Men's Basketball Opens Pac-10 Play On Thursday In Eugene
Dec. 17, 2001
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (5-2) HAVE EARLIEST PAC-10 OPENER SINCE 1989
Thurs., Dec. 20 - at Oregon (6-3) 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT Eugene, Ore. No TV
Sat., Dec. 22 - at Oregon State (5-3) 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT Corvallis, Ore. Fox Net
All games on radio in Phoenix on KFYI 550 AM.
ASU OPENS PAC-10 EARLY: The Arizona State men's basketball team (5-2), under fourth-year head coach Rob Evans, opens Pac-10 play on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MST against the Oregon Ducks (6-3) at McArthur Court in Eugene. With the Pac-10 Tournament reinstated for March 7-9 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, the Pac-10 schedule begins Dec. 20 as ASU has its earliest league game since since Nov. 30, 1989, when it opened the regular season vs. Oregon State. ASU takes on Oregon on Thursday and then meets Oregon State (5-3) at 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MST on Saturday, Dec. 22. Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini have the call on Fox Net for the ASU-OSU game, as ASU is 1-0 on Fox Net this year with a 71-62 win over Utah on Dec. 4 at America West Arena. The Sun Devils will make at least three more appearances on the network. Tim Healey has the radio call on the Sun Devil Radio Network. ASU is 8-4 vs. the Oregon schools under Rob Evans, including a 4-2 mark on the road. The Pac-10 early schedule has not worked in Rob Evans' favor, though, as this year will mark the third time in his four-year ASU career that the Sun Devils have opened on the road to start league play. The only home game in that time was last year against second-ranked Stanford.
QUICK NOTES THROUGH MID-DECEMBER: Awvee Storey earned his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in communications and sociology at ASU's December commencement on Dec. 15...ASU has had five different players lead it in scoring in its seven games...Tommy Smith had a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Portland State...Shawn Redhage has made all 10 of his free throws on the year...Chad Prewitt has three 20-point games on the year...Curtis Millage has 14 steals on the year and leads the team in minutes per game with 27.3...Jason Braxton has 12 steals through seven games...Kyle Dodd has 18 assists and just five turnovers in 145 minutes...sophomore Kenny Crandall is 9-of-18 (.500) from the three-point stripe on the year and had 19 points vs. Prairie View A & M in the first half. He ended with a career-high 22 points...ASU has 62 steals on the year, an average of 8.86 per game...ASU is 21-2 (.913) under Evans when it shoots at least 50 percent, including an 11-0 mark in the past two seasons.
GREAT GAME FOR ASU IN EUGENE LAST YEAR: Arizona State had the second-best shooting night by a Rob Evans-coached team (265 games) at Oregon last year (Feb. 4). ASU was 39-of-63 (.619) from the field, including 20-of-31 (.645) in the second half. The 61.9 percent was ASU's best mark since Jan. 14, 1995 (205 games), when ASU shot 62 percent at California (31-of-50). The 27-point victory margin was the biggest in a road game for the Sun Devils since a 90-62 win at Washington on Jan. 10, 1981, a span of the past 228 road games. It also was the biggest home defeat for Oregon since it fell to Arizona 92-60 on Jan. 28, 1993. A look at the top five shooting nights by an Evans-coached team:
Rk. Pct. FG-A Evans' Team/Opponent Date1. .625 35-56 Ole Miss vs. LSU Feb. 15, 19952. .619 39-63 Arizona State at Oregon Feb. 4, 20013. .618 34-55 Arizona State vs. Washington Jan. 7, 19994. .613 38-62 Arizona State vs. Washington Feb. 10, 20015. .609 28-46 Ole Miss vs. LSU Jan. 23, 1993
ROAD OPENERS: In its 23 Pac-10 seasons, ASU is 6-17 in its first Pac-10 road game. ASU has not won its first Pac-10 road game since it beat WSU 95-86 on Jan. 16, 1992 (nine straight defeats). ASU won Pac-10 road openers in the 1991-92, 1987-88, 1984-85, 1980-81, 1979-80 and 1978-79 seasons.
RECORD AT MAC COURT: Although it is considered one of the tougher places to play in the Pac-10, Oregon's McArthur Court has actually been a good place to play for ASU in recent years. ASU is 4-3 in Eugene since the 1994-95 season, including a 2-1 mark under Rob Evans. A look at the Pac-10 records of teams at Mac Court since 1994-95:
Team W-L .PctStanford 5-2 .714Arizona State 4-3 .571Arizona 4-3 .571Washington 4-3 .571USC 3-4 .429UCLA 3-4 .429California 2-5 .286Washington State 1-6 .143Oregon State 0-7 .000
OREGON SCHOOL SWEEPS: ASU won all four games against the Oregon schools for just the second time in its 23 Pac-10 seasons last year. The other time was in 1992-93. ASU swept Oregon for the first time since 1992-93 and for the eighth time in its 23 Pac-10 seasons. In the two games against the Ducks ASU shot 67-of-110 (.609) from the field, including an amazing 35-52 (.673) in the second half. ASU swept Oregon State for the second straight year and for the fifth year overall.
