Washington State Scouting Report

Oregon State begins a two-game home stand against the Washington schools this week. The Cougars are looking to grab their third Pac-10 victory while the Beavers are looking to even their record at 2-2.<br><br> Game time is 8:00 PM and can be seen on FoxSports Northwest.

Oregon State (7-6, 1-2) vs Washington State (8-6, 2-2)
Thursday, January 16 - 8:00 PM (FoxSports Net Northwest)
Gill Coliseum - Corvallis, OR
Series All-time: Oregon State leads 155-111
Last meeting: Washington State 75, Oregon State 71

Series Records | The Players | Number's Don't Lie | Strengths/Concerns | Last Time... | News and Notes | Prediction | Roster

 

The Nitty Gritty on the Cougars

  • Home Court: Friel Court (12,058)
  • All-time Record: 1,345-1,239 (101 years)
  • Joined Pac-10: 1916-17

  • Current Record: 8-6, 2-2 in Pac-10 play
  • Notable games in 2002-03: lost to Gonzaga 96-58, defeated California in Berkeley 55-50, defeated USC at home 76-61
  • Standing in Pac-10 and rankings: in the Pac-10, currently not receiving any votes for the top 25.
    Note:
    Washington State was picked to finish ninth in the Pac-10 by the media.
  • Head Coach: Dick Bennett is in his first year as head coach at Washington State. | Career Record: 453-258; WSU Record: 8-6; Pac-10 Record: 2-2.
  • 2002-03 Record: 7-20; 2-16 in Pac-10 play
  • Pac-10 Tournament: Did not make the Pac-10 tournament.
  • Postseason: Did not make the postseason.

 

Series Records

Most Points (OSU): 99, Mar. 3, ‘72 (@ OSU)
Most Points (WSU): 101, Feb. 17, ‘94 (@ WSU)

Longest OSU Streak: 8 wins (1947-48 - 1948-49)
Longest WSU Streak: 13 wins (1936-37 -- 1939-40)

Margin of victory (OSU): 36 (91-55), Feb. 23, ‘02 (@ OSU)
Margin of victory (WSU): 37 (101-64), Feb. 17, ‘94 @ WSU)

Overtime Games: 9 (WSU 5-4)

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The Players
(Full Roster | Season Stats)

Leading Scorer: Marcus Moore, 14.0 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Shami Gill, 5.8 rpg
Leading Assist Man: Marcus Moore, 4.2 apg
Blocked shots leader:
Thomas Kelati, .46 bpg

Minutes played per game: Marcus Moore, 33.8 mpg
Most steals per game: Marcus Moore, 2.1 spg


Returning starters: forward Shami Gill, guard Thomas Kelati, guard Marcus Moore and forward Chris Schlatter

Starting Five


PG 11 Thomas Kelati (6-5, 184)
- fundamental basketball player...started every game except senior night last season...dependable three-pointer shooter, has made 28 this year...quick hands and feet...started all 13 games this season...in 33.1 minutes averaging 9.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists...shooting .416 from the field, .384 from three point range, and .875 from the free throw line...has fouled out of two contests...has scored in double figures seven times this season.

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PG Thomas Kelati has hit 28 three point shots this year for the 'Cougs.

G 1 Marcus Moore (6-6, 208) - Wooden Award candidate...good jump shooter...superb court vision and hands...ranks in the Cougar top 10 in assists, steals and points per game...declared for the NBA draft last year, but withdrew his name in time to return this season...leads the team in points, assists, minutes, and steals...shooting .398 from the field, .176 (9 of 51) from downtown, and 29 of 38 from the line...leads the team in turnovers with 55, 4.2 a game...has started all 13 games this season.

 

G 45 Jeff Varem (6-6, 235) - transfer from Vincennes University in Indiana...has started only one game this season and only played in five...shooting .350 from the field, .333 the three point line, and .350 from the charity stripe...averaging 5.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game...Randy Green could start in his place...sat out the first eight games due to violating school policies.

 

F 22 Shami Gill (6-7, 238) - solid free throw and field goal shooter...has struggled with injuries throughout his short collegiate career...good offensive rebounder...in 27.8 minutes per game is averaging 5.8 points and a team leading 5.8 rebounds per game...leads the team in fouls with 39...shooting .463 from the field, .200 from dowtown, and .688 from the free throw line...has started all 13 games this year.



F 5 Chris Schlatter (6-6, 211) - consistent shooter with good range...transfered from St. Mary's College in California last year...has started 12 of 13 games this season...shooting .411 from the field, .400 from the three point arc, and .750 from the line...averaging 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds...has a team high 48 defensive rebounds.

 

The Bench

F 11 Randy Green (6-4, 180) - streaky shooter...one of the first players to come off the bench...played in all 13 games this year, started four...in 17.9 minutes is averaging 6.8 points and 1.6 rebounds...shooting .368 from the field, .436 from three point range, and .789 from the free throw line.

F 55 Justin Bellegarde (6-9, 240) - played in 11 games, started two...in 16.2 minutes is averaging 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds...shooting .417 from the field, and .600 from the charity stripe.

F 32 Enzenwa Ukeagu (6-8, 253) - good rebounder...one of the bigger players on the team...doesn't mind mixing it up inside...has played in thirteen games, started one...averaging 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 15.2 minutes...averaging .578 from the field and .632 from the line.

G 21 Anthony Grant (6-5, 190) - transfer from College of Eastern Utah...usually a solid shooter from three point range, but struggling from the floor this year...played in 11 contests, started three...shooting .097 from the field, .095 from downtown, and .250 from the line.

