Well, it is not the hottest match up ever, but it is the start of the Pac10 Tournament. Here is the broadcast information:
Wednesday, March 10 | 8:10 p.m. PST Fox Sports Net
That is CSN Bay Area for those of us in the local region here. The official site and Gametracker is here.
The winner of this match up faces Cal tomorrow at 2:30 PM. Personally, I would rather Cal face Oregon. WSU plays Cal much tougher and if Klay Thompson gets hot, he can definitely wreak havoc. I don't believe Oregon has a player at that level that could cause Cal that level of concern.
ABOUT THE COUGS:
• The Cougars finished 10th in the Pac-10 and are the No. 9 seed in the tournament (USC will not participate in the tournament due to a self-imposed sanction that includes a ban on postseason play).
• WSU will face Oregon in the Pac-10 Tournament for the third-straight year and the fourth time in five seasons.
• The Cougars are now 16-14 on the season and 6-12 in Pac-10 action.
• The Cougs fell at Oregon, 74-66, in the two teams' regular season finale Saturday at McArthur Court.
• WSU has lost three straight and nine of its last 11 games along with its last six road games.
• WSU is 3-9 on the road and 2-7 on the road in conference action, however the Cougs are 3-0 in neutral site games.
• Sophomore Klay Thompson leads the team and ranks third in the conference with 19.6 points per game...he's scored double figures in 24 of the Cougs' 30 games this season and reached 20-plus points in 16 of the 30 contests.
• Freshman point guard Reggie Moore leads the team with 4.1 assists a game, adding a team second-best 12.9 points an outing.
• Sophomore DeAngelo Casto leads the Cougs on the boards with 6.9 rebounds a game, adding 10.7 points per game.
• The Cougars' lone senior, Nikola Koprivica, is chipping in 8.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
AGAINST THE DUCKS:
• The Cougars trail the all-time series 122-156...Oregon holds a 9-6 advantage in neutral site games between the two teams.
• Washington State had its six-game winning streak over Oregon snapped in the first meeting this season and was swept by the Ducks for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
• The Cougars have met the Ducks in the Pac-10 Tournament more than any other team as this is the fifth meeting.
• WSU holds a 3-1 advantage against Oregon in the Pac-10 Tournament and has ousted Oregon from the tourney the last two years.
• In the last three meetings in the tournament (2009, 2008, 2006), the team that swept the regular season series won the tournament game (WSU in 2009 and 2008; Oregon in 2006).
• In the first meeting this season, WSU fell in a double-overtime heartbreaker to Oregon, 91-89, involving a controversial technical foul at the end of the first overtime.
• Klay Thompson led the team with 33 points, reaching 20 points for the 11th time in the Cougars' 13 games this season.
• DeAngelo Casto finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, recording his fourth double-double of the season and his career.
• In the second meeting, a late comeback for the Cougs fell short as the dropped the regular season finale to the Ducks, 74-66, in the final Pac-10 game at McArthur Court.
• Klay Thompson reached the 1,000 career point plateau in the game and led the Cougs with 22 points, adding eight rebounds.
• DeAngelo Casto recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 boards.