ASU Men's Hoops Hosts #2 Stanford And Cal To Open Pac-10 Play

Jan. 3, 2001

ASU OPENS PAC-10 PLAY: The Arizona State men's basketball team (8-3), under third-year head coach Rob Evans, plays host to the second-ranked Stanford Cardinal (11-0) on Thurs., Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m. MST to open Pac-10 play. ASU then takes on the California Golden Bears (8-3) on Sat., Jan. 6, at 6 p.m. MST. Both games will be carried on KFYI 550 AM in Phoenix (XTRA 910 AM also will broadcast the Cal game), with Tim Healey (play-by-play) and Vic Cegles (color) calling the action. Fox Sports Arizona will televise the Stanford game with Tom Dillon (play-by-play) and John MacLeod (color), while Fox Sports Net will televise the California game with Steve Physioc (play-by-play) and Reggie Theus (color) broadcasting.

The Sun Devils are holding opponents to just 38.4 percent (223-of-581) from the field, the second-best mark in the Pac-10, and just 61.4 points per game, third-best in the league.

Junior Awvee Storey already has three 20-point games this year, matching his total from last year. The only Sun Devils to post 20-point games last year were Storey, Pac-10 Player of the Year Eddie House (17) and Tanner Shell (1). Including Storey, four Sun Devils have posted 20-point games, as junior Chad Prewitt has two and sophomores Donnell Knight and Tommy Smith one each.

HOME HAS BEEN GOOD: Wells Fargo Arena/Ned Wulk Court was a solid home for ASU 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's 14 home wins matched the school record set in 1974-75, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1990-91, 1994-95 and 1997-98. ASU is 21-4 (.840) at home over the past two seasons, including a 7-1 (.880) mark this year.

SHELL AND ALLEN OUT FOR SEASON: Two Sun Devils who played solid roles as freshman last year will redshirt this season. Tanner Shell, who averaged 9.1 points per game in Pac-10 games including a 24-point effort at USC, broke his left hand in practice in late December and will miss the remainder of the year. Shell had played in just the season opener due to a bulging disc in his back but was practicing for ASU's Holiday Tournament and was expected to return to the rotation. Shell had six double-figure scoring games and averaged seven points per game overall. His 9.1 points per game in Pac-10 play was third on the team. Also, sophomore Justin Allen is redshirting after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease in late September. Allen's treatments have been going well and he is expected to return to the court next season.

VS. STANFORD: ASU and Stanford have battled to a draw after 48 games, but the Cardinal has won the past five and nine of the past 10, including five straight in Tempe. ASU's only victory in that time was on Jan. 31, 1998, when ASU shocked fourth-ranked Stanford 90-87 in overtime in Palo Alto. Stanford won both games last year, including a 65-57 win in Tempe to close the regular season. ASU led 30-26 at the half but shot a season-low 29 percent (20-69) from the field and had a season-low 27 second-half points.

VS. CALIFORNIA: The ASU-Cal series has been predictable the past decade, with the home team winning almost every game, but ASU broke that streak with its 111-108 double OT win at Cal on Jan. 8, 1999, when Eddie House scored 61 points. ASU has won 10 straight vs. Cal in Tempe and is 19-3 vs. Cal in Tempe since ASU joined the Pac-10. ASU leads the overall series 29-20. ASU swept the Golden Bears last year for the first time since 1994-95 and Rob Evans is 3-1 against Cal and its head coach, Ben Braun.

QUICK NOTES HEADING INTO PAC-10 PLAY: ASU has outrebounded its opponent in nine of its 11 games...ASU is averaging 15.0 offensive rebounds in its first 11 games and is outrebounding its opponents by 6.9 boards per contest. ASU led the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds last year at 15.78 per game...ASU has five players averaging in double figures, with junior Awvee Storey leading the way at 14.4 points per game...Chad Prewitt has started 43 straight games...ASU has had five different players lead the team in scoring in its 11 games (Prewitt, Storey, Tommy Smith, Alton Mason and Shawn Redhage)...Mason has 39 assists and 20 steals through 11 games with just 12 turnovers...ASU is 22-6 (.790) when leading at the half in the past two seasons.

SOLID GAMES: ASU held BYU (Dec. 2) and Kent State (Nov. 25) to just 30-of-114 (.263) from the floor. BYU was 22-11 last year and Kent State was 23-8, and both teams had the majority of their players returning. The 15-point loss was the worst for Kent State since it fell at Dayton in its season opener 89-73 on Nov. 14, 1998, while the 28-point loss was the worst for BYU since it fell at Oregon 93-62 on Dec. 5, 1998.

ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (127-113/.530) 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 41-32 (.560) in his his third year at ASU. Evans' Ole Miss squads were known as a tough man-to-man teams which ranked 13th in the nation and second in the SEC in 1997-98 in rebounding at +6.6, despite no player was in the top 30 in rebounding. Ole Miss held opponents to just 30 percent from the three-point stripe, best in the SEC, and to just 40.6 percent from the field. He is 83-48 (.630) in the past five seasons.

MILEAGE: The ASU program has logged some serious air miles within the past year. It started last year with a trip to the Puerto Rico Shootout, as ASU travelled 6,032 miles for its first road trip with its six freshmen. Then came trips to BYU (1,016), Bay Area (1,292), Los Angeles (750), North Carolina State (3,776), Seattle/Pullman (2,216), Oregon/Oregon State (2,020) and North Carolina State again (3,776). Add this year's Nov. 9-12 trip to the NABC Classic in Chapel Hill (3,776), and the Dec. 16 game at San Diego State (750) and ASU has flown 25,404 miles since the beginning of last season.

