WSU LOOK TO CONTINUE MOMENTUM AGAINST USC:
Washington State men's basketball (18-10, 8-8) looks to keep up the momentum after a win at rival Washington, when it hosts USC (17-12, 9-7), Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised via webcast on wsucougars.com. Saturday Washington State hosts UCLA (21-8, 12-4) at 2:30 p.m. That game will be shown live on FSN. Saturday's game is `Senior Day' in which Ben Loewen and manager Mike Simonson will be honored. It's also a `Gray Out' in which all fans are encouraged to show their Cougar pride by wearing gray to the game. The team will also be in its gray uniforms.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is currently 18-10 overall and is sixth in the Pac-10 with an 8-8 league mark....WSU is a half game out of fifth place, which California holds with a 9-8 mark and a game away from USC in fourth with a 9-7 mark.
The Cougars are 10-3 at home this season, 5-2 in conference...the three losses came against league-leading Arizona, Kansas State and Stanford.
Klay Thompson leads the Cougars this season with 21.4 points per game, leading the league, while ranking 11th in the nation.
Thompson also ranks in the league's top-five in 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage and steals.
First year player, junior college transfer, Faisal Aden is second on the team and 15th in the Pac-10 with 12.6 points per game...he's missed two games this season.
DeAngelo Casto is the third Coug in double figures with 11.7 points per game (20th in Pac-10) while leading the team with 6.8 rebounds per game (eighth in the Pac-10)...he also leads the team and is third in the league with 1.6 blocks a game.
Point guard Reggie Moore, who missed the Cougars' first five games with a left wrist injury, and the game at Stanford due to a suspension, is adding 9.8 points per game, along with 3.6 assists (ninth in the Pac-10).
AGAINST THE TROJANS:
Washington State trails the all-time series to USC, 67-43, but leads 28-23 at home.
The Cougars are 11-5 against the Trojans since the 2004 season, with a 6-1 home record over that stretch.
Last year WSU swept the season series with a 67-60 victory at Los Angeles Jan. 21 and a 51-47 win at Pullman Feb. 20.
The Cougars fell to the Trojans 60-56, in the first meeting this season, Dec. 31 at the Galen Center.
Klay Thompson finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds...the double-double was Thompson's first of the season and the second of his career.
DeAngelo Casto led the Cougars in scoring with 18 points on an 8-of-11 shooting performance.
WSU scored only 22 points in the first half which is tied for the least this season...the Cougars were 9-of-30 from the floor during the opening period.
AGAINST THE BRUINS:
Washington State trails the all-time series to UCLA 98-14...the Bruins hold a 44-11 advantage at Pullman.
WSU has dropped four straight games against UCLA.
The Cougars haven't defeated UCLA at home since Feb. 6, 1993, two days before Klay Thompson's third birthday.
The Cougars opened this year's Pac-10 season against the Bruins, falling 80-71 Dec. 29.
Klay Thompson led all scorers with 26 points..the game was Thompson's fifth consecutive contest in which he scored 20 or more points...he scored 20-plus in six-consecutive games last season.
Reggie Moore set a career high seven rebounds.
Abe Lodwick had a career-high three blocked shots.
Klay Thompson went 12-for-12 from the free-throw line which marked a season-high at the time.
Washington State fell to 11-22 in Pac-10 openers and 2-14 when opening the Pac-10 season on the road...WSU is 2-5 in Pac-10 openers against UCLA.
THOMPSON BECOMES THIRD LEADING SCORER:
With 22 points at Oregon last season, Klay Thompson surpassed the 1,000-point for his career...he finished the season with 1,023 points.
He now has 1,622 points and currently is third on the Cougars' all-time scoring list...he scored 30 points at Arizona (Feb. 17) to pass Don Collins who has 1,563 points.
Thompson became the 31st Cougar to reach 1,000 career points and the third-fastest, accomplishing the feat in his 63rd career game.
The only two Cougars to do it faster than Thompson were Steve Puidokas (52 games) and Jim McKean (57 games)...Thompson surpassed Larry Beck who was previously third as he did it in 66 games.
If Thompson continues to average 21.4 points this season, he will finish his junior year with at least 1,686 points, making him the third-leading scorer in Washington State history....Isaac Fontaine holds the school record with 2,003 points, while Steve Puidokas scored 1,894 in his career.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the third most overall wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 103-58 overall and 46-42 in conference play over the last four years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 126-46 overall and 63-25 in league play.
The Cougars need three wins to catch up to second-ranked Washington.
THOMPSON AMONG NATION'S LEADING SCORERS:
With 21.4 points this season Klay Thompson leads the Pac-10 and ranks 11th in the nation in scoring.
Thompson is also 29th in 3-point field goal percentage (.416) and 15th in 3-point field goals per game (3.0).
Thompson also ranks in the top-100 in steals per game at 76th.
WSU EQUALS 2009-10 WIN TOTALS:
With its victory over Oregon State, Feb. 5, Washington State improved to 16-7 overall and 6-5 in Pac-10 action.
The Cougars matched their win totals from last season, as they went 16-15 overall and 6-12 in league action a year ago.
Just four games ago WSU entered its game against Washington with its same record from a year prior, 14-6 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10.
Last year the Cougs lost that game, 92-62, after holding a halftime lead.
This year the Cougs won the game, 87-80.
After going 4-5 in the first nine Pac-10 games last year, the Cougs went just 2-7 in the second half of league play to finish 6-12 in conference action.
