Cougars Travel To Face Stanford And California

Jan. 24, 2006

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WASHINGTON STATE (9-7, 2-5 Pac-10)

COUGARS TRAVEL TO BAY AREA: The Washington State men's basketball team will look to break a four-game losing streak when it takes on Stanford, Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m...Cougars conclude Bay Area road trip at California, Saturday, Jan. 28 at 3 against the Golden Bears will be televised by FOX Sports Net.

THE HEAD COACHES: Dick Bennett is 34-39 at Washington State and in his third season on the Palouse...owns a 488-296 career record (.622) in 27 collegiate seasons...guided Wisconsin to 2000 Final Four...Stanford's Trent Johnson is 26-20 in his second season with the Cardinal...overall, he is 105-94 and in his seventh season...Ben Braun is 176-116 and in his 10th season with California...overall, he is 509-351 and in his 29th season...Bennett is 2-4 vs. Stanford and 2-1 vs. Johnson...Cougar mentor is 2-2 against Braun and 3-2 against California, including 2-2 at WSU...Bennett's 1994 Wisconsin-Green Bay squad defeated California 61-57 in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

ABOUT STANFORD: The Cardinal is 9-8 overall, 4-3 in the Pacific-10...leads conference in free throw percentage at 77.6...Matt Haryasz ranks third in the Pac-10 with 18.4 points per game and second with 9.0 rebounds per outing...Dan Grunfeld is 13th in scoring (13.4 points per game) and 10th in rebounding (5.9 per game)...Chris Hernandez is the second best foul shooter in the Pac-10 at 85.7 percent.

SERIES WITH THE CARDINAL: Stanford leads 60-54, including 34-21 at home...Cougars won two of three last season (60-51 in Spokane and 59-48 in Stanford)...Cardinal captured 60-58 victory in first round of Pacific-10 Tournament...second straight year Stanford defeated WSU in first round of conference tournament.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears are 10-6 overall, 4-3 in the Washington, Thursday...Leon Powe leads the conference in rebounding (10.2 per game) and is second in scoring (19.8 points per game)...Arizona's Hassan Adams is at 19.83 points per game to Powe's 19.75...only UCLA's Lew Alcindor (1967-69), and Bill Walton (1972), California's Mark McNamara (1982), Oregon State's A.C. Green (1985) and Arizona State's Ike Diogu (2005) have led the Pac-10 in scoring and rebounding in the same season...DeVon Hardin leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (55.2) and is second in blocked shots (1.75 per game)...Omar Wilkes leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (50.0).

SERIES WITH THE GOLDEN BEARS: California leads 64-43...Golden Bears hold a 41-15 advantage at home...last season, California won 59-47 in Spokane and 63-57 in overtime at home...Golden Bears have swept the season series four of the last five years...Washington State swept the season series in 2003-04...nine of the last 10 meetings in Berkeley have been won by California.

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (JAN. 26): George Raveling's Cougars defeated UCLA 80-64, Jan. 26, 1980 in Pullman on their way to the NCAA was part of a 14-1 home record that season...Don Collins led all scorers with 31 points, including 11-for-13 shooting from the floor.

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (JAN. 28): Washington State defeated Stanford on The Farm 64-59, Jan. 28, was 150th of Kelvin Sampson's coaching career...Eddie Hill scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Cougars.

COUGARS CONTINUE TO BREAK STREAKS: Washington State has accomplished several firsts and has broken many losing streaks under the tutelage of Dick Bennett.
Won 57-51 at Alaska Fairbanks, Nov. 22, 2003 to break 27-game road losing streak.
Won 55-50 at California, Jan. 4, 2004 to break 31-game losing streak in California, 22-game Pac-10 road losing streak, six-game skid to Golden Bears and eight-game slide at California.
Won 76-61 over USC in Spokane, Jan. 10, 2004 to halt nine-game losing streak to USC.
Won 55-48 at UCLA, Feb. 5, 2004 for first win at UCLA in 47 games, including 39 at Pauley Pavilion...broke 22-game losing streak to UCLA.
Won 60-51 at USC, Feb. 7, 2004 to snap seven-game losing streak at USC...first season sweep of USC since 1985-86...completed first road sweep of Los Angeles schools in WSU history.
Won 60-51 vs. Stanford in Spokane, Dec, 31, 2004 to break 17-game losing streak against Cardinal.
Won 70-63 at No. 11 Arizona, Jan. 29, 2005 to break 38-game losing streak against Arizona...stopped 20-game losing streak at Arizona...first win in 35 tries against a ranked Arizona team...halted a 26-game road losing streak against ranked opponents and a 48-game skid overall against top 25 teams.
Won 59-48 at Stanford, March 3, 2005 to break eight-game losing streak at Stanford...first home-and-home sweep of Stanford since 1992-93.
Won 78-71 at No. 10 Washington, Jan. 7, 2006...first win at Washington since 1994...first win in 57 games against a top 10 team on the road...broke 34-game losing streak to top 10 teams.

COUGARS IN PACIFIC-10 RANKINGS: WSU leads the Pacific-10 in scoring defense (56.9 points per game), field goal percentage defense (38.7) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (30.2)...sophomore Josh Akognon is second in 3-pointers made (2.56 per game) and sixth in 3-point percentage (44.1)...sophomore Kyle Weaver is third in assists (4.56 per game), sixth in steals (1.56 per game) and 17th in rebounding (4.9 per game)...junior transfer Ivory Clark is fifth in blocked shots (1.31 per game)...sophomore Robbie Cowgill is eighth in blocked shots (1.15 per game) and 19th in rebounding (4.6 per game).

WSU IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougars are ranked nationally in scoring defense (ninth, 56.9 points per game), field goal percentage defense (15th, 38.7) and 3-point field goal percentage (39th, 38.7).

BENCH SCORING: Washington State is averaging 21.5 points per game this season off the bench...Aron Baynes scored 19 points off the bench in the Cougars' 81-55 season-opening victory over UC Riverside, Nov. 19...against Idaho, Nov. 26, Cougar bench players tallied 31 points in 63-37 victory...bench players scored 28 of the team's 60 points in win at San Diego State, Dec. 61-46 win over Portland, Dec. 17, Cougar bench players tallied 46 points led by Ivory Clark's team-high 12...Josh Akognon recorded a career-high 27 points in a 78-71 upset win at No. 10 Washington, Jan. 7...bench played combined for 45 points in the win over the Huskies.

WHO IS STARTING?: Washington State has used 13 different starting line-ups in its 16 games this season...sophomore Derrick Low started the first 11 games before breaking his right foot in practice, Jan. 4...Robbie Cowgill has started all 13 games in which he has played after missing the first three due to a fractured right clavicle.

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