Men's Hoops Takes On Cal Saturday At 8 p.m. MST On Fox Sports Arizona
Feb. 1, 2002
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (11-8, 4-6) GAME NOTES
VS. CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (14-5, 5-4) - FEB. 2, 2002 - 7 P.M. PT
ASU VS. CAL: The Arizona State men's basketball team (11-8, 4-6), under fourth-year head coach Rob Evans, meets the California Golden Bears (14-5, 5-4) at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MST on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Haas Pavilion. Tim Healey and Lionel Hollins have the radio call on the Sun Devil Radio Network, while Tom Dillon and Tim Kempton have the call for Fox Sports Arizona on the tube. ASU fell at No. 18 Stanford 90-81 on Thursday while California lost to No. 19 Arizona 68-58. California is 12-1 at home this year. ASU is expected to be without reserve Kenny Crandall, who hurt his right foot against Stanford in the first half and did not return to the game.
VS. #18 STANFORD (JAN. 31): ASU played a solid game against No. 18 Stanford but Casey Jacobsen notched 49 points, the most by a player against Arizona State, and the Cardinal made 30-of-47 (.638) from the free throw line to grab a 90-81 win. ASU led at the half 44-39 as it shot 59 percent (16-of-27) in the first stanza, but Stanford made 23-of-32 (.719) from the free throw line and ASU only made 5-of-7 (.714) in the second half at the charity stripe. ASU shot 52.5 percent (31-of-59) and was 9-of-16 (.563) from the three-point stripe and had just 13 turnovers. Chad Prewitt led four players in double figures with 18, while Curtis Millage added 14 points and a team-high six boards. Tommy Smith and Awvee Storey added a dozen points each. ASU set a season-high with its 56.3 percent effort from the three-point stripe (9-of-16) but Stanford matched an opponent's season-high with a 50 percent effort, going 8-of-16. Stanford's 47 trips to the free throw line also was an opponent's season high.
LIKE A HOCKEY TEAM: ASU entered this week as the top assist-team in the Pac-10 and is averaging 16.94 per game on the year, despite not having a player ranked in the top 10 in assists entering games this week. Shawn Redhage became the eighth ASU player to lead the team in assists this year with his seven vs. UCLA on Jan. 17, which matched an ASU individual high. Jason Braxton led the Sun Devils with six assists vs. Stanford on Thursday.
MUCH BETTER SHOOTING: Last year ASU posted the worst three-point shooting numbers in school history, but that situation has been rectified with Kenny Crandall (although now injured), Chad Prewitt and Curtis Millage all posting solid numbers behind the arc. ASU is shooting 36.6 percent from behind the arc in Pac-10 games (59-of-161) and is holding Pac-10 opponents to just 31.5 percent (46-of-146) from beyond the arc. Last year, ASU shot just 26.3 percent in Pac-10 play (61-of-232) and its opponents shot 37.6 percent (109-of-290). Both marks were last in the loop in 2000-2001. To break it down, ASU is just two three-pointers shy of matching its total made in 18 Pac-10 games last year, as it has made 59 in 10 games after making 61 in 18 loop games last year.
SHOOT IT, PREWITT: Senior Chad Prewitt, the Pac-10 Player of the week on Jan. 7, is averaging 20.7 points and 7.7 boards in the past 11 games. Prewitt has 10 20-point games on the year (19 games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games). He has led ASU in scoring in 10 of the past 11 games. In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 20.4 points per game. Prewitt is the first four-year player under Evans at ASU, as the ASU program has been void of four-year players in the past decade. Beginning with the 1992-93 season, ASU has had just four four-year players: Eddie House (1996-2000), Jeremy Veal (1994-98), Ron Riley (1992-96) and Quincy Brewer (1992-97). Prewitt has 1,021 career points and has averaged 9.5 points per game in his career. He averaged just 4.1 points per game in his freshman season. Prewitt's 10 20-point games this year already passes team leaders Awvee Storey and Alton Mason from last year as they each had six in 2000-2001. Eddie House had 17 in 1999-2000 en route to Pac-10 Player of the Year honors.
MILEAGE OUT OF MILLAGE: Junior college transfer Curtis Millage has made quite an impact in his first season. Millage is averaging 14.5 points in the past 14 games, including a season-high 24 points at Washington State. After starting the season 3-of-19 (.158) from the three-point stripe, he is 16-of-40 (.400) from beyond the arc. He is 16-of-18 (.889) from the free throw line in his past six games and is averaging 6.5 boards in his past four contests. He has led ASU in rebounding the past two games, notching eight vs. Arizona and six at Stanford. Millage is averaging 15.5 points in the six road games this year.
