars have registered 129 rejections (5.0 per game) through 26 outings...on pace for 154...set a school record after registering 12 blocks in the 58-45 win over then-No. 25 Stanford, Feb. 8...Ivory Clark leads the Cougars with 43 blocks.
DEFENDING THE PERIMETER: Washington State has blocked 17 shots opponents have taken beyond the arc this season...Kyle Weaver leads the team with 11 followed by Ivory Clark with five and Taylor Rochestie with one.
GOOD DEFENSE: This season, Washington State has held six opponents without a field goal for a span of at least five minutes during a game...San Diego State (scoreless for 10:03 in the second half, Dec. 21), Washington (scoreless for 8:50 in the first half, Jan. 20), Arizona (zero field goals in 6:20 during the second half, Feb. 1), Stanford (scored only eight points in a 20:07 minute span that included a 5:24 and 6:50 minute stretch where zero points were scored, Feb. 8), California (scoreless for 8:01, Feb. 10), and Washington (zero field goals from 7:07 of first half until 19:42 of second half).