Cougars Face Ducks in Pacific-10 Tournament

March 6, 2006

WASHINGTON STATE (11-16, 4-14 Pac-10)

COUGARS AND DUCKS AT PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: The Washington State men's basketball team is the No. 10 seed at the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament...Cougars play No. 7 seed Oregon, Wednesday, March is scheduled for 8:42 p.m. (time approximate following Arizona State/Oregon State game...FOX Sports Net will televise the game.

THE HEAD COACHES: Dick Bennett is 36-48 at Washington State and in his third season on the Palouse...owns a 490-307 career record (.615) in 27 collegiate seasons...guided Wisconsin to 2000 Final Four...Oregon's Ernie Kent is 162-111 with the Ducks and in his ninth season in record is 262-191 in 15 collegiate seasons...Bennett is 0-6 against Kent...Bennett is 1-7 against Oregon, including 0-6 at WSU.

COUGARS AT THE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: Washington State is 2-6 all-time in Pac-10 Tournament games...lost to Arizona State in 1987...defeated UCLA and lost to Oregon State in 1988...beat Oregon and lost to Arizona in 1989...lost to USC in 1990...suffered defeats to Stanford in 2004 and 2005...Cougars did not qualify for tournament in 2002 or 2003...all 10 teams made the tournament 1987-90 and in 2006.

SERIES WITH THE DUCKS: Oregon leads 151-116...Ducks have won 10 straight in the series and 18 of the last 19...only Cougar victory in last nine seasons was 63-62 in Pullman, Feb. 15, 2001...Oregon has won eight of 12 meetings on a neutral floor, including an 8-2 record at the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore...WSU has won the two previous meetings in conference tournament play, both played in California...Cougars defeated Ducks 50-37 in Pacific Coast Conference Tournament, Dec. 28, played in San Francisco...WSU knocked off Oregon 78-56, March 9, 1989 in first round of Pac-10 Tournament played in Inglewood, Calif.

HAIRSTON BUZZER BEATS DOWNS COUGARS: Oregon's Malik Hairston nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner with four tenths of a second remaining in the game to give the Ducks a 52-50 win over the Cougars, Jan. 19 in Pullman...Jordan Kent had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Oregon...Washington State's Josh Akognon led all scorers with 18 points.

DUCKS ROUT COUGARS: Oregon led 30-10 at halftime and rolled to a 67-37 win over Washington State in Eugene, Feb. 18...Chamberlain Oguchi tallied a game-high 18 points for the Ducks...Robbie Cowgill led the Cougars with 11 points...Oregon held a 45-28 advantage on the boards.

ABOUT OREGON: The Ducks are 13-17 overall, 7-11 in the Pac-10...finished outright seventh to earn No. 7 seed in Pac-10 Tournament...Malik Hairston ranks 10th in the Pac-10 with 14.4 points per game...Ducks are averaging 68.6 points on offense and give up 64.6 points on defense.

THIS DATE IN COUGAR HISTORY (March 8): Washington State solidified its first postseason bid in nine seasons with an 82-68 win over No. 8 USC in Pullman, March 8, was the 20th of the season for the Cougars who eventually advanced to the second round of the National Invitational Tournament before losing to New Mexico 79-71.

RETURN TO SENDER: Washington State has 125 blocked shots this season, including 86 in Pacific-10 games...fifth time in school history Cougars have eclipsed the century mark in rejections during a season...only 1986 (130) team ranks ahead of this year's squad...the 86 blocks in conference play broke the school record set in 1986 (72).

COUGARS TAKE CARE OF THE BALL: In the Cougars 71-62 loss at Oregon State, Feb. 16, Washington State committed four back to 1977 (school game records are incomplete prior), the four turnovers ties the school record for fewest in a game...WSU turned the ball over four times in an 82-79 win over Oregon Jan. 19, 1991.

WASHINGTON STATE DEFENSE: The Cougars lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (57.4 points per game), field goal percentage defense (39.0) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.5).

COUGARS ARE SLOW STARTERS: Washington State has led just once at halftime in its last 13 games, 11 of which have resulted in losses...Cougar victories came at home against Washington (trailed 35-30) and USC (tied 20-20).

WHO IS STARTING?: Washington State has used 22 different starting line-ups in its 27 games this season...sophomore Derrick Low started the first 11 games before breaking his right foot in practice, Jan. 4...Low missed eight games, came off the bench against UCLA, Feb. 9 and returned to the starting lineup against USC, Feb. 11...Robbie Cowgill has started all 24 games in which he has played after missing the first three due to a fractured right clavicle...Kyle Weaver game against Stanford, Feb. 25 due to a sprained left ankle.

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