WSU Takes on Conference Leading Cal Saturday
Feb. 12, 2010
COUGS TAKE ON PAC-10 LEADER CALIFORNIA: The Washington State University men's basketball team (15-9, 5-7)looks to bounce back after falling at Stanford Thursday as it takes on California (16-8, 8-4), Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.
|Game 25 | Washington State (15-9, 5-7) at California (16-8, 8-4)|
|Date||Saturday, Feb. 13 | 1 p.m. PST|
|Location||Berkeley, Calif. | Haas Pavilion|
|Television||Fox Sports Net|
|Radio||Cougar Sports Network | Listen Online|
|wsucougars.com||Gametracker | Crimson ZZU Blog | Game Notes|
|All-Time Series||California leads 70-45|
ABOUT THE COUGS:
After leading by 15 at the half, WSU's lead slipped away as it fell to Stanford 60-58, Thursday at Maples Pavilion.
The Cougars are now 15-9 on the season and 5-7 in Pacific-10 Conference action, tied with Stanford for seventh.
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 3-6 on the road this season and 2-4 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 21.1 points per game...he's scored double figures in 21 of the Cougs' 24 games this season and reached 20-plus points in 14 of the 24 contests.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 4.3 assists a game, adding a team second-best 13.8 points an outing.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 7.2 rebounds a game, adding 10.1 points per game.
The Cougars' lone senior, Nikola Koprivica, is chipping in 9.0 points per game and leads the Pac-10 in 3-point field goal percentage at .452 (33-for-73).
ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS:
Under second-year head coach Mike Montgomery, California is 16-8 overall and holds an 8-4 Pac-10 mark.
The Golden Bears hold the number one spot in the league, a game ahead of Arizona and Arizona State in second.
Cal has won its last two games, a win at UCLA (Feb. 6) and against Washington at home (Feb. 11).
California is 12-1 at home this season and 5-1 at home in league play.
Jerome Randle leads the team with 19.7 points per game, adding 4.6 assists per game...he's shooting .916 from the free throw line.
Patrick Christopher is adding 16.1 points and 5.5 rebounds a game.
Theo Robertson and Jamal Boykin round out the double-figure scorers with 14.1 and 11.3 points per game, respectively.
AGAINST THE GOLDEN BEARS:
The Cougars trail the all-time series 45-70.
California won the first meeting this season after sweeping last year.
The Cougars fought back from a 20-point deficit, but fell to California, 93-88, Jan. 14 at Pullman's Friel Court.
Reggie Moore led the team in scoring with a career-high 25 points...he led WSU in scoring in three of the previous four games.
Cal shot its first free throws of the game with 15:25 to go in the game.
Nikola Koprivica scored a personal Pac-10 high 15 points.
Reggie Moore shot nine of WSU's 14 free throws.
WSU lost two-straight games for the first time in Pac-10 play this season.
At least four players scored in double figures for the Cougars for the second time in Pac-10 play...both had been losses.
WSU made a season Pac-10 high 33 field goals.
Xavier Thames made a then-career-high five field goals...finished with 10 points, one shy of his then-career high.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
The Cougars couldn't hold onto an 18-point lead early in the second half and fell at Stanford, 60-58, Thursday at Maples Pavilion.
DeAngelo Casto finished with 15 points, reaching double figures for the second-straight game...the first time in his career he's had back-to-back double figure scoring games.
Casto had his second-consecutive double-double adding a game-high 10 rebounds...his sixth double-double of the season.
Klay Thompson led WSU with 19 points.
WSU held Stanford to 18 first-half points, marking its fewest allowed in a half this season and the fewest scored by Stanford in the first half this season.
Stanford's 11 first half turnovers tie for the most by a Cougar opponent in the first period this season (ties with Mississippi Valley State, Nov. 13).
Michael Harthun tied his career-high with six points...played a personal Pac-10 best 14 minutes...previous high was 11 minutes against Arizona State (Feb. 4).
Washington State attempted a season-low 10 free throws...previous low was 15 at UCLA (Jan. 23).
Nikola Koprivica had his 14th-consecutive game with a 3-pointer, was 1-for-4 from 3-point range.
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 4.3 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 84-42 (.667) overall and 37-29 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 506 points this season, averaging 21.1.
He's shot over four times more free throws this year than the entire last season...he's shot 149 as a sophomore, compared to just 31 as a freshman.
Nikola Koprivica's stats have gone up this season as well, as his 217 points are 29 points better than his total from his sophomore and junior seasons combined (188).
With 33 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 .515 compared to .388 his first three seasons and .452 from 3-point range compared to .236 his first three seasons.
THOMPSON APPROACHING 1,000:
Sophomore Klay Thompson currently has 920 points and is just 80 points away from becoming the 31st Cougar to reach 1,000 career points.
If Thompson can keep up his 21.1 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 17.2 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 24 games.
He's also reached double figures in 28 of WSU's 48 halves this season and in 21 of the team's 24 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.