Men's Hoops Hosts Stanford Thursday And California On Saturday.
Feb. 1, 2005
ASU STARTS SECOND HALF OF PAC-10 PLAY: The Arizona State Universitymen's basketball team (15-6; 4-5 in the Pac-10 Conference) takes onthe Stanford Cardinal on Thursday, Feb. 3 (6:30 p.m. MST) and thenhosts the California Golden Bears on Saturday, Feb. 5 (5 p.m. MST).Thursday's game will be broadcast by Fox Sports Net Arizona, with TomDillon and Tim Kempton calling the action. ASU split games with theWashington schools last weekend, topping Washington State 68-62 onThursday and then falling to tenth-ranked Washington 79-70 on Sunday.ASU goes for a sweep of Stanford for the first time since 1993-94 andattempts to end the Cardinal's nine-game winning streak in Tempe, andthen will try and sweep California for the first time since1999-2000. ASU is 20-6 (.769) against California in Tempe, its bestmark against any Pac-foe. ASU swept the Bay Area trip Jan. 6-8 forthe first time since 1984-85, which also is the last time it won allfour games against California and Stanford.
PAC-10 NOTE: Ike Diogu leads the Pac-10 in both scoring (21.2 ppg.)and rebounding (10.2 rpg.). Only A.C. Green of Oregon State (1984-85)and Mark McNamara of California (1981-82) have led the Pac-10 in bothcategories. Diogu also leads the league in blocks at 2.67 per game.Since blocks became an official statistic in 1977-78, no player hasled the league in all three categories. Also, Diogu is one of onlyfour players in the nation who is averaging at least 20 points and 10boards, joining a list with Michael Harris of Rice (20.3 ppg./11.8rpg.), Andrew Bogut of Utah (20.0/12.2) and Juan Mendez of Niagara(23.6/10/4).
IKE'S NUMBERS: Ike Diogu's play this year has been among the best inthe nation, as he is tied for eighth nationally in points per game at21.2 (as of Feb. 1) and tied for 11th with 10.2 rebounds per contest.He has posted a Pac-10 leading 11 double-doubles and leads the nationin free throws made (161) and attempted (197) and is seventh in thePac-10 in free throw percentage (.817). His 161 made free throws ismore than all but ten players in the nation have attempted, while thenext closet player to his 161 makes is Juan Mendez of Niagara with141. His national-best consecutive games in double-figures scoringstreak is up to 80 games (every game of his career). He has eight30-point games (three this year), 41 20-point games (12 this year),26 double-doubles (11 this year) and 13 other games with ninerebounds. He also leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.582),blocks (2.67 per game), offensive boards (3.57), defensive boards(6.62) and minutes per game (35.19). He is 584-of-740 (.789) from thefree throw line in his career. Should he stay at a double-digitrebounding pace, he would be come the first Sun Devil to average atleast 10 boards a game since Mark Landsberger (14.4 rpg.) in 1976-77.Diogu also has played seven 40-minute games this year.
HELP FOR IKE: Three players are averaging double-digit scoring inASU's Pac-10 contests, including sixth-man Kevin Kruger who isscoring at a 12.2 points per game clip and has 11 double-digitscoring games overall. Sophomore Serge Angounou also has posted hisbest scoring game twice in the past five outings, as he scored 20 vs.USC on Jan. 15 and at Oregon on Jan. 22. He is averaging 11.0 pointsand 7.9 boards in his past 18 games and played a career-high 35minutes at Oregon. Angounou is averaging 13.5 points, 8.3 rebounds,is shooting 33-of-54 (.611) from the floor and 14-of-16 (.875) fromthe free throw line in the past six games and has five double-doubleson the year, including his 18-point, 10-rebound game last weekagainst Washington State when he was perfect in seven field goalattempts. Sophomore newcomer Bryson Krueger, who played for assistantcoach Brooks Thompson at Yavapai C.C. last year, is 24-of-43 (.558)from the three-point stripe in his past 14 games and 14-of-24 (.583)in the past seven contests.
KRUGER, THEN AND NOW: Sophomore Kevin Kruger is 43-of-111 (.387) fromthe three-point stripe and has notched double digits in 11 games. Heprovided a spark in the final nine games last year, averaging 29.0minutes, 12.4 points and shooting 27-of-59 (.448) from thethree-point stripe. He was the team's second-leading scorer in thosenine games. After shooting 4-of-27 (.148) from the three-point stripein the first 18 games of his career, he is 70-of-170 (.412) in hispast 30 contests. He posted a season-high 18 points vs. UCLA and hada career-high 22 at Arizona last year. He had 20 in his first careerstart last year at Oregon State on Feb. 19. He has 31 assists andjust 12 turnovers in his past six games.
