2000-01 Men's Basketball Schedule Ranked In The Top 40

June 7, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - Gordon Wise of Basketball Times, ranked the Washington State men's basketball schedule for 2000-01 as the third toughest in the Pacific-10 Conference last season.

Overall, Wise ranked the Cougars' schedule 40th in the nation. WSU ranked behind only UCLA (17th) and Arizona (31st) in the Pac-10.

Despite the tough schedule, WSU, under head coach Paul Graham, racked up several season highlights.

The Cougars won 12 games, doubling their win total from 1999-2000, marking only the fifth time in WSU's 100-season history the Cougars have posted at least twice as many wins as the year before.

In Pac-10 play, WSU swept Arizona State for the first time since 1996-97 and defeated Oregon (February 15) for the first time since January 9, 1997.

The Cougars won back-to-back games (Feb. 15/17) for the first time since January 9/11, 1997. Both times the Oregon schools were victimized.

The 2000-01 Cougar became the first WSU team in nine years to have a six-win improvement over the previous season.

WSU recorded 10 wins at Friel Court, the most since the 1994-95 team went 13-2 in Pullman. In addition, the Cougars finished sixth in the Pac-10, their best finish since 1994-95.

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