Men's Hoops Off To Bay Area
Feb. 25, 2003
ASU IN BAY: The Arizona State men's basketball team (17-8; 9-5) travels to the Bay Area this weekend to take on No. 19 Stanford and No. 23 California. The Sun Devils take on Stanford on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. PT (no television) at Maples Pavilion and then play at California on Fox Sports Net on Sunday, March 2, at 12:30 p.m. PT at Harmon Arena. ASU has won four of its past five games heading into the trip.
ASU opened Pac-10 play with five of its first seven and seven of its first 11 on the road and has played 12 games away from Tempe this year and is 7-5 in those games, including neutral site wins over Moutain West leading Utah (Maui Invitational) and 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.
ASU has outrebounded 10 of its past 12 opponents and is outrebounding opponents by 7.1 per game in that span. The Sun Devils have averaged 15.8 offensive boards per game in their past four outings and also are 168-of-231 (.727) from the free throw line in the past nine games. Against UCLA on Feb. 15, ASU made 20-of-22 (.909) from the line, the tenth-best mark in school history.
Freshman Ike Diogu, Cal senior Joe Shipp and Oregon junior Luke Ridnour are the only Pac-10 players who have posted double digits in every game this year. Diogu is averaging 19.7 points and 9.4 rebounds in the past seven games and has nine 20-point games on the year. Senior Philip Ricci of Oregon State and Diogu are the only players in the league ranked in the top five in scoring and rebounding as Diogu is third in scoring at 18.6 points per game and fifth in rebounding at 7.2 boards per contest.
ASU enters this week's game with an RPI of No. 29, according to collegeRPI.com (Feb. 24). Others in the Pac-10 include Arizona (4), Stanford (20), California (33), Oregon (49), USC (106), Washington (116), Oregon State (143), UCLA (163) and Washington State (206).
ASU ranks first in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.483) and blocks per game (4.72), second in scoring defense (67.4 ppg), and third in scoring margin (+8.9) and rebounding margin (+4.8).
OLD SCHOOL THREES: Ike Diogu has been fouled when making a shot 31 times this year and has made 22-of-31 (.710) of the free throws that followed.
EVERYONE LIKES IKE: Freshman Ike Diogu leads the team at 18.6 points and 7.2 rebounds. The Garland, Texas, native has already been to the line a Pac-10-leading 201 times and is shooting .741 percent from the charity stripe (149-of-201). He also is shooting 60.1 percent from the field (155-of-258), second in the Pac-10, and is at 63.2 percent (91-of-144) in Pac-10 games, first in the league. He is shooting 68.1 percent (47-of-69) in ASU's eight road contests. Diogu already has set the ASU freshman record for points in a season with 466, as he topped Jamal Faulkner's 1990-91 mark of 462.
Diogu 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).
DODD OFF THE BENCH: Senior back-up point guard Kyle Dodd is shooting 36-of-68 (.529) from the field this year and has 32 assists and just four turnovers in the past six games. He posted a season-high 14 points vs. UCLA on Feb. 16. Dodd leads the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.59 and also is 8-of-17 (.471) from the three-point stripe on the year. Dodd also is fourth in Pac-10 games in assists per game in league play at 4.07 per contest.
SUN DEVIL DATA: Tommy Smith has posted a Pac-10 leading 59 blocks on the year...ASU is 28-4 (.875) when it leads at the half in the past two seasons...ASU has held nine opponents to under 40 percent shooting and has won all 10 games when it shoots 50 percent...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. ASU also came back from a 39-35 halftime deficit to beat UCLA on Feb. 15.
PATIENCE: When Rob Evans arrived at ASU 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 the 17-7 (.708) record this year. Overall, Evans is 104-125 (.454) in his first four years of building a program and is 59-24 (.711) after the rebuilding process.
SIXTH-MAN SPECIAL: Senior Shawn Redhage posted one of the best performances off the bench in all of college basketball this season on Feb. 8 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, but since topped with 12 vs. USC), assists (five) and minutes (34). On Feb. 13 against USC, Redhage had 16 points (including 8-of-9 from the free throw line) and matched his career-high with 12 rebounds for the second double-double of his career. Redhage now has seven 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 four of the past eight games. His 29 points is the most by a Sun Devil off the bench since at least the 1979-80 season. He is 43-of-83 (.518) from the field in the past 17 games.
DIOGU'S FREE THROWS: Diogu's 201 free throw attempts (8.04 per game) is on pace to break the ASU single-season mark of 234 (7.09 pg) set by Mario Bennett in 1994-95. Diogu's 201 attempts smashed 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.
