Men's Hoops Travels To WSU and UW

Feb. 4, 2003

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ROUND TWO: The Arizona State men's basketball team (13-7; 5-4) begins the second half of Pac-10 play on the road as it takes on the Washington State Cougars (5-13; 0-9) on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MST (no television) and then plays the Washington Huskies (8-10; 3-6) on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. PT/5 p.m. MST on Fox Sports Net. ASU 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 has played 10 games away from Tempe this year and is 5-5 in those games, including neutral site wins over Utah (Maui Invitational) and Big Ten leading Purdue (Las Vegas Showdown). After one game in the Pac-10 Tournament in March, ASU will have played 15 home games and 15 games away from Tempe.

Arizona State topped No. 20 California 75-70 and fell to Stanford 58-57 in Tempe last week to finish the first half of the Pac-10 season at 5-4. It marks the first time ASU has a winning record in the first half of the Pac-10 season since the 1994-95 Sweet Sixteen team went 6-3 en route to a 12-6 league mark. ASU also is one win away from matching last year's victory total (14).

ASU enters this week's games with an RPI of No. 29, according to collegeRPI.com. Washington State is No. 211 and Washington is No. 113. Others in the Pac-10 include Arizona (4), California (35), Stanford (12), Oregon (44), Oregon State (124), USC (129) and UCLA (186).

ASU ranks first in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.476) and blocks per game (4.95), third in scoring defense (65.8 ppg) and rebounding margin (+4.5) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (.420). The 65.8 opponent points per game is the best by an ASU defense since the 1983-84 team gave up 65.2 points per game.

Also, ASU freshman Ike Diogu, Cal seniors Joe Shipp and Brian Wethers and Oregon junior Luke Ridnour are the only Pac-10 players who have posted double digits in every game this year.

EVERYONE LIKES IKE: Freshman Ike Diogu leads the team at 18.1 points (fourth in Pac-10) and 7.1 rebounds (sixth in Pac-10) per game and is averaging 31.3 minutes. The Garland, Texas, native has already been to the line a Pac-10-leading 176 times and is shooting .733 percent from the charity stripe (129-of-176). He also is shooting 58.2 percent from the field (113-of-194), sixth in the Pac-10, and is at 61.3 percent (49-of-80) in Pac-10 games. He also is shooting 63.3 percent (31-of-49) in ASU's six road contests.

He could become the first freshman since Cal's 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 honors since Arizona and Arizona State 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).

MAKING HIS THROWS: Diogu's 176 free throw attempts (8.8 per game) is on pace to break the ASU single-season mark of 234 (7.1 pg) set by Mario Bennett in 1994-95. Diogu's 176 attempts topped the ASU freshman record of 140 set by Bennett in 1991-92. If he keeps this pace, 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 25 more free throws (129) this year than any other Pac-10 player has attempted (104).

DIOGU SCORING: Diogu 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.

DIOGU REBOUNDING: Diogu posted 13 boards vs. California on Jan. 30 and then followed that with 14 boards vs. Stanford on Feb. 1, the most by an ASU freshman since Mario Bennett set the school freshman record with 17 vs. Oregon on Feb. 1, 1992. The two games were his best rebounding efforts of the year. His double-double at Oregon State (14 points and 10 boards) was only the second double-double by an ASU freshman in the past 12 seasons and the first since Chad Prewitt posted a double-double in December of 1998. He followed that with two double-doubles this past weekend vs. California and Stanford.

SUN DEVIL DATA: In ASU's six road games, Ike Diogu is averaging 18.5 points and is shooting 63.3 percent (31-of-49) from the field...Curtis Millage is averaging 15.3 points per game in his 16 career road games...ASU is 74-of-99 (.747) from the free throw line in the past two games...Tommy Smith has posted a Pac-10 leading 51 blocks on the year and has notched 47 assists in the past 12 games. He posted a career-high seven assists vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27 and had a career-high 16 boards vs. Washington on Jan. 9...ASU is 25-4 (.862) when it leads at the half in the past two seasons...Shawn Redhage is 26-of-49 (.531) from the field in the past 12 games...Kyle Dodd is shooting 30-of-55 (.545) from the field on the year...ASU has held nine opponents to under 40 percent shooting...Curtis Millage has seven 20-point games in his career, but his 21-point effort vs. California on Jan. 30 was his first in Wells Fargo Arena. Millage is 18-of-22 (.818) from the free throw line in the past five games...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.

WSU SERIES NOTES: ASU leads the WSU series 29-23 and has won nine of the past 11 as Rob Evans is 7-2 against WSU and 5-2 against Paul Graham...ASU is 5-1 in six overtime games against the Cougars...ASU topped WSU 96-45 last year in Tempe, matching the seventh-biggest winning margin in ASU history and the biggest Pac-10 win in ASU history...ASU held WSU to just 26.5 percent (13-of-49) from the floor, a defensive season-best...on Jan. 12 in Pullman, ASU jumped out to a 42-32 halftime lead and then shot 12-of-21 (.571) in the second half to top Washington State 81-71...the Cougars stayed close by making 27-of-30 (.900) free throws...ASU shot 54.4 percent (31-of-57) and had 21 assists and just 13 turnovers and outrebounded the Cougars 38-29...Curtis Millage had 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while Tommy Smith added 19 points and nine boards.

