Men's Hoops Travels To Cal For Fox Net Game On Sunday
Feb. 28, 2003
ASU VS. CAL: The Arizona State men's basketball team (17-9; 9-6) plays at the No. 23 California Golden Bears on Fox Sports Net on Sunday, March 2, at 12:30 p.m. PT/1:30 p.m. MST at Harmon Arena (ASU radio on Phoenix NBC 1190 AM). ASU has won four of its past six but fell 88-77 at No. 19 Stanford on Thursday night. ASU has clinched at least a fifth-place finish in the Pac-10 with its nine league wins, including a 4-4 road mark.
AWAY FROM HOME: ASU opened Pac-10 play with five of its first seven and seven of its first 11 on the road and has played 13 games away from Tempe this year and is 7-6 in those games, including neutral site wins over Mountain 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.
DIOUGU CHATTER: 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 20.5 points and 9.4 rebounds in the past eight games and has 10 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 18.9 points per game and fifth in rebounding at 7.3 boards per contest.
OLD SCHOOL THREES: Ike Diogu has been fouled when making a shot 35 times this year and has made 25-of-35 (.714) of the free throws that followed. He made four shots against Stanford while being fouled and converted the old-school three-point play on three of them.
MILLAGE HEATING UP: Curtis Millage has made 33-of-38 (.868) from the free throw line in the past 10 games and is 83-of-167 (.497) from the field in the past 14 games. He is averaging 16.6 points per game in Pac-10 play. Millage has 10 20-point games in his career (and has 20 in three of the past four tilts), including 27 vs. USC on Feb. 13 which matched his career high. He also has made 20-of-21 (.952) free throws in the past four games.
VS. #20 CAL: ASU topped No. 20 Cal 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. ASU leads the series 30-24 and Rob Evans is 4-5 against the Golden Bears. ASU has outrebounded Cal in each of the nine games under Evans by an average of 5.9 per game.
AT #19 STANFORD: In Thursday's 88-77 loss to Stanford, the Cardinal went on an 8-0 run from the 12:02 mark of the first half until 10:01 to jump ahead of ASU 24-16 and led by as many 13 in the first half, but ASU closed the gap to 73-67 at the 4:16 mark of the second half. Julius Barnes led Stanford with 29 points, including 13-of-13 from the free throw line and was perfect in four three-pointers. Ike Diogu had 26 points and nine boards while Curtis Millage added 21 points. ASU had just 11 turnovers but forced just 10.
RPI CHATTER: After play Thursday night, ASU had an RPI of No. 31, according to collegeRPI.com (Feb. 28). Others in the Pac-10 include Arizona (1), Stanford (18), California (34), Oregon (45), USC (106), Washington (123), Oregon State (160), UCLA (158) and Washington State (210).PAC-10 CHATTER: ASU ranks first in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.483) and blocks per game (4.57), second in scoring defense (68.2 ppg), and third in scoring margin (+8.1) and rebounding margin (+4.3).
EVERYONE LIKES IKE: Freshman Ike Diogu leads the team at 18.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. The Garland, Texas, native has already been to the line a Pac-10-leading 210 times and is shooting .738 percent from the charity stripe (155-of-210). He also is shooting 60.7 percent from the field (165-of-272), second in the Pac-10, and is at 63.9 percent (101-of-158) in Pac-10 games, first in the league. He is shooting 68.7 percent (57-of-83) in ASU's nine road contests and is averaging 19.3 points. Diogu has set the ASU freshman record for points with 492, as he topped Jamal Faulkner's 1990-91 mark of 462. He has 10 20-point games and five double-doubles.
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 37-of-71 (.521) from the field this year and has 34 assists and just four turnovers in the past seven games. He posted a season-high 14 points vs. UCLA on Feb. 16. Dodd leads the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.71.
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 17-9 (.654) record this year. Overall, Evans is 104-125 (.454) in his first four years of building a program and is 59-25 (.702) after the rebuilding process.
DIOGU'S FREE THROWS: Diogu's 210 free throw attempts (8.08 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 210 attempts smashed the ASU freshman record of 140 set by Bennett in 1991-92. If he keeps this pace, he could 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.
SIXTH-MAN SPECIAL: Senior Shawn Redhage, a 2003 Verizon District VIII All-Academic pick, 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. 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 eight 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 five of the past nine games. His 29 points is the most by a Sun Devil off the bench since at least 1979-80. He is 46-of-91 (.505) from the field in the past 18 games and has made 224-of-286 (.783) free throws in his four-year career and also has 72 blocks, ninth-best in ASU history.
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 seven of the top 12 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 at #19 Stanford, Feb. 27, 2003 Ike Diogu vs. UCLA, Feb. 15, 2003 Ike Diogu vs. USC, Feb. 13, 2003 Ike Diogu at Washington State, Feb. 6, 200312. 25 Ike Diogu vs. Nevada, Dec. 10, 2002
RECENT TRENDS: ASU has outrebounded 10 of its past 13 opponents and is outrebounding opponents by 6.1 per game in that span. The Sun Devils have averaged 14.6 offensive boards per game in their past five outings and also are 184-of-257 (.716) from the free throw line in the past 10 games. Against UCLA on Feb. 15, ASU made 20-of-22 (.909) from the line, the tenth-best mark in school history.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (163-150/.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 77-69 (.527) 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 119-82 (.592) in the past seven seasons.
OTHER PLAYER QUICK NOTES
#1 JASON BRAXTON: Has 13 assists and just four turnovers in the past four games...matched a career-high with seven assists and zero turnovers vs. USC on Feb. 13...seven points at #19 Stanford on Feb. 27...nine points and five boards at UCLA on Jan. 16...did not turn the ball over in 47 minutes on Oregon road trip...11 points vs. Utah on Nov. 27...averaging 7.4 points in the 15 career games against ranked opponents.
#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...career-high 16 boards, 13 points, six bocks and five assists vs. Washington on Jan. 9...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 KENNY CRANDALL: Averaging 11.0 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...16-of-18 (.889) free throws on the year...broke right fibula on April 17 in a dirt-bike accident and is still recovering...has played double-digit minutes nine times this year.
#21 DONNELL KNIGHT: Four career double-doubles...24-of-51 (.471) from the floor in his past 11 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...15 points vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27...12 points and 10 boards off the bench vs. Nevada on Dec. 10...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 six games.