Cougars Look for Season Sweep of Wildcats
Feb. 5, 2010
COUGS LOOK FOR SWEEP OF WILDCATS: Washington State University men's basketball will try to end a three-game slide and earn a season sweep of Arizona as the Wildcats come to Friel Court, Saturday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. Saturday's game will be a `Gray Out' in which Cougar fans are encouraged to wear gray for the game. The game can be seen live on FSN Northwest and Arizona.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
Washington State battled back from down 19 against Arizona State, Thursday, but could not get closer than four and fell 81-70 to the Sun Devils.
The Cougars are now 14-8 on the season and 4-6 in Pacific-10 Conference action, just two games out of first place.
The Cougars split each of their first four Pac-10 weekends.
WSU is 8-3 at home this season and 2-3 at Friel Court 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 21.5 points per game...he's scored double figures in 19 of the Cougs' 22 games this season and reached 20-plus points in 14 of the 22 contests.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 4.3 assists a game, adding a team second-best 14.2 points an outing...he's averaging 16.2 points per game in Pac-10 play this season.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 6.9 rebounds a game, adding 9.5 points per game.
The Cougars' lone senior, Nikola Koprivica, is chipping in 9.3 points per game and leads the Pac-10 in 3-pt field goal percentage at .470 (31-for-66).
ABOUT THE ARIZONA WILDCATS:
Under first-year head coach Sean Miller, Arizona is 12-10 overall and boasts a 6-4 Pac-10 mark.
The Wildcats sit in a four-way tie for first place in the conference standings.
Arizona snapped its four-game winning streak Thursday against Washington...the Huskies rallied for an 81-75 win in Seattle.
The Wildcats are 3-5 on the road this season...All three wins have come in Pac-10 play.
Arizona leads the conference in free throw shooting at 74.4 percent.
Senior guard Nic Wise leads the Sun Devils at 15.8 points per game and 3.6 assists per game.
Freshman forward Derrick Williams is close behind at 15.3 points per game and leads the team with 7.1 rebounds...leads Pac-10 freshman in both categories.
Sophomore Kyle Fogg and junior Jamelle Horne round out the team's double-figure scorers, averaging 11 and 10.3 points per contest, respectively.
AGAINST THE WILDCATS:
The Cougars trail the all-time series 15-51.
WSU has won the last two meetings.
The Cougars defeated Arizona 78-76 Jan. 8 in Tucson.
DeAngelo Casto scored the go-ahead basket with one-tenth of a second remaining.
The Wildcats' 76 points is the most WSU has allowed in a win this season.
Reggie Moore led WSU with 20 points...The first of his four 20-point performances on the season.
Klay Thompson scored 19 points and hauled in eight rebounds.
Casto came up one rebound shy of a double-double with 16 points and nine boards.
Arizona featured four players in double-figure scoring, led by senior Nic Wise with 15.
Wildcat freshman Derrick Williams fouled out after just 17 minutes, but scored 13 points and had six rebounds.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE COUGS:
The Cougars lost to Arizona State, 81-70, Thursday at Friel Court.
ASU earned its first win in Pullman and first season sweep of WSU since 2003.
Klay Thompson led the Cougars with 20 points and a career-high six steals.
Marcus Capers added a career-best 13 points, shooting 5-of-6 from the field...also led WSU with eight rebounds.
Reggie Moore and Nikola Koprivica also scored 13 points.
Michael Harthun played a personal Pac-10 best 11 minutes.
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 14.2 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 83 wins (2007-present).
With 83 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), 83
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 83-41 (.669) overall and 36-28 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 102-30 (.773) overall and 50-14 in league play.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES:
Just 22 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 473 points this season, averaging 21.5.
He's shot over four times more free throws this year than the entire last season...he's shot 143 as a sophomore, compared to just 31 as a freshman.
Nikola Koprivica's stats have gone up this season as well, as his 209 points are 21 points better than his total from his sophomore and junior seasons combined (188).
With 31 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 .542 compared to .388 his first three seasons and .470 from 3-point range compared to .236 his first three seasons.
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 MAKES ALASKA HIS `KLAY'GROUND:
Klay Thompson had the week of his young career at the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Nov. 25-28.
Thompson broke the Great Alaska Shootout single-game and championship game records with 43 points in WSU's win over San Diego...the old record was set by Glenn Robinson of Purdue also in the championship game against Portland in 1993.
His 16 field goals mark a championship game record, besting Robinson's mark of 15 in 1993.
Thompson also set championship game records for field goals made (16), 3-pointers made (eight) and 3-pointers attempted (13).
His 89 total points were tied for second most in the tournament with Casey Green of Southwest Louisiana (1997).
Thompson's 14 3-pointers stand at fifth best all-time in the Great Alaska Shootout.
He was named the Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game in all three WSU games.
He earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award.
He led the tournament in points, scoring average, 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goals attempted and free throws, and was ranked in the top five in assists, steals, blocks and minutes played.
COUGARS DOMINATE SHOOTOUT AS WELL:
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.
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 22 games.
He's also reached double figures in 26 of WSU's 44 halves this season and in 19 of the team's 22 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.
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