Cougars Take on Wildcats in Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
Dec. 4, 2009
COUGARS HEAD TO KANSAS STATE FOR BIG 12/PAC-10 HARDWOOD SERIES: Washington State University men's basketball (6-1) concludes its five-game road trip as it heads to Manhattan, Kan. to take on Kansas State, (6-1) Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. PST (8 p.m. CST) as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. The game will be shown live on ESPNU and as always Bud Nameck has the call on the radio.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State suffered its first loss of the season after falling at No. 17 Gonzaga, 74-69, Wednesday, Dec. 2 at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.
Klay Thompson leads the team with 26.4 points per game, adding 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game.
DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 6.3 rebounds a game, chipping in 12.4 points an outing.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 3.6 assists a game and is second with 13.0 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 WILDCATS:
Like WSU, Kansas State is also 6-1 on the season, having won its last three games.
The Wildcats suffered their only loss Nov. 20 against Mississippi, at the O'Reily Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Jacob Pullen leads the team with 18.1 points per game, adding a team-high 4.1 assists an outing.
Denis Clemente is adding 13.9 points and 3.0 assists a game.
Jamar Samuels is also averaging double figures with 12.7 points and 5.5 rebounds a game.
Curtis Kelly leads the team with 7.6 rebounds a game, along with 11.9 points per contest.
THE SERIES WITH KANSAS STATE:
The all-time series between Washington State and Kansas State is tied at 2-2.
The two teams last met Dec. 3, 2005 at Pullman's Friel Court as WSU squeezed out a 58-57 victory.
The two teams met the previous year, Nov. 27, 2004, at Manhattan, Kan....K-State won that meeting 62-53.
AGAINST THE BIG 12:
The Cougars have faced a Big 12 team the last two years and four of the last five seasons.
WSU is 9-15 overall against current members for the Big 12 conference.
The Cougs have faced Nebraska the most, posting a 2-6 mark against the Huskers.
WSU also has two wins against Baylor (2-1) and Kansas State (2-2).
THE BIG 12/PAC-10 HARDWOOD SERIES:
This season marks the third of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
WSU is 1-1 in the series after defeating Baylor in 2007-08 in Waco and falling to the Bears in 2008-09 in Pullman in the home-and-home contests.
In the first year (2007-08), the Pac-10 won the series, 7-5...the two conferences tied the second year (2008-09) with six wins apiece.
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 scored 20-plus points in Washington State's first six 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.
Thompson has also reached double figures the first 12 halves of the season...he scored 31 in the final period against San Diego Nov. 28.
Thompson became the fifth Cougar to notch six-consecutive 20-point games, joining Jim Meredith (Dec. 11-26, 1970), Don Collins (Feb. 24-Dec. 5, 1970), Joe Walalce (Dec. 20, 1984-Jan. 5, 1985) and Fontaine.
After scoring just 15 at Gonzaga Dec. 5, he's reached double figures in WSU's first seven games.
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 ONE OF NATION'S TOP SCORERS:
As of games through Thursday, Dec. 3, Klay Thompson ranked second in the nation with 26.4 points per game.
He ranks second in the country in field goals made with 64.
Thompson is also second with 185 total points,
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 75-34 (.688) 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 25 assists and a 3.6 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.
COUGS AMONG YOUNGEST TEAMS IN NATION:
With 15 underclassman and just one upperclassman, Washington State's men's basketball team is among the youngest in the country, according to research done by Central Florida's SID.
WSU has the most underclassmen with 15, followed by Harvard with 14 and UCF and Toledo with 13 apiece.
The Cougars are also tied for the fewest amount of upperclassmen in the country as they and Saint Louis each have one.