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February 26, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Scouting Washington State

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Photo credit: Seattle Times – Cliff DesPeaux
Scouting report: Washington State
Game info: 7 p.m. Saturday at Beasley Coliseum.
TV/Radio: FSN/KJR-950 AM
Record: 16-11 (6-9 Pac-10, t-eighth). RPI rank: 127th.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Ken Bone is 16-11 in first year with the Cougars, 256-176 overall in his 14th season.
Last season: 17-16, 8-10 (7th)
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 2008 (Lost 68-47 to North Carolina in the Sweet 16.)
Prediction: Picked to finish eighth in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Series: Washington leads 170-98 in a series that began Feb. 16, 1910. The Huskies have won the past three games. Before UW’s recent success, WSU had won seven in a row.
Last meeting: Isaiah Thomas scored 17 of his 19 points to spur a 56-24 run and lead the Huskies to a 92-64 victory. Quincy Pondexter had game highs in points (29) and rebounds (12). Klay Thompson was benched at the start as punishment for missing a team bus. He finished with eight rebounds and seven points on 2-for-15 shooting. Xaxier Thames, who replaced Thompson, scored team-high 15 points. Nikola Kopriva finished with 13 points, all in the first half, and 11 rebounds. Reggie Moore added 13.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Despite a recent decline, Thompson is third in the Pac-10 in scoring average at 20.1. In conference games, he’s averaging 16.3. Thompson needs 42 points to reach 1,000 career points. He’s on pace to reach the plateau next week in the regular-season finale at Oregon. If he does it, he’d become the third fastest Cougar to reach the milestone.
— Among Pac-10 freshman, Moore is first in assists (4.1), assists/turnover ratio (1.5), free throw percentage (.801) and second in scoring (13.4 points per game. He needs five assists to break Bennie Seltzer’s freshman record of 114 set in 1990. Moore starred at Rainier Beach High before spending a season at Brewster Prep in New Hampshire. Moore is the only player on the roster from Seattle.
OVERVIEW:
DeAngelo Casto (above) is one of better post defenders in the Pac-10 and he’s a got a bit of a nasty streak. Just ask Scott Suggs (above). Casto is the top shot blocker in the conference with 59. The next closest player has 39.
— It’s Senior Night for the Cougars who will honor forward Koprivica during a pre-game ceremony. With another victory, he’ll tie George Hamilton (1945, 47-49) as the school’s all-time winningest player.
— Thompson scored a career-low two points last week against USC. He did not score in the first half, which was the first time this season he’s been scoreless in a either half.
— WSU held the Trojans to 47 points, which is the fewest for a Cougar’s opponent.
— Former Husky Curtis Allen is a WSU assistant.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Casto, 6-8, 231, So., 10.30 ppg. 6.9 rpg
F – Abe Lodwick, 6-7, 200, So., 2.8, 2.8
G – Thompson, 6-6, 200, So., 20.1, 4.9
G – Moore, 6-1, 178, Fr., 13.4, 4.2 apg.
G – Xavier Thames, 6-3, 186, Fr., 4.7, 1.5
KEY MATCHUP:
— The Cougars don’t have anyone who can matchup with Pondexter. Lodwick and Koprivica lack the athleticism and freshmen forwards James Watson and Brock Motum lack the experience. Still, the game could hinge on Thompson. He missed 19 of his last 21 shots in a pair of home games last week against UCLA and USC. He was just as bad in the first meeting against the Huskies. But he’s also capable of scoring 30 points. Expect Justin Holiday to draw the defensive assignment on Thompson. If UW can limit him to fewer than 10 points again, then it will be difficult for WSU to score enough points to win.

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