Men's Hoops Travels To Tucson Wednesday For 200th Meeting Vs. Wildcats
Feb. 19, 2002
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (14-10, 7-8) VS. ARIZONA WILDCATS IN 200th MEETING
Wed., Feb. 20-at #14 Arizona (17-8, 10-5)
7:30 p.m. MST
Fox Sports Arizona
All games on radio in Phoenix on KFYI 550 AM.
SUN DEVILS TRAVEL TO TUCSON FOR 200th HOOPS GAME VS. ARIZONA: The Arizona State men's basketball team (14-10, 7-8 in Pac-10), under fourth-year head coach Rob Evans and winners of three of its past four games, travels to Tucson to take on the No. 14 Arizona Wildcats on Wed., Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. MST on Fox Sports Arizona. Tim Healey and ASU Hall of Famer Lionel Hollins have the radio call on the Sun Devil Radio Network, while Dave Sitton and Bob Elliott have the call for Fox Sports Arizona. ASU is coming off a 69-68 win at No. 20 UCLA, its first win in Pauley since 1987 and its first win over a ranked team on the road since it beat fourth-ranked Stanford 90-87 in overtime on Jan. 31, 1998. UA leads the series 126-73 and has won 17 of the past 18 in Tucson. The last time ASU beat Arizona in Tucson was on March 11, 1995, a 103-98 double-overtime game to conclude the regular season.
The Sun Devils are led by 6-9 senior Chad Prewitt, who has led ASU in scoring in 13 of the past 16 games and is averaging 19.3 points and 7.3 boards in Pac-10 play. Prewitt also has shown the ability to shoot the three, as he is 17-of-31 (.548) from beyond the arc in the past nine games. On the year, he is 27-of-63 (.429), ninth in the Pac-10, after shooting 19-of-54 (.352) in his first three seasons. He hit 5-of-7 at Stanford on Jan. 31 and was 5-of-5 at UCLA on Feb. 16. Prewitt had a career-high 33 points vs. Washington on Feb. 9, the most points by a Sun Devil since Eddie House had 40 vs. UCLA on Feb. 17, 2000, a span of the past 61 games. After fouling out 20 times in his first three seasons (89 games), Prewitt has yet to foul out of a game this year.
QUALITY WINS: The only team to beat Oregon (10-4), Arizona (10-5) and UCLA (9-5) is seventh-place Arizona State (7-8). ASU beat Oregon 95-88 on Jan. 6 and beat No. 10 Arizona 88-72 on Jan. 23, and then topped UCLA in Pauley Pavilion 69-68 on Feb. 16. ASU might have as much say about who wins the regular season Pac-10 title as the six teams still in the hunt, as ASU began a five-game streak last week to conclude the season against teams all still contending for the Pac-10 title. After its loss at USC and win at UCLA last week and its game at Arizona Wednesday (Feb. 20), ASU finishes with home games against California (Feb. 28) and No. 10 Stanford (March 2). ASU also topped Utah (19-5) 71-62 at Phoenix's America West Arena.
LAST MEETING VS. ARIZONA (JAN. 23): Arizona State jumped out to a 46-31 halftime lead en route to an 88-72 victory over tenth-ranked Arizona on Jan. 23, which ended the Wildcats 12-game win streak against the Sun Devils. ASU got 22 points, six boards and six assists from Chad Prewitt while Curtis Millage notched 19 points and eight boards. Tommy Smith added 16 points and Jason Braxton 10. ASU shot 53.8 percent (35-of-65) from the field and outrebounded UA 39-29. ASU held Arizona to just 2-of-16 (.125) from the three-point stripe, as the two three-pointers made matches the fewest by an ASU opponent this year.
SHOOTING AND DEFENDING THE THREE BETTER: ASU already has made more three-pointers in its 15 Pac-10 games (79) than it did the whole Pac-10 season last year (61). ASU is shooting 35.6 percent (79-of-222) from the three-point stripe in Pac-10 play (sixth in the league) and is holding opponents to just 30.6 percent (72-of-235) from beyond the arc (second in the loop). Last year, the Sun Devils shot just 26.3 percent from beyond the arc in Pac-10 play (61-of-232) and its opponents shot 37.6 percent (109-of-290). Both marks were last in the Pac-10 in 2000-2001.
