COUGARS HOST HUSKIES IN FINAL HOME GAME:
The Washington State University men's basketball team (14-13, 6-9) welcomes its cross-state rival Washington (19-8, 12-3) to Pullman, Saturday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. for the Cougars' final regular-season home game. WSU looks to finish the season strong after posting a 22-point win over Arizona State Saturday, Feb. 18. Washington is currently tied for first in the Pac-12 with California, while WSU sits at eighth. Saturday's game is the final regular season home game for the Cougars as the seniors on the team will be honored prior to the start of the game. Saturday's game will be televised regionally on ROOT Sports NW and can also 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 WASHINGTON:
The Cougars trail the all-time series 100-173 to Washington and hold a 35-100 record at UW.
The Cougars trail the series 71-62 at home, but have won four of the last six meetings in Pullman...the series is tied 2-2 in neutral-site matchups.
WSU faced the Huskies once early this season as the two teams met in Seattle for the first game of the two-game series.
The Cougars took a 31-25 halftime lead, but were unable to hold Washington back as WSU allowed a season-high 50 points in the second half to give themselves a 75-65 victory.
WSU averaged 85.3 points per game in the three games last season after averaging just 56.0 points per game in the four previous games in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
Head coach Ken Bone is 2-7 all-time against Washington and 2-4 as the Cougars' head coach against the Huskies.
Three of the last four matchups at Beasley Coliseum have been decided by seven points or less, including a double-overtime victory over the Huskies March 8, 2008.
Bone served as an assistant coach on UW head coach Lorenzo Romar's staff from 2002-05...assistant Cougar coach Curtis Allen played at Washington from 2000-04.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
After suffering a close loss to Arizona, Feb.16, WSU bounced back with a 72-50 victory over Arizona State Saturday, holding the Sun Devils to a season-low eight first-half points.
WSU is 14-13 on the season and 6-9 in Pac-12 play, holding eighth place in the conference standings.
The Cougars have played 10 of their last 16 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, 10-3 in home games (including a 1-1 mark in games at Spokane and an 9-2 mark at Beasley Coliseum) and 1-3 in neutral-site games.
With the win over Arizona State Saturday, the Cougars have notched nine wins this season at Beasley Coliseum...WSU is 4-2 in Pac-12 conference games played at Beasley Coliseum, their only two losses coming at the hands of UCLA, Feb. 4 and Arizona, Feb. 16.
Junior Brock Motum leads the team and ranks second in the Pac-12 with 17.8 points per game...he's scored in double figures in 25 of the team's 27 games and has reached the 20-point plateau in five of the last seven games.
Motum also ranks fourth in the league and 23rd in the nation in field goal percentage (.567/170-for-300) and sixth in rebounding in the league with 6.5 rebounds a game.
The junior is the only player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top-nine in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding.
Motum is first in the conference in league games only with 20.7 points per game and ranks sixth with 6.6 rebounds per Pac-12 outing...he is also ranked sixth in league field goal percentage with a .573 (106-for-185) clip.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has started 21 games for the Cougars and is fourth on the team with 9.3 points per game.
He is 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 WSU's last six games and eight of the last nine 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 at home against Stanford and Cal and at Arizona and Arizona State.
Ladd also missed WSU's game at home against Arizona State after suffering a concussion in the previous game against Arizona Feb. 16.
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 5.6 assists per game (38th in the country)...he's adding a team third-best 9.6 points per game.
He is also fourth in the league with a 2.3 assist/turnover ratio which ranks 42nd nationally.
Moore has now moved into the WSU single-season top-10 for assists...he is currently tied with Taylor Rochestie for sixth with 150 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 seventh with 376 assists, surpassing Marty Giovacchini (371 assists)...Taylor Rochestie is next on the list with 381 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 5.6 assists per game average this season, he will tie Elllison for second in single season average in WSU history.
WSU posted a resounding win over Arizona State, 72-50, Saturday, Feb. 18 at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman.
Arizona State's eight first half points are the fewest by a WSU opponent in a half in the post shot clock era...previous low was 12 by North Carolina A&T during the 2007-08 season...also fewest by Arizona State in a half.
Abe Lodwick finished with eight points on 2-for-4 from beyond the 3-point arc... he has made at least two 3-pointers in each of the last six games and eight of the last nine.
DaVonté Lacy finished with 17 points, his most since scoring 18 against Oregon State Dec. 31...his career high is 19 points scored against Oregon, Dec. 29...he led the team in scoring for just the second time of both the season and his career.
Brock Motum finished with 16 points and has scored in double figures in 25 of the 27 games this season...he has broken the 20-point plateau in five of the last seven games.
Marcus Capers had a career-high seven assists...his previous high was six done three times, last vs. Sacramento State, Nov. 30, 2010.
Capers added a team-high eight rebounds and five points...he made a season-high seven free throws, one shy of his career high...his 10 rebounds are a season high and tie his Pac-12 high done against Oregon State at home last season.
Dexter Kernich-Drew had his second four-point play of the season, the third by a Cougar this year...no WSU opponent has converted a four-point play this season.
Lodwick shot just his second and third free throws of the season...made his first free throws of the season.
Two Cougars had as many first-half points as the Sun Devils, Motum tied them with eight, Lacy had six more than the team with 14.
Reggie Moore fouled out for the second time this season and the fifth in his career (at the 4:36 mark)...tied his season high with six rebounds.
Walk-on Dave Wink made just his third appearance as a Cougar...scored his first point of his Cougar career converting one of two free throws.
The Cougars' 22-point margin of victory are their most against a Pac-12 opponent this season.
Mike Ladd did not play after suffering a concussion against Arizona Thursday...he missed the first game against WSU with a thumb injury.
COUGS SHINE OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT:
Washington State's upcoming game against Washington this Saturday will be televised on ROOT Sports NW, which according to the statistics, is not a good sign for the Cougars.
The Cougars are 3-11 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 11-7 in its white uniforms this season.
WSU is 9-2 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.
WSU TO HONOR SENIORS AT FINAL HOME GAME:
Saturday's game against the Washington Huskies marks the final regular season home game for the Cougars.
Prior to tip off of the game, WSU will recognize the seniors on the team for their commitment to the program.
Included in the ceremony will be Faisal Aden, Marcus Capers, Charlie Enquist, and Abe Lodwick.
In addition, WSU has the tradition of recognizing the services of senior team managers, which this year includes team managers Blake Jones, Alex Schilter and Neil Stover.
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 125 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 1,509-1,379 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 52-41 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, 16 more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 21 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.