Courtesy: Ilya Pinchuk (Moscow, Idaho)
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Idaho plays second exhibition
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 10/31/2012
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Exhibition 2: Idaho (0-0) vs. Central Washington (0-0)
When: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 (8:05 p.m. PT)
Where: Moscow, Idaho (Memorial Gym)
Radio: None
Television: None
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Live Stats: www.GoVandals.com

A Look at the Wildcats:
Central Washington went 15-13 last season and ended its season in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal round last year. The Wildcats averaged 83.1 points per game on 46.1 percent team shooting. CWU also held a +1.3 rebounding margin, blocked 5.5 shots per game and produced 8.2 steals per contest. The Wildcats come into the 2012-13 season having graduated five starters and its top four scorers from a year ago. The team’s top returner is senior guard Jordan Coby, who averaged 11.1 points and 2.4 rebounds on 43.4 overall shooting last year. Coby also led the team with 2.1 made 3-pointers per game last year.

Central Washington Head Coach Greg Sparling:
Entering his 18th season at CWU, head coach Greg Sparling holds a 295-184 (.616) career record, all with the Wildcats. He has led the program to four outright conference titles and is two years removed from a 26-4 overall record and an NCAA Tournament regional quarterfinal appearance. Sparling has led CWU to four 20-win seasons and 15 seasons of .500 or better overall winning percentages.

Vandals vs. Wildcats
Idaho has played Central Washington officially 10 times, with the most recent meeting coming on Jan. 4, 1993, an 89-75 Idaho win. The series dates back to the 1927-28 season and Idaho holds a 6-4 series edge. As an exhibition, Friday’s matchup will not be saved in series history. The teams have played a handful of exhibition games, but have played just one regular-season game in the last 77 years.

Keep ‘Em Coming
Idaho has 69 wins through Don Verlin’s first four years. That total is the most in a four-year span since 1991-95, when the team had 72 wins. Verlin already ranks sixth all-time at Idaho in total victories. Verlin’s 17.3 average wins per season are fourth-most among Vandal coaches who have served at least three seasons at Idaho. The Vandals’ 37 wins in the last two seasons are the best in a two-season span since 1992-94, when the team won 42 games over two seasons.

WAC Preseason Picks
Idaho men’s basketball was chosen fifth by the media  and sixth by the coaches in the 2012-13 WAC preseason polls. Senior center Kyle Barone was selected as a Preseason First-Team All-WAC choice by both groups. WAC coaches narrowly chose New Mexico State as the favorite, while the media picked Utah State.

Top Low Post Scorers
The Idaho men’s basketball 1,000-point club has 12 members coming into the 2012-13 season. That list includes just two low-post players, Riley Smith (8th, 1,195) and Deon Watson (10th, 1,115). At 917 career points entering the season, senior center Kyle Barone is primed to become the 13th member of the group, and can also potentially become the highest-scoring big man in program history. Barone scored 426 points last season as a junior. If he repeats that total this season, he’ll jump into Idaho’s all-time top five in career scoring.

The Most Versatile Big Man?
Senior center Kyle Barone is on pace to become the fourth Vandal with at least 1000 points and 750 rebounds. The only three Vandals who have achieved that feat are Orlando Lightfoot, Phil Hopson and Deon Watson. Take it a step further, and Barone could go down as the top all-around big men in school history. No Vandal has finished a career with 1000 points, 750 rebounds, 100 blocks and 100 assists, but Barone has 917 points, 578 boards, 86 swats and 93 dishes.

Sophomore Slump?
Not for Stephen Madison. In his second year last season, Madison averaged 12.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and  2.1 assists per game. He hit 46.0 percent of his total attempts and hit 37.9 percent from 3-point range. He averaged just 3.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists on 37.5 percent shooting last season as a freshman, and his 8.4-point improvement per game was the best single-season improvement by a WAC player last year.

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