Men's Hoops Hosts USC and UCLA
Feb. 11, 2003
ASU VS. USC/UCLA: The Arizona State men's basketball team (15-7; 7-4) plays host to the USC Trojans (10-9; 5-5) on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. MST (Fox Sports Arizona) and the UCLA Bruins (5-14; 2-8) on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 1:30 p.m. MST on ABC (Channel 15 in Phoenix). Tom Dillon and Tim Kempton have the call for Fox Sports Arizona while Terry Gannon and Jay Bilas have the call for ABC. ASU opened Pac-10 play with five of its first seven and seven of its first 11 on the road but now plays five of its final seven at home, where it is 8-2. ASU has played 12 games away from Tempe this year and is 7-5 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 swept the Washington road trip last weekend with an 87-54 win at Washington State and a 79-77 overtime win at Washington. It marked just the fifth time in school history ASU won all four games against the Washington schools and it was ASU's first road sweep since it swept the Oregon schools in February of 2001. It was ASU's third road sweep in the past seven years. ASU shot 65.4 percent (34-of-52) from the field at WSU, the sixth-best mark in school history and the second-best in a road game. ASU also matched the school record with an 8-of-11 (.727) effort from the three-point stripe. The 33-point win was the school's biggest road win since a 36-point win (91-55) at California on Feb. 3, 1979. It marked the 12th time ASU had swept Washington and the 10th time it had swept the Cougars. With the wins, ASU has passed its victory total (14) from last season.
ASU enters this week's games with an RPI of No. 29, according to collegeRPI.com (Feb. 10). USC is 106 and UCLA is 184. Remaining opponents in the Pac-10 include Arizona (4), Stanford (14), California (22), Oregon (36) and Oregon State (128).
Also, 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, while ASU senior Tommy Smith needs just 17 points to become the 28th member of the Arizona State 1,000-point club.
ASU ranks first in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.482) and blocks per game (4.82), is tied for first with Stanford in scoring defense (65.8 ppg) and is fourth in field goal percentage defense (.425). 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. ASU has outrebounded eight of its past nine opponents and is outrebounding opponents by 8.3 boards per game in that span. The Sun Devils also have shot 103-of-142 (.725) from the free throw line in the past six games.
READY TO PLAY: Senior Shawn Redhage posted one of the best performances off the bench in all of college basketball this season Saturday at Washington in ASU's 79-77 overtime win. Redhage had a career-high 29 points (8-of-11) from the floor, and also had career highs in free throws made (11) and attempted (18). The construction science major with a 3.61 grade point average and two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection posted season highs in rebounds (eight), assists (five) and minutes (34). Redhage now has six double-figure scoring games this year after having three all of last year. Redhage matched the ASU freshman record with 28 starts in 1999-2000 but is now coming off the bench and has posted double digits in three of the past five games. His 29 points is the most by a Sun Devil off the bench since at least the 1985-86 season.
EVERYONE LIKES IKE: Freshman Ike Diogu leads the team at 18.1 points (third in Pac-10) and 7.2 rebounds (fifth 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 183 times and is shooting .732 percent from the charity stripe (134-of-183). He also is shooting 60.3 percent from the field (129-of-214), second in the Pac-10, and is at 65.0 percent (65-of-100) in Pac-10 games. He is shooting 68.1 percent (47-of-69) in ASU's eight 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).
DIOGU'S FREE THROWS: Diogu's 183 free throw attempts (8.32 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 183 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 more free throws this year than any other Pac-10 player has attempted.
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 three straight double-doubles vs. California (18 points and 13 rebounds), vs. Stanford (16 points and 14 rebounds) and at Washington State (26 points and 10 rebounds). Diogu is averaging 17.8 points and 11.0 rebounds in the past four games.
