Cougs Face Zags in Spokane Wednesday
Dec. 1, 2009
COUGARS TAKE ON RIVAL GONZAGA WEDNESDAY: Fresh off the Great Alaska Shootout Championship, the Washington State University men's basketball team hits the road once again to take on in-state rival Gonzaga, Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The game will be shown live on FSN NW, and as always, Bud Nameck has the call on the radio on the Cougar Sports Radio Network.
|Game 7 | Washington State (6-0) at No. 17 Gonzaga (5-1)|
|Date||Wednesday, Dec. 2 | 6 p.m. PST|
|Location||Spokane, Wash. | McCarthey Athletic Center|
|Radio||Cougar Sports Network | Listen Online|
|wsucougars.com||GameTracker | Crimson ZZU Blog | Game Notes|
|All-Time Series||WSU leads 97-46|
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State is 6-0 after defeating Alaska Anchorage, Nicholls State and San Diego at the Great Alaska Shootout last week in Anchorage.
Klay Thompson leads the team with 28.3 points per game, adding 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists a game.
DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 5.7 rebounds a game, chipping in 12.8 points an outing.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 3.8 assists a game and is second with 13.5 points a game.
Head Coach Ken Bone is the second-consecutive WSU head coach to go undefeated in the month of November during his first year while getting off to a 6-0 start.
ABOUT THE BULLDOGS:
Gonzaga is 5-1, coming off a championship run at the Maui Invitational in which it defeated Colorado, Wisconsin and Cincinnati.
Matt Bouldin leads the team with 16.2 points per game, adding 4.0 assists an outing.
Steven Gray is second on the team with 15.8 points per game.
Elias Harris leads the Zags on the boards with 7.7 boards a game.
THE SERIES WITH GONZAGA:
Washington State leads the all-time series, 97-46, but has won just two of the last 10 meetings.
Last year Gonzaga came to Pullman ranked fourth in the country and handed WSU it's largest defeat of the season, a 74-52 loss at Friel Court.
The last meeting in Spokane had both WSU and GU come in ranked in the country...the Cougars came out on top, 51-47.
AGAINST THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE:
The Cougars are fresh off a victory over West Coast Conference member San Diego at the Great Alaska Shootout...the meeting was the first between the two teams.
WSU is 116-52 all-time against current members of the WCC, having faced Gonzaga the most.
WSU has faced Portland the second-most, posting a 9-2 record against the Pilots.
The last time WSU played back-to-back West Coast Conference came in 1986 when it played Gonzaga Dec. 10 and Pepperdine Dec. 13...WSU lost to GU and defeated Pepperdine.
AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS:
Gonzaga comes into Wednesday's game ranked 16th in the Coaches' Poll and 17th in the Associated Press Poll.
WSU is 45-206 all-time against teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25.
The Cougars are 7-11 against the 17th ranked team in the country.
Washington State won its last meeting with the 17th team, a 51-47 victory over Gonzaga, Dec. 5, 2007...WSU was ranked eighth at the time.
That is the only time WSU faced a 17th-ranked GU squad.
The Cougs are 11-106 on the road against ranked opponents and 5-37 against ranked opponents in the month of December.
Last year WSU defeated three of the seven ranked opponents it faced...was 0-2 against ranked nonconference opponents last year, both were ranked fourth at the time.
THOMPSON DOMINATES AT SHOOTOUT:
Klay Thompson had the week of his young career at the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Nov. 25-28.
Thompson broke the Great Alaska Shootout single-game and championship game records with 43 points in WSU's win over San Diego...the old record was set by Glenn Robinson of Purdue also in the championship game against Portland in 1993.
His 16 field goals mark a championship game record, besting Robinson's mark of 15 in 1993.
Thompson also set championship game records for field goals made (16), 3-pointers made (eight) and 3-pointers attempted (13).
His 89 total points were tied for second most in the tournament with Casey Green of Southwest Louisiana (1997).
Thompson's 14 3-pointers stand at fifth best all-time in the Great Alaska Shootout.
He was named the Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game in all three WSU games.
He earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award.
