Men's Hoops Hoping For More Road Success At Oregon Schools
Jan. 18, 2005
ASU HOPES FOR MORE ROAD SUCCESS: The Arizona State men's basketball team (13-4; 2-3 in the Pac-10 Conference), 4-2 in games away from Tempe, travels north to take on the Oregon State Beavers on Thursday, Jan. 20 (5:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. MST) and the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, Jan. 22 (7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MST). Both games will be broadcast by Fox Sports Arizona, with Tom Dillon and Tim Kempton calling the action. After sweeping the Bay Area road trip Jan. 6-8 for the first time since 1984-85, the Sun Devils dropped two high-scoring home games last weekend with losses to UCLA (86-82) and USC (98-94). ASU is 3-1 in road games on the year with wins at Temple, Stanford and Cal and will try and win three straight Pac-10 road games for the first time since January of 1996. ASU has had some success on this road trip, as it is 3-3 under Rob Evans at both Gill Coliseum and McArthur Court.
PAC-10 NOTE: Ike Diogu leads the Pac-10 in both scoring (22.3 ppg.) and rebounding (10.0 rpg.). Only A.C. Green of Oregon State (1984-85) and Mark McNamara of California (1981-82) have led the Pac-10 in both categories. Diogu also leads the league in blocks at 2.76 per game. Since blocks became an official statistic in 1977-78, no player has led the league in all three categories.
IKE'S NUMBERS: Ike Diogu's play this year has been among the best in the nation, as he is sixth nationally in points per game at 22.3 (as of Jan. 17) and tied for 12th at 10.0 rebounds per contest and is one of only two players to average at least 20 points and 10 boards, along with Michael Harris of Rice (20.0 ppg. and 11.7 rpg.). He has posted a Pac-10 leading eight double-doubles and leads the nation in free throws made (144) and attempted (175) and is ninth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.823). His 144 made free throws is more than all but three players in the nation have attempted, while the next closet player to his 144 makes is Juan Mendez of Niagara with 109. His national-best consecutive games in double-figures scoring streak is up to 76 games (every game of his career). He has eight 30-point games (three this year), 40 20-point games (11 this year), 23 double-doubles (eight this year) and 13 other games with nine rebounds. He also leads the Pac-10 in blocks (2.76 per game), offensive boards (3.29), defensive boards (6.71), minutes per game (34.76) and ranks second in field goal percentage (.599). He is 567-of-718 (.790) from the free throw line in his career, and both marks are sixth on the Pac-10 career charts.
HELP FOR IKE: ASU also has established some balance in its five Pac-10 games, as four players are averaging double-digit scoring, including sixth-man Kevin Kruger who is scoring at a 13.4 points per game clip and has nine double-digit scoring games overall. Sophomore Serge Angounou also is coming off his best scoring game, as he posted 20 points vs. USC on Saturday and is averaging 10.7 points and 7.2 boards in his past 14 games.
FROM THREE: ASU is shooting 36.8 percent from the three-point stripe (113-of-307), its best clip since the 1988-89 squad set the school mark at 43.0 percent (144-of-335). ASU was 13-of-20 (.650) from the three-point stripe vs. Northwestern on Dec. 20, its most three-pointers since it hit 13 at Oregon on Jan. 27, 1996 (tied for fifth in school history). The 65 percent three-point shooting also is a school record (minimum 20 attempts), topping the 60 percent mark set at Stanford on Feb. 28, 1987 (12-of-20). Sophomore newcomer Bryson Krueger, who played for assistant coach Brooks Thompson at Yavapai C.C. last year, is 17-of-27 (.630) from the three-point stripe in his past 10 games and has made 7-of-8 (.875) in the past three contests.
MORE EXPERIENCE: Last year at this time Rob Evans was trying to play up to eight newcomers (including six freshman) without a senior starter. ASU's eight newcomers combined to average 118.1 minutes per game they played in last year, compared to four newcomers averaging 46.4 minutes in games played this year with two senior starters and two-time All-Pac-10 honoree Ike Diogu.