VS. WSU (JAN. 11): ASU jumped out to a 12-0 lead on Washington State and led 44-13 in the first half en route to the 96-55 win. ASU posted a season-high 48 second-half points and held WSU to just 30.2 percent (19-of-63) from the field, a season best. Ike Diogu led ASU with 17 points while Tommy Smith had 14 points and seven boards. Jamal Hill added 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

UW SERIES NOTES: ASU holds a 32-20 lead in the series...the teams have split the past two seasons...Rob Evans is 6-3 against Washington, as the Sun Devils have won seven of the past 10...ASU has outrebounded Washington by 17.0 boards per game in the past five contests...Kyle Dodd has 28 assists and just five turnovers in his seven games vs. Washington.

VS. UW (JAN. 9): Tommy Smith posted 13 points, a career-high 16 boards (the most by anyone in a conference game this year), matched a career-high with six blocks and had five assists in an 89-57 win over Washington. ASU led by 11 at the half but outscored the Huskes 46-25 in the second half. Curtis Millage led ASU with 16 points while Ike Diogu had 14 points and nine boards and Jamal Hill had 14 off the bench. ASU got 32 points from its bench and shot 35-of-63 (.556) from the field and held Washington to just 20-of-59 (.339), including 8-of-28 (.286) in the second half. ASU set season-highs in field goals attempted (63), defensive rebounds (32) and blocks (13). The 13 blocks was the most since at least the 1987-88 season, as the ASU record book doesn't have blocks, but a decent point of reference is the Pac-10 record is 16 set by Arizona vs. Oregon in 2000. UW had three steals against ASU, the lowest by a Sun Devil opponent this year.

SMITH VS. UW: Tommy Smith has played seven games against the Huskies is 33-of-61 (.541) from the field and has averaged 10.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He posted a monster game against the Huskies on Jan. 9 with 13 points, a career-high 16 boards, six blocks and five assists. He also posted his career high on Feb. 10, 2001, with 24 points and entered the Pac-10 record book in that game with an 11-of-11 effort from the field as a sophomore.

LAST SEASON VS. UW: ASU did not have a block at Washington in a 81-68 loss on Jan. 10 but matched a season-high with five in the Feb. 9 Tempe win. ASU shot a season-low 32.4 percent (23-of-71) at UW while the Huskies torched the nets for 60 percent (30-of-50), the third-highest mark by any Rob Evans opponent in his career, and also had ASU opponent season-highs for assists (22) and blocks (10). ASU shot just 12-of-41 (.293) in the second half and was 17-of-32 (.531) from the free throw line, including 7-of-15 (.467) in the first half. In the Feb. 9 game in Tempe, ASU shot 17-of-30 (.567) in the second half and outrebounded the Huskies 40-26.

VS. #20 CAL: ASU topped No. 20 California 75-70 on Thursday, Jan. 30, giving the Golden Bears their first Pac-10 loss behind Curtis Millage's 21 points, including 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Ike Diogu added his second double-double of the year with 18 points and 13 rebounds. ASU shot 52.1 percent for the game and 56 percent in the second half and had just four second-half turnovers 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 Golden Bears 37-30. ASU held Cal scoreless for the first eight possessions of the second half.

VS. STANFORD: ASU led 12-4 early but Stanford came back to lead 26-24 halftime before winning a 58-57 contest on Saturday, Feb. 1. ASU shot a season-low 31.6 percent (18-of-57) in the loss, including just 8-of-31 (.258) in the first half. Ike Diogu had 16 points and 14 rebounds while Curtis Millage had 15 points. ASU outrebounded Stanford 44-37 and the turnovers were even at 13. Stanford shot 24-of-59 (.407).

ROTATION UPDATE: Injuries have affected the rotation, as highly touted 6-8 freshman Serge Angounou will miss the season after injuring his kneecap in the first exhibition. Angounou had surgery on Nov. 15 and will apply for a redshirt. Also, swingman Kenny Crandall is still recovering from a broken right fibula suffered in April and is limited. Curtis Millage, the team's top returning scorer from last year, missed the first three games due to an eligibility issue.

ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (159-148/.518) 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 73-67 (.521) at ASU. Evans' Ole Miss squads were known as 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 115-80 (.590) in the past seven seasons.

