Cougars Welcome Los Angeles Schools To Friel

Feb. 7, 2006

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WASHINGTON STATE (10-9, 3-7 Pac-10)
COUGARS HOST LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS: The Washington State men's basketball team will look to grab another win against a ranked opponent when it hosts No. 13 (AP)/No. 12 (ESPN/USA Today) UCLA, Thursday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m, and USC, Saturday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m...both games will be televised by FOX Sports Net.

THE HEAD COACHES: Dick Bennett is 35-41 at Washington State and in his third season on the Palouse...owns a 489-298 career record (.621) in 27 collegiate seasons...guided Wisconsin to 2000 Final Four...Ben Howland is 48-32 and in his third season at UCLA...overall record is 216-131 in 12 seasons...Tim Floyd is 15-7 in his first season at USC...overall record is 258-137 in 13 seasons...Bennett is 1-4 against Howland and 1-5 vs. UCLA (1-4 as WSU head coach)...Bennett is 4-1 vs. USC and is 0-1 against Floyd.

ABOUT UCLA: The Bruins lead the Pacific-10 Conference with a 9-2 conference mark...UCLA is 19-4 overall...Bruins need one win for their first 20-win season since 2001-02...UCLA is second to Washington State in scoring defense among Pac-10 schools at 60.7 points per game...Bruins are tops in the conference in field goal percentage at 47.9...Jordan Farmar leads the Pac-10 in assists per game (5.76), is fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.55), 10th in steals (1.24 per game), and 12th in scoring (13.6 points per game)...Arron Afflalo is fifth in scoring (17.4 points per game), 3-point field goals made (2.22 per game) and free throw percentage (81.8) and 17th in rebounding (4.7 per game).

SERIES WITH THE BRUINS: UCLA leads 88-13...Bruins hold a 39-11 advantage on the road, including 37-11 in Pullman...Bruins have won last 12 on the road against the Cougars, including 11 straight at Friel Court (1995-96 game was played at Spokane Arena)...Washington State is 3-60 all-time against a ranked UCLA team...Bruins won first meeting 63-61 in Los Angeles, Jan. 12.

ABOUT USC: The Trojans are 15-7 overall, 6-5 in the Pacific-10...USC leads the Pac-10 in 3-pointers made per game at 6.41...Gabe Pruitt leads the conference in 3-pointers made with 2.68 per game, is second in steals (2.27 per game), fifth in minutes played (34.14 per game) and seventh in scoring (17.0 points per game) and free throw percentage (80.0)...Nick Young is sixth in scoring (17.1 points per game), eighth in field goal percentage (49.5), and ninth in rebounding (6.3 per game) and minutes played (33.32 per game)...Abdoulaye N'diaye is second in blocked shots (1.59 per game) and tied for 19th in rebounding (4.6 per game).

SERIES WITH THE TROJANS: Southern Cal leads all-time series 63-36...Washington State holds a 24-22 advantage at home, including 23-21 in Pullman...Cougars have won last two at home (Spokane in 2004 and Pullman in 2005)...the team winning the season's first meeting has swept the home-and-home each of the last six seasons...USC won the first meeting this season, 71-66 Jan. 14 in the final games between the two schools at The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Feb. 9): WSU opened with an 18-4 run on its way to an 84-64 victory over visiting USC, Feb. 9, extended Cougars' win streak at Friel Court to 13 games...all five Cougar starters scored in the opening run...the Trojans trailed by double figures the final 14 minutes of the game...Donminic Ellison handed out 13 assists and added four steals...WSU converted 21 of 29 shots (72.4 percent) in the second half.

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (Feb. 11): Marv Harshman's Cougars held Stanford to shoot just 35.6 percent from the floor, to beat the Cardinal 82-58, Feb. 11, 1967...WSU shot 54.2 percent shooting from the field, and out-rebounded the Cardinal 54-41...Ted Wierman led the Cougars tallying 20 points...Jim McKean added 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Cougars.

COUGARS WIN FIGHTS WITH DAWGS: Washington State swept Washington in the season's home-and-home series for the first time since 1994...Cougars defeated the 10th-ranked Huskies 78-71 in Seattle, Jan. 4...victory broke a 34-game losing streak overall to top 10 teams and snapped an 11-game skid at Washington...first road win in school history against a top 10 opponent...sophomore Josh Akognon set a career-high with 27 points, shooting 6-for-10 beyond the arc...guard Kyle Weaver was 8-for-10 from the field, scored a career-high 19 points, and added six assists...Cougars held the Huskies to 40.2 percent shooting from the floor...five players tallied double-figure scoring in WSU's 77-64 win over No. 16 Washington in Pullman, Feb. 4...largest margin of victory over a top-25 team since an 84-71 win over No. 15 Arizona State in Pullman, March 4, 1995.

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.
Defeated No. 16 Washington, Feb. 4, 2006...first home-and-home sweep of the Huskies since 1994...first ranked opponent defeated at Friel Court since No. 25 California (89-87), Feb. 22, 1997 (23-game losing streak).

COUGARS IN PACIFIC-10/NCAA RANKINGS: WSU leads the Pacific-10 and are ninth nationally in scoring defense (57.8 points per game)...first in Pac-10, eighth nationally in field goal percentage defense (38.8)...tops in Pac-10, 31st nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (38.6)...sophomore Josh Akognon is fourth in Pac-10 and 24th in the nation at 44.0 percent from beyond the arc...Akognon is third in the Pac-10 in 3-pointers made (2.53 per game)...sophomore Kyle Weaver is third in assists (4.47 per game), sixth in steals (1.58 per game), ninth in assist/turnover ration (1.37), 10th in field goal percentage (48.9), and 18th in rebounding (4.7 per game)...junior transfer Ivory Clark is sixth in blocked shots (1.37 per game)...sophomore Robbie Cowgill is seventh in blocked shots (1.06 per game).

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