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Numbers Don't Lie

TEAM STATISTICS                         WSU          OPP
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SCORING.......................          787          793
  Points per game.............         56.2         56.6
  Scoring margin..............         -0.4            -
FIELD GOALS-ATT...............      284-689      294-652
  Field goal pct..............         .412         .451
3 POINT FG-ATT................       77-253       72-214
  3-point FG pct..............         .304         .336
  3-pt FG made per game.......          5.5          5.1
FREE THROWS-ATT...............      142-192      133-211
  Free throw pct..............         .740         .630
REBOUNDS......................          424          416
  Rebounds per game...........         30.3         29.7
  Rebounding margin...........         +0.6            -
ASSISTS.......................          163          147
  Assists per game............         11.6         10.5
TURNOVERS.....................          183          193
  Turnovers per game..........         13.1         13.8
  Turnover margin.............         +0.7            -
  Assist/turnover ratio.......          0.9          0.8
STEALS........................           91           65
  Steals per game.............          6.5          4.6
BLOCKS........................           22           31
  Blocks per game.............          1.6          2.2
WINNING STREAK................            1            -
  Home win streak.............            1            -
ATTENDANCE....................        11825        50667
  Home games-Avg/Game.........       5-2365       7-6215
  Neutral site-Avg/Game.......            -       2-3580

BY PERIOD     1st  2nd    Total
------------ ---- ----     ----
Team........  363  424  -   787
Opponents...  401  392  -   793

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Strengths and Concerns

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Strengths

  • Talented guards - Marcus Moore and Thomas Kelati lead the team in almost every statistical category.  The have also started for almost two complete seasons together, excluding injuries.

  • Experience - WSU has used five different starting lineups, with 10 players making at least one start.

  • Defense - The Cougars are first in the conference, 10th nationally, in scoring defense allowing just 56.2 points a game.

Guard Marcus Moore leads WSU in almost every statistical category.

Concerns

  • Conference road games - The Cougars have just two Pac-10 road wins since 2001.  They defeated Cal in Berkeley last week to snap a 22-game Pac-10 road losing streak.

  • Offense - Last in the conference in scoring offense(56.2), field goal percentage (.412), and assists (11.6).

  • Bulk in the middle - Last in conference in blocked shots (1.6), defensive rebounds (21.0), and offensive rebounds (9.2)

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Last Time the Cougars Played Oregon State...

in Corvallis...
Philip Ricci scored 17 points and had a career-high 15 rebounds as Oregon State pulled away to defeat Washington State 63-48 on Thursday. Jimmie Haywood added 13 points for the Beavers (8-7, 1-5 Pacific-10). It was the first Pac-10 win for rookie coach Jay John. Recap

 

in Pullman...
Freshman Randy Green scored a season-high 22 points Saturday as Washington State snapped a 14-game losing streak by downing Oregon State 75-71.  Green was the only double-figures scorer for the Cougars (6-18, 1-14 Pac-10), who had lost a school-record 21 consecutive league games since beating Washington 81-79 on Jan. 31, 2002. Recap

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News from the Latest Cougar Game

Two weeks ago, Washington State coach Dick Bennett openly questioned his team's heart. Saturday afternoon, even the ever-demanding Bennett was delighted with his team's effort.

The offensively challenged Cougars shot 58 percent from the field and registered a season high for points in a 76-61 triumph over Southern California at the Spokane Arena...Cougars Cruise By USC 76-61

 

 

News and Notes

  • The last time the Cougars played in the postseason was during the 1996-97 season when they received a bid to the NIT after going 18-11.

  • The last time WSU had a winning record was in 1997 when they went 18-11.

  • Head coach Dick Bennett owns a 6.37 career winning percentage.

  • The Cougars won six of their first eight games this year.  It was their best start since the 1996-97 season.

  • Oregon State has won seven of the last nine meetings, including five straight at home.

  • The last time the Cougars defeated OSU in Corvallis was in 1998.

  • WSU has three road wins for the first time since the 1997-98 season, the last time they won four road games in a year was 1995-96.

  • Washington State has already surpassed their win total from a year ago.  They have won eight this year and only won seven contests last year.

  • The Cougars are 8-1 when shooting over 40 percent for better from the field.  They are 5-0 when holding their opponent to under 40 percent from the floor.

  • WSU is also 5-0 this season when leading at halftime.  They are 3-1 when playing on live television.

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Norz's Humble Prediction

Although the Cougars are certainly playing better under head coach Dick Bennett and have the confidence to win on the road they will not defeat Oregon State in Gill.  An emotional win over Oregon by the Beavers last Saturday has given the young team confidence.  With a renewed interest in the men's basketball team, Gill will most likely be packed, loud, and rowdy.  OSU by 15 in a well played game.

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Full Roster

No.
Name
Pos.
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
Hometown
1 Marcus Moore G 6-6 208 RS SR Inglewood, CA
3 Lance Den Boer G 6-6 210 FR Sunnyside, WA
5 Chris Schlatter F 6-6 211 RS JR Lafayette, CA
11 Thomas Kelati G 6-5 184 JR Walla Walla, WA
12 Randy Green G 6-4 180 RS SO Renton, WA
21 Anthony Grant G 6-5 190 SO Seattle, WA
22 Shami Gill F 6-7 238 JR Mission, B.C.
23 T.J. Patrick G 6-1 170 FR Ponte Verda Beach, FL
32 Ezenwa Ukeagu F 6-8 253 RS SR Coral Springs, FL
44 Justin Garcia C 7-1 245 RS JR Mira Loma, CA
45 Jeff Varem G 6-6 235 JR Benue, Nigeria
55 Justin Bellegarde F 6-9 240 SR Ukiah, CA

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