AFTER A MONTH'S ABSENCE, WSU RETURNS TO PULLMAN TO FACE BAY AREA SCHOOLS: Washington State University men's basketball (9-8, 1-4) returns to Pullman for the first time in over a month to host the two Pac-12 leaders, Stanford (15-3, 5-1) Thursday at 7:05 p.m. and California (15-4, 5-1) Saturday at 3:05 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum. The game can be heard on the Cougar Radio Network with Bud Nameck's call and can be followed via Gametracker at www.wsucougars.com.
WSU AGAINST STANFORD:
The Cougars trail the all-time series 69-58 to Stanford, but lead the series 35-26 in Pullman.
The Cougars trail the series 39-22 at Stanford, while holding a 1-4 record in neutral-site matchups.
Last season the Cougars split the two-game series with the Cardinal, as both teams won on the road.
In the first meeting last year WSU traveled to Stanford Jan. 15 and posted a three-point victory on the road, 61-58, snapping Stanford's unbeaten streak at home for the season.
WSU snapped a five game losing streak at Stanford, notching its first win at Maples Pavilion since 2005.
In the second matchup the Cardinal traveled to Beasley Coliseum Feb. 10 to face the Cougars, shooting 9-of-16 from behind the 3-point line to win 75-62 in Pullman.
Three of the last four matchups against the Cardinal have been decided by four points or less and nine of the last 12 games have been decided by single digits.
Head coach Ken Bone is 2-2 all-time against Stanford and never face the Cardinal prior to coaching at WSU.
The Cougars and Cardinal will play just once this regular season as a result of the Pac-12 expansion.
WSU AGAINST CALIFORNIA:
WSU holds a 47-72 record in the all-time series against the Golden Bears.
The series is tied 28-28 at Pullman, Wash., but the Cougars trail the series 45-17 at California...WSU leads the series 1-0 in neutral site matchups.
Last season WSU split the two-game series with the Golden Bears, as both teams won at home.
In the first matchup last year the Cougars traveled to Berkeley, Calif. Jan. 13, falling to the Golden Bears 88-81 in overtime.
In the second meeting between the two schools, WSU posted a 75-71 victory over California in Pullman, Wash. Feb. 12...five Cougars scored in double figures against the Golden Bears.
Head coach Ken Bone is 1-3 all-time against California and had never faced the Golden Bears prior to coaching at WSU.
The Cougars and Golden Bears will play just once this regular season as a result of the Pac-12 expansion.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Washington State is 9-8 on the season and 1-4 in Pac-12 play, having played its last six games away from Pullman, including `home' games in Seattle (Pepperdine, Dec. 22) and Spokane (Oregon, Dec. 29 and Oregon State, Dec. 31).
The Cougars fell to Oregon in Spokane, at Utah, at Colorado and at Washington in Pac-12 play, picking up their lone win over Oregon State in Spokane in the second game of conference play Dec. 31.
WSU is 2-4 in away games, 6-1 in home games (including a 1-1 mark in games at Spokane) and 1-3 in neutral-site games.
Junior Brock Motum leads the team and ranks sixth in the Pac-12 with 15.4 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 15 of the team's 17 games and reached 20 points in two of the last four games.
Motum also ranks fifth in the league and 34th in the nation in field goal percentage (.561/96-for-171) and 13th in rebounding in the league with 6.1 rebounds a game.
The junior is the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-eight in both scoring and field goal percentage.
Motum ranks second in the conference in league games only with 18.2 points per game and ranks 15th with 5.4 rebounds per Pac-12 outing...he's also seventh in league field goal percentage with a .571 (32-for-56) clip.
Despite missing three games this season with a concussion, senior Faisal Aden is second on the team and ranks 15th in the conference with 13.1 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 11 of the 14 games he's played in.
Aden also leads the team and is ninth in the conference with 1.4 steals per game.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has started 11 games for the Cougars and is third on the team with 9.8 points per game.
He ranks 13th in the league with a .765 free throw percentage (39-for-51)...he's also 11th in conference with 1.8 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.
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 game at Washington after aggravating his thumb injury.
