Women's Hoops Heads to Eugene for Inaugural Pac-10 Tournament
Feb. 25, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Coming off last weekend's loss at Arizona, the Arizona State Sun Devils will get a chance for revenge in a rematch with the Wildcats in their first game of the inaugural State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore. The instrastate rivals, third-seeded ASU and sixth-seeded UA, will tip off at 2:15 p.m. PST/3:15 p.m. MST on Saturday, March 2. Winners of five of their last seven, the Sun Devils finished the regular season with a tie for second place in the Pac-10 and are now 21-8 on the year and 12-6 in conference play. Already this year, ASU has surpassed its wins total from last year, turned in the team's first back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1981-82 and 1982-83 and notched the most victories in a season since 1982-83. ASU looks to get back on the winning track in the instrastate series with the Wildcats after winning three of the last four games in the series. Arizona is 14-13 overall and 10-8 in the Pac-10.
State Farm Pac-10 Conference TournamentA new era starts Friday as the inaugural State Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament tips off at McArthur Court on the campus of the University of Oregon, in Eugene. The league's Directors of Athletics and the Pac-10 Council approved the postseason tournament last fall. The Pac-10 postseason tournament will be a 10-team event which will be hosted by one of the Pac-10 members on its campus each year. A total of nine games will be played on March 1-4 with the champion earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. A complete tournament bracket is available at the end of this release.
ExposureASU's flagship station XTRA 910 AM will broadcast all of ASU's games in the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament to the Valley of the Sun with Vince Marotta calling the action. The broadcasts are also available via the ASU official athletics web site (www.thesundevils.com).
Fox Sports Net will televise both semifinals and the championship game of the Pac-10 Tournament. Barry Tompkins, Mary Murphy and Jim Watson will be among the broadcasters calling the action. The Sun Devils are 2-2 when playing on television this year.
20 and Beyond...ASU's sweep of USC and UCLA on Feb. 14 and 16 marked the 20th and 21st wins of the season for the Sun Devils, surpassing the team's victories total from last year and marking the Sun Devils' most wins since 1982-83. The wins also gave ASU its first back-to-back 20-win seasons since going 25-7 in 1981-82 followed by 23-7 in 1982-83. Last season, ASU posted a 20-11 mark, which marked the team's most wins since going 23-7 in 1982-83. The school record for wins in a season is 25 put up by the 1981-82 NCAA Sweet Sixteen squad which went 25-7 on the year. ASU has surpassed its wins total from the previous year in each of the last six seasons:
ASU's Improvement Under Charli Turner Thorne Year Record 1996-97 9-19 1997-98 10-17 1998-99 12-15 1999-00 14-15 2000-01 20-11 2001-02 21-8
Road WarriorsWith their trip to Tucson last weekend, the Sun Devils wrapped up a grueling stretch that saw the team play seven of its last 11 games on the road. Three weeks ago, ASU finished a stretch that saw the team hit the road for six of eight games, including its first consecutive four-game road trip since 1994-95. The Sun Devils finished the regular season with a 6-5 record in road games, including a 4-5 Pac-10 mark and their first win at Oregon's McArthur Court since 1992-93.
Turner Thorne Second in All-Time Wins at ASUWith an 86-85 record at ASU, head coach Charli Turner Thorne has moved into sole possession of second place in all-time wins by a Sun Devil women's basketball coach. With ASU's victory over Arizona on Dec. 30, the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year passed Maura McHugh who turned in a 75-65 record in her six seasons at the helm (1987-93). Juliene Simpson is the all-time winningest coach in ASU women's basketball history, notching a 134-92 record in eight seasons (1979-87).
Since Turner Thorne took over the reins of the program in 1996-97, the Sun Devils have begun a steady climb back to the national prominence that the team enjoyed in the early 1990s. In 2000-01, Turner Thorne's Sun Devils captured ASU's first Pac-10 Championship, an NCAA berth, a return to the national rankings and the team's first 20-win season in nine years. The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and District 8 Regional Coach of the Year has improved the team's wins total in each of her five seasons and guided ASU to five consecutive double-digit win seasons.