ALL OF THEM LIKE IKE: ESPN.com asked seven of its college basketball experts (Andy Katz, Pat Forde, Jay Bilas, Fran Fraschilla, Doug Gottlieb, Joe Lunardi and Andy Glockner) to pick a five-man midseason All-American team the first week of January. Only one player in the nation was a unanimous pick on each ballot--Ike Diogu. In addition, Jay Bilas selected Ike as his preseason Player of the Year.
KRUGER, THEN AND NOW: Sophomore Kevin Kruger is 33-of-83 (.398) from the three-point stripe and has notched double digits in nine games. He provided a spark in the final nine games last year, averaging 29.0 minutes, 12.4 points and shooting 27-of-59 (.448) from the three-point stripe. He was the team's second-leading scorer in those nine games. After shooting 4-of-27 (.148) from the three-point stripe in the first 18 games of his career, he is 60-of-142 (.422) in his past 26 contests. He posted a season-high 18 points vs. UCLA and had a career-high 22 at Arizona last year. He had 20 in his first career start last year at Oregon State on Feb. 19.
THREE-DOT DATA: Jason Braxton is averaging 6.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists in the past 12 games. He has posted 10 points in four games. He has 71 assists and just 28 turnovers on the year, a 2.54 ratio which is second in the league. His 142 steals is eighth on the ASU career charts and his 331 assists is ninth. He is shooting 84.6 percent (11-of-13) from the free throw line in Pac-10 play...Steve Moore has two 20-point games on the year and is shooting 77.6 percent (125-of-161) from the free throw line in his 44-game career and has scored in double digits in 12 games this year...Ike Diogu's six straight 20-point games from Dec. 22-Jan.8 is the fourth-best streak by a Sun Devil in the past 18 years. Eddie House posted eight straight in 1999-2000, while Jeremy Veal (1997-98) and Trent Edwards (1988-89) each had seven straight...ASU was third in the nation last year in free throw attempts at 27.56 per game, behind only Texas Southern (28.3) and Niagara (28.2). It is averaging 26.1 attempts per game this year. ASU has made 311 free throws while its opponents have attempted 324...ASU has outrebounded 11 of 17 opponents on the year and is 10-1 in those games, but has been outrebounded in the past four games. ASU was outrebounded last year for the first time in Rob Evans six years...ASU was 11-1 before falling at Arizona on Jan. 2, something it has done just twice, as both the 1974-75 and 1962-63 Sun Devils went 15-1...ASU is 9-2 at home after going 7-8 at Wells Fargo Arena last year...ASU's 11 wins non-conference wins is the most in the regular-season since the 1975-76 squad was 12-1 in non-conference play before going 5-9 in the WAC.
MORE DIOGU: Ike Diogu's national-best double figure scoring streak of 76 games still has a ways to go until it reaches NCAA-record levels. The NCAA record is 115 set by La Salle's Lionel Simmons from 1987-90. Diogu's lowest point total in his career was 10 against Morehead State on Nov. 22, 2003, the first game of his career. The next longest active streak in the Pac-10 belongs to Dijon Thompson of UCLA with 17 straight games in double digits.
NEED MOORE AT THE LINE: Three times this season Steve Moore has iced a close game with his late-game free throw shooting. On Nov. 30 at Temple, ASU led 61-60 when Moore made to free throws to make it 63-60 with 30 seconds left, and then hit two more to make it 65-62 with seven seconds left as ASU topped Temple. Against Cal State Northridge on Dec. 4, Moore was fouled while shooting a three-pointer with 14 seconds left and ASU down 66-64, but he sank all three to give ASU a 67-66 win. At California on Jan. 8, Moore hit two free throws with ASU leading 73-70 to give ASU a five-point cushion as it would win 79-70.
VS. OSU: ASU has won nine of the past 11 against the Beavers and is 7-5 in Corvallis in the past 12 seasons, while the Beavers lead the overall series 34-28. Ike Diogu is 23-of-38 (.605) from the field against the Beavers and is averaging 18.5 points and 9.5 boards, while Jason Braxton has 17 assists and just seven turnovers in six career games. Last year in Corvallis, ASU scored just 13 points in the first half, its fewest since it also had 13 on January 30, 1992, in losing at Oregon State 68-61 on Feb. 19. The Sun Devils scored 16 straight second-half points in less than three minutes to cut the OSU lead to 51-50 with just over five minutes left, but the Beavers made 17-of-18 (.944) free throws in the second half to seal the win. ASU matched a season-low with just 16 field goals, including 4-of-21 (.190) in the first half. Kevin Kruger posted 20 points in his first career start, while Ike Diogu had 16 of his 18 points in the second half.
