Photo credit: AP Photo – Dean Hare
Game info: 7 p.m. Sunday at Friel Court
TV/Radio: FSN/KJR-950 AM
Record: 14-6, 4-4 Pac-10. RPI rank: 72.
Previous game: Lost 65-63 vs Arizona
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Prediction: Picked to finish fifth in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Coach: Ken Bone is 30-21 in his second season with the Cougars and 365-187 in 18 years at Division II Seattle Pacific (12 years), Portland State (4) and WSU.
Series: Washington leads 171-98 in a series that began in 1910. WSU won seven straight before the Huskies have won the past four games. Bone is 0-5 all-time against UW, including three losses at PSU. UW coach Lorenzo Romar is 9-8 vs. the Cougars.
Last meeting: Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half to lead the Huskies to a 35-21 halftime lead. The Cougars led 44-41 with about eight minutes remaining when UW guard Isaiah Thomas took over and scored 10 of his game-high 22 points down the stretch.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Klay Thompson (above, middle) leads the Pac-10 with 22.2 points per game and ranks ninth in the nation. He’s also in the league’s top-five in 3-point field goals made, free throw percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, assists and steals. Thompson is a big-time scorer. He has a conference-high 36 points. He’s also tallied 35 and 31. In his last outing, Thompson missed a mid-range jumper in the final seconds that would have forced overtime.
— Newcomer Guard Faisal Aden, a transfer from Hillsborough Community College, is second on the team and 12th in the Pac-10 with 14.1 points per game. He’s been bothered by a knee injury, which forced him to miss the Jan. 20 game against Arizona State. Aden is an exceptional three-point shooter.
— DeAngelo Casto is the third Coug in double figures with 10.9 points per game while leading the team with 6.3 rebounds per game (11th in the Pac-10). He also leads the team and league with 1.9 blocks a game. Casto is one of the toughest defenders in the conference and he’s becoming more of an offensive threat this season. Last week, he tallied a career best 25 points against Arizona State.
— Sophomore point guard Reggie Moore missed first five games with a left wrist injury and the Stanford game due to a suspension. The two-year starter from Rainier Beach High had plans on attending Washington before the Huskies signed Abdul Gaddy. Moore is also good friends with Thomas. Moore has improved his three-point accuracy from 32.2 percent last season to 44.4 this season.
— Junior Marcus Capers is an underrated defender. He’s scrappy and tough and doesn’t back down from a challenge.
— No current Cougar has defeated UW. Juniors Abe Lodwick (above, right) and Charlie Enquist redshirted in 2007-08 when WSU swept the series.
— WSU is 1-1 against ranked teams this season, a loss to No. 5 Kansas State (Dec. 3) and a win over No. 15 Baylor. (Dec. 23). The Cougars’ s last win over a ranked Pac-10 foe came Feb. 28, 2009, a 65-55 victory over No. 14 Arizona State at Beasley Coliseum.
— Freshmen Dre’ Winston Jr. (Lakes High) and Patrick Simon (Ephrata High) are making an immediate impact. Bone uses a 9-10 man rotation and they’re included. Simon has played in every game and Winston 18.
— Former Rainier Beach High star Michael Ladd, a 6-5 guard, is redshirting this season.
— The Cougars underwent a roster makeover in the offseason when four scholarship underclassmen ((Xavier Thames, Michael Harthun, Anthony Brown and James Watson) and two walk-ons chose to transfer. The biggest losses were Thames who went to San Diego State and Harthun who is at Portland State. Watson is attending Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas.
F – DeAngelo Casto, 6-8, 255, Jr., 10.9 ppg., 1.7 bpg.
F – Abe Lodwick, 6-7, 208, Jr., 3.0, 4.4 rpg.
G – Klay Thompson, 6-6, 202, Jr., 22.2, 4.4 apg.
G- Marcus Capers, 6-4, 185, Jr., 7.0, 5.2 rpg.
G – Reggie Moore, 6-1, 180, So., 9.0, 4.1 apg
— It’s always entertaining watching Justin Holiday chase Thompson all over the floor. Holiday did an incredible job stopping Thompson last season in both games, but don’t be surprised if Thomas is also asked to defend the high-scoring WSU guard. Also keep an eye on Lodwick who may have to defend Bryan-Amaning if Casto takes 7-foot Aziz N’Diaye. It’s asking a lot from Lodwick to slow down somebody like Bryan-Amaning who is playing the best basketball of his career lately.