THIS HURTS: Senior forward Awvee Storey joined sophomore Kenny Crandall on the injury list. Storey was poked in the eye on Feb. 9 against Washington and has a swollen left retina and a laceration of the lower left eyelid. Medication to help stop bleeding beneath the retina and the healing process will have Storey out of action for a minimum of two weeks. Storey has started 13 games and is averaging 15.6 minutes per game. He had started the previous six games and has notched seven double-figure scoring games this year. He led the Pac-10 in rebounding last year at 9.1 caroms per contest. ASU also is without 6-3 swingman Kenny Crandall for 4-6 weeks as he sprained a ligament in his right foot on Jan. 31 at Stanford. 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. A native of Mesa, Ariz., who prepped at state champion Mountain View High School, he averaged 5.9 points and 28.4 minutes per game in his initial season. Crandall is averaging 19.6 minutes per game and is 31-of-70 (.443) from the three-point stripe on the year, sixth in the Pac-10. In Pac-10 play, he is 18-of-38 (.474). He also is averaging 7.6 points and is shooting 52.1 percent from the field in Pac-10 tilts.
COMBINE THE TWO: With Crandall and Storey out of the rotation, ASU statistically is without 35.6 minutes, 13.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Players have stepped up, as Storey actually only played two minutes vs. Washington State on Feb. 7 due to a lower back sprain. Curtis Millage, who leads the team in minutes played at 29.7 per game, became the first Sun Devil to play 40 minutes when he went the distance against Washington on Feb. 9. Donnell Knight played a season-high 26 minutes vs. Washington State while Chad Prewitt played a career-high 38 vs. Washington en route to his career-high 33 points. Knight posted back-to-back double-digit points for the first time this year with 14 points and 10 boards vs. Washington State and 10 points vs. Washington. He has made his past 10 free throws. Also, senior Brad Nahra played a career-high 32 minutes at UCLA and had four assists.
QUICK NOTES: ASU is 14-2 (.867) when it leads at the half but 0-7 when it trails and 0-1 when tied (California, tied at 29)...freshman point guard Jason Braxton is averaging 8.5 points in the six games against ranked opponents and is averaging 23.6 minutes in the past eight games ...in the absence of Kenny Crandall and Awvee Storey, senior Brad Nahra played a career-high 32 minutes at UCLA...junior reserve point guard Kyle Dodd has 60 assists and just 16 turnovers on the year, a ratio of 3.75-to-1. In the past 16 games, he has 38 assists and just 10 turnovers...ASU has topped Arizona and UCLA in the same season for the first time since 1985-86...Shawn Redhage is averaging 19.5 minutes and 7.4 points in the past 10 games and is shooting 53.3 percent (32-of-60) from the field in that time...ASU is 26-4 (.867) under Evans when it shoots at least 50 percent, including a 16-2 (.889) mark in the past two seasons. ASU shot 52.5 percent at Stanford (31-of-59) on Jan. 31, including 16-of-27 (.593) in the first half, but fell 90-81...ASU has outrebounded its past five opponents by 10.2 per game...Awvee Storey earned his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in communications and sociology at ASU's Dec. 15 mid-year commencement...sophomore Justin Allen played a season-high 16 minutes vs. Washington State on Feb. 9.
DISHING IT: ASU is third in the Pac-10 in assists at 16.50 per game overall, but an even more impressive stat is that ASU is averaging 16.73 per game in Pac-10 play, a league-best. The Sun Devils don't have a player ranked in the top-10 in assists individually, but seven Sun Devils have posted at least 32 assists on the year, led by Kyle Dodd's 60 (2.5 per game).
THE USC GAME (FEB. 14): ASU fell behind early and never got back into the game as it suffered its worst defeat of the year, an 83-61 setback at No. 25 USC. ASU fell behind 34-21 at the half, its fewest points in a half this year, and trailed by as many as 24. The Sun Devils shot a season-low 9-of-19 (.474) from the free throw line and were just 9-of-31 (.290) from the field in the first half. USC matched an ASU opponent season high with 10 blocks. Jason Braxton led ASU with 12 points and played a season-high 34 minutes.
