ASU Men's Hoops Takes On Colgate Tuesday At 7 p.m.
Nov. 20, 2000
Tues., Nov. 21 --vs. Colgate/7 p.m. MST/First Meeting
Sat., Nov. 25 --vs. Kent State**/5:30 p.m. MST/Kent was 23-8 last year
Sat., Dec. 2 --vs. BYU**/4 p.m. MST/BYU was 22-11 last year
**Kent State and BYU games televised on Fox Sports Net Arizona.
ASU VS. COLGATE: The Arizona State men's basketball team, under third-year head coach Rob Evans, plays host to Colgate (Nov. 21), Kent State (Nov. 25) and BYU (Dec. 2) in its next three games. All three games will be carried on KFYI 550 AM and XTRA 910 AM in Phoenix. Arizona State is 2-1 after defeating Southern Utah 94-72 on Nov. 17.
HOME HAS BEEN GOOD: ASU's Wells Fargo Arena was a solid home for the Sun Devils last year, as ASU matched the school record for home wins with a 14-3 (.820) mark. ASU won all 14 games at home against unranked opponents, losing only to No. 5 Arizona, No. 23 Oregon and No. 2 Stanford. ASU was 8-0 against non-conference foes at home last year. ASU's 14 home wins matched the school record set in 1974-75, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1990-91, 1994-95 and 1997-98. The Sun Devils are 1-0 at home this year, 15-3 over the past two seasons (.830).
VS. COLGATE AND KENT: ASU has never faced Colgate and is 2-1 vs. Kent State, with KSU winning the last meeting back in 1968-69 (92-81). Colgate defeated Evans' Ole Miss squad 53-51 on Dec. 1, 1995, in Iowa City, Iowa, in the first round of the Super Chevy Shootout.
KENT STATE INFORMATION: Kent State was 23-8 last year and has posted back-to-back 23-win seasons (46-15). The Golden Flashes return four starters and seven letterwinners from last year's team which was ranked 34th in the RPI. Several RPI rankings has Kent as the highest ranked team to not get an at-large invitation to the tournament.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (121-111/.520) is in his third season in 2000-2001 (ninth overall) as the head basketball coach at Arizona State after being hired on April 7, 1998. The 1997 SEC Coach of the Year spent six seasons at Ole Miss, compiling an 86-81 (.515) record. He led the Rebels to a 42-16 record in his final two seasons, winning two SEC West titles, and led Ole Miss to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1937-38. The 54-year old Evans is a 1968 graduate of New Mexico State, where he captained two NCAA Tournament teams, is a 1989 inductee of the NMSU Athletic Hall of Fame and was named to the school's All-Time Basketball team. He is 35-30 (.540) in his his third year at ASU and is 77-46 (.630) in the past five seasons.
REACHING DOUBLE FIGURES: ASU placed all five starters in double figures in the home opener against Southern Utah in a 94-72 win. It marked the first time all five starters notched double-digit points since an 87-66 win over Oregon State on Feb. 20, 1999. Last season, ASU had five players reach double digits just twice (at American Puerto Rico and vs. Cal).
In each of ASU's first three games, at least four Sun Devils reached double figures in scoring. Alton Mason, Donnell Knight and Shawn Redhage have posted double-digits in all three games, while Awvee Storey and Chad Prewitt also accomplished the feat in two other games. Last year, ASU had six games where four Sun Devils reached double digits in scoring and the other two games where five players reached double digits.
FINAL NOTES: ASU's leading rebounder is 6-1 point guard Alton Mason at 6.3 per game...ASU has a chance to go 3-1 under Evans for the first time. It was 1-3 in his first year (1998-99) and 2-2 last year...ASU has 50 offensive rebounds in its first three games.
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