WSU Faces Oregon in Pac-10 Tournament for Third-Straight Year
March 9, 2010
COUGARS FACE OREGON IN TOURNAMENT FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT SEASON: In a repeat of the regular season finale, ninth-seeded Washington State University men's basketball (16-14, 6-12) will face eighth-seeded Oregon (15-15, 7-11) in the first round of the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament, Wednesday, March 10 at 8:10 p.m. at Staples Center at Los Angeles, Calif. The game will air live on Fox Sports Net.
| Game 31 | No. 9 Washington State (16-14, 6-12) vs Oregon (15-15, 7-11)
Pacific-10 Conference Tournament
|Date||Wednesday, March 10 | 8:10 p.m. PST|
|Location||Los Angeles, Calif. | Staples Center|
|Television||Fox Sports Net|
|Radio||Cougar Sports Network | Listen Online|
|wsucougars.com||Gametracker | Crimson ZZU Blog | Game Notes|
|All-Time Series||Oregon leads 156-122 (Streak: WSU -2)|
ABOUT THE COUGS:
The Cougars finished 10th in the Pac-10 and are the No. 9 seed in the tournament (USC will not participate in the tournament due to a self-imposed sanction that includes a ban on postseason play).
WSU will face Oregon in the Pac-10 Tournament for the third-straight year and the fourth time in five seasons.
The Cougars are now 16-14 on the season and 6-12 in Pac-10 action.
The Cougs fell at Oregon, 74-66, in the two teams' regular season finale Saturday at McArthur Court.
WSU has lost three straight and nine of its last 11 games along with its last six road games.
WSU is 3-9 on the road and 2-7 on the road in conference action, however the Cougs are 3-0 in neutral site games.
Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team and ranks third in the conference with 19.6 points per game...he's scored double figures in 24 of the Cougs' 30 games this season and reached 20-plus points in 16 of the 30 contests.
Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 4.1 assists a game, adding a team second-best 12.9 points an outing.
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 6.9 rebounds a game, adding 10.7 points per game.
The Cougars' lone senior, Nikola Koprivica, is chipping in 8.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
AGAINST THE DUCKS:
The Cougars trail the all-time series 122-156...Oregon holds a 9-6 advantage in neutral site games between the two teams.
Washington State had its six-game winning streak over Oregon snapped in the first meeting this season and was swept by the Ducks for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
The Cougars have met the Ducks in the Pac-10 Tournament more than any other team as this is the fifth meeting.
WSU holds a 3-1 advantage against Oregon in the Pac-10 Tournament and has ousted Oregon from the tourney the last two years.
In the last three meetings in the tournament (2009, 2008, 2006), the team that swept the regular season series won the tournament game (WSU in 2009 and 2008; Oregon in 2006).
In the first meeting this season, WSU fell in a double-overtime heartbreaker to Oregon, 91-89, involving a controversial technical foul at the end of the first overtime.
Klay Thompson led the team with 33 points, reaching 20 points for the 11th time in the Cougars' 13 games this season.
DeAngelo Casto finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, recording his fourth double-double of the season and his career.
In the second meeting, a late comeback for the Cougs fell short as the dropped the regular season finale to the Ducks, 74-66, in the final Pac-10 game at McArthur Court.
Klay Thompson reached the 1,000 career point plateau in the game and led the Cougs with 22 points, adding eight rebounds.
DeAngelo Casto recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 boards.
WSU AT THE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT:
The Cougars are 5-10 all-time in the Pac-10 Tournament, with three of their five wins coming against the Ducks.
WSU has played eight of the nine other Pac-10 teams in the tournament, the only exception being Cal
If the Cougars defeat the Ducks, they will meet the Golden Bears in the quarterfinals Thursday.
The only other teams Washington State has defeated are Washington and UCLA.
WSU has won at least one game in the last three tournaments, but is 0-1 as the No. 9 seed in the tourney.
For more on the Cougs in the Pac-10 Tournament, see page five in today's notes.
KOPRIVICA AMONG WINNINGEST COUGARS:
Senior Nikola Koprivica has been a part of WSU men's basketball teams that have combined for 85 wins (2007-present).
