Washington St Capsule

Nickname: Cougars                        Coach: Tony Bennett
Location: Pullman, Washington            Record at Washington St: 25-7
Conference: Pac-10                       Career record: 25-7
Overall Record: 25-7
Conference Record and Finish: 13-5, 2nd

Seed, Region and Bid: 3, East, At-Large
Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 5
NCAA Tournament Record: 3-4
Final Four Appearances: 1 (1941)
NCAA Tournament Championships: 0
Best NCAA Tournament Finish: NATIONAL RUNNER-UP (1941)

Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: 13
Final Associated Press ranking: 13
Final Ratings Percentage Index: 26

Record vs. teams in the field: 6-6

Starters:
F -- Robbie Cowgill (6-10, 211, Jr. -- 7.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
F -- Ivory Clark (6-6, 220, Sr. -- 8.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
G -- Daven Harmeling (6-7, 216, So. -- 9.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
G -- Derrick Low (6-2, 186, Jr. -- 13.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
G -- Kyle Weaver (6-6, 201, Jr. -- 11.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.5 apg)

Key Reserves:
C -- Aron Baynes (6-10, 270, So. -- 8.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
G -- Taylor Rochestie (6-1, 186, So. -- 4.4 ppg)

(statistics before NCAA Tournament)

OUTLOOK: One of the biggest surprises in the NCAA Tournament,
Washington State went from 11 wins last season to 25 under
first-year coach Tony Bennett, who took over from his father
Dick Bennett.  Making their first NCAA Tournament appearance in
13 years, the experienced Cougars are more substance than flash,
getting consistent offensive production from all five starters
while limiting opponents to a miserly 58.8 points per game.
Washington State takes good care of the ball - 114 fewer
turnovers than its opponents - and plays a deliberate,
grind-it-out style.  The Cougars lack size and could be
vulnerable to a strong inside presence, which they will face in
their opener against Oral Roberts' burly Caleb Green.  Baynes
and Rochestie are providing steady production off the bench but
Washington State probably has the toughest first-round matchup
of all the No. 3 seeds, with Oral Roberts boasting a victory at
Kansas.

NEXT GAME: Thursday vs. (14) Oral Roberts at Sacramento, Cal.