MILLAGE HEATING UP: Curtis Millage has made 30-of-35 (.857) from the free throw line in the past nine games and is 75-of-153 (.490) from the field in the past 13 games. He is averaging 16.3 points per game in Pac-10 play, eighth in the league. Millage has nine 20-point games in his career, including 27 vs. USC on Feb. 13 which matched his career high. He also has made 17-of-18 (.944) free throws in the past three games.
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 six of the top 11 freshman scoring games in ASU history and is the first Sun Devil freshman to post back-to-back 25-point games, as he had 26 vs. USC and UCLA. 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 vs. UCLA, Feb. 15, 2003 Ike Diogu vs. USC, Feb. 13, 2003 Ike Diogu at Washington State, Feb. 6, 200311. 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. In the past 12 seasons, only two ASU freshmen have posted double-doubles (six occasions). 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, 26 points and 10 boards at Washington State on Feb. 6 and 15 points and 10 boards vs. top-ranked Arizona on Feb. 22. 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 six times in the past 331 games and just five times (all by Ike Diogu) in the past 137 games. A look at the top freshman rebounding games at ASU:
ASU FRESHMAN SINGLE-GAME REBOUNDS (13 or more)Rk. 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
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (163-149/.522) 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 77-68 (.531) 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 119-81 (.595) in the past seven seasons.
LAST GAME (VS. #1 ARIZONA): ASU and top-ranked Arizona were tied at 39 at the 2:38 mark of the first half before the Wildcats went on a 12-4 run and never looked back in beating ASU 92-72 on Feb. 22 in front of the 14,421 in Tempe. The crowd was the largest at ASU since 1980 and the fourth-largest in ASU history. Tommy Smith had 18 points and eight boards and Ike Diogu had 15 points and 10 boards. Curtis Millage added 14 while Jamal Hill had 12 off the bench. UA set ASU opponent highs for field goals (35), free throw percentage (19-of-20 for 95 percent), rebounds (43), defensive rebounds (30), assists (22), blocks (nine) and first-half points (51).
VS. #20 CAL: ASU topped No. 20 California 75-70 on 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 Feb. 1. ASU's 31.6 percent (18-of-57) shooting is a season-low, including 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).
PLAYER QUICK NOTES
#1 JASON BRAXTON: Has 11 assists and just two turnovers in the past three games...matched a career-high with seven assists and zero turnovers vs. USC on Feb. 13...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...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 7.4 points in the 14 career games against ranked opponents.
#3 KYLE DODD: Shooting 36-of-68 (.529) from the field this year...nine turnovers in the past 15 games (274 minutes)...32 assists and just four turnovers in past six games...six assists and no turnovers vs. top-ranked Arizona on Feb. 22...14 points, eight assists and five boards vs. UCLA on Feb. 15...seven assists 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 115-game career, he has 280 assists and just 100 turnovers, a 2.80-to-1 ratio...has seven dunks in four-year career.
#4 TOMMY SMITH: Season-high 18 points and eight boards vs. top-ranked Arizona on Feb. 22...16 points and eight boards vs. UCLA on Feb. 15...17 points (7-of-10 shooting) in Feb. 6 win at Washington State...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...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.
#5 IKE DIOGU: Has scored in double digits in all 25 games...nine 20-point games...five double-doubles...15 points and 10 boards vs. top-ranked Arizona on Feb. 22...26 points vs. both USC and UCLA on Feb. 13-15 and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts...just the third freshman to be named Pac-10 Player of the Week in the past six seasons...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.
#12 KENNY CRANDALL: Averaging 12.0 minutes in his past seven 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 nine times this year...shot 21-of-46 (.457) from the three-point stripe in Pac-10 games last year.
#14 CURTIS MILLAGE: Has nine 20-point games in his career...75-of-153 (.490) from field in past 13 games...averaging 16.3 points per game in Pac-10 play, eighth-best in the league...30-of-35 (.857) from the free throw line in the past nine games...22 points vs. UCLA on Feb. 15...27 points vs. USC on Feb. 13...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.
#21 DONNELL KNIGHT: Four career double-doubles...23-of-47 (.489) from the floor in his past 10 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...solid game vs. top-ranked Arizona with 12 points, including three three-pointers...12 points vs. USC on Feb. 13...averaged 12.5 points on the Washington road trip and played 31 minutes without a turnover in the overtime win at Washington...20-of-27 (.741) 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 10 games and in four of the past five 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 69 games in three-year career...has played in 16 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 who has a 3.61 GPA in construction science...a 2003 Verizona Academic All-District VIII pick...2001 and 2002 Pac-10 All-Academic pick...16 points and matched a career-high with 12 boards vs. USC on Feb. 13...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...43-of-83 (.518) from the field in the past 17 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...seven double-figure scoring games this year after having three 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...has made 221-of-282 (.784) free throws in his four-year career...also has 72 blocks in his career, ninth-best in ASU history...matched the ASU freshman record with 28 starts in 1999-2000.
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