VS. OREGON: ASU is 5-4 against the Ducks in the past nine meetings and leads the overall series 32-26. In his five games against Oregon, Ike Diogu is averaging 23.6 points and 12.2 rebounds, including a Pac-10 Tournament and ASU freshman record 18 boards on March 13, 2003. Last year in Eugene, ASU played its most impressive game of the year from start to finish in an 86-75 win on Feb. 21, its third win at McArthur Court in the past six years. ASU shot 50 percent from the field and outrebounded the Ducks 40-27. Ike Diogu (23 points and 12 boards), Kevin Kruger (17 points) and Jamal Hill (18 points) all started and played 40 minutes, while Serge Angounou had season-highs in points (12) and minutes (32). The Ducks took an ASU opponent's record 38 three-point field goal attempts, including 21 in the second half.
VS. USC (JAN. 15): USC shot 60 percent in the first half (18-of-30) and got 42 points from its bench in a 98-94 win at Arizona State. The 98 points was the most scored against ASU at home since a 101-73 loss to third-ranked Arizona on Feb. 27, 1988, as the Trojans shot 50 percent (8-of-16) from the three-point stripe. Nick Young led USC with 22 points, while six Sun Devils scored in double digits, led by a career-high 20 points by Serge Angounou. USC outrebounded ASU 34-30, shot 55.2 percent from the field and posted 52 second-half points. ASU led 60-59 at the 10:29 mark but USC posted 39 points in just more than 10 minutes to notch its first Pac-10 win.
VS. UCLA (JAN. 13): ASU led 32-20 at the 6:35 mark of the first half but UCLA finished the half on a 22-9 run and held off the Sun Devils in the second half to win 86-82. The game was decided at the foul line, as the Bruins made 18-of-21 (.857) and ASU made just 20-of-30 (.667), including 7-of-14 (.500) in the first half. Kevin Kruger posted 18 points off the bench for ASU while Bryson Krueger added 16 points, including 4-of-5 from the three-point stripe. ASU had just nine turnovers and posted a season-high 67 field goal attempts but made just 28 of them (.418) while allowing UCLA to shoot 50.8 percent (31-of-61). UCLA also outrebounded the Sun Devils 41-35.
BLOCK PARTY: ASU has posted 55 blocks in its past nine games (6.1 per game), including nine vs. Northwestern (Dec. 20) and Valparaiso (Dec. 29), the most since ASU had 13 vs. Washington on Jan. 9, 2003. Ike Diogu has 47 blocks to lead the Pac-10 (2.76 per game), while Serge Angounou has 11 blocks through 17 games after posting just two in 15 games last year. Diogu had a career-high seven blocks against Santa Clara, the most by a Sun Devil since Rodger Farrington tied the school record with eight vs. Houston Baptist on Dec. 10, 1996.
Rob Evans: Rob Evans (189-174/.521) is in his seventh season at Arizona State (13th 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 58-year old Evans is a 1968 graduate of New Mexico State, where he captained two NCAA Tournament teams and is a 1989 inductee of the Athletic Hall of Fame. He is 103-93 (.526) at ASU and has led the Sun Devils to three postseason appearances, including a 2003 NCAA appearance that was the school's first since 1995. He is 146-105 (.582) in the past nine seasons. He reached his 100th win at ASU against Long Island on Dec. 28, becoming just the third coach in ASU history to top the century mark, joining Ned Wulk (406-272 from 1957-82) and Bill Frieder (132-108 from 1989-97).
KRUGER STARTING: Sophomore Kevin Kruger was in the starting lineup for the sixth time in his career on at Arizona on Jan. 2 with the ankle injury to Bryson Krueger, which statistically is certainly not a bad thing. In his six career starts, Kevin Kruger is averaging 16.0 points in 33.7 minutes and is shooting 21-of-43 (.488) from the three-point stripe. He posted career highs in points (22) and three-pointers made (six) in his start last year at Arizona on March 7.
