COUGAR HARDWOOD CLASSIC: Washington State University men’s basketball (7-4) looks to improve to 8-0 all-time in the Cougar Hardwood Classic as it takes on Buffalo (4-7), Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Seattle’s KeyArena.
• The game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks, as Lamar Hurd and Kevin Calabro have the call.
• Bud Nameck, in this 20th year with Cougar Basketball, will have all the action on the Cougar IMG Radio Network.
• Live updates can be found on Twitter by following @WSUMensHoops, the official Twitter account of Washington State men’s basketball.
THE LAST MEETING
ABOUT THE COUGAR HARDWOOD CLASSIC:
• This year marks the eighth annual Cougar Hardwood Classic held at Seattle’s KeyArena…it’s hosted by Idol Sports & Entertainment.
• Seven of the eight CHCs have occurred in December, 2010 year was the only exception when it was held Nov. 23.
• The Cougars are 7-0 all-time in the Cougar Hardwood Classic having defeated Utah (2005), San Diego State (2006), The Citadel (2007), Montana State (2008), LSU (2009), Portland (2010) and Pepperdine (2011).
• Klay Thompson set the record for points scored in 2010 when he put up 35 as WSU defeated Portland, 84-68.
• Last season, the Cougars defeated Pepperdine, 67-56, Thursday, Dec. 22 at KeyArena as part of the Cougar Hardwood Classic.
• DaVonté Lacy tied his then-career high with 3 3-pointers made…he finished with 15 points, his first time in double figures since scoring 10 against Grambling State, Nov. 30…his 15 points tied his then-career high.
• Faisal Aden finished with 17 points, his most since scoring 25 against New Mexico, Nov. 25.
• Brock Motum returned to double figures with 11 points.
• The Cougar bench outscored the Waves’ bench 25-11…got 22 points off 11 Pepperdine turnovers.
• WSU’s 10 turnovers marked a season low.
• Pepperdine scored a WSU opponent season low 15 points in the first half…Grambling scored 17 Nov. 30.
COUGARS VS. BULLS, THE MAC:
• Friday marks just the third all-time meeting between Washington State and Buffalo and the first since the 1950-51 season.
• WSU leads the all-time series, 2-0, winning both games at Buffalo.
• The Cougars defeated the Bulls, 70-49, Dec. 16, 1950 and 56-44, Dec. 17, 1949.
• Jack Friel was head coach of the Cougars during both those seasons…in 1949-50, WSU finished with a 19-13 record, and in 1950-51, 17-15.
• WSU is 5-1 all-time against current members of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
• Aside from Buffalo, the Cougars have also faced Akron (1-0), Eastern Michigan (1-1) and Ohio (1-0).
• The last time WSU faced a current member of the MAC was Eastern Michigan, Dec. 3, 1994, an 82-78 loss.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
• The Cougars won five of their six games during their last homestand, including the last two games, and are currently 7-4 on the season.
• WSU is 7-1 at home (wins: Eastern Washington – Nov. 10, Utah Valley – Nov. 14, Arkansas-Pine Bluff – Nov. 24, Idaho – Nov. 28, Portland – Dec. 5, Fresno State – Dec. 9 and Jackson State – Dec. 13, and loss: No. 10 Gonzaga – Dec. 5), 0-1 on the road (at Pepperdine – Nov. 16) and 0-2 at neutral-sites (vs. No. 12 Kansas – Nov. 19 and vs. Texas A&M – Nov. 20, both at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Kan.).
• Three of WSU’s four losses have come by 2 points or less and a total of five points…those include a 2-point loss to No. 10 Gonzaga.
• Brock Motum leads the team with 20.4 points per game and 6.9 rebounds…he’s averaged 25.6 points per game in the last five games.
• Motum ranks second in the conference and 18th in the nation in scoring and has scored 23 or more points in each of the last five games…he’s reached double figures in every game this season.
• After missing four games due to a knee injury suffered in the first five minutes against Kansas, Nov. 19, DaVonté Lacy is now averaging 10.1 points in six games.
• After a WSU career-high 19 points against his former team, Fresno State, Mike Ladd is third on the team with 8.5 points per game…the 6-5 guard is adding a team third-best 5.5 rebounds a game.
• Royce Woolridge is adding 7.7 points per game, Dexter Kernich-Drew 7.5 points, and D.J. Shelton 6.1 points and a team second-best 5.9 rebounds a game.
• Will DiIorio has missed two games since spraining his ankle against Gonzaga (Dec. 5) and is expected to miss one-two weeks as of Dec. 11.
• In their second-straight under-60 scoring output, the Cougars defeated Jackson State, 52-41, Thursday, Dec. 13 at Beasley Coliseum.
