WSU HITS THE ROAD TO TAKE ON STANFORD AND CALIFORNIA: Washington State University men's basketball (9-5, 0-1) will head back to the Bay Area after a one-year hiatus, to take on Stanford (9-6, 0-2), Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion at Stanford, Calif. Three days later, WSU will face California (9-5, 1-1), Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. at Haas Pavilion at Berkeley, Calif.
The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks, as Ted Robinson and Ernie Kent 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. CARDINAL:
Wednesday marks the 129th meeting between Washington State and Stanford, with the Cardinal holding a 69-59 advantage in the series.
WSU trails the series 39-22 on the road, and 4-1 at neutral sites, but leads 36-26 at home.
This marks the second season WSU and Stanford will face each other just once, due to the expansion of the Pac-12.
Prior to last season, the two teams had split the series each of the previous three seasons.
The last time WSU faced Stanford at Stanford (Jan. 15, 2011), it snapped a five-game road losing streak to the Cardinal, which dated back to Jan. 26, 2006.
Last season the Cougars won the only meeting, taking an 81-69 victory over the then-conference leader at Pullman's Beasley Coliseum Jan. 19, 2012.
Faisal Aden scored a career-high 33 points...it marked his third 20-point game of the season and the ninth of his career and the first 30-point game of his career.
Aden became the first Cougar not named Klay Thompson to reach the 30-point plateau since Taylor Rochestie scored 33 against UCLA, Feb. 21, 2009.
Aden made a career-high 13 free throws while attempting 13...was perfect from the line.
Brock Motum reached double figures for the 16th time in 18 games that season....he finished with 16 points and led the team with six rebounds.
The Cougars shot a season-best .931 from the free throw line (27-for-29).
WSU defeated the first-place Cardinal to snap its three-game losing streak and Stanford's three-game winning streak.
The Cougars scored 81 points, tying for their second-most in conference play last season.
WSU came back after trailing by as many as 13 points in the second half (at the 16:56 mark).
The game marked the first in Pullman for the Cougars in over a month.
COUGARS VS. BEARS:
Saturday marks the 121st meeting between Washington State and California, with Cal leading the all-time series, 72-48.
The Bears lead 45-17 at home, while WSU leads 29-28 as the home team.
The Cougars have won the last two meetings with the Bears, both at home.
WSU has not won a game at Cal since a 70-49 victory, Feb. 28, 2008.
Last season WSU defeated its second-consecutive conference leader with a 77-75 win over California at Beasley Coliseum, Jan. 21, 2012.
Then-freshman DaVonté Lacy hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 17 seconds to go in the game...he finished with 14 points.
Faisal Aden led WSU with 24 points and was eventually named Pac-12 Player of the Week.
Abe Lodwick made a then-career-high four 3-pointers (4-for-7)...he finished with a then-season-high 12 points, one shy of his then-career high of 13 done against Portland State, Dec. 19, 2009.
Motum had his second double-double of the season and his career adding a game-high 10 rebounds to his 15 points.
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 and are now 9-5 overall and 0-1 in Pac-12 action.
WSU is 7-2 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 losses: No. 10 Gonzaga - Dec. 5 and Washington - Jan. 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).
Four of WSU's five losses have come by 5 points or less and a total of 10 points...those include a 2-point loss to No. 10 Gonzaga.
Brock Motum leads the team with 19.4 points per game and 6.9 rebounds...he's scored at least 14 points in all 14 games this season.
Motum ranks third in the conference and 29th in the nation in scoring and has 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 11.6 points in nine games.
After leading WSU with 16 points against UW, Mike Ladd is third on the team with 9.4 points per game...the 6-5 guard is adding a team third-best 5.6 rebounds a game.
Dexter Kernich-Drew is adding 7.6 points per game, Royce Woolridge 6.7 points, and D.J. Shelton 5.3 points and a team second-best 6.0 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)...he scored a career-high 9 points against Washington (Jan. 5).
Mike Ladd had a WSU-high 16 points...he's scored 15 or more points in 3 of the last 5 games.
Will DiIorio made a career-high 3 3-pointers...he previously had made just one career 3-pointer in his 2 and a half year-WSU career...was 1-for-2 from 3-point in his career coming into the game, was 3-for-4 in Saturday's game.
DiIorio finished with a career-high 9 points...his previous high of 7 points came against Sacramento State, Nov. 30, 2010.
Brock Motum finished with 15 points, 11 of them in the second half.
WSU lost its conference opener for the fourth-straight season and seventh time in 8 seasons...the Cougars drop to 16-29 in conference openers since the formation of the Pacific-8 Conference prior to the 1968-69 season.
The Cougars have lost the last four meetings with the Huskies.
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 1,204 points, Motum holds the 17th best career scoring mark in WSU history...he is 18 points away from Ron Bennink in 16th with 1,222 points.