Men's Hoops Hosts California Saturday At 5 p.m.
Feb. 4, 2005
ASU GOES FOR BAY AREA SWEEP: The Arizona State University men's basketball team (16-6; 5-5 in the Pac-10 Conference) takes on the California Golden Bears (11-9; 4-6) on Saturday, Feb. 5 (5 p.m. MST). ASU will try and sweep California for the first time since 1999-2000 and is 20-6 (.769) against California in Tempe, its best mark against any Pac-foe. ASU swept the Bay Area trip Jan. 6-8 for the first time since 1984-85, which also is the last time it won all four games against California and Stanford.
AGAINST STANFORD: ASU notched its first sweep of the Cardinal since 1993-94 as it topped Stanford 74-67 Thursday behind Ike Diogu's career-high 39 points (tied for sixth-best in ASU history) and 11 boards in his eighth 40-minute game of the season. After shooting 11-of-30 (.367) in the first half, ASU shot 13-of-24 (.542) in the second half while forcing Stanford into 20 turnovers and just seven assists, matching the fewest by an ASU opponent since Purdue had four on Dec. 21, 2002. ASU matched a season-low with 27 first-half points but posted 47 in the second half. Diogu also set career-highs in field goals made (16) and attempted (26). ASU hit a season-high 90.9 percent from the foul line (20-of-22), including 11-of-12 in the final 1:08 to seal the win. Kevin Kruger added 15 points off the bench. Diogu's numbers marked his Pac-10 leading 12th double-double of the season, as he also notched his 13th 20-point game of the year and his fourth 30-point game in 2004-2005. ASU's 20-of-22 (.909) free throw mark is tied for the third-best percentage in school history with a minimum of 20 attempts.
KNOCK THEM DOWN: In its past three wins, ASU is 50-of-62 (.806) from the free throw line in the second half as it has sealed all three games at the line. At Oregon on Jan. 22, ASU made 13-of-17 (.764) in the final three minutes to put the game away. Against Washington State on Jan. 27, ASU was 13-of-16 in the second half and hit four straight in the final 50 seconds. Against Stanford, ASU was 18-of-20 (.900) in the second half. In the past six games, ASU is shooting 75.6 percent from the foul line (96-of-127).
PAC-10 NOTE: Ike Diogu leads the Pac-10 in both scoring (22.0 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 both categories. Diogu also leads the league in blocks at 2.64 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 eighth nationally in points per game at 22.0 (as of Feb. 4) and 11th with 10.2 rebounds per contest. He has posted a Pac-10 leading 12 double-doubles and leads the nation in free throws made (167) and attempted (203) and is seventh in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.823). His 167 made free throws is more than all but 11 players in the nation have attempted, while the next closet player to his 167 makes is Caleb Green of Oral Roberts with 146. His national-best consecutive games in double-figures scoring streak is up to 81 games (every game of his career). In his career, he has nine 30-point games, 42 20-point games, 27 double-doubles and 13 other games with nine rebounds. He also leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.586), blocks (2.64 per game), offensive boards (3.54), defensive boards (6.69) and minutes per game (35.54). He is 590-of-746 (.791) from the free throw line in his career. Should he stay at a double-digit rebounding pace, he would be come the first Sun Devil to average at least 10 boards a game since Mark Landsberger (14.4 rpg.) in 1976-77. His 1,706 career points is already fourth in the ASU record book
HELP FOR IKE, PART ONE: Three players are averaging double-digit scoring in ASU's Pac-10 contests, including sixth-man Kevin Kruger who is scoring at a 12.5 points per game clip (second on the team in Pac-10 play) and has 12 double-digit scoring games overall. Kruger is shooting 99-of-123 (.805) from the free throw line in his 49-game career.
HELP FOR IKE, PART TWO: Sophomore Serge Angounou also has posted his best scoring game twice in the past six outings, as he scored 20 vs. USC on Jan. 15 and at Oregon on Jan. 22 in a career-high 35 minutes. Angounou is averaging 11.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, is shooting 34-of-60 (.567) from the floor and 14-of-16 (.875) from the free throw line in the past seven games and has five double-doubles on the year, including his 18-point, 10-rebound game last Thursday against Washington State when he was perfect in seven field goal attempts.
HELP FOR IKE, PART THREE: Sophomore newcomer Bryson Krueger, who played for assistant coach Brooks Thompson at Yavapai C.C. last year, is 25-of-45 (.555) from the three-point stripe in his past 15 games and 15-of-26 (.577) in the past eight contests.
THREE-DOT DATA: Jason Braxton has posted 10 points in four games. He has 88 assists and just 32 turnovers on the year, a 2.75 ratio which is xxx in the league. His 149 steals is eighth on the ASU career charts and his 357 assists is ninth. He is shooting 75.0 percent (12-of-16) from the free throw line in Pac-10 play...Steve Moore has two 20-point games on the year and is shooting 76.4 percent (126-of-165) from the free throw line in his 49-game career and has scored in double digits in 13 games this year...ASU has outrebounded 13 of 21 opponents on the year and is 11-2 in those games...ASU is 11-3 at home after going 7-8 at Wells Fargo Arena last year...ASU is 6-2 this year when Ike Diogu plays 40 minutes, 10-5 in his career.
MORE DIOGU: Ike Diogu's national-best double figure scoring streak of 81 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 the first game of his career on Nov. 22, 2003, and then he hit two free throws with 21 seconds left to reach 10 points at Oregon on Jan. 22, 2005. The next longest active streak in the Pac-10 belongs to Dan Grunfeld of Stanford with 14 straight games in double digits. Here's some more fodder on the streak. Don McLean, the Pac-10's all-time leading scorer, posted 68 consecutive games in double digits while Lew Alcindor's best streak was 69.
VS. CAL: ASU won in Berkeley for just the second time in 10 years with a 79-70 win on Jan. 8 behind Ike Diogu's 25 points, while Steve Moore added 18. ASU fell behind 50-44 at the 14:08 mark of the second half but outscored Cal 35-20 from that point on and shot 17-of-32 (.531) from the field in the second half. ASU had just 12 turnovers, including just three in the second half. ASU's bench contributed 21 points (11 from Kevin Kruger) in 67 minutes as Tyrone Jackson also posted five points and four assists in 16 minutes. The ASU-Cal series had been predictable the past decade, with the home team winning 21 of the past 27 games. ASU leads the overall series 31-27, and Ike Diogu is averaging 25.0 points and 9.8 rebounds and is 36-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 a 74-62 Bear win in which Cal led by as many as 20.