Last Time OutSenior Amanda Levens scored a game-high 18 points as the Sun Devils were edged by Arizona 72-66 last Saturday at the McKale Center in Tucson.
The first half stayed close with three ties and nine lead changes. Neither team was able to get ahead by more than four points for the first 14 minutes of the contest, until Arizona scored nine unanswered points to gain a five-point (28-23) edge with 5:49 left in the first. ASU quickly cut that lead back down to one (28-27) just 35 seconds later, then the Cats answered with a 7-2 spurt that gave them a six-point (35-29) lead at 2:22. Arizona held onto a 40-33 advantage at halftime.
In the second half, Arizona State forced four straight turnovers and two missed shots to cut the lead to three, 40-37 with 18:18 to play, but Arizona responded with a 7-0 burst, pushing out to a 10-point (47-37) lead with 14:23 left in the game. The Sun Devils scrapped back to within five (53-48) at 9:59, but UA countered with a 13-3 run to take a 15-point (66-51) lead with six minutes to play.
Arizona still had that spread with 3:25 left in the game and had to withstand a late 11-2 surge from the Sun Devils take the victory.
For the Sun Devils, Levens led all scorers with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists. Fellow senior Melody Johnson tallied her sixth double-double of the year with 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Betsy Boardman also reached double digits in scoring, with 12.
Sophomore guard Aimee Grzyb led the Wildcats with 16 points and six assists, while junior Krista Warren finished with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.
Oregon ConnectionsThe Sun Devils have two players who will be playing in front of hometown crowds this weekend in Oregon in sophomore Betsy Boardman (Portland) and freshman Carrie Buckner (Corvallis). A 2001 Pac-10 All-Freshman selection, Boardman came to ASU from Beaverton High School where she was an honorable-mention high school All-American in each of her last three seasons and runner-up for Oregon Player of the Year following her senior season. In 2000, Boardman led her Beavers to the school's first Metro League championship and was selected as the league's MVP. A three-time all-league selection and the 2001 Valley League Player of the Year, Buckner helped her Crescent Valley High School to its eighth straight Valley League title as a senior and earned all-tournament honors at the Oregon 4A state tournament.
Turning Up the DefenseAfter leading the Pac-10 in scoring defense last year (61.5 ppg), ASU has continued its stingy ways in 2001-02, pacing the league again and ranking 20th in the nation at just 58.6 points allowed per game, including 42 points by UCLA on Feb. 16. The Pac-10's best defensive team, the Sun Devils rank in the top three in the league in six defensive categories this year, including scoring defense (1st), rebounding defense (1st), three-point defense (1st), turnover margin (2nd), scoring margin (2nd) and rebounding margin (3rd).
ASU has held seven teams under 50 points, including a season-low 40 points on three occasions (Fordham-Dec. 1, Washington State-Jan. 12 and Cal-Jan. 24). The Sun Devils are 15-0 on the season when holding opponents to 59 points or less.
The Sun Devils set a school record by holding Chicago State to just nine points in the first half of its 83-43 victory Dec. 13, while Washington State had just 15 points in the first half in ASU's 68-40 win on Jan. 12.
The Battle of the BoardsDespite being outrebounded by Arizona 41-36 last week, the Sun Devils have outrebounded 23 of their 29 opponents this year. In the last six games, ASU has averaged 39.3 rebounds and outrebounded its opponents by an average of 6.3 boards per contest. ASU holds a 19-4 record when outrebounding its opponents this year. The Sun Devils are averaging 38.0 rebounds per game compared to a Pac-10 low 33.0 for their opponents and held both Rutgers and Oregon (Jan. 6) to a season-low 23 rebounds. ASU also led the Pac-10 in rebounding defense last year, holding its opponents to just 33.5 boards per contest.
Defending the ThreeThe Sun Devils continue to lead the league in three-point field goal defense, allowing their opponents to shoot just 30.3 percent from beyond the arc (75-252), including a 1-of-9 effort (.111) by UCLA on Jan. 16. Although they finished ninth in the category last year, ASU led the league in three-point defense in 1998-99 and 1999-00.
ASU has held its last 19 opponents to just 27.0 percent shooting from three-point range (54-200) and has kept 11 of its last 16 opponents under 30 percent from beyond the arc.
