Men's Basketball Heads Back on the Road to Face Stanford Thursday
Feb. 10, 2010
COUGS HEAD TO THE BAY AREA: After snapping a three-game losing streak Saturday, Washington State University men's basketball will head back out onto the road as it faces Stanford, Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion and conference-leader California, Saturday, Feb. 13 at Haas Pavilion at 1 p.m. Thursday's game will not be televised, but Saturday's can be seen live nationally on Fox Sports Net.
|Game 24 | Washington State (15-8, 5-6) at Stanford (10-13, 4-7)|
|Date||Thursday, Feb. 11 | 7 p.m. PST|
|Location||Stanford, Calif. | Maples Pavilion|
|Radio||Cougar Sports Network | Listen Online|
|wsucougars.com||Gametracker | Crimson ZZU Blog | Game Notes|
|All-Time Series||Stanford leads 67-57|
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State put in one of its most solid games of the season as it defeated Arizona, 78-60, Saturday, snapping its longest losing streak of the season of three games.
The Cougars are now 15-8 on the season and 5-6 in Pacific-10 Conference action, just two games out of first place.
Aside from their one-game weekend in which they fell to the Huskies, the Cougars have split all five of the Pac-10 weekend series this season.
WSU is 3-5 on the road this season and 2-3 on the road in Pac-10 play...the Cougs are 3-0 in neutral site games.
Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team and ranks second in the conference with 21.2 points per game...he's scored double figures in 20 of the Cougs' 23 games this season and reached 20-plus points in 14 of the 23 contests.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 4.3 assists a game, adding a team second-best 14.1 points an outing...he's averaging 15.8 points per game in Pac-10 play this season.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 7.0 rebounds a game, adding 9.9 points per game.
The Cougars' lone senior, Nikola Koprivica, is chipping in 9.2 points per game and leads the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage at .464 (32-for-69).
ABOUT THE STANFORD CARDINAL:
Under second-year head coach Johnny Dawkins, Stanford is 10-13 overall and holds a 4-7 Pac-10 mark.
The Cardinal sit in 10th place in the conference standings.
Stanford has lost its last four games having been swept by the Los Angeles schools last weekend and by the Arizona schools the previous weekend...the Cardinal have either been swept or swept each of their Pac-10 weekends.
Stanford is 9-2 at home this season and 4-0 at home in league play.
Senior guard/forward Landry Fields leads the Cardinal and the conference with 23.0 points per game...he also has team-best 8.8 boards a game.
Sophomore guard Jeremy Green is adding 17.3 points an outing.
Sophomore guard Jarrett Mann is second in the Pac-10 and leads Stanford with 5.0 assists a game...he's averaging 6.5 points a game.
AGAINST THE CARDINAL:
The Cougars trail the all-time series 57-67.
WSU won the first meeting this season after each team won on its respective home court in 2008-09.
The Cougars defeated the Cardinal, 77-73, at Pullman, Jan. 16 earlier this season.
The Cougs haven't swept the Cardinal since 2004-05 and a victory Thursday would give WSU just it's second sweep of Stanford in the last 16 years.
Klay Thompson scored a team-best 27 points...he scored 13 of WSU's first 20 points...scored double figures in both halves.
Thompson's 17 first-half points mark his second-most in a first half this season and most in Pac-10 play...had 22 in the first half against IPFW (Nov. 19).
WSU's 20-point (46-26) lead after the first 20 minutes marked its largest halftime lead of the season.
The Cougars blocked a season-high 10 shots.
Charlie Enquist played a personal Pac-10 most 13 minutes...he scored the first Pac-10 points of his career (finished with four).
Thompson tied his career high and had a season and Pac-10 high three blocked shots.
Xavier Thames tied his career high with five assists...was one minute shy of his career high for minutes played with 23...had a career high four rebounds.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
The Cougars used a 7-0 run to start the second half to go on for a commanding 78-60 victory over Arizona Saturday at Friel Court.
DeAngelo Casto finished with a career-high 19 points...he reached double figures for the first time since scoring a Pac-10 best 16 points at Arizona Jan. 8.
Casto had his fourth double-double of the season as he added 10 rebounds.
Three of the five times Casto has scored in double figures in a Pac-10 game in his career have come against Arizona...the other two against Oregon.
Brock Motum scored a career-high 10 points in a career high 17 minutes...his previous highs were five points and 14 minutes done in nonconference action...Motum's 17 minutes mark more than the minutes he'd played in the five other Pac-10 games he's played in combined (16).
WSU snapped a three-game losing streak and have now won three-straight over Arizona.
WSU's .821 free throw shooting marks the third-best percentage of the season and the second-best in Pac-10 play.
Nikola Koprivica ended his streak of six-consecutive double-figure scoring games...he was 1-for-3 from 3-point, marking his 13th-consecutive game with a 3-pointer (including all 11 Pac-10 games).
The Cougars' 18-point victory marked their first double-figure victory in Pac-10 play this season.
Four Cougars scored in double figures for the second-consecutive game.
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 14.1 points per game.
Not only is he second in scoring, but he leads the team in assists with 4.3 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 84 wins (2007-present).
With 84 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), 84
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 are tied for the second-most overall and conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 84-41 (.672) overall and 37-28 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 103-30 (.774) overall and 51-14 in league play.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES:
Twenty three 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 487 points this season, averaging 21.2.
He's shot over four times more free throws this year than the entire last season...he's shot 147 as a sophomore, compared to just 31 as a freshman.
Nikola Koprivica's stats have gone up this season as well, as his 212 points are 24 points better than his total from his sophomore and junior seasons combined (188).
With 32 trey's on the season, he surpassed 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 .544 compared to .388 his first three seasons and .464 from 3-point range compared to .236 his first three seasons.
THOMPSON APPROACHING 1,000:
Sophomore Klay Thompson currently has 901 points and is just 99 points away from becoming the 31st Cougar to reach 1,000 career points.
If Thompson can keep up his 21.2 points per game average, he will reach 1,000 points Feb. 27 at Washington...that would be his 61st career game.
If he instead sticks with his Pac-10 scoring average of 17.0 points a game, he will hit 1,000 at Oregon State March 4...that would be his 62nd career game.
Either way, Thompson would become the third-fastest Coug to 1,000 points behind Steve Puidokas (52 games) and Jim McKean (57 games)...Larry Beck is currently third as he did it in 66 games.
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.
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 14 of WSU's 23 games.
He's also reached double figures in 27 of WSU's 46 halves this season and in 20 of the team's 23 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.
COUGARS DOMINATE SHOOTOUT:
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.