He led the tournament in points, scoring average, 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goals attempted and free throws, and was ranked in the top five in assists, steals, blocks and minutes played.
COUGARS DOMINATE SHOOTOUT AS WELL:
The Cougars not only won the Great Alaska Shootout title, but they also notched their names in the record books along the way.
WSU's .575 field goal percentage in its three games is the third-best in Shootout history and just .011 behind the record.
The Cougs' .511 3-point field goal percentage is the fifth-best 3-point shooting performance all time.
They set the championship game record for largest margin of victory with a 37-point defeat (93-56) of San Diego...the old record was 29 (76-47) points as San Diego State defeated Hampton last season.
WSU tied the tournament championship game record for most second half points with 54, held by Illinois vs. New Mexico State in 1992 and Iowa vs. Northeastern in 1986.
WSU led the tournament in scoring offense (86.0 ppg), scoring defense (64.3 papg), field goal percentage (.575), field goal percentage defense (.391), 3-point field goal percentage (.511), blocked shots (4.7 bpg) and assists (19.0 apg).
To put it in perspective, there have been 381 Shootout games over 32 years.
THOMPSON JOINS FONTAINE IN 20-PLUS POINT GAMES:
Klay Thompson has scored 20-plus points in all six Washington State games this season.
It marks the most consecutive 20-plus point performances by a Cougar since the school's all-time leading scorer, Isaac Fontaine, scored 20-plus in six-straight games Dec. 7-29, 1996.
Fontaine went on to notch 40-straight double-figure games during that time...Thompson has scored double figures in six straight games.
Thompson has also reached double figures in all 12 halves this season...he scored 31 in the final period against San Diego Nov. 28.
THOMPSON EARNS BACK-TO-BACK PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS:
Klay Thompson was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the week for the weeks of Nov. 16-22 and Nov. 23-29.
He is just the third Cougar to earn a Pac-10 Player of the Week award twice in the same season as Daven Harmeling did so in 2006-07 and Joe Wallace accomplished the feat in 1985-87.
He's just the second Cougar to earn the honor over the last three seasons.
He became the 17th men's basketball player student-athlete to earn back-to-back Player of the Week honors, as Patrick Christopher of California and James Harden, formerly of Arizona State, accomplished it last season.
Thompson joins elite company, as he became the 13th sophomore to earn multiple Player of the Week awards.
James Harden, Ryan Anderson, Darren Collison, Daven Harmeling, Gilbert Arenas, Baron Davis, Jason Kidd, Harold Miner, Chris Mills, Adam Keefe, Gary Payton and Reggie Miller also accomplished that feat in their sophomore campaigns.
THE PAC-10 40 POINT CLUB:
With his 43 points against San Diego (Nov. 28), Klay Thompson became just the third Pac-10 player to score 40 points in the last five seasons...James Harden of ASU scored 40 in 2008-09 and Leon Powe of California scored 41 in 2005-06.
It's the most points scored by a Pac-10 player since Jason Kapono of UCLA scored 44 against WSU, Jan. 4, 2003.
THOMPSON LEADS THE COUNTRY IN SCORING:
As of games through Sunday, Nov. 29, Klay Thompson led the nation in points per game with 28.3.
He ranks second in the country in field goals made with 58.
Thompson is also third with 170 total points, seven in 3-point field goal percentage (.568), and tied for 12th with 21 made 3-pointers.
For a complete list of where he ranks, and where he ranks in the Pac-10 see the box on the right side of this page.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the second-most overall and conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 75-33 (.694) overall and 32-22 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best three-year record at 93-23 (.802) overall and 44-10 in league play.
GETTING MOORE AT POINT GUARD:
With 23 assists and a 3.8 apg average, freshman Reggie Moore is on pace to move into second on the WSU freshman top-10 list for assists.
He is also on average to hit the WSU freshman record of 114 records set by Bennie Seltzer in 1990.
Moore currently ranks tied for sixth in the conference and is the only freshman in the top-10 in assists per game.
He's also on pace for second in the WSU freshman scoring average list and set to pass Klay Thompson in second for total points.