Levens Lighting Up the ScoreboardAfter scoring a game-high 26 points Feb. 2 vs. Oregon State, senior guard Amanda Levens is ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring at 17.1 points per game. Already the winner of two Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honors this season, Levens has scored 20 points or more on 11 occasions this season, while her 26 points vs. Oregon State marked her first 20-point game since she had a game-high 20 points before leaving the Washington game on Jan. 10 with a high ankle injury. She has led the team in scoring in 18 of 29 games this year. Levens was leading the Pac-10 in scoring at 20.2 points per game before spraining her ankle. She missed the first game of her career vs. Washington State on Jan. 12 and has been slowed by the injury ever since, averaging just 12.4 points per game in her last 11 games (136 points).
The transfer from Old Dominion University and 2001 first-team All-Pac-10 selection scored a career-high 30 points in ASU's season-opening win over St. Peter's, while at the Paradise Jam, Levens just missed tying her career high with 29 points in ASU's win over Kansas State. Leven's 30-point effort vs. St. Peter's marked the most points for a Sun Devil since Molly Tuter scored 32 in a 70-66 victory over Southern Utah on Nov. 8, 1997. In her short ASU career, Levens has led ASU in scoring in 33 of 30 games and has had 18 efforts with 20 points or more. With 479 points this year, she has surpassed the 470 she had all of last year, a total which is already eighth on ASU's season scoring charts.
Soft TouchSenior Melody Johnson continues to sit atop the Arizona State career charts for field goal percentage, knocking down 56.1 percent of her career attempts (317-565). This year, she is shooting 55.1 percent (145-263), which ranks second in the Pac-10, including a perfect 7-for-7 effort Dec. 13 at Chicago State, an 8-of-9 outing Jan. 6 at Oregon and a 10-of-14 showing last week vs. USC. In Pac-10 play, she is also second in the league statistics at 55.6 percent (94-169).
Double TroubleSenior Melody Johnson has notched three double-doubles in her last five games, including her sixth of the year at Arizona last week with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Three weeks ago in Washington, she turned in the first back-to-back efforts of her career. She had 13 points and 10 rebounds at Washington State on Feb. 7 and followed that up with 13 points and a career-high tying 12 rebounds at Washington on Feb. 9. In her last seven games, Johnson has averaged 14.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest, including a season-high 21 points Feb. 14 vs. USC, up from her season averages of 12.1 ppg and 6.7 rpg.
The Colorado Springs, Colo., native and 2001 first-team All-Pac-10 selection has 10 double-doubles in her short ASU career. Her first double-double this year came with 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. Richmond Nov. 26 to earn Paradise Jam MVP honors.
Loney Sets ASU Freshman Assists RecordWith 94 assists already this year, true freshman point guard Kylan Loney has set the ASU school record for assists by a Sun Devil freshman. Loney overtook Jodi Rathbun who had 80 assists in her freshman year in 1982-83. Loney is averaging 3.2 assists per game and has the sixth-best assist-to-turnover ratio in the Pac-10 at 1.42. She is the highest ranked Pac-10 freshman in the category, while Arizona's Dee-Dee Wheeler is the only other rookie in the top 10 (10th).
Loney has started all 29 games this season and is second on the team in playing time with 27.6 minutes per game. Her minutes played are the fourth-most by a freshman in the Pac-10 this season. The Ames, Iowa, native scored a career-best 10 points Feb. 7 at Washington State and has averaged 5.7 points per game over her last 12 games (68 points).
Assists by an ASU Freshman1. 94 Kylan Loney, 2001-022. 80 Jodi Rathbun, 1982-833. 71 Cassandra Lander, 1979-804. 70 Toya DeCree, 1981-825. 69 Leaf Newman, 1997-986. 68 Stephanie Freeman, 1997-987. 65 Karen O'Connor, 1987-888. 64 Lynda Englehart, 1978-799. 55 Sherry Poole, 1983-8410. 49 Patti Peppler, 1983-84
Combs Named to Verizon Academic All-District Second TeamSenior forward Leah Combs has been named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District second team for District VIII. It marks the second consecutive year that Combs, who carries a 3.96 cumulative GPA and plans a career in sports broadcasting, has been named to an all-district team. She is also a two-time Academic All-Pac-10 honoree, becoming ASU's first first-team all-conference selection since 1990.