ACADEMICALLY: Despite erroneous reports (since corrected) that said 'the state's three public universities have graduated only two male basketball players in the past five years' and '...not a single men's basketball player graduated from the three institutions last year' ASU has had success in the classroom. Here's a look at scholarship players already earning degrees under Rob Evans: Kenny Crandall (B.I.S., business and communications, 2004), Justin Allen (B.S., justice studies, 2003), Tyson Johnston (B.A., sociology 2003), Chad Prewitt (B.I.S., business and communications, 2002), Awvee Storey (B.I.S., sociology, 2001), Okeme Oziwo (B.S.W., social work, 1999) and Bobby Lazor (B.S., marketing, 1998). In addition, senior Jason Braxton will earn his B.I.S. in business and psychology in May of 2005, graduating in four years.
PLAYER QUICK NOTES
#1 Jason Braxton: Has played in all 105 games in career and started in 87...27-of-51 (.529) from the field in the past eight games...has four 10-point games on the year (at Arizona, vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, vs. Northwestern and vs. USC)...is shooting 84.6 percent (11-of-13) from the free throw line in Pac-10 play...seven points and eight boards vs. CS Northridge on Dec. 4...4.8 assists per game last year was fourth in Pac-10...2.04 steals per game and 2.06 assist-to-turnover ratio were second in the league...averaged 28.7 minutes per game last year after averaging 21.5 his first two seasons...will earn his B.I.S. degree in four years in business and psychology in May of 2005.
#5 Ike Diogu: An ESPN.com third-team All-American in 2003-2004...set Pac-10 season record last year with 243 made free throws...a 2004 Associated Press Preseason All-American, the first in Sun Devil history and 11th in Pac-10 history...a 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American...averaged 37.5 minutes in the final 17 games last year...12-of-12 outing at the FT line at USC on Jan. 17, 2004, is the first time a Sun Devil was perfect in at least 12 free throws in a game since Arthur Thomas was 13-of-13 on Dec. 4, 1987, against San Diego State...2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and an All-Pac-10 selection in his first two seasons...Pac-10 Tournament record 18 rebounds vs. Oregon on March 13, 2003.
#12 Bryson Krueger: Sophomore played for current ASU assistant coach Brooks Thompson at Yavapai C.C. for one season before arriving at ASU...31-of-50 (.620) from the floor and 17-of-27 (.630) from the three-point stripe in his past 10 games...five double-digit scoring games on the year...12-of-17 (.706) from the field and 7-of-8 (.875) from three-point stripe in past three games...injured ankle on Dec. 28 vs. Long Island, missed Dec. 29 win over Valparaiso and played just eight minutes at Arizona on Jan. 2...had a season-high 23 points against UC Riverside on Dec. 12...had 16 points vs. UCLA on Jan. 13 and 10 points vs. USC on Jan. 15...posted 14 points against Fairleigh Dickinson on Dec. 6...12 points vs. UTEP on Nov. 26.
#13 Kevin Kruger: Is 33-of-83 (.398) from the three-point stripe and has notched double digits in nine games...after shooting 4-of-27 (.148) from the three-point stripe in the first 18 games of his career, he is 60-of-142 (.423) in his past 26 contests...85-of-107 (.794) from the free throw line in career...22-of-23 (.956) from the free throw line in his past four games...18 points (10-of-11 from free throw line) vs. UCLA on Jan. 13, 2005...averaged 29.0 minutes, 12.4 points and shot 27-of-59 (.448) from three and was team's second-leading scorer in final nine games last year...had 22 points, including 6-of-10 from three, at No. 22 Arizona on March 7, 2004...17 points in career-high 40 minutes at Oregon on Feb. 21, 2004...20 points in first start at Oregon State on Feb. 19, 2004.
#21 Steve Moore: Posted 20 points vs. Vanderbilt and vs. Cal State Northridge...has been in double figures in 12 games on the year and in seven of the past nine...led ASU with 18 points vs. Northwestern on Dec. 20...made 48 three-pointers last year, the most by a Sun Devil since Eddie House hit 73 in 1999-2000...finished eighth in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting (.814)...averaged 17 points on Los Angeles road trip and was 15-of-18 (.833) from the free throw line...had 20 second-half points at Nebraska on Dec. 3, 2003...posted three 20-point games last year.