THREE-DOT DATA: Jason Braxton has posted 10 points in four games. Hehas 85 assists and just 32 turnovers on the year, a 2.66 ratio whichis second in the league. His 149 steals is eighth on the ASU careercharts and his 354 assists is ninth. He is shooting 75.0 percent(12-of-16) from the free throw line in Pac-10 play...Steve Moore hastwo 20-point games on the year and is shooting 76.4 percent(126-of-165) from the free throw line in his 48-game career and hasscored in double digits in 13 games this year...Ike Diogu's sixstraight 20-point games from Dec. 22-Jan.8 is the fourth-best streakby a Sun Devil in the past 18 years. Eddie House posted eightstraight in 1999-2000, while Jeremy Veal (1997-98) and Trent Edwards(1988-89) each had seven straight...ASU was third in the nation lastyear in free throw attempts at 27.56 per game, behind only TexasSouthern (28.3) and Niagara (28.2). It is averaging 24.76 attemptsper game this year...ASU has outrebounded 13 of 21 opponents on theyear and is 11-2 in those games...ASU was 11-1 before falling atArizona on Jan. 2, something it has done just twice, as both the1974-75 and 1962-63 Sun Devils went 15-1...ASU is 10-3 at home aftergoing 7-8 at Wells Fargo Arena last year...ASU's 11 winsnon-conference wins is the most in the regular-season since the1975-76 squad was 12-1 in non-conference play...ASU held Oregon to28.6 percent from the field (20-of-70) and to their fewest points(51) at McArthur Court since March 6, 1993 (54-48 loss to OregonState) when it topped Oregon 64-51 on Jan. 22. ASU is 4-3 at Oregon'sMcArthur Court under Rob Evans...ASU was 13-of-20 (.650) from thethree-point stripe vs. Northwestern on Dec. 20, its mostthree-pointers since it hit 13 at Oregon on Jan. 27, 1996 (tied forfifth in school history). The 65 percent three-point shooting also isa school record for at least 20 attempts, topping the 60 percent markset at Stanford on Feb. 28, 1987 (12-of-20).
MORE DIOGU: Ike Diogu's national-best double figure scoring streak of80 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 MoreheadState the first game of his career on Nov. 22, 2003, and then he hittwo free throws with 21 seconds left to reach 10 points at Oregon onJan. 22, 2005. The next longest active streak in the Pac-10 belongsto Dan Grunfeld of Stanford with 13 straight games in double digits.
VS. STANFORD: ASU broke Stanford's 18-game home winning streak andended a streak of 13 straight Cardinal wins over ASU dating to Jan.31, 1998, with an 81-69 win on Jan. 6. ASU jumped out to a 39-31halftime lead and led by as many as 18 (68-49) in the second half.Ike Diogu made his first six shots from the floor and finished with28 points and 15 rebounds. Steve Moore had 19 points, including threethree-pointers, while Allen Morill had eight points in nine minutesoff the bench. Jason Braxton added eight points and seven assists forASU, which shot 52.7 percent (29-of-55) from the field and heldStanford to just 39.1 percent (27-of-69). ASU had 11 turnovers,including just four in the first half. Ike Diogu is averaging 19.4points and 10.4 rebounds against the Cardinal, including 35-of-64(.547) shooting from the floor. Last year in Tempe, ASU rallied froma 13-point halftime deficit to take a late lead but fell 63-62 tofourth-ranked Stanford on Jan. 8. Stanford leads the overall series32-25.
VS. CALIFORNIA: ASU won in Berkeley for just the second time in 10years with a 79-70 win on Jan. 8 behind Ike Diogu's 25 points, whileSteve Moore added 18. ASU fell behind 50-44 at the 14:08 mark of thesecond half but outscored Cal 35-20 from that point on and shot17-of-32 (.531) from the field in the second half. ASU had just 12turnovers, including just three in the second half. ASU's benchcontributed 21 points (11 from Kevin Kruger) in 67 minutes as TyroneJackson also posted five points and four assists in 16 minutes. TheASU-Cal series had been predictable the past decade, with the hometeam winning 21 of the past 27 games. ASU leads the overall series31-27, and Ike Diogu is averaging 25.0 points and 9.8 rebounds and is36-of-60 (.657) from the floor. In last year's Jan. 5 game in Tempe,ASU shot a season-low 30.9 percent from the floor (17-of-55) in a74-62 Bear win in which Cal led by as many as 20.