Combs has played in all 29 games this year, starting five. This season, she has the second-best field goal percentage on the team, knocking down 47.4 percent of her shots, and is averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
About ArizonaArizona comes into this weekend's rematch with a 14-13 overall mark, finishing the regular season in a tie for sixth in the league with a 10-8 Pac-10 record. The Wildcats have won three of their last four games. Three Wildcats are averaging in double figures for scoring led by senior Elizabeth Pickney at 16.3 points per game (sixth in the Pac-10). Pickney also leads the team and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in rebounding with 8.0 boards per game. As a team, Arizona leads the league in free throw shooting (.741) and ranks second in scoring (74.7) and three-point shooting (.370).
In the SeriesArizona State holds a 32-22 advantage in the all-time series with Arizona. The Sun Devils have won three of the last four games vs. the Wildcats. Prior to last week's loss, ASU had won three consecutive games vs. UA which marked the team's longest winning streak in the series since winning four straight over the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons. In regular-season play this year, the two teams split the meetings with ASU turning in an 87-64 victory over Arizona Dec. 30 in Tempe, ASU's biggest win in the series since turning in a 29-point victory in 1980-81 (83-54), while UA took a 72-66 win in Tucson last Saturday.
The series with Arizona is the longest for the Sun Devils and dates back to the 1975-76 season, the first year of varsity women's basketball at Arizona State. The Sun Devils dominated the series in the early games, winning 18 of the first 20 meetings which included a streak of 16 games that encompassed eight full seasons (1978-79 to 1985-86). Last season, ASU snapped a 14-game skid to the Wildcats with a 67-57 victory in Tempe on Jan. 27 followed by a 70-67 overtime victory in Tucson on Feb. 24.
Joining the 1,000-Point ClubSeniors Amanda Levens and Melody Johnson have each surpassed the 1,000-point mark for their careers this season. Levens, who came to ASU after two seasons at Old Dominion, has scored 1,251 points in her career (302 points at ODU, 949 at ASU), while Johnson has now scored 1,262 points in her career. Johnson had 440 points in her two seasons at Colorado and has 812 so far at ASU, while the Colorado Springs, Colo., native has also topped the 500-board mark and has 610 career rebounds (199 at Colorado, 411 so far at ASU).
The pair also has a shot at becoming the 13th and 14th Sun Devils to join ASU's 1000-point club and the first since Olivia Jones (1980-83) to do it in just two seasons. Levens needs 51 more points, while Johnson needs 188 to accomplish that feat.
Amanda From Beyond the ArcAfter a perfect 4-of-4 night Feb. 2 vs. Oregon State, senior guard Amanda Levens has knocked down a team-best 50 treys and is shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc (50-138) on the year, which ranks 10th in the league. Levens has had at least one three-pointer in all but five games this year and all but nine games in her Sun Devil career. She has also had more than one three-pointer in 14 games this year, including a career-best 6-of-9 performance in ASU's win over Kansas Dec. 5 and a 4-of-4 effort Feb. 2 vs. Oregon State. Against the Beavers, Levens knocked down three treys on three consecutive possessions and four in the game, two that were at least six feet beyond the arc.
Already ASU's single-season leader with 60 treys last year, Levens has moved into third place on ASU's career list with 110 three-pointers in her career. With her three-pointer in the first half vs. Oregon on Jan. 31, Levens became just the third Sun Devil in school history to hit 100 treys in her career. Levens needs six three-pointers to tie with Molly Tuter (1994-97) for second all time at 116, while Crystal Cobb (1989-94) holds the ASU school record with 134 three-pointers in her career.
