Men's Hoops Battles Stanford In Season Finale
March 9, 2001
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (13-15, 5-12) VS. #1 STANFORD CARDINAL (27-2, 15-2)
Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MST
ASU TAKES ON TOP-RANKED CARDINAL: The Arizona State men's basketball team (13-15, 5-12 in Pac-10), under third-year head coach Rob Evans, travels to Palo Alto to play the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m PT/2 p.m. MST. The game will be carried on KFYI 550 AM in Phoenix, with Tim Healey (play-by-play) and Vic Cegles (color) calling the action. Arizona State finished a season sweep of the Oregon schools last weekend in Tempe and after starting the Pac-10 season 0-7, the Sun Devils have gone 5-5 since February 1.
Probable Starters '00-01
Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTE#1 Alton Mason G 6-1 Sr. 13.1 3-5 30 points vs. Stanford in first meeting/only senior on team
#2 Donnell Knight F 6-7 So. 10.1 4.8 15 points and 13 rebounds at Washington on Jan. 11
#4 Tommy Smith C 6-9 So. 9.4 4.6 12.9 points in past 14 games/21 pts. and 12 rebs. vs. Cal
#11 Awvee Storey F 6-6 Jr. 13.0 8.8 Lacerated left eyeball vs. Cal and questionable for Sat.
#52 Chad Prewitt F 6-9 Jr. 10.2 4.9 18 points and 10 boards at #1 Stanford last year.
Off the Bench '00-01
Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTES
#3 Kyle Dodd G 6-0 So. 4.8 2.3 10 points at USC/15 points vs. Charlotte
#20 Brad Nahra G 6-4 Jr. 2.3 1.1 8.3 points per game in past four contests
#23 Jonathan Howard G 6-4 Fr. 2.6 1.0 14 minutes at California/17 games played on season
#22 Tyson Johnston C 7-0 So. 1.5 1.5 4 blocks at UW on Jan. 11 in first career start
#42 Shawn Redhage F 6-7 So. 8.3 4.3 76-92 (.826) free throws on season
HISTORY LESSON: ASU gets an opportunity to play the No. 1 team in the nation when it plays defending Pac-10 champion and current No. 1 Stanford on March 10. It marks the fifth time ASU has played against the top-ranked team. ASU is 1-3, with the win coming almost exactly 20 years to the day (March 7, 1981) in one of the greatest wins in Sun Devil history. ASU, coached by Ned Wulk, travelled to Corvallis and led 40-20 at the half against top ranked Oregon State and won 87-67 on the final day of the regular season. All five ASU starters (Sam Williams, Paul Williams, Alton Lister, Byron Scott and Fat Lever) in that game were future NBA first- or second-round draft picks. A look at ASU vs. No. 1:
Arizona State vs. the No. 1 Team in the Associated Press Poll
#1 Stanford 86, Arizona State 67 (Jan. 6, 2000, at Palo Alto, Calif.)
#1 Arizona 99, Arizona State 59 (Jan. 28, 1988, at Tucson, Ariz.)
#5 Arizona State 87, #1 Oregon State 67 (Mar. 7, 1981, at Corvallis, Ore.)
#1 UCLA 98, #16 Arizona State 81 (NCAA West Regional on Mar. 15, 1973, at Los Angeles, Calif.)
TOMMY SMITH: Tommy Smith matched a Pac-10 record for field goal percentage by making all 11 shots against Washington on Feb. 10, and has been playing well since mid-January. Smith, a 6-9 sophomore, is averaging 12.9 points in the past 14 games and had a career-high 24 points vs. the Huskies and had 21 points and 12 boards at California Thursday. His 11-of-11 effort put him in the Pac-10 record book with Steve Johnson of OSU (13-of-13 vs. Hawaii-Hilo on Dec. 5, 1979), Marques Johnson of UCLA (11-of-11 vs. Cal on Feb. 27, 1976) and Bryan Bracey of Oregon (10-of-10 vs. UW on Jan. 20, 2000). Smith has scored in double-digits in 12 of the past 14 games after posting double digits in just five games last season (just two Pac-10 games). He had 15 points at UO on Feb. 4, then had his first double-double with 11 points and 12 boards vs. WSU on Feb. 8 before his 24-point, seven-rebound and five-assist effort against UW. In his past nine games, Smith is 49-of-74 (.662) from the field and is averaging 13.6 points.
VS. STANFORD: Stanford leads the series 25-24, but the Cardinal has won the past six and 10 of the past 11. 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. In the Pac-10 opener this year, the Cardinal scored an opponent's season high 94 points en route to a 94-77 win on Jan. 4. Stanford jumped out to a 51-32 halftime lead in that game.
THE OPPONENTS: A look back at ASU's 11 non-conference opponents shows that seven of them have already won 18 games with several conference tournaments still on tap. Three teams have already won 20 games, as Kent (21-9) won the MAC East title, BYU (22-8) tied for the Mountain West title with a 10-4 mark and is in the MWC Tournament semifinals and Southern Utah (25-5) is going to the NCAA Tournament after beating Valparaiso in the Mid-Continent finals. ASU's first two opponents in the NABC Classic also are having solid seasons, as Tulsa is 20-10 entering the WAC Tournament semifinals and Winthrop is 18-12 and also heading to the NCAAs for the third straight season after winning the Big South Tournament. ASU's two opponents in its holiday tournament were Ohio (19-10) and Charlotte (19-10), and San Diego State finished 14-14. Only Colgate, Mercer and Belmont were under .500 as they all finished with 13-15 marks.
IN THE CLASSROOM: The Sun Devil men's hoops team had one of its best semesters last fall. Seven Sun Devils posted at least a 3.0 grade point average last semester. One player's academic effort that is worth noting is sophomore Justin Allen, who passed all nine hours with a 3.33 grade point average. Sophomore Shawn Redhage, a construction science major, is an All-Academic candidate with a 3.28 cumulative GPA. Overall, the 14 players on the team had a 2.7 grade point average.
GOOD STOREY: Awvee Storey, a 6-6 junior who led the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds last year, leads the Pac-10 at 8.8 boards per game. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Feb. 1-4) after averaging 20 points and 9.5 rebounds the Oregon road sweep. Storey also grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds at WSU and had 16 again vs. UCLA. The 16 boards is the most by a Sun Devil since Mike Batiste had 18 in triple-overtime at Texas A & M on Dec. 19, 1998. Storey suffered a laceration of the left eyeball Thursday against California and is questionable for the game Saturday.
DEVIL THREE-DOT DATA: ASU has outrebounded 21 of its 28 opponents...Alton Mason has made 74-of-93 (.795) free throws in the past 18 games. He made 17-of-19 (.890) against Oregon on March 1, which was one make shy of the school record set by Eddie House last year when he made 18-of-19 en route to his 61 points at California on Jan. 8ï¿½sophomore Shawn Redhage is shooting 83.0 percent (135-of-163) from the free throw line in his 60-game career...ASU shot .613 (38-of-62) from the field against Washington on Feb. 10, the fourth-best mark by any Rob Evans-coached team in his 256 games as a head coach. The 61.3 percent was two games removed from the 61.9 percent effort at Oregon on Feb. 4, which is the second-best effort by any Evans squad.
SHELL AND ALLEN REDSHIRTING: Two Sun Devils who played solid roles as freshman last year must redshirt this season due to injuries. 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. Last year he had six double-figure scoring games and averaged seven points per game. 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.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (132-125/.514) 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 46-44 (.511) in 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 88-60 (.595) in the past five seasons.