Courtesy: Philip Vukelich (Moscow, Idaho)
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Game 5: Idaho (1-3) vs. Washington State (3-3)
When: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2012 (7:05 p.m. PT)
Where: Pullman, Wash. (Friel Court/Beasley Coliseum)
Radio: Vandal Radio Network/VandalXtra
Television: Pac-12 Network
Online Video: None
Live Stats: www.WSUCougars.com
A Look at the Cougars
Washington State is 3-3 this season, but has one last-second loss and another overtime setback on its record. The Cougars beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday by a 66-38 margin. WSU is 3-0 at home this year and has held two of those opponents below 50 points. The Cougars shoot .452 overall from the field and .322 from 3-point range whole holding opponents to .385 overall and .346 long-range shooting. WSU also holds a +3.7 rebounding margin this season. Reigning Pac-12 scoring champion Brock Motum averages 16.0 points, while four more Cougars average between 8.0 and 9.0 points per game. Five players also have double-figure assist totals already this season.
Washington State Head Coach Ken Bone
Ken Bone is 60-49 in his fourth season at Washington State. He is 395-216 overall in his 21st year as a collegiate head coach. He led WSU to a 19-18 overall record and the final series against Pittsburgh in the College Basketball Invitational tournament. Before his time at WSU, Bone was the head coach at Portland State for four seasons, where he posted a 77-49 record. He also coached his alma mater, Seattle Pacific, to a 253-97 record from 1990-02.
Idaho started well at New Mexico last Friday before losing contact in the second half of a 73-58 loss. A 14-0 scoring run gave Idaho a six-point lead early in the second half, but missed shots, turnovers and a 3-point barrage from UNM caused a quick turnaround in the loss. Sophomore guard Connor Hill scored a career-high 20 points in the game, while senior center Kyle Barone added 16 points, but the Vandals got just seven points off the bench in the game.
Vandals vs. Cougars
Idaho vs. Washington State is the oldest active men’s basketball rivalry West of the Mississippi. The teams have played at least once every season since the 1905-06 campaign, when the Cougars took a 28-11 win on Jan. 13, 1906. The two have faced off 267 times overall and the Cougars hold a 161-106 edge, including eight victories in a row. Idaho’s last win was Dec. 4, 2002, by a 62-58 margin. The last five Vandal wins in the series have come at home. Idaho’s last win at Pullman was Dec. 14, 1989 (56-52).
Points at a Premium
Except for one game, the Idaho-Washington State series in recent history hasn’t exactly lit up the scoreboard. In 11 of the last 19 meetings, neither team reached 70 points. During that span, the 80-point barrier has been broken just three times and a team has scored less than 60 points 14 times. WSU’s 88-71 win on Nov. 16, 2010, was the only time in the last 18 years that both teams scored 70-plus points.
Shooters Gonna Shoot
Sophomore guard Connor Hill set a freshman record last season with 47 made 3-pointers. He’s show no hesitation this season and has a team-leading 11 triples (2.8/gm) so far this year. Hill is coming off a 6-of-12 long-range shooting performance at New Mexico in which he scored a career-high 20 points. The six made 3-pointers were a career high and are tied for fourth-most in Idaho single-game history. It marked the seventh time under head coach Don Verlin that a Vandal player has netted at least six 3-pointers in a game.
That’s Telekinesis, Kyle
Not really, it just seems that way sometimes. Senior center Kyle Barone is shooting .636 from the field so far this season (Idaho’s school record is Riley Smith’s .651 tally in 1988-89). He’s shot at least 50 percent from the field in all four of Idaho’s games this season and 11 times in his last 13 games dating back to last season. Barone has shot .500 or better from the field in 73 of his 100 career games at Idaho.
Start The Countdown...
With 985 career points, junior Kyle Barone will try to become the 13th member of Idaho’s 1,000-Point Club this year. The most recent Vandal to break the 1,000-point barrier was Tanoris Shepard, who scored 1,137 from 2002-06. The last Vandal frontcourt player to crack quadruple digits was Deon Watson (1,115) in 1994.
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