SINGLE-SEASON THREE-POINTERS MADE1. 60 Amanda Levens, 2000-012. 56 Crystal Cobb, 1990-913. 52 Ryneldi Becenti, 1992-934. 50 Amanda Levens, 2001-025. 49 Crystal Cobb, 1991-926. 47 Molly Tuter, 1996-977. 44 Stephanie Freeman, 1997-988. 38 Ryneldi Becenti, 1991-92 38 Molly Tuter, 1995-9610. 36 Betsy Boardman, 2000-01
In the PollsArizona State was last ranked in the national polls at 23rd in the Jan. 14 Associated Press poll following a seven-week hiatus. ASU was ranked in the first three polls of the year, climbing as high as 21st, but dropped out after back-to-back losses in November. The Sun Devils are receiving votes in both polls (33rd-AP, 47th-USA Today/ESPN Coaches). Arizona is not ranked.
Kicking It Up a NotchPortland, Ore., native Betsy Boardman has kicked it up a notch in Pac-10 play, averaging 11.3 points per game, up from her overall scoring average of 9.4 ppg. She is also shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from beyond the arc in league action. While she does not rank in the overall Pac-10 statistics, Boardman is 15th in scoring and sixth in three-point percentage in the statistics for conference games.
A Pac-10 All-Freshman selection last year, Boardman has scored in double figures in five of her last six games and 13 of 18 Pac-10 contests, including a season-high 17 points at Oregon on Jan. 6 and a game-high 15 vs. at Stanford on Jan. 26. After shooting just 24 percent from three-point land in the first 11 games of the year, Boardman has shot 41.9 percent from beyond the arc in the last 18 (26-62).
Notes from the Charity StripeWhile the Sun Devils have gotten to the free throw line 704 times this year (24.3 times per game and 129 more times than any other Pac-10 school), the team has knocked down just 63.2 percent of its attempts (445-704) ...ASU has shot below 60 percent from the line 11 times this year, including a season-low 50 percent at USC on Jan. 19 (9-18) and a 55.6 percent showing at Arizona last weekend (5-9) ... the team also tied season lows at Arizona with just five free throws and nine attempts, which was 15.3 attempts below its per-game average ...with a miss in the second half at Cal on Jan. 24, senior Amanda Levens snapped a streak of 16 consecutive free throws and then ended a streak of 12 straight two weeks ago vs. Oregon State (last 2 at Cal, 4-of-4 at Stanford, 4-of-4 vs. Oregon, first 2 vs. OSU) ... last year, she turned in streaks of 16 and 17 consecutive free throws made ... Levens is shooting 79.7 percent from the charity stripe in her last 12 games (51-64) and currently has a streak of seven made free throws ... Levens has already been to the free throw line 184 times this year and has knocked down 77.7 percent of her attempts (141-182), which ranks 10th in the league ... Last year, Levens set school single-season marks for free throws (146) and was second in attempts (183) and is on pace to eclipse those marks this year ...so far this year, she is already second on season charts with 143 free throws and 184 attempts.
Dishing It OutASU's starting backcourt of senior Amanda Levens and true freshman Kylan Loney is averaging 7.8 assists per game so far this season, the most since Natalie Tucker and Kitch Kitchen averaged 8.4 assists as the second-best tandem in the Pac-10 in 1998-99. At 4.7 assists per game, Levens ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in the category. She has led the team in the category in 17 of her last 19 games, including a career-high nine assists at Oregon State on Jan. 4 and again Jan. 16 vs. UCLA, while Loney is averaging 3.2 per game. Levens is fifth in the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.44, while Loney is sixth at 1.42.
Home-Court AdvantageWith a 13-2 home mark this year, the Sun Devils have set the school mark for home wins in a season. ASU has turned in a 35-8 record at home in the last three seasons and won 12 home games in each of the previous two seasons. The Sun Devils closed out this season by winning their last eight games at Wells Fargo Arena and turning in an 8-1 Pac-10 home mark this year.
Levens Repeats as Pac-10 Player of the WeekSenior guard Amanda Levens was named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week on two consecutive weeks (Dec. 10 and 17) after leading ASU to four straight victories. She became the first Sun Devil to ever earn back-to-back selections and the first to earn two conference player-of-the-week honors in a season since Ryneldi Becenti in 1992-93. The Player-of-the-Week honors were the second and third of Levens' career and the 19th and 20th all-time selections for ASU.
