No. 21 Cougars Face No. 11 Cardinal in Pac-10 Semifinals

March 14, 2008

COUGARS FACE CARDINAL IN SEMIFINALS: Twenty-first ranked Washington State University men's basketball (24-7) continues its run in the 2008 Pacific Life Pacific-10 Conference Tournament as it takes on No. 11 Stanford (25-6), Friday, March 14 at 8:30 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The third-seeded Cougars and second-seeded Cardinal will meet for the third time this season live on FSN.

THE SERIES WITH STANFORD
• The Cardinal leads the all-time series 65-55 including 3-1 at neutral sites.
• WSU and Stanford have met twice in the Pac-10 Tournament with the Cardinal holding a 2-0 lead. The two met in both 2004 (Stanford 68, WSU 47) and 2005 (Stanford 60, WSU 58).
• Stanford has won six of the last seven meetings, including the regular-season sweep this year.
• The Cougars have led the Cardinal at halftime in the last five games. WSU is 1-4 in those games.
• The first meeting went into overtime, marking the second-straight season that the two teams have gone into an extra period.
• Derrick Low is averaging 16 points per game in the two meetings this season. Kyle Weaver is adding 13.5 points per game, including 17-for-21 from the free throw line.

BENNETT GETS 50TH CAREER WIN
• WSU'S 75-70 victory over Oregon Thursday gave second-year head coach Tony Bennett the 50th win of his career. He is 50-15 (.769) as head coach at WSU.
• He is tied for 10th in NCAA history for wins by a coach in his first two seasons.
• With a win Friday, Bennett could move into a tie for eighth place in the category.
• Below is a look at the 10-best coaching starts in NCAA history through two seasons.

Coach, Team 	Seasons 	W 	L 	Pct.Bill Guthridge, North Carolina	1998-99 	58 	14 	.806Everett Case, North Carolina St	1947-48 	55 	8 	.873Todd Lickliter, Butler.	.2002-03 	53 	12 	.815Ben Carnevale, North Carolina	1945-46 	52 	11 	.825Mark Fox, Nevada	2005-06 	52 	13 	.800Mark Few, Gonzaga	2000-01 	52 	16 	.765Don Monson, Gonzaga	1998-99 	52 	17 	.754Bill Carmody, Princeton	1997-98 	51	 6	.895Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh	2004-05 	51 	14	.785Gary Cunningham, UCLA.	1978-79 	50 	8 	.862Kermit Davis Jr., Idaho	1989-90 	50 	12 	.806Nolan Richardson, Tulsa	1981-82 	50 	13 	.794Thad Matta, Butler & Xavier	2001-02 	50 	14 	.781Tevester Anderson, Murray St	1999-2000	50 	15 	.769Tony Bennett, WSU	2007-08	50	15	.769John Phillips, Tulsa	2002-03 	50 	17 	.746Stan Watts, BYU	1950-51 	50 	21 	.704	

COUGARS IN THE PAC-10 TOURNEY
• WSU is now 4-8 all-time in the Pacific-10 Tournament.
• The Cougars have never gotten past the semifinal round. Last season they won their first game to Washington, then fell to USC.
• Against the Cardinal, the Cougars are 0-2 in the tournament with losses in both 2004 and 2005.

ON THE VERGE OF BACK-TO-BACK 25-WIN SEASONS
• The Cougars are just one win away from their 25th win of the season. Last year's team finished 26-8.
• WSU has never had back-to-back 25-win seasons. Its back-to-back 20-win seasons is the first time since 1940-41 and 1941-42.
• WSU's 50 wins in two years is the school record for most wins in a two-year span. The previous record was 49 wins last done in 1939-40 and 1940-41.

IN THE SEASON RECORD BOOKS
• Several Cougars are nearing the top in the WSU season record books:

Derrick Low	3-pt Field Goals	81-T-3rd	2nd-83Taylor Rochestie	Assists	141-5th	4th-145Kyle Weaver	Assists	138-6th	5th-141Kyle Weaver	Steals 	52-NR	T-9th-55

IN THE CAREER RECORD BOOKS
• Several Cougars are nearing the top in the WSU career record books:

Kyle Weaver	Assists	452-3rd	2nd-256Robbie Cowgill	Blocks	117-4th	5th-118Kyle Weaver	Blocks	88-9th	8th-89Derrick Low	3-pt Field Goals	209-4th	3rd-230

(For more information on the career record standings, see Thursday's WSU game notes.)

ROAD WARRIORS
• WSU is 15-3 in games played outside Pullman, tied with North Carolina, Butler and Robert Morris for the most road/neutral-site wins in the nation this season.
• WSU went 10-3 on the road, marking the first time since the mid 40's that the Cougars have had 10 or more road victories.

AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
• The Cougars are 2-4 against top-25 opponents this season.
• They are 1-4 against top-25 Pac-10 opponents this season.
• WSU is 2-13 against ranked opponents at neutral sites.
• The Cougars are 3-20 all-time against ranked Cardinal teams.
• Stanford comes in the game ranked 11th in the nation, WSU is 5-5 all-time against the 11th-ranked team.
• At 5-5, the Cougars hold their best record against the 11th ranked team than any other top-25 ranking.

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