Cougars Head to Pac-10 Tournament
March 10, 2009
COUGARS HEAD TO PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: Seeded seventh, the Washington State University men's basketball team (16-14, 8-10) will head to Los Angeles, Calif. to take on 10th-seeded Oregon (8-22, 2-16) in the first round of the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament, Wednesday, March 11 at 8:30 p.m. at the Staples Center. The entire tournament can be seen live on FSN.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
WSU closed out its Pac-10 regular season with a 67-60 loss at No. 16/13 Washington, Saturday, March 7 in Seattle.
Aron Baynes scored the 1,000th points of his career at the 11:01 mark in the second half...he now has 1,003.
Taylor Rochestie reached the 20-point plateau for the fourth time this season...led the team with 23 points.
Baynes had his fifth double-double of the season and the eighth of his career with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Baynes tied his season high with three blocked shots.
Cougars made their first 3-pointer at the 13:08 mark in the second half...had attempted just four prior to that.
Daven Harmeling missed the game with a right shoulder sprain suffered in practice.
A BRIEF LOOK AT THE LAST TWO MEETINGS:
The Cougars defeated Oregon, 74-62, Jan. 17 in Eugene.
The Cougars went perfect from the free throw line (28-for-28) for the first time since Feb. 1, 2007 (9-for-9)...best free throw performance by the Cougars in school history...previous best was 19-for-19 from the free throw line March 1, 1968 against Oregon...Pacific-10 Conference record, previous best was 22-for-22 (USC vs. Oregon, March 8, 2002)...best performance in NCAA this season.
Marcus Capers got the first start of his career...played a career-high 31 minutes...previous high was 26 minutes against Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 15). The Cougars used their fifth starting lineup of the season.
Taylor Rochestie scored in double figures for the ninth-straight game...hit the 20-point plateau for the second time in a week (21 against Stanford-Jan. 10)...scored a career-high 30 points...previous high was 24 points last year against Oregon State...first Cougar with 30 points since Derrick Low scored 37 Jan. 27, 2007 vs. Oregon.
Rochestie set a career high with 16 free throws made...went 16-for-16 from free throw line...previous high was nine...Ties school record...Marcus Moore also went 16-for-16 Jan. 12, 2002, against Arizona State.
Aron Baynes recorded his second-consecutive double-double, the second of the season and the fifth of his career (19 points and 12 rebounds).
Baynes hit his first career 3-pointer...1-for-3 in his career.
WSU held Oregon to tie its season-low first-half point total with 17.
WSU snapped its three-game losing streak with a 67-38 defeat of Oregon, Thursday, Feb. 12 at Friel Court.
Klay Thompson scored a game-high 25 points, hitting 5-for-6 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Taylor Rochestie added 16 points and five assists while shooting .833 (5-for-6) from the field.
Aron Baynes added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Oregon's 38 points are the fewest allowed by WSU in Pac-10 play since holding California to 37 Jan. 14, 1988...third-fewest allowed overall this season...fewest points scored by Oregon this season (previous 52 at Arizona Jan. 8).
The Cougars made their first five 3-point attempts (three by Thompson, two by Rochestie).
At the 17:15 mark in the second half Thompson had outscored the Ducks, 17-15.
Oregon's 15 first-half points are the fewest by a WSU Pac-10 opponent this season...previous was 17 also by Oregon in Eugene (Jan. 17).
Thompson went 2-for-2 from the free throw line to remain perfect from the charity stripe as a Cougar (24-for-24).
WSU's 29-point victory is the largest for the Cougars in Pac-10 play this season...second largest overall (largest is 51 vs. MVSU).
Thompson, Rochestie and Baynes combined for 41 of the Cougars' 67 points.
The Cougars shot a season-high .692 from 3-point (9-for-13).
COUGARS IN THE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT:
The Cougars are 4-9 all-time in the Pac-10 Tournament after going 1-1 the past two seasons.
WSU is 2-1 against Oregon in the tournament and 0-1 as the No. 7 seed.