The loss at UW last Jan. 30 contributed to a 2-10 record in WSU's final 12 games of the season.
This year Washington State was 5-4 during the first half of the Pac-10 season.
DOUBLING UP IN A HALF:
Klay Thompson is dominating not just games, but halves over his career.
In his career Klay Thompson has had 74 halves with at least 10 points, 36 times in the first half and 38 in the second half.
He has scored 15 or more points in 25 halves, 10 in the first and 15 in the second.
Thompson has scored 20-plus points in a half seven times, three in the first half, four in the second half.
In 20 games Thompson has scored in double figures in both halves, three as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and 10 so far as a junior.
This season Thompson has scored in double figures in 32 halves.
Faisal Aden (13 halves), DeAngelo Casto (seven halves), Reggie Moore (five halves), Brock Motum (three halves) and Patrick Simon (one half) have each reached double figures in at least one half this season as well.
Moore reached double figures in 16 halves last year as a freshman, one shy of Thompson's freshman mark.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington State completed the season sweep of Washington with an 80-69 win over the Huskies, Feb. 27.
DeAngelo Casto had his fifth double-double of the season and 12th of career...with 20 points, reached 20-point plateau for the third time this season and in his career.
Casto had a season-high and a Pac-10 high with 13 rebounds...career high is 14 done twice, last against Idaho, Dec. 9, 2009.
Casto tied his career high going 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
WSU improved to 14-1 when leading at the half...UW dropped to 0-5 when trailing at the half this season.
Klay Thompson led the Cougars with 26 points...he reached the 20-point plateau for the 17th time this season.
The combined 41 points at halftime were the fewest combined first-half points this season...the fewest combined points since WSU and USC scored 37 in the first half, Jan. 24, 2009.
WSU held UW to a Husky season-low 17 first half points...its previous low was 28 done twice, most recently at Stanford Jan. 13.
The Huskies' 17 points ties Sacramento State for the low by a Cougar opponent this season...UW's .222 (8-for-36) is the lowest by a WSU opponent this season.
KLAY A CANDIDATE FOR SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR:
Klay Thompson was one of five candidates for the 2010 Male Sports Star of the Year presented by ROOT SPORTS, put on by the Seattle Sports Commission.
The award was given to Olympic speed skater Apolo Ono at the awards show held Jan. 26.
The Male Sports Star of the Year is awarded to a male athlete or coach for outstanding achievement in 2010 in a non-professional sport.
Also nominated for the award are University of Washington student-athletes Quincy Pondexter (basketball) and Mason Foster (football), and Olympic speed skaters Apolo Ono and J.R. Celski.
THOMPSON FEASTS ON COMPETITION:
For the second year in a row, Klay Thompson captured Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday...this year the week was Nov. 22-28.
For the week, he averaged 28.5 points, while shooting 21-of-33 (.636) from the field, 5-of-10 (.500) from three-point range, and 10-of-12 (.833) from the free throw line...he also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the two contests.
This is the third honor for Thompson who becomes the first Cougar to earn a Player of the Week honor three times in his career...last year he became the first Cougar to earn the honors in back-to-back weeks as he was Pac-10 Player of the Week Nov. 23 and Nov. 30.
Four WSU student-athletes have earned the honor twice in their careers.
THOMPSON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN:
For the second time this season and the fourth in his career, Klay Thompson has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 6-12.
The junior guard helped lead the Cougars to wins over Gonzaga and Texas-Pan American last week.
For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds.
THOMPSON NAMED WOODEN AND NAISMITH MIDSEASON CANDIDATE:
Klay Thompson is one of 30 midseason candidates for the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Award.
Earlier this season, Thompson became the first Cougar to make the preseason lists since Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were both named to the preseason top-50 prior to the 2007-08 season.
He is the first to move on to the Wooden midseason top-30 since Low went on to make the midseason cut that year...the first to make the Naismith top-30 cut since Weaver in 2007-08.
Thompson is joined by Isaiah Thomas (Washington) and Derrick Williams (Arizona) on both lists.
THOMPSON, ADEN EXCEL IN FIRST FIVE GAMES:
Through the first five games of the season Klay Thompson and Faisal Aden held the third and fifth-best scoring out puts by a Cougar in his first five games of the season since the 3-point line in 1986-87.
Thompson also holds the second spot after scoring 127 in the first five games of his sophomore season.
Aden has the second-most points by a Cougar in his first five games of his career, second to Neil Derrick who scored 111 in his first five games after transferring prior to his junior year.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win Nov. 30, WSU finished the month 40-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 40-straight November games in Pullman and are 42-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
WSU's only loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1962, by a score of 77-47.
COUGARS GET EARLY RUN ON HORNETS:
The Cougars opened the game with a 27-0 run as they defeated Sacramento State, 84-36 Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Beasley Coliseum.
WSU held Sacramento State to .319 (15-for-47) shooting from the field and .067 (1-for-15) from beyond the 3-point arc.
WSU's 48-point margin of victory ties for third most since 1945...the largest was 54 points against Delaware in 1989.
Sacramento State's 15 first-half points are tied for 15th fewest points in a half (first or second half) since the 1968-69 season (when WSU joined the Pac-8).
COUGARS PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH:
WSU was chosen to finish fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2010-11, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 basketball.
2010-11 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Poll
1. Washington (33) 348
2. Arizona (1) 296
3. UCLA (1) 281
4. Arizona State 215
5. Washington State 191
6. USC 178
7. California 151
8. Oregon State 120
9. Stanford 98
10. Oregon 47
First place votes in parentheses