- Four Sun Devils are scoring in double figures in Pac-10 play, led by senior Amanda Levens who is averaging 15.4 ppg in Pac-10 play and senior Melody Johnson who is averaging 12.3 points per game in conference action.
- The Sun Devils have shot just 56.7 percent from the free throw line in their last two games (17-30), including a 55.6 outing at Arizona last weekend (5-9).
- Saturday's intrastate rivalry rematch pairs Arizona which ranks second in the league in scoring (74.7) and three-point percentage (37.0), while Arizona State, the Pac-10's best defensive team, paces the Pac-10 in scoring defense (58.6) and three-point defense (30.3).
- ASU is 15-0 on the year when outshooting its opponents.
- Senior Amanda Levens is averaging 4.9 assists per Pac-10 game, including a career-high tying nine Jan. 16 vs. UCLA and a game-high six last week at Arizona. She is ranked ninth on the ASU single-season chart with 131 assists this year and is already ninth in career assists (226). Her 131 assists are the most since Karlene Carl had 136 in 1996-97.
- Seven Sun Devils have nabbed at least 23 steals so far this season, led by sophomore Betsy Boardman who has 44.
- Senior Rainy Crisp, who made her first career start vs. Washington State on Jan. 12, has the best assist-to-turnover ratio on the team this year, dishing out 59 assists to just 25 turnovers on the season (2.4).
- The Sun Devil rotation includes 11 players this year with 10 averaging at least 10 minutes per game, and freshman Lauren Stagg just shy of the 10-minute mark at 8.6 minutes per game, respectively. Senior Amanda Levens is leading the team in minutes played at 28.8 per game, while true freshman point guard Kylan Loney is second at 27.6 minutes per game, which is fourth among Pac-10 freshmen.
- The Sun Devils have already defeated both Oregon and Washington this season, marking the first time since 1992-93 that ASU has downed both schools in a single season. That year, ASU swept both meetings with both schools. ASU's 86-72 victory at Oregon's McArthur Court on Jan. 6 snapped an eight-game road losing streak against the Ducks and was the first for ASU since the 1992-93 season.
- ASU's win over Oregon on Jan. 31 marked the team's second ever season sweep of the Ducks with the other coming in the 1992-93 season.
- ASU's bench has averaged 16.6 points per game this season (482 points), including a season-high 27 points at Chicago State on Dec. 13 and 23 in last week's win over UCLA. ASU's bench has had 20 or more points in seven games this year. The Sun Devils are 14-2 on the year when outscoring their opponents' bench.
- ASU emerged from the non-conference slate with nine victories for the first time since the 1991-92 season.
ASU Picked Second, Fourth in Preseason Pac-10 PollsArizona State has been picked to finish second in the Pac-10 Conference by the media (with a pair of first-place votes) and fourth by the league's coaches. Last year, ASU was tabbed fifth by the coaches and sixth by the media in their preseason polls but surpassed all outside expectations by finishing in a tie for first with Stanford and Washington for ASU's first ever Pac-10 basketball title.
Recruiting ClassArizona State's recruiting class for the 2002-03 season is ranked 24th in the nation by Blue Star. Here's a list of the six players that ASU signed in the early period:
Name Ht. Pos. Hometown/SchoolAmy Denson 6-1 F Central Point, Ore./Crater HSKristen Kovesdy 6-3 F Scottsdale, Ariz./St. Mary's HSJill Noe 5-10 G Tualatin, Ore./Wilsonville HSYoVanna Rosenthal 5-7 G Phoenix, Ariz./Thunderbird HSJenny Thigpin 6-3 F Hanford, Calif./Hanford HSIman Young 5-9 G San Pablo, Calif./Contra Costa CC
Not Shying Away From AnyoneSo far this season, ASU has faced six coaches ranked among the 25 all-time winningest coaches in NCAA women's basketball history in a total of eight games and come up with wins in six of the games: Arizona's Joan Bonvicini (18th), Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (17th), Northern Illinois' Carol Hammerle (22nd), Kansas' Marian Washington (16th), Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer (3rd) and Mike Granelli of St. Peter's (10th). ASU has played teams coached by 12 of the top 25 coaches over the last five seasons, while in the past three seasons alone, ASU has played all five of the NCAA's winningest coaches.