Men's Hoops Battles California Saturday at 6 p.m.
Jan. 5, 2001
ASU VS. CAL: The Arizona State men's basketball team (8-4, 0-1 in Pac-10), under third-year head coach Rob Evans, takes on the California Golden Bears (8-4, 0-1) on Sat., Jan. 6, at 6 p.m. MST. The game will be carried on KFYI 550 AM and XTRA 910 AM in Phoenix, with Tim Healey (play-by-play) and Vic Cegles (color) calling the action. Fox Sports Net will televise the game with Steve Physioc (play-by-play) and Reggie Theus (color) broadcasting. ASU fell to No. 2 Stanford 94-77 Thursday night, as Stanford shot 16-of-27 (.593) from the field in the first half in jumping out to a 51-32 lead. Alton Mason had a career-high 30 points for ASU, but the Sun Devils shot just 12-of-31 (.387) from the field in the first half and were just 28-of-67 (.418) for the game. The 94 points given up by ASU was the eighth-highest by an Rob Evans' coached team in his 241 games as a head coach (1992-present).
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. 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 in 1978-79. ASU leads the series 29-20. ASU swept Cal last year for the first time since 1994-95 as Rob Evans is 3-1 against Cal and its head coach, Ben Braun.
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 21-5 (.810) at home over the past two seasons, including a 7-2 (.780) mark this year.
QUICK NOTES: ASU has outrebounded its opponent in 10 of its 12 games...ASU is averaging 15.33 offensive rebounds and is outrebounding its opponents by 6.5 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 13.6 points per game......ASU has had five different players lead the team in scoring (Chad Prewitt, Storey, Tommy Smith, Alton Mason and Shawn Redhage)...Mason has 43 assists and 20 steals with just 13 turnovers......The Sun Devils are holding opponents to just 39.8 percent (252-of-633) from the field, the second-best mark in the Pac-10, and just 64.1 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, five Sun Devils have posted 20-point games, as Prewitt has two and senior Alton Mason and sophomores Donnell Knight and Tommy Smith one each.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (127-114/.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 41-33 (.550) 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 83-49 (.630) in the past five seasons.
OVERTIME: How impressive was ASU's 3-1 record in road overtime games? ASU just missed matching the NCAA record for road OT wins, which is four. Four schools notched 4-0 marks in road OT games in one season, including ASU in 1980-81. Others were Delaware (1972-73), Cal St. Fullerton (1988-89) and New Mexico St. (1993-94). ASU won road overtime games at California, Washington State and Oregon State and fell at USC.
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.