THE UCLA GAME (FEB. 16): ASU's first win in Pauley Pavilion since 1987 was led by Chad Prewitt's 22 points, including 5-of-5 from the three-point stripe. ASU led 28-14 in the first half and had a 36-31 halftime lead over the No. 20 Bruins. After shooting 12-of-33 (.364) in the first half, ASU was 14-of-26 (.538) from the field in the second half. Curtis Millage's three-pointer with 14 seconds left was the difference in the 69-68 win.
STREAK BUSTER: ASU ended a 15-game losing streak at Pauley that dated to 1987 and Rob Evans is a coach who knows about ending a road losing streak. Almost five hoop seasons to Saturday (Feb. 14, 1998), Evans' Ole Miss Rebels went to Lexington and beat seventh-ranked Kentucky 73-64, the first win for Ole Miss in Lexington since Feb. 11, 1927. That victory broke a 41-game road losing streak at Kentucky.
EXHIBIT A: Chad Prewitt is the first four-year player in Rob Evans' tenure at ASU and it is tough to remember any Pac-10 player improving any more than 'Big Red' from a freshman to a senior season. ASU has been void of four-year players in its recent history, with only Eddie House (1996-2000), Jeremy Veal (1994-98), Quincy Brewer (1992-97) and Ron Riley (1992-96) playing four seasons beginning with the 1992-93 season. Prewitt, who is the 27th Sun Devil to score 1,000 points with 1,106, is averaging 17.6 points per game this year and is shooting .560 from the field. He is averaging 19.6 points and 7.7 boards in the past 16 games. Prewitt has 12 20-point games on the year (20 games) after posting just two in his first three seasons (89 games). A note on his improvement: Prewitt scored more points in the Jan. 4-6 weekend sweep of the Oregon schools (52 points) when he earned Pac-10 Player of the Week than he did his whole Pac-10 freshman season (1998-99), as he had 46 points in 18 games.
ONE MORE PREWITT IMPROVEMENT NOTE: How big of a scoring improvement has Prewitt made to become the 21st leading scorer in ASU history with at least four games to play? Only one other player in ASU's top 25 scoring chart scored less in his first year. ASU 1988 Hall of Fame inductee Fat Lever is currently 18th on the ASU scoring chart with 1,137 points but averaged just 3.6 points in his freshman year of 1978-79. Lever ended up averaging 9.2 points in his sophomore year, 11.6 in his junior year and 16.6 in his senior year for a 10.1 career average. Prewitt averaged just 4.1 points in his freshman year.
REDHAGE PLAYING WELL: Junior Shawn Redhage, the best free throw shooter in ASU history, has made 27-of-34 (.794) from the line this year and is playing very well off the bench recently. Redhage had a season-high 13 points at California on Feb. 2 and is averaging 19.5 minutes and 7.4 points in the past 10 games and is shooting 53.3 percent (32-of-60) from the field in that time. He played a season-high 24 minutes at Washington State on Jan. 12 and posted eight points and also played 24 vs. Washington on Feb. 9. He also had seven assists vs. UCLA on Jan. 17 and had eight points and six boards at UCLA on Feb. 16 in 15 minutes.
IMPACT RECRUIT: Junior Curtis Millage is making his mark in his initial season, as he is one of three players to start all 24 games (Tommy Smith and Chad Prewitt are the others) and leads the team in minutes per game at 29.7. He is averaging 13.5 points in Pac-10. In his past 19 games, he is averaging 13.6 points, including a season-high 24 at Washington State on Jan. 12. He is 28-of-34 (.824) from the free throw line in the past 11 games and is averaging 6.1 boards in his past nine games. He has led the team in rebounding in three of the past seven games, including 11 at California on Feb. 2. He played 40 minutes vs. Washington on Feb. 9 and is averaging 32.4 minutes in the past five games.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (146-136/.518) 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 60-55 (.522) 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 102-70 (.593) in the past six seasons.
FTS: Shawn Redhage has established himself as the best free thrower in ASU history. Redhage shot 80-of-98 (.816) last year, fourth in the Pac-10. A look at Redhage on ASU career FT list:
ASU CAREER FREE THROWS
Rk. Name (Year) FT-A Pct.
1. Shawn Redhage (1999-pres.) 166-203 .8182. 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