With 85 wins to his name, Koprivica ranks second for 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), 85
3. Ed Gayda (1947-50), 82
4. Daven Harmeling (2005, 2007-09), 81
5. Aaron Baynes (2006-09), 80
Caleb Forrest (2006-09), 80
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 12.9 points per game.
Not only is he second in scoring, but he leads the team in assists with 4.1 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 has already captured the freshman record for assists, surpassing Bennie Seltzer's 114 which he recorded in 1990.
If the season ended today, Moore would finish second in the WSU record books for assists average and scoring average.
Moore has already crushed the WSU freshman record for free throws made with 149 this season...the previous record was 92 set by Marcus Moore in 2001.
COUGARS AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN PAC-10:
Over the last four seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) the Cougars have the second most overall and fourth most conference wins among Pac-10 schools.
WSU is 85-48 (.639) overall and 38-34 in conference play over the last three years and this season.
UCLA has the best four-year record at 105-36 (.745) overall and 53-20 in league play.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES:
Thirty games into this season, sophomore Klay Thompson has already surpassed 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 589 points this season, averaging 19.6.
He's shot five times more free throws this year than the entire last season...he's shot 164 as a sophomore, compared to just 31 as a freshman.
Senior Nikola Koprivica's stats have gone up this season as well, as his 266 points are one point more than his total from his freshman, sophomore and junior season combined (257).
With 41 treys on the season, he surpassed his total number of 3-pointers made from his first three seasons (26).
THOMPSON BECOMES THIRD FASTEST TO 1,000:
With 22 points at Oregon, sophomore Klay Thompson surpassed the 1,000-point for his career...he now has 1,003 points.
Thompson became the 31st Cougar to reach 1,000 career points and the third-fastest, accomplishing the feat in his 63rd career game.
The only two Cougars to do it faster than Thompson were Steve Puidokas (52 games) and Jim McKean (57 games)...Thompson surpassed Larry Beck who was previously third as he did it in 66 games.
He currently ranks 30th in the WSU career record books for scoring and needs 19 points to move into sole possession of 29th.
CASTO'S BLOCK PARTY:
With 63 blocked shots as a sophomore and 39 during his rookie campaign, DeAngelo Casto has 102 career blocks.
His 102 blocks rank sixth in the WSU career record books.
His 61 blocked shots this season are a sophomore record and rank him fourth in the Cougar single-season record books...the most blocks since Stuart House swatted 69 shots in 1979-80.
THREE COUGS EARN PAC-10 HONORS:
For the second-straight season, three Cougars earned Pacific-10 Conference Honors.
Sophomore Klay Thompson was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team.
Thompson became the fourth Cougar in four years to be named to the first team...he joins Kyle Weaver (2007), Derrick Low (2007) and former teammate Taylor Rochestie (2009).
This year marks the first time since 1997 and 1998 that two Cougars earned first team honors in consecutive seasons.
Thompson was one of three underclassmen to be named to the first team,
Sophomore DeAngelo Casto was named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention and to the all-defensive team.
Casto becomes just the fourth Cougar to earn defensive honors, as Kyle Weaver was named to the team in 2008 and Robbie Cowgill earned honorable mention that same year.
Keith Morrison was named the league's defensive player of the year in 1986.
Casto also becomes the 10th WSU player to be named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention.
Reggie Moore earned Pac-10 All-Freshman Team accolades.
It's just the second time in school history that WSU freshmen have been named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in consecutive seasons.
Prior to Thompson and Casto picking up the honors last season, Marcus Moore was the last Cougar to earn the honors in 2001.
Last season Thompson and Casto earned all-freshman honors and Taylor Rochestie was named All-Pac-10 First Team.
BEST OF THE BOTTOM:
Since the Pac-8 was created in 1968-69, no conference team has ever finished last in the league with at least six wins.
This season's Cougar squad has the most league wins of any team to finish last in either the Pac-10 or the Pac-8.
On top of that, WSU's 16 overall wins mark the most wins by a last-place team in both the Pac-10 and Pac-8.
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 16 of WSU's 30 games.
He's also reached double figures in 32 of WSU's 60 halves this season and in 24 of the team's 30 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.