THE CAL SERIES: The home team has won 17 of the past 20 games between California and ASU and the Sun Devils hold a 29-22 lead in the series. ASU swept the Golden Bears for the first time since 1994-95 in 1999-2000 while Cal swept ASU last year for the first time since 1989-90. Rob Evans is 3-3 vs. the Golden Bears.
MORE QUICK PLAYER NOTES
*Freshman Jason Braxton (#1) is averaging 7.8 points and is 14-of-27 (.519) from the field in the past four games and posted 10 points against UCLA and against Arizona. He has started the past 10 games at point guard and ASU is 6-4 in that time. He had a career-high six assists at Stanford on Jan. 31.
*Junior Donnell Knight (#2) has made 8-of-11 (.727) free throws in the past 13 games. He played a season-high 22 minutes vs. Oregon on Jan. 6 and also had 12 points in 19 minutes in ASU's win over Utah on Dec. 4. He played nine minutes at Stanford on Thursday.
*Junior Kyle Dodd (#3) has 49 assists and just 11 turnovers on the year. In the past 11 games, he has 27 assists and just five turnovers (225 minutes). In his 80-game career, he has 184 assists and just 74 turnovers (2.49-to-1 ratio).
*Junior Tommy Smith (#4) is averaging 15.6 points and 5.6 boards in his past five games. Smith had his second career double-double last year at California on March 8, 2001, with 21 points and 12 boards. He has 86 blocks in his career, already fifth on the ASU career list.
*Senior Awvee Storey (#11) had 12 points and three boards at No. 18 Stanford on Jan. 31 in 20 minutes, and he posted eight points and seven boards in 19 minutes vs. tenth-ranked Arizona on Jan. 23. It is his most minutes since he played 24 vs. Montana State on Dec. 13. Storey has started the past three games. After not playing in ASU's Jan. 12 win at WSU, he is averaging 16.3 minutes per game in his past four contests and is averaging 7.5 points.
*Sophomore Kenny Crandall (#12) is the team's top three-point threat as he is 31-of-70 (.443) from beyond the arc. Crandall has started eight games and also is 18-of-38 (.474) from beyond the arc in 10 Pac-10 games. Crandall will probably be on the shelf for the California game and maybe a bit longer, as he injured his right foot vs. Stanford in the first half on Thursday.
*Junior Shawn Redhage (#42) has made 160-of-195 (.821) free throws in his career, the best mark in ASU history. Redhage is 21-of-26 (.808) on the year. He also matched a career-high with seven assists vs. UCLA on Jan 17. At Washington State on Jan. 12, Redhage played a season-high 24 minutes and notched eight points. He is averaging 19.8 minutes, 6.4 points and 3.6 boards in his past five games. On the season he has played as few as three minutes (vs. Utah on Dec. 4) and as many as 24 (at Washington State on Jan. 12).
SUN DEVIL TEAM NOTES
*ASU had seven turnovers vs. OSU on Jan. 4 and vs. UCLA on Jan. 19, the second-fewest in Rob Evans' 110 games as ASU coach. ASU is averaging just 13.3 turnovers per game in its past nine games.
*ASU is 24-4 (.857) under Evans when it shoots at least 50 percent (14-2 in the past two seasons). This note was for not on Thursday, as ASU shot 52.5 percent (31-of-59) but fell at Stanford. ASU was 16-of-27 (.593) from the field in the first half.
*ASU's 10 three-pointers made at Oregon on Dec. 20 is the most since it made 10 at UCLA on Jan. 22, 2000. ASU made 18-of-24 (.750) shots in the second half to beat Oregon and held the Ducks to just 4-of-20 (.200) from the three-point stripe on Jan. 6 in Tempe.
*ASU was 18-of-20 (.900) from the free throw line against Canisius on Dec. 28, its best mark since Jan. 24, 1998, when it went 15-of-16 (.938) at Oregon.
*ASU is 11-2 (.846) this year when it leads at the half, 0-6 when it trails. It is 11-3 when it outrebounds the opponent. ASU led Stanford by five at the half 44-39 before being outscored 51-37 in the second stanza.
*ASU has topped two major conference leaders already this season. The Sun Devils beat Utah on Dec. 4 and the Utes hae won 12 straight since that time and are 15-3. ASU also topped Pac-10 pace team Oregon on Jan. 6, which is 8-2 heading into Saturday's game with USC in Eugene.