THE ROAD SWEEP: ASU swept the Oregon road trip in February, ASU's second Pac-10 road sweep in its past 20 attempts. ASU swept the Washington road trip in 1999-2000 under Evans, but before that had not posted a road sweep since the 1996 Oregon trip. ASU has now swept the Oregon road trip four times in its 23 seasons of Pac-10 play, with the others occurring in 1980-81, 1992-93 and 1995-96.
VS. UO: ASU leads the series 29-22 and swept the Ducks for the first time since 1992-93 last year, which was the second-longest drought among ASU Pac-10 foes (ASU has swept UCLA just once, in 1979-80)...ASU is 4-3 in its past seven trips to Eugene, the Ducks are 5-2 against ASU in Tempe in that time...in the game in Eugene on Feb. 4 last year, ASU had season highs in points (99), field goals made (39), field goal percentage (.619), and points in a half (51 in the second half) in the 99-72 win...Donnell Knight is averaging 9.3 points per game against the Ducks in his four career games...Tommy Smith is averaging 12.5 points and is 22-of-30 (.733) from the field agianst UO, including an 11-of-14 (.786) mark in Eugene...Awvee Storey is averaging 15.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in his two games in Eugene and is 13-of-22 (.591) from the field...Rob Evans is 3-3 vs. the Ducks and Ernie Kent, including a 2-1 mark in Eugene.
VS. OSU: ASU swept OSU in 1999-2000 for the first time since 1996, and then increased its win streak to five over the Beavers with another sweep last year...in 1999-2000, then-freshman Tommy Smith posted six blocks in a 75-64 win in Tempe...ASU is 14-4 vs. OSU in the past nine years and has won eight of the past nine in Tempe...in his first trip to Corvallis, Rob Evans and the Sun Devils lost by 30 (81-51) to the Beavers, matching the worst loss in Evans' four-year career at ASU...Rob Evans is 5-1 against the Beavers, including a 2-1 mark in Corvallis.
BACK FROM OREGON: Kenny Crandall, who was a freshman in 1998-99 and started 23 games, went on a two-year Mormon Mission to Eugene and returned to the Sun Devils this year. Crandall, a native of Mesa, Ariz., and a 6-3 swingman who prepped at Mountain View High School, averaged 5.9 points and 28.4 minutes per game in his initial season and has three years of eligibility. Crandall is averaging 14.3 minutes per game and is 9-of-18 (.500) from the three-point stripe on the year.
ABOUT THE REBOUNDING: ASU was third in the Pac-10 in rebounding last year and has done a tremendous job of hitting the boards since Rob Evans became coach in 1998. ASU outrebounded 21 of its 29 opponents in 2000-2001 and has outrebounded 61 teams in 98 games under Evans. ASU outrebounded its opponents by six boards per game last year, the third straight season it has outrebounded its opponents. Before Evans arrived, ASU had not outrebounded its opponents on the year since 1987-88.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (137-128/.517) is in his fourth season at Arizona State in 2001-2002 (tenth overall) 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 55-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 51-47 (.520) 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 nationally. 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 93-63 (.596) in the past six seasons.
AT THE LINE: Shawn Redhage has established himself as the best free throw shooter in ASU history. Redhage shot 80-of-98 (.816) last year, fourth-best in the Pac-10, and has made all 10 free throws this year. A look at Redhage on ASU career FT list:
ASU CAREER FREE THROWS
Rk. Name (Year) FT-A Pct.1. Shawn Redhage (1999-pres.) 149-179 .8322. Alex Austin (1986-90) 255-313 .8153. Rick Taylor (1974-78) 253-311 .8144. Dennis Hamilton (1963-66) 261-321 .8135. Isaac Burton (1993-95) 208-257 .809
#1 JASON BRAXTON: A top 50 recruit from last year...has at least one steal in six games...has played at least 20 minutes in five of the first seven games...posted eight points in 27 minutes vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 27.
#2 DONNELL KNIGHT: 12 points in 19 minutes vs. Utah on Dec. 4...posted double digits in 18 games last year...10 points and six boards at Cal on Mar. 8...averaged 11 points and four assists on Oregon road trip (Feb. 1-4, 2001)...12 points at #12 Arizona on Jan. 24...17 points and six boards vs. #24 USC on Jan. 20...15 points and 13 boards at Washington on Jan. 11 for a double-double...15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30...18 points vs. Kent State on Nov. 25.
#3 KYLE DODD: Had seven points vs. Utah on Dec. 4...has made 9-of-10 (.900) free throws in his past four games...in his 68-game career, he has 153 assists and just 68 turnovers, a 2.25-to-1 ratio...averaging just one turnover every 22.5 minutes in his career (1531 minutes and 68 turnovers)...averaged 26.3 minutes per game in Pac-10 play last year, tied for third on the team...had just 32 turnovers in 751 minutes last year, an average of one turnover every 23.5 minutes...has four dunks in career (one this year)...notched 15 points vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30, 2000...eight points and six boards in 31 minutes vs. Kent State on Nov. 25, 2000...showed poise in his rookie year (1999-2000), nailing the winning three-pointer in overtime as ASU won at Washington St. 81-79 and began its first four-game Pac-10 win streak since 1995.
