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January 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Scouting report: Washington State

Scouting report: Washington State
Game info: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Friel Court in Pullman (11,675 capacity).

TV: ESPNU (Dave Fleming and Sean Farnham).
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 9-4.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Washington State and Washington.

Coach: Ken Bone is 66-50 in his fourth season with the Cougars. The former UW assistant has a 143-100 record at Division I schools, including a stint at Portland State (2005-09). He also coached at Seattle Pacific (1990-2002, 253-97).
Prediction: Picked to finish 10th in a preseason poll in the Pac-12 by media who cover the conference.

Series: This is the 275th meeting between the schools. Washington leads 174-100 in a series that began Feb. 16, 1910. The Huskies are 72-62 away from home. UW is 7-2 in the past nine games, including a sweep in last season’s two-game series. UW needed to overcome double-digit, second-half deficits to win both games. Coach Lorenzo Romar is 5-6 in Pullman.
Previous game: Beat Idaho State 74-39.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

— Senior forward Brock Motum (right) led the Pac-12 in scoring last season averaging 18.0 points. This season, he’s even better. He averages 19.7 points, but his field goal percentage is down (49.7 from 55.4). His three-point percentage is also down from last season, 39.7 percent to 32.5. Motum accounts for 30.7 percent of WSU’s points and he’s taken a third of its shots. But in reality, Motum means everything to the Cougars. The offense runs through him. He usually gets a touch on every possession.

The Brisbane, Australian native is somewhat unorthodox because he’s 6-10, 245 pounds and he’s a lefty. He’s just a scoring machine who has a season high of 38 points. He scored a personal best 40 last season against UCLA.

Motum also leads WSU in rebounding average (7.0), blocks (1.2), turnovers (2.7) and minutes (32.5).

Romar on Motum: “I say a lot of times guys are that are 6-8 and above love to say ‘Im versatile’ because they like to play on the perimeter. But you’re not versatile because all you do is play on the perimeter. If you’re versatile, you can do it all. He plays on the perimeter. He shoots it from the perimeter. He drives it from the perimeter. He can post you up. He can pass. He makes free throws. At 6-9 or 6-10, that’s a tough cover anywhere. And that’s what he does.”

— Sophomore guard DaVonte Lacy scores 11.8 points points per game and he’s the only other WSU player who averages double-digit scoring.  The Curtis High standout from Tacoma struggled against UW in their last meeting and finished with just five points. He’s a big guard at 6-3 and 206 pounds and his size and strength gives him an advantage against most guards.

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