• Brock Motum finished with 27 points…he has scored at least 23 points in each of the last five games…he’s averaging 25.6 points per game in each of the last five games.
• Motum passed Steve Harriel and Vince Hanson to move into 19th on WSU’s career scoring list.
• Junior Longrus had a career-high 4 assists, 3 of them in the first half…his previous high was 2 done twice, last against Fresno State…all 4 of his assists went to Brock Motum.
• Dexter Kernich-Drew had a career-high 8 rebounds…his previous best was 5 achieved last season against Eastern Washington.
• DaVonté Lacy scored in double figures for the second time in three games, finishing with 11…he made all three of WSU’s 3-pointers as he was 3-for-8 and the rest of the team was 0-for-11 from beyond the 3-point arc.
• Jackson State’s 41 points are tied for the 22nd fewest by a WSU opponent in the post-shot clock era.
• Washington State’s 52 points are the fewest in a victory since winning 43-38 last season at USC, March 3.
MOTUM NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
• For the second time in his career, Brock Motum was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 3-9.
• Motum led the Cougars with 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game as WSU fell to No. 10 Gonzaga, 71-69, Dec. 5, and defeated Fresno State, 59-50, Dec. 9.
• He shot .552 (16-for-29) from the field, including a .700 clip (7-for-10) from 3-point range.
• Against Gonzaga, Motum had 23 points and made a career-high 5 3-pointers, going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc…he tied his career high with 3 blocked shots. • He also scored 23 points against Fresno State, adding a team-high 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
• Motum’s honor is the 26th Player of the Week nod in WSU history as he became the sixth Cougar to earn the award multiple times in his career (also earned it Dec. 12, 2011).
MOTUM SCORES 1,000TH POINT:
• Brock Motum became the 33rd Washington State men’s basketball student-athlete to score 1,000 career points with 14 points against Kansas, Monday, Nov. 19.
• He is the third Cougar in the last four seasons to reach 1,000 career-points…Klay Thompson scored his 1,000th point during the 2009-10 season and Reggie Moore reached 1,000 points in the Cougs second-to-last game of the 2011-12 season.
• With 1,157 points, Motum holds the 19th best career scoring mark in WSU history…he is just 5 points away from Kyle Weaver in 18th with 1,162 points and 12 from Terry Ball in 17th with 1,169 points.
COUGARS GO `DOWN UNDER’:
• The Cougars spent two weeks in Australia, Aug. 3-16, 2012, as part of an NCAA approved international tour.
• The team made stops in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane/Gold Coast and Cairns, playing five games in all.
• WSU went 2-3 in those games, three of them against teams of the NBL (National Basketball League), Australia’s highest professional league.
• Brock Motum averaged 27.2 points in the five games, including a 41-point output against the Cairns Taipans in the final game of the tour.
• Reggie Moore averaged 13.0, Dexter Kernich-Drew 8.4 and Mike Ladd 6.4 points per game.
• The Cougar roster contains three Aussies; Motum (Brisbane), Kernich-Drew (Melbourne) and James Hunter (Sydney).
• MOTUM A CANDIDATE FOR THE WOODEN AWARD: Senior Brock Motum is one of 50 preseason candidates for the 2012-13 John R. Wooden Award. He is the second Cougar in three seasons to make the list, as Klay Thompson was named to the preseason top-50 prior to the 2010-11 season. Thompson went on to make the midseason top-30 cut in 2010-11, as did Low in 2007-08. Three other Pac-12 student-athletes were named to the list: André Roberson (Colorado), Allen Crabbe (California), and Solomon Hill (Arizona).
• PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER: With its win over Idaho, Nov. 28, WSU improved to 46-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court. The Cougars have won 46-straight November games in Pullman and are 47-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
• COUGARS MAKE 12TH POSTSEASON APPEARANCE: Washington State competed in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in 2011-12, marking the first CBI and 12th overall postseason appearance in school history.
• MOTUM JOINS ELITE COMPANY: Brock Motum grabbed his 200th rebound of the 2011-12 season March 7 in the Pac-12 Tournament and had 613 points and 216 rebounds last season. He joined two other Cougars, Steve Puidokas and Larry Beck as the only WSU players to reach 500 points and 200 boards in a season.
• COUGARS RETURN TWO STARTERS: The team boasts two returning starters, including 2011-12 Pac-12 leading scorer, Brock Motum. Joining Motum and sophomore DaVonté Lacy are six more returning letterwinners and two returning squad members. Among the returning letterwinners are senior guard Mike Ladd, junior forward Will DiIorio, redshirt sophomore guard Dexter Kernich-Drew and redshirt junior forward D.J. Shelton, along with squad members sophomore Royce Woolridge and freshman Dominic Ballard, both whom redshirted last season. Joining this year’s squad are four transfers and three true freshmen.