Cougars Battle Bruins Saturday
Jan. 22, 2010
COUGS LOOK FOR FIRST PAC-10 WEEKEND SWEEP: Fresh of its come-from-behind victory at USC Thursday, Washington State men's basketball (14-5, 4-3) takes on UCLA (8-10, 3-3), Saturday, Jan. 23 at Pauley Pavilion. The game tips at 1 p.m. and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net.
|Game 20 | Washington State (14-5, 4-3) at UCLA (8-10, 3-3)|
|Date||Saturday, Jan. 23 | 1 p.m. PST|
|Location||Los Angeles, Calif. | Pauley Pavilion|
|Television||Fox Sports Net|
|Radio||Cougar Sports Network | Listen Online|
|wsucougars.com||Gametracker | Crimson ZZU Blog | Game Notes|
|All-Time Series||UCLA leads95-14|
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State came back after trailing USC by 10 at halftime at Los Angeles Thursday for the 67-60 victory.
The Cougars are now 14-5 on the season and 4-3 in Pacific-10 Conference action, sitting in sole possession of third place in the league standings...WSU is tied with Arizona State for the most overall wins by a Pac-10 school.
The Cougars split each of their first three Pac-10 weekends.
WSU is 3-3 on the road this season and 2-1 on the road in Pac-10 play...the Cougs are 3-0 in neutral site games.
Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team and conference and ranks fifth in the nation with 22.8 points per game...he's scored double figures in 17 of the Cougs' 19 games this season and reached 20-plus points in 13 of the 19 contests.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 4.6 assists a game, adding a team second-best 13.8 points an outing...he's averaging 16.0 points per game in Pac-10 play this season.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 7.3 rebounds a game, adding 10.1 points per game.
ABOUT THE UCLA BRUINS:
Under seventh-year head coach Ben Howland, UCLA holds a 8-10 overall record and 3-3 Pac-10 mark.
UCLA used a last-second shot to defeat Washington, 62-61, Thursday at Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins are tied with three other teams for fourth in the league.
The Bruins are 7-4 at home and 2-2 at home in Pac-10 action.
Sophomore guard Malcom Lee leads the team with 13.7 points per game, adding 4.4 rebounds a game.
Senior Michael Roll is right behind Lee with 13.1 points, shooting .424 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Two other Bruins are adding double figures...senior Nikola Dragovic and freshman Reeves Nelson are adding 10.6 and 10.5 points per game, respectively.
AGAINST THE BRUINS:
The Cougars trail the all-time series 14-95 against UCLA and are just 2-50 against the Bruins at UCLA.
WSU has won two of the last six meetings with UCLA at Pauley Pavilion with a victory Feb. 5, 2004 and last season, Feb. 21, 2009.
The Cougars have defeated the Bruins in back-to-back seasons just once, 1936-37 and 1937-38.
The last time WSU swept the weekend series at USC and UCLA was in 2003-04 when it defeated USC 60-51, Feb. 7, fresh off the 55-48 defeat of UCLA Feb. 5.
Last season WSU and UCLA split the regular season series, each winning on the road...the Bruins knocked the Cougs out of the Pac-10 tournament with a 64-53 victory at Staples Center March 12.
In the first meeting a last-second jumper for the Cougs didn't fall as the Bruins held on for a 61-59 victory at Pullman's Friel Court, Jan. 22 of last season.
Caleb Forrest scored a career-high 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field.
Aron Baynes recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
In the second meeting, Taylor Rochestie scored a career-high 33 points to lift WSU over UCLA, 82-81, Feb. 21 at Pauley Pavilion.
Klay Thompson added 15 points (all in the first half) and Aron Baynes and Caleb Forrest chipped in 13 and 12 points respectively.
In the Pac-10 Tournament, UCLA took charge from the beginning for the 64-53 victory in the Pac-10 Tournament, ousting the Cougs from the quarterfinals.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
The Cougars overcame a 10-point halftime deficit as they defeated USC, 67-60, Thursday at the Galen Center.
Reggie Moore led WSU with 21 points...scored 20 or more points for the third time in the last five games.
Hometown kid Klay Thompson added 20 points on the night, along with six rebounds and an assist.
Nikola Koprivica finished with 13 points on 3-for-4 shooting (all from 3-point range)...all three of his points came in the second half.
Koprivica has made at least one 3-pointer in each of WSU's last nine games.
WSU's 24 points marked its fewest in a first half this season.