More information can be found on page six.
WSU FRESHMEN AMONG TOPS IN PAC-10:
DeAngelo Casto leads all Pac-10 freshmen in blocks per game with 1.3 and is third overall in the category.
Klay Thompson is ranked in four different categories in the Pac-10. Below is a look at where he ranks among freshmen and overall in the league.
3-point FG Made - 1st-freshmen; 4th-overall (2.2 3pg)
3-point FG Pct. - 2nd-freshmen; 8th-overall (.431)
Scoring - 2nd-freshmen; 20th-overall (13.1 ppg)
Blocked Shots - 3rd-freshmen; 10th-overall (0.6 bgp)
COUG VETS IN RANKINGS TOO:
Seniors Aron Baynes and Taylor Rochestie also rank in the tops of the Pac-10 in 10 different categories. Below is a look at where they rank.
Blocked Shots - 4th (1.2 bpg)
Field Goal Percentage - 5th (.571, 132-for-231)
Rebounding - 5th (7.4 rpg)
Defensive Rebounding - 5th (5.4 drpg)
Minutes Played - 2nd (37.3 mpg)
Free Throw Percentage - 2nd (.891, 82-for-92)
Assist/Turnover Ratio - 3rd (2.0 a/t ratio)
Assists - 5th (4.7 apg)
3-point Field Goals Made - 7th (2.0 made pg)
Scoring - 18th (13.6 ppg)
COUGS SECOND-MOST WINNINGEST TEAM OVER LAST THREE YEARS:
Over the last three seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09) the Cougars have the second-most overall and conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 68-31 (.687) overall and 32-22 over the last three years.
UCLA has the best three-year record at 89-17 (.840) overall and 44-10 in league play.
Below is a look at where the teams rank since 2006-07 (games through Tuesday, March 7):
UCLA 89-17 , 44-10
Washington State 68-31 , 32-22
USC 64-36 , 31-23
Stanford 63-33 , 29-25
Washington 59-37, 29-25
Arizona 58-38, 28-26
California 55-42, 23-31
Oregon 55-44, 22-32
Arizona State 51-43, 22-32
Oregon State 30-62, 10-44
GOING THE DISTANCE:
Taylor Rochestie has played 1,100 minutes in WSU's 30 games this season, averaging 37.3 minutes.
The senior has played all but 110 of the Cougars' 1,210 possible minutes this season.
In Pac-10 play Rochestie is averaging 38.8 minutes per game, playing in 698 of a possible 730 minutes.
Rochestie has played 11 complete games, including two 45-minute overtime games.
BAYNES REACHES 1,000-POINT PLATEAU:
Senior center Aron Baynes became the 30th player in Washington State history to score 1,000 career points with his basket at the 11-minute mark in the second half at Washington, March 7.
Heading into the Pac-10 Tournament Baynes has 1,003 points.
He is the third Cougar to reach 1,000 points in the last two years as Derrick Low and Kylel Weaver reached 1,000 points last season.
Teammate Taylor Rochestie reached 1,000 points for his college earlier this season, but the first 304 were scored at Tulane.
FRESHMEN MARKING UP RECORD BOOKS:
Freshman DeAngelo Casto has swatted his way onto the WSU freshman class blocks list.
Fellow true freshman Klay Thompson is on his way to leaving his mark on a number of categories on the freshman class list.
Thompson is on the lists for scoring, 3-point shooting, blocks, field goals and rebounding.
A complete list can be found on page five.
SENIORS, BENNETT DEFEAT ALL NINE PAC-10 FOES:
With WSU's win over UCLA Saturday, Feb. 21, this year's senior class (Baynes, Forrest, Harmeling, Rochestie) defeated all nine other Pac-10 schools.
This year's senior class is the 10th Cougar senior class to accomplish the feat and the first since 1989.
Third-year head coach Tony Bennett has also defeated all nine Pac-10 opponents at least once in his time as head coach at WSU.
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