COUGARS OPEN PAC-12 PLAY HOSTING HUSKIES IN THE 275TH MEETING BETWEEN THE TWO TEAMS: Washington State Universitiy men's basketball (9-4) and Washington (8-5) will hit the hardwood for the 275th time in the two schools' histories as the Cougars host the Huskies, Saturday, Jan. 5 at 6:40 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum in both teams' conference openers.
The game can be seen live on ESPNU, as Dave Fleming and Sean Farnham have the call.
Bud Nameck, in this 20th year with Cougar Basketball, will have all the action on the Cougar IMG Radio Network.
Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men's basketball.
COUGARS VS. HUSKIES:
Saturday marks the 275th all-time meeting between Washington State and Washington, as UW holds a 174-100 advantage in the series.
The Cougars trail the series, 72-62, at home, including a 1-0 mark in Spokane.
The Huskies lead at Seattle, 100-35 and the series is tied at 2-2 in neutral-site matchups.
UW has won the last three meetings and seven of the last nine, while WSU is 1-3 in the last four contests between the two teams at Pullman.
The Huskies swept the season series lat year with a 75-65 victory at Seattle, Jan. 15, and a 59-55 win at Pullman.
In the first meeting last season, Washington trailed half way into the first half, but used a 26-6 run to take the 75-65 victory at Alaska Airlines Arena Jan. 15, 2012.
Faisal Aden led WSU with 18 points, followed by Brock Motum with 17 and DaVonté Lacy with 10 points.
Reggie Moore dished out 8 assists in the game, while Aden led the team with 7 rebounds.
In the second meeting, Feb. 25, 2012, UW overcame a 13-point deficit with 11 minutes to go in the game, for the 59-55 victory.
Motum led the Cougs with 17 points, while senior Marcus Capers chipped in 14 points on `Senior Night'.
WSU IN CONFERENCE OPENERS:
Since the Pacific-8 formed prior to the 1968-69 season, Washington State has compiled a 16-28 record in conference openers.
The Cougars were 5-5 in Pac-8 openers, 11-22 in Pac-10 openers and are 0-1 in Pac-12 openers.
WSU is 14-12 at home in conference openers since1968-69, but hasn't won a conference opener in Pullman since Jan. 5, 1995, a victory over No. 17 California (have lost the last four).
WSU is 3-5 against UW in Pac-8/10/12 openers and 1-2 when it is played at Pullman.
The Cougars' last win against the Huskies in a conference opener came the same date as this season's game, Jan. 5, that time in 2008, at Seattle.
WSU fell in the Pac-10 opener against UW the next season, Jan. 3, 2009, at Pullman.
Ken Bone GETS 400TH CAREER WIN:
With WSU's win over Buffalo, Dec. 21, fourth-year head coach Ken Bone got his 400th career win as a head coach.
He has 66 wins at WSU, had 77 in four years at Portland State, 253 victories in 12 seasons as head coach at Division II Seattle Pacific and 5 wins at Division III Cal State Stanislaus...he's in his 21st season as a head coach.
Bone has 143 career wins in his seventh season as a Division I head coach.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
The Cougars finished their nonconference season with a 9-4 mark, winning seven of their last eight games and their final four.
WSU is 7-1 at home (wins: Eastern Washington - Nov. 10, Utah Valley - Nov. 14, Arkansas-Pine Bluff - Nov. 24, Idaho - Nov. 28, Portland - Dec. 5, Fresno State - Dec. 9 and Jackson State - Dec. 13, and loss: No. 10 Gonzaga - Dec. 5), 0-1 on the road (at Pepperdine - Nov. 16) and 2-2 at neutral-sites (losses vs. No. 12 Kansas - Nov. 19 and vs. Texas A&M - Nov. 20, both at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Kan. and victories over Buffalo in the Cougar Hardwood Classic at Seattle's KeyArena - Dec. 21 and over Idaho State at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash. - Dec. 29).
Three of WSU's four losses have come by 2 points or less and a total of five points...those include a 2-point loss to No. 10 Gonzaga.
Brock Motum leads the team with 19.7 points per game and 7.0 rebounds...he's scored at least 14 points in all 13 games this season.
Motum ranks second in the conference and 22nd in the nation in scoring and has scored 23 or more points in five of the last seven games...he's reached double figures in every game this season.
After missing four games due to a knee injury suffered in the first five minutes against Kansas, Nov. 19, DaVonté Lacy is now averaging 11.8 points in nine games.
After scoring 17 points against Idaho State Dec. 29, Mike Ladd is third on the team with 8.9 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team third-best 5.5 rebounds a game.
Dexter Kernich-Drew is adding 7.5 points per game, Royce Woolridge 7.0 points, and D.J. Shelton 5.5 points and a team second-best 5.8 rebounds a game.
Will DiIorio played against Buffalo (Dec. 21) and Idaho State (Dec. 29) after missing two games due to a sprained ankle suffered against Gonzaga (Dec. 5).
The Cougars got their largest margin victory of the season as they defeated the Bengals of Idaho State, 74-39, Saturday, Dec. 29 in a neutral-site game at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash.
Mike Ladd tied the game high with 17 points...he scored WSU's first 8 points and finished with 13 in the first half.
Ladd was just 2 points shy of his WSU career high of 19 accomplished against Fresno State this season and was 1 rebound shy of a double-double with 9.
Brock Motum added 17 points and has scored at least 14 points in all 13 games this season.
Ladd and Motum combined for 34 points, just 5 shy of Idaho State's total.
DaVonté Lacy added 16 points in 33 minutes.
Royce Woolridge had 6 assists, he's dished out 13 assists in the last two games.
Freshman Brett Boese scored a career-high 6 points on 2-for-2 shooting from 3-point range...his 6 points came in just 6 minutes.
Kennewick-native, Bryce Leavitt played 7 minutes in front of his hometown crowd, scoring a first-half bucket.
The 35-point deficit marks WSU's largest win of the season...its previous largest was a 28-point victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Nov. 24.
Idaho State went just 1-for-9 from the free throw line for a .111 clip.
The Cougars are 37-12 (.755) in nonconference action in four seasons under Ken Bone.
WSU concludes nonconference play at 9-4...opens Pac-12 action Saturday, Jan. 5 against Washington at Pullman's Beasley Coliseum.
MOTUM NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
For the second time in his career, Brock Motum was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 3-9.
Motum led the Cougars with 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game as WSU fell to No. 10 Gonzaga, 71-69, Dec. 5, and defeated Fresno State, 59-50, Dec. 9.
He shot .552 (16-for-29) from the field, including a .700 clip (7-for-10) from 3-point range.
Against Gonzaga, Motum had 23 points and made a career-high 5 3-pointers, going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc...he tied his career high with 3 blocked shots.
He also scored 23 points against Fresno State, adding a team-high 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
Motum's honor is the 26th Player of the Week nod in WSU history as he became the sixth Cougar to earn the award multiple times in his career (also earned it Dec. 12, 2011).
MOTUM SCORES 1,000TH POINT:
Brock Motum became the 33rd Washington State men's basketball student-athlete to score 1,000 career points with 14 points against Kansas, Monday, Nov. 19.
He is the third Cougar in the last four seasons to reach 1,000 career-points...Klay Thompson scored his 1,000th point during the 2009-10 season and Reggie Moore reached 1,000 points in the Cougs second-to-last game of the 2011-12 season.
With 1,189 points, Motum holds the 17th best career scoring mark in WSU history...he is 33 points away from Ron Bennink in 16th with 1,222 points.