Faisal Aden missed the Cougars' games against Eastern Washington, Idaho and Santa Clara with a concussion.
HOME SWEET HOME:
The Cougars return to Beasley Coliseum for the first time since defeating Western Oregon, 66-42, on their home court, Sunday, Dec. 18.
Since then WSU has 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 7-5 in its white uniforms this season.
THE DIFFERENCE FOUR YEARS MAKES FOR ENQUIST:
In his first four seasons with the Cougars (he redshirted in 2007-08), Charlie Enquist scored a combined 50 points, grabbed 63 rebounds, and played a total of 331 minutes.
This season as a redshirt senior, Enquist already has 95 points, 82 rebounds and 310 minutes played in just 17 games this season.
Enquist is shooting .692 (36-for-52) from the field and .767 (23-for-30) from the free throw line...he has made 16 of his last 26 shots and 14 of his last 17 free throws.
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 (33rd in the country)...he's adding a team fourth-best 9.2 points per game.
Moore started the season ranked 18th in the WSU record books for career assists with 226...he currently has moved up to ninth with 320 career assists, four away from Blake Pengelly in eighth with 324.
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 for single season average in WSU history.
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 1,504-1,374 all-time for a .523 win percentage.
The Cougars fell at Washington in front of a sold out crowd, 75-65, Sunday, Jan. 15.
Three Cougars finished in double figures as Faisal Aden led the way with 18...Brock Motum added 17 and DaVonté Lacy with 10.
Aden led the team in scoring for the fifth time this season...he or Motum have led the team in scoring in 12 of the games.
Aden tied his career high with seven rebounds...second time this season, had seven at Gonzaga in season opener.
WSU led 31-25 at halftime...have led at the half five of the last six games...WSU is 2-3 in those games when leading at the half.
Lacy completed WSU's second four-point play of the season...Dexter Kernich-Drew had the first one.
MOTUM NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
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 Motum, who becomes 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.
It marks Washington State's 24th all-time Player of the Week.
Ken Bone IN HIS THIRD SEASON:
WSU head coach Ken Bone holds a 47-36 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, 11 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 16 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
Senior Marcus Capers has played 115 games in his WSU career, while the school record is 127 games played set by George Hamilton in 1945 and 47-49.
Given Capers plays in all the team's games this season, he will play in his 127th game March 1 at UCLA and his record-setting 128th game in WSU's regular season finale, March 3 at USC.
COUGARS PICKED TIED FOR 10TH IN PRESEASON PAC-12 POLL:
Washington State was picked to tie with Colorado for 10th place (119 points) in the inaugural Pac-12 preseason media poll released by the league at the conference's media day in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 28.
The poll had UCLA finishing first with 14 of the 38 first-place votes and 421 points.
California was chosen second with 13 first-place votes and 405 points, followed closely by Arizona with 11 first-place votes and 404 overall points. Washington (fourth, 355), Oregon (fifth, 282), Stanford (sixth, 255), USC (seventh, 194), Oregon State (eighth, 188), Arizona State (ninth, 148), Colorado (t-10th, 119 points) and Utah (12th, 74) rounded out the poll.
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.
COUGARS RETURN THREE STARTERS; FIVE OF TOP SEVEN SCORERS:
WSU welcomes back three starters and seven letterwinners from the Cougars' 2010-11 team.
Marcus Capers, Abe Lodwick, and Reggie Moore appeared in the starting lineup during the majority of last season, en route to a 22-13 finish and a semifinal appearance in the NIT.
Senior Faisal Aden, who started nine games as a junior, is the team's returning scorer after averaging 12.7 points per game in his first year with the squad.
Moore was fourth on the team with 9.1 points per game, including 10.1 in conference play.
WASHINGTON STATE ATHLETICS' REBRANDING:
Updates to the basketball practice facility were completed this summer as part of WSU Athletics' branding master plan.
The gym, located in the P.E. Building between Bohler Gym and Smith Gym, is now easily recognizable with the WSU logo painted on one set of doors and Cougars on the other.
Paint, including the WSU fight song, and photos were also added, along with changes to reflect the newly formed Pac-12.