Thompson and Moore combined for 21 of WSU's 24 first-half points....Thompson scored 11 of the first 14 WSU points.
Thompson and Moore had 41 of WSUs 67 total points.
The Cougars came back after a halftime deficit for just the second time this season...the other was two points to Nicholls State.
Thompson scored 11 points in the first half...has now scored double figures in 25 of WSU's 38 halves this season
DeAngelo Casto blocked a career high five shots on the night.
MOORE OUT OF REGGIE:
The Pac-10's lone starting freshman point guard, Reggie Moore has gotten off to a hot start for the Cougars in his rookie campaign, ranking second on the team with 13.8 points per game.
Not only is he second in scoring, but he leads the team in assists with 4.6 dishes per game.
At Kansas State, Dec. 5, Moore set a WSU freshman record with 12 free throws made.
Against Air Force Dec. 12 in Spokane, Moore had the first double-double of his young career...he had a career high 10 assists, the second-most single game assists by a Cougar freshman.
Moore bettered that in his next game with 12 assists, marking the second-most single game assists by a Cougar freshman as he now has the second and third best performances.
Moore leads all Pac-10 freshmen in assists, assists/turnover ratio and free throw percentage and ranks second among freshmen in scoring.
He is currently on pace for the WSU freshman record for assists which is 114 set by Bennie Seltzer in 1990.
If the season ended today, Moore would capture the freshman record for assists average and would finish second in scoring average.
KOPRIVICA AMONG WINNINGEST COUGARS:
Senior Nikola Koprivica has been a part of WSU men's basketball teams that have combined for 83 wins (2007-present).
With 83 wins to his name, Koprivica ranks for second most wins by an individual student-athlete in WSU history.
The number of wins does not include wins during a student-athlete's redshirt year, and the player doesn't have to have played in all of the games during the season.
Below is a list of the top-five winningest players in WSU history:
1. George Hamilton (1945, 1947-49), 86
2. Nikola Koprivica (2007-10), 83
3. Ed Gayda (1947-50), 82
4. Daven Harmeling (2005, 2007-09), 81
5. Aaron Baynes (2006-09), 80
Caleb Forrest (2006-09), 80
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 83-38 (.686) overall and 36-25 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best three-year record at 99-29 (.773) overall and 47-13 in league play.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES:
Just 19 games into this season, sophomore Klay Thompson has already matched his point total from the 33 games of his freshman season.
Thompson scored 414 as a freshman, averaging 12.5 points a game...he currently has 433 points this season, averaging 22.8.
He's shot over four times more free throws this year than the entire last season...he's shot 132 as a sophomore, compared to just 31 as a freshman.
Nikola Koprivica's stats have gone up this season as well, as his 167 points are just 21 points shy of his total from his sophomore and junior seasons combined (188).
With 25 trey's on the season, he's just one 3-pointer shy this season of equaling his total number of 3-pointers made from his first three seasons (26).
The biggest spike may be in Koprivica's field goal percentage as he's shooting .581 compared to .388 his first three seasons and .510 from 3-point range compared to .236 his first three seasons.
BACK-TO-BACK STELLAR STARTS FOR WSU COACHES:
First-year Cougar head coach Ken Bone got his team off to a 6-0 start, making him the second-straight WSU coach to start 6-0 in his rookie campaign.
Bone's 6-0 mark ranks as the fifth-best start by a Pacific-10 Conference coach in his debut in the post-World War II era.
It ties as the 18th-best start by a head coach at a current Pac-10 institution.
Four seasons ago, Tony Bennett got off to a 7-0 start for the Cougars, which ties for the 13th-best start by a Pac-10 coach.
In 2006-07 Bennett and the Cougar reached 14-2 before losing their third game of the season January 13 at Stanford.
THOMPSON MAKES ALASKA HIS `KLAY'GROUND:
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 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 Wallace (Dec. 20, 1984-Jan. 5, 1985) and Fontaine.
He's now reached 20-plus points in 13 of WSU's 19 games.
He's also reached double figures in 25 of WSU's 38 halves this season and in 17 of the team's 19 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.
For the second-straight season, WSU has five left-handed shooters on its team in 2009-10.
Anthony Brown, Marcus Capers, Nikola Koprivica, Abe Lodwick and Brock Motum are all left-handed on the basketball court.
Last season WSU also had five lefties on the team with Taylor Rochestie and Nick Witherill.
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