SUN DEVIL DATA: In ASU's eight road games, Ike Diogu is averaging 18.5 points and is shooting 68.1 percent (47-of-69) from the field...Curtis Millage has made 20-of-27 (.741) from the free throw line in the past six games and is 55-of-109 (.505) from the field in the past 10 games. 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...Tommy Smith has posted a Pac-10 leading 52 blocks on the year. 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 27-4 (.871) when it leads at the half in the past two seasons...Shawn Redhage is 37-of-66 (.561) from the field in the past 14 games...Kyle Dodd is shooting 31-of-57 (.544) from the field on the year and had 13 assists and just two turnovers on the Washington road trip...ASU has held nine opponents to under 40 percent shooting...ASU's win over Cal on Jan. 30 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...Jamal Hill averaged 12.5 points on the Washington road trip and played 31 minutes without a turnover in the overtime win at Washington.
VS. USC: ASU fell behind by 10 early but battled back to tie the game at 74 before falling 76-74 at USC on Jan. 18, its seventh straight defeat at the Sports Arena. Ike Diogu had 24 points, including 11-of-12 at the free throw line, to lead ASU. ASU committed a season-high 20 turnovers for the second straight game and allowed USC to shoot 16-of-29 (.552) from the field in the first half. Tommy Smith posted 11 points, eight boards and six blocks in 38 minutes. ASU was 20-of-23 (.870) from the free throw line. USC matched an opponent's season-high with 43 first-half points. USC leads the ASU series 39-26 and has won nine of the past 10. ASU's last win over USC was on Feb. 19, 2000, a 93-81 win in Tempe.
VS. UCLA: ASU won consecutive games in Pauley Pavilion for the first time in school history with a 75-64 win on Jan. 16. ASU led by as many as 21 in the second half but UCLA pulled to within six before ASU hit seven straight free throws to seal the win. Tommy Smith had 16 points, 10 boards and six assists while Curtis Millage led with 23 points. Ike Diogu added 16 points. ASU committed a season-high 20 turnovers but shot 59.6 percent (28-of-47). ASU made a season-low one three-pointer while UCLA did not register a blocked shot. UCLA's Jason Kapono made 11-of-13 from the free throw line but was just 3-of-10 from the field. UCLA leads the series 47-12 and had won 22 straight against ASU before the Sun Devils ended that streak on Feb. 17, 2000, with a 104-75 win behind Eddie House's 40 points. Before that game, ASU had not beaten the Bruins since Feb. 16, 1989. ASU is 3-3 against UCLA in the past six meetings.
PATIENCE: When Rob Evans took over the ASU program in the spring of 1998, many talked about his final two years at Ole Miss when he went 42-16 (.724) and won two SEC West titles. Before those seasons, Evans took a program many called 'below ground' and had a 44-65 (.403) mark in his first four seasons. At ASU, Evans was 60-60 in his first four years before jumping out to a 15-7 (.682) record this year. Overall, Evans is 104-125 (.454) in his first four years of building a program and is 57-23 (.713) after the rebuilding process.
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 (161-148/.521) is in his fifth season at Arizona State (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, 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 75-67 (.528) 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. 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 117-80 (.594) 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. Diogu now owns four of the top nine freshman scoring games in ASU history. A look at the top freshman scoring games in the ASU record books:
ASU FRESHMAN SINGLE-GAME POINTS (25-point games)Rk. 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. 26 Ike Diogu at Washington State, Feb. 6, 20039. 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. California, Jan. 30, 2003 13 by three others on four occasions
WULK HALL INDUCTEE: ASU has announced that the Sun Devil family will induct Ned Wulk into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor this spring. The Hall of Honor, established in 2002, inducted its first class last March. Byron Scott was ASU's inductee last year while Wulk will be inducted on March 12, 2003. The Hall of Honor was created to recognize athletes and coaches who have made significant contributions to the tradition and heritage of the Pac-10 Conference. The athletic department honored Wulk in March of 1999, as the arena floor where he won a building-record 20 straight contests was renamed 'Ned Wulk Court' in honor of the legendary basketball mentor who won 406 games from 1958-82. Wulk, who was 406-272 (.599) in his 25-year run as Sun Devil head coach, was honored at a banquet on March 5, 1999, which was held on the floor of Wells Fargo Arena.
