Thompson vs. Thompson Tomorrow

GAMETIME ON TUESDAY — 4PM on ESPN2 vs. Wichita State.

We’re going to the Gahhh-den!! What a game in an OT game down to the wire with the last shot. Cougs win 69-66!! Next — bring on Wichita State!

Latest update: DeAngelo Casto’s suspension lifted by AD Bill Moos. Casto pleads ‘not guilty’ in court. Here’s a link to the Spokesman-Review’s article: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/mar/23/wsu-lifts-casto-suspension/.

Update: Of course, you’ve likely heard by now that DeAngelo Casto is suspended indefinitely after police say they found pot in his home. Anyone hear why the cops would be called to his home at 1:20am? What is it with these guys when they’re playing so well, that they would risk the rest of the season? And now, Coach Bone says Casto is likely gone to play in Europe next year because he has a child to support. And what are the odds Klay will stay one more year?  Stay tuned. M.

 

Cougs take on Northwestern in the NIT!! Here’s hoping for a big Cougar win tomorrow night over Northwestern! Coug fans want to see WSU head to Madison Square Garden and win the entire tournament after being left off the NCAA dance card.

Klay Thompson has a hot hand right now! And he’ll be going up against 5’10” senior point guard Michael Thompson of Northwestern, equally hot. Here are some of M. Thompson’s stats: 

21.6 points per game
.450 field goal percentage
.471 3-point field goal percentage (32-68)
1.000 free throw percentage (33-33)  (We saw what happened last night in Pullman to a top free throw shooter on the opposition!)
40.2 minutes played per game

Klay Thompson meanwhile averages 22.2 points per game, which is 8th in the nation! Faisel Aden is averaging 12.9 poins per game, and DeAngelo Casto is right there with 12.1 points.

These guys know each other: Klay Thompson, DeAngelo Casto and Northwestern’s John Shurna played together last summer on the USA U-19 Team, posting a perfect 9-0 record, and a championship gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in New Zealand.

More on Shurna from Northwestern’s website: Shurna was playing at an All-American level during the first month and a half of the season, averaging 23.3 points per game over Northwestern’s first 10 contests. A left high ankle sprain, in addition to a concussion, hampered Shurna throughout Big Ten play. However, he appears to be returning to form as he has averaged 22.7 points per game over the last three contests, including putting up 23 against top-ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament. Northwestern is 10-3 this season when Shurna is the team’s leading scorer.

Interesting Stat, and might be a key to the game for the Cougars!
When the Wildcats tally at least 70 points this season, their record is 18-1. NU’s record falls to 2-12 when it posts 69 points or less. Here’s hoping for tough Cougar defense to hold them under 70.

Go Cougs!!

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