Scouting report: Washington State
Game info: 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Edmundson Pavilion.
TV/Radio: FSN NW/KJR-950 AM
Record: 14-6. RPI rank: 75th.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Ken Bone is 14-6 in his first year with the Cougars, 349-173 in his 18th season.
Last season: 17-16, 8-10 Pac-10 (7th)
Series: UW leads the all-time series 169-98. The Huskies are 34-98 against the Cougars at home.
Last meeting: UW won 67-60 at Hec Ed Marh 7, 2009 to clinch its first outright Pac-10 title.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Just 20 games into this season, sophomore Klay Thomposn has already surpassed his point total from the 33 games of his freshman season. He scored 414 as a freshman, averaging 12.5 points a game. He has 446 points this season, averaging 22.3, which ties for ninth in the nation. He’s scored double figures in 18 of the WSU’s 20 games and reached 20-plus points in 13 of the 20 contests.
— Freshmen guard Reggie Moore (above) leads all Pac-10 freshmen in assists, assists/turnover ratio and free throw percentage and ranks second among freshmen in scoring. Moore is currently on pace to break 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.
— Reserve senior G/F Nikola Koprivica will likely finish career with more wins than any other Washington State athlete. He has 83, which is second behind George Hamilton’s 86.
— Koprivica leads the Pac-10 in 3-point percentage, converting 27 of 54 attempts.
— Forward DeAngelo Castro leads the league with 2.1 blocked shots per game.
— Wazzu has more underclassmen (15) than any other team in the country. The Cougars are also tied with Saint Louis for the fewest upperclassmen (one).
— The Cougars have five left-handed players: Koprivica, Anthony Brown, Marcus Capers, Abe Lodwick and Brock Motum.
F – Casto, 6-8, 241, So., 10.0 ppg. 7.4 rpg
F/G – Abe Lodwick, 6-7, 200, So., 2.8, 3.1
G – Thompson, 6-6, 200, So., 22.3, 5.0
G – Moore, 6-1, 178, Fr., 14.4, 4.6 apg.
G – Marcus Capers, 6-4, 180, So., 7.0, 4.2
— The battle of point guards won’t win the game, but it’s unquestionably the most intriguing matchup. Moore will face UW’s three point guards and each pairing has a interesting subplot. Moore and Isaiah Thomas are good friends. Thomas said: “He’s like my little brother.” Moore and Abdul Gaddy have a history. If Gaddy hadn’t signed with UW, Moore might be a Husky. And Moore and Venoy Overton have played against each other several times during summer workouts.
January 29, 2010 at 8:27 PM
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