Men's Hoops Hosts Stanford On Fox Net Saturday
The Arizona State men's basketball team (13-6; 5-3) takes on the Stanford Cardinal (15-5; 6-2) on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. MST on Fox Sports Net at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. The Sun Devils will play at home for just the fourth time in the past 35 days as it opened Pac-10 play with five of its first seven on the road and will play seven of its first 11 in opponent's arenas. ASU topped No. 20 Cal 75-70 on Thursday behind Curtis Millage's 21 points, including 7-of-7 at the free throw line, and Ike Diogu's 18 points and season-high 13 boards. ASU shot 52.1 percent for the game (56 percent in the second half) and had just four second-half turnovers in the win as it rallied from a 34-30 halftime deficit. ASU got 16 points from its bench (Cal's bench had three points) and outrebounded the Bears 37-30. ASU is 8-1 at home and is one win away from matching last year's victory total. ASU also will have a winning record in the first half of Pac-10 play for the first time since the Sweet Sixteen team of 1995 was 6-3 en route to a 12-6 mark. Diogu's 13 boards matched the third-best outing by an ASU freshman and is the most by a frosh since Okeme Oziwo grabbed 13 vs. Texas Southern on Nov. 25, 1995. It is the second-most by an ASU freshman in a Pac-10 game, topped only by the frosh record of 17 held by Mario Bennett vs. Oregon on Feb. 1, 1992.
WE LIKE IKE: Freshman Ike Diogu leads the team at 18.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and is averaging 30.9 minutes. The Garland, Texas, native has already been to the line a Pac-10-leading 169 times and is shooting .734 percent from the charity stripe (124-of-169). He also is shooting 59.3 percent from the field (108-of-182). He could become the first freshman since Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 1995-96 to finish in the league's top 10 in scoring and rebounding (Abdur-Rahim was the league's Player of the Year). He could become just the ninth freshman to earn all-league since UA and ASU joined the loop in 1978-79 (25 seasons ago). No freshman has earned All-Pac-10 since Jason Gardner (Arizona), Casey Jacobsen (Stanford) and Jason Kapono (UCLA) in 1999-2000 (the only freshmen to earn all-league in the past six seasons).
Diogu's 169 free throw attempts (8.89 per game) is on pace to break the ASU season mark of 234 (7.1 per game) set by Mario Bennett in 1994-95. Diogu's 169 attempts has topped the ASU freshman record of 140 set by Bennett in 1991-92. If he keeps this pace and ASU plays at least two postseason games (Pac-10 tournament or NCAA/NIT games), he would crack the Pac-10 single-season list and would register the most free throws since Harold Miner attempted 286 in 1991-92, which is third on the Pac-10 single-season list. He has made more free throws (124) this year than any other Pac-10 player has attempted.
He posted 27 points at Oregon on Jan. 4 and vs. Lafayette on Nov. 30, which matches the fourth-best scoring mark by an ASU freshman and is the most since Bennett set the school mark with 35 against Arizona in 1992. Diogu also is the first Sun Devil freshman to post back-to-back 20-point games since Bennett in 1991-92. His double-doubles at Oregon State (14 points and 10 boards) and vs. Cal on Thursday are only the second and third double-doubles by an ASU freshman in the past 12 seasons (325 games) and the first since Chad Prewitt posted a double-double in December of 1998.
DOUBLE-DIGITS: Only four Pac-10 players have posted double digits in every game this year: freshman Ike Diogu (Arizona State), senior Joe Shipp (California), senior Brian Wethers (California) and junior Luke Ridnour (Oregon).
ASU VS. STANFORD: Stanford leads the series 28-24 and the Cardinal has won the past nine and 13 of the past 14. ASU's only win in that time was on Jan. 31, 1998, when ASU won at fourth-ranked Stanford 90-87 in overtime. Stanford has topped ASU seven straight times in Tempe, with ASU's last win a 79-70 victory on Feb. 11, 1995.
ON THE ROAD: ASU already has played 10 games away from Tempe this year and is 5-5 in those games. ASU played at the Maui Invitational in November, played at Utah and vs. Purdue in Las Vegas in December and already has played five Pac-10 road games. After one game in the Pac-10 Tournament in March, ASU will have played 15 home games and 15 games away from Tempe. Five of ASU's first seven Pac-10 games are on the road and seven of its first 11.