#4 TOMMY SMITH: Posted 19 points and nine boards at BYU on Nov. 27...had 14 points and career-high 14 boards vs. Portland State on Nov. 20...voted Most Improved Player at the team's banquet last year...matched a Pac-10 record for field goal percentage by making all 11 shots against Washington on Feb. 10, 2001, and played well from mid-January through the end of last season...averaged 12.5 points in the final 15 games...had a career-high 24 points vs. the Huskies and had 21 points and 12 boards at California on March 8...his 11-of-11 effort vs. UW 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)...scored in double-digits in 12 of the final 15 games after posting double digits in just five games in his freshman season (1999-2000)...52-of-78 (.670) from the field and averaged 12.9 points in his final 10 games...shot 58.5 percent from the field (79-of-135) In Pac-10 games last year.
#11 AWVEE STOREY: Has 16 double-doubles in ASU 68-game career...had 16 points and 10 boards vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 27...Pac-10 top rebounder last year at 9.1 per game...averaged 12.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in Pac-10 play last year...his 9.7 rebounds per game in Pac-10 games was a conference best...honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...five straight double-figure rebounding games from Jan. 6-20, 2001.
#12 KENNY CRANDALL: Is 9-of-18 from the three-point stripe on the year...had 22 points vs. Prairie View A & M on Dec. 1...played in 1998-99, Rob Evans' first year, and then went on a two-year Mormon Mission to Eugene, Ore.
#14 CURTIS MILLAGE: Has 14 steals on the year...posted 18 points, including 10-of-13 from the free throw line, against Utah on Dec. 4...had 12 points at BYU on Nov. 24...11 points in 34 minutes at Portland State on Nov. 20...16 points in season opener vs. Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 17.
#20 BRAD NAHRA: Former walkon who has appeared in 51 games in three-year career...averaged 7.8 points and 20.0 minutes in final five games of 2000-2001...had team-high 12 points in 19 minutes vs. No. 8 Arizona on Feb. 21, 2001...had 11 points in career-high 26 minutes in win over Oregon March 3, 2001...made 9-of-10 free throws to end last season...averaged 11.4 minutes per game in Pac-10 play last year...made 13-of-17 free throws in Pac-10 play in 2001.
#22 TYSON JOHNSTON: Played 15 minutes vs. Utah on Dec. 4...transferred from Utah after 1998-99 season...started both games of Washington trip in 2001 due to ankle injury to Chad Prewitt...six points, five boards and four blocks at Washington on Jan. 11 in first career start...21 minutes and four points vs. #2 Stanford on Jan. 4...nine 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...2001 Pac-10 All-Academic selection...has made 149-of-179 (.832) free throws in his three-year career...16 points vs. UCLA on Jan. 18, 2001...14 points and seven boards vs. Stanford on Jan. 4, 2001...19 points and 12 boards vs. Charlotte on Dec. 30, 2000...earned ASU Holiday Classic All-Tournament honors in 2000.
#52 CHAD PREWITT: Has five 20-point games in career, three of them this year...has six career double-doubles and two this year...is 18-of-48 (.375) from the three-point stripe in the past two years...20 points at BYU on on Nov. 24 (7-10 FGs)...played just eight minutes vs. Portland State on Nov. 27 after hyperextending his left knee, as ASU was winning 19-4 when he went out of the game...21 points in season opener vs. Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 17.
ASU vs. Oregon: ASU Leads 29-22(PAST 10 SEASONS LISTED)
Year W/L Site Score1991-92 W ASU 71-62 W UO 58-481992-93 W UO 99-84 W ASU 103-841993-94 W ASU 84-78 L UO 80-871994-95 W UO 79-76 L ASU 72-731995-96 W UO 74-73 L ASU 70-811996-97 L ASU 51-76 L UO 77-851997-98 W ASU 67-51 L UO 73-971998-99 W UO 64-60 L ASU 75-761999-2000 L ASU 73-86 L UO 74-762000-2001 W UO 99-72 W ASU 86-74
ASU vs. OREGON STATE: 24-32(PAST 10 SEASONS LISTED)
Year W/L Site Score1991-92 L ASU 47-61 L OSU 72-801992-93 W OSU 82-73 W ASU 76-611993-94 W ASU 88-82 W OSU 80-601994-95 L OSU 70-83 W ASU 82-441995-96 W OSU 93-75 W ASU 63-58*1996-97 W ASU 78-75* L OSU 67-711997-98 L ASU 61-70 W OSU 70-631998-99 L OSU 51-81 W ASU 87-661999-2000 W ASU 75-64 W OSU 77-74*2000-2001 W OSU 73-58 W ASU 61-59
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