MAKING HIS MARK: Ike Diogu's 27-points at Oregon on Jan. 4 and against Lafayette on Nov. 30 are tied for the fourth-best freshman scoring mark in ASU history. It is the best scoring mark by a freshman since Mario Bennett set the mark with 35 against fifth-ranked Arizona on Feb. 20, 1992. A look at the top freshman scoring games in the ASU record books:

ASU FRESHMAN SINGLE-GAME POINTSRk.	Pts.	Player1.	35	Mario Bennett vs. #5 Arizona, Feb. 20, 19922.	31	Byron Scott vs. #18 Arizona, Feb. 23, 19803.	29	Jamal Faulkner vs. #2 Arkansas (NCAA), March 17, 19914.	27	Ike Diogu at #9 Oregon, Jan. 4, 2003	27	Ike Diogu vs. Lafayette, Nov. 30, 2002	27	Jamal Faulkner at Oregon, Feb. 28, 1991	27	Byron Scott vs. Arizona, Dec. 27, 19798.	25	Ike Diogu vs. Nevada, Dec. 10, 2002

MAKING HIS MARK, II: Ike Diogu's 14 rebounds vs. Stanford on Feb. 1 is tied for the second-best freshman rebounding mark in ASU history. It is the best mark by a freshman since Mario Bennett set the mark with 17 against Oregon on Feb. 1, 1992. A look at the top freshman rebounding games in the ASU record books:

ASU FRESHMAN SINGLE-GAME REBOUNDSRk.	Rbs.	Player1.	17	Mario Bennett vs. Oregon, Feb. 1, 19922.	14	Ike Diogu vs. Stanford, Feb. 1, 2003	14	Mario Bennett vs. Lamar, Nov. 26, 19914.	13	Ike Diogu vs. #20 California, Jan. 30, 2003	13	by three others on four occasions

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)...averaged 26.3 minutes and 8.8 points in the final 14 games last year and started final 20 games...averaging 7.6 points in the 13 career games against ranked opponents.

#3 KYLE DODD: Shooting 30-of-55 (.545) from the field this year...18-of-32 (.563) from the field in the past 13 games...five turnovers in the past 10 games (162 minutes)...nine points vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...12 points vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26...in his 110-game career, he has 251 assists and just 96 turnovers, a 2.61-to-1 ratio...has seven dunks in four-year career.

#4 TOMMY SMITH: Posted 14 points, seven boards and zero turnovers vs. WSU on Jan. 11...career-high 16 boards, 13 points, six bocks and five assists vs. Washington on Jan. 9...eight points and eight boards at OSU on Jan. 2...16 points, seven boards and six assists vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...career-high seven assists vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27...six career doubles-doubles...13 points and eight boards vs. BYU on Dec. 4...eight points, 11 boards and six blocks vs. Utah on Nov. 27...12 points, seven boards and five blocks vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26.

#5 IKE DIOGU: Just look at page one of the release as it has the best stuff...has scored in double digits in every game...six 20-point games...16 points and 14 boards vs. Stanford on Feb. 1...18 points and 13 rebounds vs. No. 20 California...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...17 points vs. Washington State on Jan. 11...14 points and nine boards vs. Washington on Jan. 9...27 points at Oregon on Jan. 4...18 points and 10 boards in Pac-10 opener on Jan. 2 at Oregon State...21 points and seven boards vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28 which earned him ASU Classic MVP honors...18 points and nine boards vs. Purdue on Dec. 2 at Las Vegas Showdown...25 points and nine boards vs. Nevada on Dec. 10...15 points and eight boards vs. BYU on Dec. 4...27 points vs. Lafayette on Nov. 30...37 minutes vs. Utah on Nov. 27 and had 22 points, eight boards and zero turnovers...the second ASU freshman to start in the season opener in the past 10 years.

#12 KENNY CRANDALL: Averaging 17 minutes in the past three games...played 20 minutes at top-ranked Arizona on Jan. 22 and made 4-of-7 three-pointers and had season-high 12 points...15-of-16 (.938) free throws on the year...five assists vs. Morehead State on Nov. 22...broke right fibula on April 17 in a dirt-bike accident and is still recovering...has played double-digit minutes eight times this year...shot 21-of-46 (.457) from the three-point stripe in Pac-10 games last year.

#14 CURTIS MILLAGE: Has seven 20-point games in his career, all but one away from Tempe...46-of-88 (.523) from field in past eight games...averaging 15.9 points per game in Pac-10 play...21 points vs. No. 20 Cal on Feb. 3...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...13 points, four boards and five assists vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...posted 26 points in his season debut vs. Utah on Nov. 27...45-of-57 (.789) from the free throw line in final 16 games last year...27-of-33 (.818) free throws in the final eight games...career-highs with 27 points and four three-pointers at No. 14 Arizona on Feb. 20, 2002...24 points at Washington State on Jan. 12, 2002.

#21 DONNELL KNIGHT: Four career double-doubles...18-of-35 (.514) from the floor in his past five games...10 points in 26 minutes vs. No. 20 California on Jan. 30...13 points at USC on Jan. 18...13 points and eight boards vs. Washington State on Jan. 11...eight points and seven boards vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...15 points vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27...12 points and 10 boards off the bench vs. Nevada on Dec. 10 and made all five field goal attempts...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...17 points vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26...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.

#24 JUSTIN ALLEN: Redshirted 2000-2001 season with Hodgkin's Disease and is getting back into basketball shape...has played in 64 games in three-year career...has played in 11 games this season...missed Washington home series (Jan. 9-11) with sprained right ankle...hit first-half three-pointer vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...hit two three-pointers at Utah on Dec. 7, 2002.

#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. No. 20 California on Feb. 3...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 199-of-251 (.793) free throws in his four-year career...also has 68 blocks in his career, ninth-best in ASU history...matched the ASU freshman record with 28 starts in 1999-2000.

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