COUGARS RETURN TO PULLMAN FOR FINAL HOMESTAND: The Washington State University men's basketball team (13-12, 5-8) returns to Beasley Coliseum this weekend for a three-game home series. The Cougars will first face Arizona (18-8, 9-4) Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in a nationally televised event on FSN. Following the game Thursday, WSU welcomes Arizona State (8-14, 4-9) to Pullman, Saturday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. in a televised event on ROOT Sports NW. The following weekend WSU will take on Washington in their final home game of the season. Arizona is currently in a three-way tie for third in the Pac-12, while WSU is tied with Oregon State for eighth. Both games this weekend can be heard on the Cougar Radio Network with Bud Nameck's call. 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 ARIZONA:
WSU holds a 16-54* record in the all-time series against the Wildcats (*record is 52-16 to reflect Arizona wins vacated in 2007-08).
Arizona leads the series 25-8 in Pullman, while holding a 27-8 lead in Tucson.
In neutral site matchups the Cougars are 0-2 against Arizona.
Earlier in the season the Cougars fell to the Wildcats in Tucson, 85-61.
Senior Brock Motum made a career-high 10 free throws, shooting a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line.
He was the only Cougar in double figures, finishing with 18 points.
Faisal Aden left the game in the first half with a left ACL tear that has forced him to miss the remainder of the season.
Arizona's .577 (15-for-26) 3-point percentage is the highest by a WSU opponent this season... the previous high was .563 (9-for-16) by Oregon, Dec. 29.
Arizona's 15 3-pointers made are a season-high.
by a Cougar opponent...the previous high was 13 by Gonzaga in the season opener.
WSU has dropped four of its last five games at Arizona.
Head coach Ken Bone is 2-3 all-time against Arizona and had never faced the Wildcats prior to coaching at WSU.
The Cougars have won three of their last five matchups against the Wildcats in Pullman...the last time WSU beat Arizona at Beasley Coliseum, was Feb. 6, 2010, as they won 78-60.
WSU AGAINST ARIZONA STATE:
The Cougars hold a 34-36 record in the all-time series against Arizona State.
WSU leads the series at Pullman, 21-12, but trails at Tempe, Ariz. 13-23...the Sun Devils lead the series 1-0 in neutral site matchups.
The Cougars suffered their second-straight loss to Arizona State earlier this season in Tempe, Ariz., falling 71-67.
Brock Motum scored a career-high 34 points...this marked the first time in his career that Motum reached the 30-point plateau.
Motum made a career-high 13 field goals after attempting a career-high 19...he also went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Motum's 34 points are the most by a Cougar not named Klay Thompson since Derrick Low scored 37 against Oregon, Jan. 27, 2007.
Head coach Ken Bone is 2-4 all-time against the Sun Devils and 1-4 as the Cougars' head coach...he played and defeated Arizona State once prior to coming to arriving at WSU.
The Cougars have won seven of their last eight matchups with the Sun Devils in Pullman, and have outscored them 517-453 in those games.
In those eight games, WSU has held Arizona State to less than 50 points three times.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Washington State suffered its second loss to Oregon this season, 78-69, in Eugene Saturday, Feb. 11, but not before WSU secured its first season sweep of a Pac-12 school and its first conference road victory defeating Oregon State, 83-73, Thursday, Feb. 9 at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.
WSU is 13-12 on the season and 5-8 in Pac-12 play, tied with Oregon State for eighth place.
The Cougars have played nine of their last 14 games away from Pullman, including `home' games in Seattle (Pepperdine, Dec. 22) and Spokane (Oregon, Dec. 29 and Oregon State, Dec. 31).
WSU is 3-7 in road games, 9-2 in home games (including a 1-1 mark in games at Spokane and a 8-1 mark at Beasley Coliseum) and 1-3 in neutral-site games.
The Cougars just picked up their first Pac-12 road win and hold a 1-6 mark on the road in conference play.
Junior Brock Motum leads the team and ranks second in the Pac-12 with 17.4 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 23 of the team's 25 games and has reached the 20-point plateau in four of the last five games.
Motum also ranks fourth in the league and 24th in the nation in field goal percentage (.567/157-for-277) and sixth in rebounding in the league with 6.8 rebounds a game.
The junior is the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-seven in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding.
Motum is second in the conference in league games only with 20.5 points per game and is fifth with 7.2 rebounds per Pac-12 outing...he is also ranked sixth in league field goal percentage with a .574 (93-for-162) clip.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has started 19 games for the Cougars and is third on the team with 9.3 points per game.
He ranks 14th in the league with a .769 free throw percentage (50-for-65)...he's also tied for 10th 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...he's made at least two 3-pointers in six of the last seven 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 home against Stanford and Cal and at Arizona and Arizona State after aggravating his thumb injury.
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.
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 5.7 assists per game (30th in the country)...he's adding a team fourth-best 9.2 points per game.
He is also second in the league with a 2.2 assist/turnover ratio which ranks 49th nationally.
Moore has now moved into the WSU single-season top-10 for assists...he is currently in eighth with 143 assists.
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 eighth with 369 assists, surpassing Blake Pengelly (324 assists)...Marty Giovacchini is next on the list with 371 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 5.7 assists per game average this season, he will finish second for single season average in WSU history.
WSU fell at Oregon, 78-69, Saturday, Feb. 11 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.
Mike Ladd finished with 13 points...he tied his WSU personal-best of 13 which he did in his debut at Gonzaga (Nov. 14)...has reached double-figures in two of the last three games.
Reggie Moore had six assists and moved into sole possession of eighth place on the WSU single-season assists list...he now has 143, just two away from Brad Jackson in seventh (1974).
Moore added 12 points...has scored in double-figures in the last three games, tying his longest consecutive double-figures game streak this season.
Brock Motum tied his career-high with five assists...he finished with 17 points and has scored in double-figures in 23 of the team's 25 games.
Abe Lodwick hit two 3-pointers and finished with six points...he has made at least two 3-pointers in each of the last four games and six of the last seven.
Marcus Capers scored eight of his nine points in the first half.
WSU shot .500 (27-for-54) from the field...has shot at least .500 from the field in each of the last two games.
Oregon shot .553 from the field (26-for-47) and .550 from 3-point (11-for-20)...shot above .500 from both the field and 3-point in both games against the Cougars this season.
COUGS SHINE OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT:
Both of Washington State's games this weekend will be televised, which according to the statistics, is not a good sign for the Cougars.
The Cougars are 2-9 in televised games this season after going 10-11 each of the previous two seasons.
WSU is 11-3 when not televised, including 4-2 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 11-6 in its white uniforms this season.
WSU is 8-1 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.
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.
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
Senior Marcus Capers has played 123 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.
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 1,508-1,378 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 51-40 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, 15 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 20 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.