#45 Serge Angounou: Working his way back into shape after missing all of 2002-2003 with a knee injury suffered on Nov. 13, 2002...averaging 10.7 points and 7.2 rebounds in past 14 games...has nine games in double digits in scoring and three double-doubles this year...20 points and seven boards vs. USC on Jan. 15...13 points and 11 boards vs. UCLA on Jan. 13...had 11 points and 11 boards vs. Valparaiso on Dec. 30...posted 14 points vs. Fairleigh Dickinson on Dec. 6...did not score in the first two contests this year but posted 13 points vs. Vanderbilt on Nov. 27 and 13 points and 14 boards in 34 minutes at Temple on Nov. 30...missed the first 12 games last year.
PAC-10 POLL: ASU was picked tenth by the Pac-10 media, announced Nov. 4. UA was the choice for the top spot among the 26 media folks. The poll: 1. UA; 2. UW; 3. STAN; 4. UO; 5. UCLA; 6. USC; 7. CAL; 8. OSU; 9. WSU; 10. ASU.
WOODEN CANDIDATE: Ike Diogu was one of 50 preseason Wooden Award candidates which included Pac-10 players Channing Frye (Arizona), Leon Powe (California), Salim Stoudamire (Arizona), Chris Hernandez (Stanford) and Nate Robinson (Washington).
BAD LUCK: Since 1990, 56 of 57 Pac-10 teams who have won at least 11 conference games have been selected to the NCAAs. The exception? ASU in 1992-93, when it was 11-7 and tied for third. Also, 61 of 63 teams since 1990 who have posted 18 wins and 10 Pac-10 wins have qualified. Again, the odd teams out were ASU in 1992-93 and 1999-2000.
2004-2005 ASU record tendenciesOutrebounded opp. 10-1Outscored opp.'s bench 8-2Led at halftime 11-1Trailed/tied at halftime 2-3Shot more FTs than the opp. 13-2Shot better/same from field than opp. 12-2Shot worse from field than opp. 1-2Shot 50 pct. or better from field 6-2Shot less than 50 pct. from the field 7-2Opp. shot 50 pct or better from field 2-2Opp. shot less than 50 pct. from field 11-2Committed less/sameturnovers than their opp. 6-3Committed more turnovers than opp. 7-1Played at home 9-2Played away 3-1Played on neutral court 1-1Pac-10 games 2-3Non-Conference games 11-1
RECORD AT MAC COURT: Although it is considered one of the tougher places to play in the nation, Oregon's McArthur Court has actually been a decent place to play for ASU in recent years. ASU is 5-5 in Eugene in the past 10 seasons, including a 3-3 mark under Rob Evans. A look at the Pac-10 records of teams at Mac Court beginning with the 1994-95 season, as the Ducks already have topped USC and OSU at home and fell to UCLA this year:
Team W-L .PctStanford 6-4 .600Arizona 6-4 .600Arizona State 5-5 .500Washington 4-6 .400UCLA 4-7 .364California 3-7 .300USC 3-8 .272Washington State 1-9 .100Oregon State 0-11 .000
GET TO 50 PERCENT: ASU is 23-2 (.920) in the past three seasons when it shoots 50 percent from the field. ASU had won its previous 24 games when shooting 50 percent before its Jan. 2 loss at Arizona as it was 29-of-57 (.509) from the floor. ASU is 49-6 (.891) under Rob Evans when it shoots 50 percent.
PAC-10 CAREER FREE THROWS MADE1. 711 - Don MacLean, UCLA, 1988-922. 652 - Adam Keefe, Stanford, 1989-923. 625 - Sean Elliott, Arizona, 1985-894. 591 - Brevin Knight, Stanford, 1993-975. 584 - Todd Lichti, Stanford, 1985-896. 567 - Ike Diogu, Arizona St., 2002-pres.
ASU CAREER SCORING CHART1. 2,044 - Eddie House, 1996-20003. 1,834 - Ron Riley, 1992-964. 1,673 - Stevin Smith, 1990-945. 1,601 - Ike Diogu, 2002-present