SUN DEVIL DATA: ASU is 58-of-75 (.773) from the free throw line in the past three games...Tommy Smith has posted a Pac-10 leading 47 blocks on the year and has notched 43 assists in the past 11 games...ASU is 25-4 (.862) when it leads at the half in the past two seasons...Shawn Redhage is 29-of-58 (.500) from the field in the past 11 games...Kyle Dodd is shooting 29-of-51 (.569) from the field and 17-of-28 (.607) in the past 12 games...ASU has held nine opponents to under 40 percent field goal shooting...Curtis Millage has seven 20-point games in his career, but his first 20-point game in Tempe was Thursday (21 points vs. California)...ASU's eight offensive boards and two steals vs. Cal were season lows...ASU's win over Cal snapped a 17-game losing streak when ASU trailed at the half. The last time ASU had come back from a halftime deficit was March 3, 2001, when it trailed Oregon State 31-30 before winning 61-59...ASU is 10-1 when it outrebounds its opponent this year...
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (159-147/.520) is in his fifth season at Arizona State in 2002-2003 (11th 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 after going 44-65 (.403) in his first four 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 56-year old Evans is a 1968 graduate of New Mexico State, where he captained two NCAA Tournament teams, is a 1989 inductee of the Athletic Hall of Fame and was named to the school's All-Time team. He is 73-66 (.525) at ASU.
OTHER PLAYER QUICK NOTES
#1 JASON BRAXTON: Nine points and five boards at UCLA on Jan. 16...six boards at USC on Jan. 18...did not turn the ball over in 47 minutes on Oregon road trip...11 points vs. Utah on Nov. 27...matched a career-high with seven assists vs. Chaminade (Nov. 26) and vs. Nevada (Dec. 10).
#3 KYLE DODD: Shooting 29-of-51 (.569) from the field this year...shooting 17-of-28 (.607) from the field in the past 12 games... in his 109-game career, he has 246 assists and just 96 turnovers, a 2.6-to-1 ratio...has seven dunks in four-year career.
#5 IKE DIOGU: Has scored in double digits in every game...six 20-point games...24 points (11-of-12 from free throw line) at USC on Jan. 18...16 points (7-of-9 from the field) at UCLA on Jan. 16...27 points at Oregon on Jan. 4...18 points and 10 boards in Pac-10 opener on Jan. 2 at Oregon State...18 points and nine boards vs. Purdue on Dec. 2 at Las Vegas Showdown...15 points and eight boards vs. BYU on Dec. 4...37 minutes vs. Utah on Nov. 27 and had 22 points, eight boards and zero turnovers.
#12 KENNY CRANDALL: Played 20 minutes at top-ranked Arizona on Jan. 22 and made 4-of-7 three-pointers and had season-high 12 points...9-of-10 (.900) free throws on the year...five assists vs. Morehead State on Nov. 22 in opener...broke right fibula on April 17 in a dirt-bike accident and is still recovering...has played double-digit minutes seven times this year.
#14 CURTIS MILLAGE: Has seven 20-point games in his career...40-of-77 (.519) from field in past seven games...led team with 20 points at top-ranked Arizona on Jan. 22...eight boards at USC on Jan. 18...led team with 23 points at UCLA on Jan. 16, as he was 8-of-12 (.667) from the field...led team with 16 points vs. Washington on Jan. 9...18 points on 7-of-10 shooting at No. 9 Oregon on Jan. 4...led team with 16 points and added five boards at Oregon State on Jan. 2.
#21 DONNELL KNIGHT: Four career double-doubles...17-of-27 (.630) from the floor in his past four games...10 points vs. Cal on Jan. 30...13 points at USC on Jan. 18...13 points and eight boards vs. Washington State on Jan. 11...posted 15 points and 12 boards vs. Morehead State in season opener on Nov. 22.
#22 JAMAL HILL: Junior college transfer who has been both a starter (four games) and first player off the bench...14-of-18 (.778) from the free throw line on the year...posted 14 points against both Washington (Jan. 9) and Washington State (Jan. 11)...seven points at Oregon on Jan. 4...eight points in 20 minutes in Pac-10 opener at Oregon State on Jan. 2...seven points vs. Purdue on Dec. 21...12 points vs. BYU on Dec. 4 on 5-of-7 shooting...has been in double figures in six games...16 points vs. No. 15 Kentucky on Nov. 25 in season-high 37 minutes...averaged 35 minutes per game in Maui Invitational with Curtis Millage sitting the first two games.
#42 SHAWN REDHAGE: Excellent student-athlete who has a 3.61 GPA in construction science...2001 and 2002 Pac-10 All-Academic selection...10 points in 17 minutes vs. California on Jan. 30...10 points and six boards at top-ranked Arizona on Jan. 22...seven points and six boards at No. 9 Oregon on Jan. 4...has five double-figure scoring games this year after having three all of last year...posted 14 points in 15 minutes against Purdue on Dec. 21...14 points against Purdue was the most since Jan. 18, 2001, when he had 16 vs. UCLA in his sophomore season...12 points vs. Nevada on Dec. 10...13 points vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26...has made 198-of-249 (.795) free throws in his four-year career...also has 68 blocks in his career, ninth-best in ASU history.