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. ASU also had five players reached double-digits in its 91-78 win over Charlotte on Dec. 30. Last season, ASU had five players reach double digits just twice (at American Puerto Rico and vs. Cal).

ON THE TUBE: Arizona State makes 18 television appearances this year, including 10 locally on Fox Sports Arizona. ABC will broadcast its first game from Tempe since 1996-97 when it televises the Jan. 20 game vs. USC at 4 p.m. MST. ASU also will appear on CBS for the first time since 1996-97 when its Feb. 17 game at UCLA is shown at 1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MST. Fox Sports Net will broadcast the remaining six games, including both Arizona broadcasts, with ASU travelling to Tucson on Jan. 24 and the Wildcats coming to Tempe on Feb. 21. Both of those Wednesday tilts begin at 8:30 p.m. MST.

PLAYER NOTES

#1 ALTON MASON: ASU's lone senior who averaged 12.7 points in his final seven games last year...15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30...had career-high 8 boards vs. Tulsa on Nov. 10 and then matched a career-high with 18 points vs. Winthrop on Nov. 11...last year, he shot 80.7 percent from the FT line (46-of-57) after shooting just 59.5 percent (47-of-79) in 1998-99.

#11 AWVEE STOREY: Has three 20-point games on the year...18 points and 14 rebounds vs. Ohio on Dec. 29...21 points and 11 boards at SDSU on Dec. 16...suffered a partially torn lateral rectus muscle in the left eye the week before the SDSU game...posted 21 points and 12 boards vs. Kent State on Nov. 25...26 points vs. Southern Utah on Nov. 17...Pac-10 leader in offensive boards last year with 105...also had his three 20-point games last year on the road (22 at BYU, 23 at USC and 21 at UCLA).

#4 TOMMY SMITH: Posted 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting vs. Belmont on Dec. 22...had 11 points in 14 minutes vs. BYU on Dec. 2...played in all 32 games last year and averaged 4.9 points and 13.4 minutes...was 31-of-42 (.738) from the free throw line in his final 26 games...posted six blocks vs. Oregon St. on Feb. 3, the most by a Sun Devil since Bobby Lazor had six vs. Texas A & M on Dec. 19, 1997.

#2 DONNELL KNIGHT: Local prep product started last season slowly but came on strong towards the middle of the Pac-10...averaged nine points, five rebounds and 19.6 minutes in a five-game stretch from Feb. 5-Feb. 19 and was a key part of ASU's four-game winning streak in that time...has been in double digits in nine games...15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30...13 points, seven boards and seven assists vs. Belmont on Dec. 22...18 points vs. Kent State on Nov. 25...posted career-high 21 points vs. Southern Utah on Nov. 17...had 15 points vs. Tulsa and 13 vs. Winthrop in NABC Classic games.

#22 TYSON JOHNSTON: Has three years of eligibity remaining after transferring from Utah after 1998-99 season...9 points and five boards at SDSU on Dec. 16.

#42 SHAWN REDHAGE: An excellent student-athlete who has a 3.3 GPA in construction science...19 points and 12 boards vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30...earned ASU Holiday Classic All-Tournament honors...18 points and eight boards, including 9-9 FTs, vs. Mercer on Dec. 20...10 points, eight rebounds and six assists at SDSU on Dec. 16...11 points and six assists vs. BYU on Dec. 2...had 19 points vs. Tulsa in season opener and then had 17 vs. Winthrop...posted double-digit scoring games 14 times in 1999-2000.

#52 CHAD PREWITT: Averaged 9.0 ppg, third on the team last year...23 points, including three three-pointers, vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30...20 points and eight boards vs. BYU on Dec. 2...11-26 (.420) from the three-point stripe in his career...was the only Sun Devil to start in all 32 games last year and has started the past 43 games...has four double-doubles in career...15 points and 11 boards vs. Kent State on Nov. 25...15 points and nine boards vs. Colgate on Nov. 21...had 12 points and nine boards vs. Tulsa on Nov. 10.

#3 KYLE DODD: Notched 15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30...showed tremendous poise in his rookie year, even nailing the game-winning three-pointer in overtime as ASU won at Washington State 81-79 and began its first four-game Pac-10 win streak since 1995...8 points and 6 boards in 31 minutes vs. Kent State on Nov. 25...in his final 24 games last year, Dodd posted 56 assists and just 16 turnovers in 466 minutes, an average of one turnover every 29 minutes and he did not turn the ball over in the final six games of the year (62 minutes).

A VOTER: Rob Evans is one of the 31 head coaches on The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches which votes on the Coaches Top 25. The 31-member 2000-01 voting panel also includes Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Eddie Fogler (South Carolina), Bob Huggins (Cincinnat), Gene Keady (Purdue), Rick Majerus (Utah), Dave Odom (Wake Forest) and Oliver Purnell (Dayton).

ON MISSIONS: Kenny Crandall, who was a freshman in 1998-99 and started in 23 games, went on a two-year Mormon Mission to Eugene, Ore., and will return to the Sun Devils in 2001-2002. Crandall, a native of Mesa, Ariz., and a 6-4 swingman who prepped at Mountain View High School, averaged 5.9 points and 28.4 minutes per game in his initial season. He will have three years of eligibility. Also, Dewy DeWitt, a walk-on from Show Low, Ariz., who redshirted last year and received a full academic scholarship, left for his mission Aug. 30 to Trujillo, Peru. He returns July 30, 2002 and will have four years of eligibility.

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