SHOOTING IT: The 65.4 percent shooting at Washington State on Feb. 6 (34-of-52) is the sixth-best mark in school history and the second-best in a road game. ASU has four of the top 11 shooting nights in Sun Devil history this season, as the 63.3 percent shooting against both Bucknell (31-of-49) and Chaminade (38-of-60) marked the best shooting nights by the Sun Devils since March 9, 1990, when ASU was 30-of-45 (.667) against Oregon State in the Pac-10 Tournament, before the Feb. 6 Washington State game. The game at WSU is the best shooting night by an Evans-coached team (309 games) and ASU's best in the past 385 games. ASU's 65.4 percent mark at Washington State is the fifth-best in a Pac-10 game and the best in a league game since that same Oregon State game in the 1990 Pac-10 Tournament.
BEST FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE IN ASU HISTORYRk. .Pct FG-A, Opponent, Date1. .756 (34-of-45) vs. Oregon St., Feb. 10, 19792. .714 (40-of-56) vs. Santa Clara at Knoxville, Dec. 14, 19793. .679 (36-of-55) vs. Stanford, Feb. 9, 19854. .673 (35-of-52) at California, Feb. 3, 19795. .667 (30-of-45) vs. Oregon St., Mar. 9, 19906. .654 (34-of-52) at Washington State, Feb. 6, 20037. .652 (43-of-66) vs. Manhattan at San Diego, Dec. 28, 19868. .650 (39-of-60) vs. New Mexico, Mar. 5, 1971T9. .633 (31-of-49) vs. Bucknell, Dec. 27, 2002T9. .633 (38-of-60) vs. Chaminade, Nov. 26, 200211. .630 (34-of-54) vs. Washington State, Jan. 11, 2003
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 31-of-57 (.544) from the field this year...19-of-34 (.559) from the field in the past 15 games...seven turnovers in the past 12 games (212 minutes)...13 assists and just two turnovers on Washington road trip, as he had seven vs. Washington in 27 minutes and six vs. Washington State...nine points vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...12 points vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26...in his 112-game career, he has 264 assists and just 98 turnovers, a 2.69-to-1 ratio...has seven dunks in four-year career.
#4 TOMMY SMITH: Had season-high 17 points (7-of-10 shooting) in Feb. 6 win at Washington State...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: Has scored in double digits in all 22 games...seven 20-point games...26 points (11-of-15 shooting) and 10 boards at Washington State on Feb. 6...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.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE: In the past 12 seasons, only two ASU freshmen have posted double-doubles (four occasions), as Ike Diogu had 14 points and 10 boards at Oregon State on Jan. 2, 18 points and 13 boards vs. No. 20 California on Jan. 30, 16 points and 14 rebounds vs. Stanford on Feb. 1 and 26 points and 10 boards at Washington State on Feb. 6. Chad Prewitt had 15 points and 10 boards vs. Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 8, 1998. Before that, Mario Bennett posted a 15-point, 11-board game vs. Louisville on Feb. 22, 1992. When you tally it, the feat has been accomplished by a Sun Devil frosh just five times in the past 328 games and four times (all by Diogu) in the past 134 games.
#12 KENNY CRANDALL: Averaging 14.3 minutes in his past four games, but did not play at Washington on Feb. 8...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...55-of-109 (.505) from field in past eight games...averaging 15.0 points per game in Pac-10 play...20-of-27 (.741) from the free throw line in the past six games...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...27-of-33 (.818) free throws in the final eight games last year...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...21-of-42 (.500) from the floor in his past seven 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...averaged 12.5 points on Washington road trip...18-of-23 (.783) 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 66 games in three-year career...has played in 13 games this season...missed Washington home series (Jan. 9-11) with sprained right ankle...hit first-half three-pointer at Washington on Feb. 8...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...had one of the best days off the bench in college basketball this year with career-high 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists at Washington on Feb. 8...37-of-66 (.561) from the field in the past 14 games...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 six 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 212-of-271 (.782) free throws in his four-year career...also has 70 blocks in his career, ninth-best in ASU history...matched the ASU freshman record with 28 starts in 1999-2000.
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