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February 27, 2011 at 6:57 AM

Scouting report: Washington State

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WASHINGTON STATE
Game info:
7 p.m. Sunday at Edmundson Pavilion
TV/Radio: FSN/KJR-950 AM
Record: 17-10, 7-8 Pac-10. RPI rank: 87.
Previous game: Lost 71-69 at Arizona State.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Prediction: Picked to finish fifth in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Coach: Ken Bone is 33-25 in his second season with the Cougars and 368-190 in 18 years at Division II Seattle Pacific (12 years), Portland State (4) and WSU.
Series: Washington leads 171-99 in a series that began in 1910. Bone is 1-5 all-time against UW, including three losses at PSU. UW coach Lorenzo Romar is 9-9 vs. the Cougars.
Last meeting: WSU snapped a four-game losing streak to UW with an 87-80 upset on Jan. 30 at Friel Court. Klay Thompson broke out of scoring slump against the Huskies and scored a game-high 25 points on 9-for-18 shooting from the field. Former Rainier Beach High star Reggie Moore (above) finished with 18 points. The Cougars held Matthew Bryan-Amaning to six points in 33 minutes. Isaiah Thomas scored 11 of is team-high 19 points at the free throw line. The Huskies trailed 45-43 at halftime, but missed its first five shots in the second half as the Cougars went on a 10-1 run. Once WSU led 55-44 with 16:26 left, UW never got any closer than four points the rest of the game.


PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Barring a major collapse, Thompson will win the Pac-10 scoring title. He averages a league leading 21.2 points per game, which is nearly two points better than Arizona’s Derrick Williams. Thompson ranks 13th nationally in scoring. He didn’t start in the previous game because he was late for a team bus while searching for a his lost iPod. The junior guard has scored more than 29 percent of the Cougars’ points this season. Prior to their last meeting, Thompson was averaging 7.3 points an 2.3 turnovers against UW.
— At times, Moore plays like the best point guard in the conference. Other times he takes a backseat to Thompson and becomes a spectator. He played his best game of the season last month against the Huskies. In addition to scoring, Moore tallied five assists. He missed the first five games with a left wrist injury and the Stanford game due to a suspension.
— Newcomer Guard Faisal Aden, a transfer from Hillsborough Community College, is nursing a sore knee. He has tendonitis and was unable to play last Saturday at Arizona State. Bone said Thursday that Aden practiced early in the week. The WSU coach indicated the junior guard would be available against Stanfrod. Aden is a reserve who is second among WSU players in scoring at 12.9 points per game.
— It feels like DeAngelo Casto has been patrolling the lane for the Cougars forever. The 6-8 junior is one of the top defenders in the Pac-10. He leads WSU in block and is third in the conference averaging 1.6 blocks per game. Casto also leads WSU iin rebounds with a 6.4 average.
OVERVIEW:
— Washington State used a 2-3 zone that collapsed around Bryan-Amaning and enticed UW into 31 three-pointers. The Huskies made 11. Romar expects WSU will play zone until the the Huskies make them try something else.
— Junior Marcus Capers is an underrated defender. He’s scrappy and tough and doesn’t back down from a challenge.
— 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.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – DeAngelo Casto, 6-8, 255, Jr., 7.2., 6.5 rpg.
F – Abe Lodwick, 6-7, 208, Jr., 3.0, 4.0 rpg.
G – Klay Thompson, 6-6, 202, Jr., 21.2, 5.2
G- Marcus Capers, 6-4, 185, Jr., 6.5, 4.6.
G – Reggie Moore, 6-1, 180, So., 9.70, 3.7 apg
KEY MATCHUP:
— Stopping Washington State means stopping Thompson or at least slowing him down. He has the potential to score 30 or more in a variety of ways. Justin Holiday figures start and Thomas will likely defend Thompson at times. The Huskies believe they’re better defensively since their first meeting against WSU and Thompson will likely challenge that belief. Still the most important matchup is Bryan-Amaning against WSU’s zone. It’s not as if Washington hasn’t seen a zone before or played well against zone teams. But it wasn’t until midway in the second half when the Huskies made a consistent effort to get the ball inside whether on dribble drives or with Bryan-Amaning. Three Cougars fouled out and Thompson had four fouls.
Photo credit: Seattle Times – Dean Rutz

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