Men's Hoops Travels To Los Angeles For Pair Of Games

Feb. 8, 2005

ASU TRAVELS TO LA FOR PAIR: The Arizona State University men'sbasketball team (16-7; 5-6 in the Pac-10 Conference) travels to LosAngeles to take on the UCLA Bruins on Thursday, Feb. 10 (7:30 p.m.PT) and the USC Trojans on Saturday, Feb. 12 (7:30 p.m. PT).Saturday's game will be broadcast by Fox Sports Net Arizona, with TomDillon and Tim Kempton calling the action. ASU split home games withthe Bay Area schools last weekend, completing a season sweep ofStanford for the first time since 1993-94 on Thursday with a 74-67win behind Ike Diogu's career-high 39 points, but fell to California84-82 on Saturday, as Diogu posted 35. Diogu was 28-of-47 (.595) fromthe floor and 16-of-20 (.800) from the line in the two games lastweekend and averaged 37 points and nine boards and played 40 minutesin both contests. Dick Vitale named him his National Player of theWeek for the second time of the season, while he also earned Pac-10Player of the Week for the third time on the year and fourth time inhis career. ASU is 4-2 on the road this year, with all four wins atRPI top-100 teams (Temple, Stanford, California and Oregon).

PAC-10 NOTE: Ike Diogu leads the Pac-10 in both scoring (22.6 ppg.)and rebounding (10.1 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 2.61 per game.Since blocks became an official statistic in 1977-78, no player hasled the league in all three categories. He also leads the Pac-10offensive boards (3.61), defensive boards (6.48) and minutes per game(35.61) and is second in field goal percentage (.594) and eighth infree throw percentage (.816). Diogu also leads the league in Pac-10games only, averaging 22.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.64 blocks and37.64 minutes. He entered play this week as one of only two playersin the nation who is averaging at least 20 points and 10 boards,joining Juan Mendez of Niagara (23.9/10.5). Diogu also has playednine 40-minute games this year, including four of the past five games.

IKE'S NUMBERS: Ike Diogu's play this year has been among the best inthe nation, as he is tied for seventh nationally in points per gameat 21.2 (as of Feb. 7) and 11th at 10.1 rebounds per contest. He hasposted a Pac-10 leading 12 double-doubles and leads the nation infree throws made (177) and attempted (217). His 177 made free throwsis more than all but ten players have attempted, while the nextcloset player to his 177 makes is Juan Mendez of Niagara with 151.His national-best consecutive games in double-figures scoring streakis up to 82 games (every game of his career). He has 10 30-pointgames (five this year), 43 20-point games (14 this year), 27double-doubles (12 this year) and 13 other games with nine rebounds.He is 600-of-760 (.789) from the free throw line in his career.Should he stay at a double-digit rebounding pace, he would be comethe first Sun Devil to average 10 boards since Mark Landsberger (14.4rpg.) in 1976-77.

OFF THE BENCH: Sophomore sixth-man Kevin Kruger is one of three SunDevils who is averaging double-digit scoring in ASU's Pac-10 contests(12.7 points per game) and has 13 double-digit scoring games overall.He is averaging 14.0 points in the past four games, has made102-of-126 (.809) free throws in his 50-game career and is 42-of-47(.894) from the foul line in Pac-10 games this year, third in theloop.

SURGING: Sophomore Serge Angounou has posted his best scoring gametwice in the past seven outings, as he scored 20 vs. USC on Jan. 15and at Oregon on Jan. 22. Angounou is averaging 13.5 points, 8.3rebounds, is shooting 41-of-75 (.547) from the floor and 14-of-16(.875) from the free throw line in the past eight games and has fivedouble-doubles on the year, including his 18-point, 10-rebound gameagainst Washington State on Jan. 27 when he was perfect in sevenfield goal attempts.

ANOTHER KRUEGER: Sophomore newcomer Bryson Krueger, who played forassistant coach Brooks Thompson at Yavapai C.C. last year, is24-of-45 (.533) from the three-point stripe in his past 16 games and16-of-29 (.552) in the past nine contests. He has seven double-digitscoring games on the year and posted his Pac-10 high with 16 pointsagainst UCLA on Jan. 13. He ranks second in the Pac-10 in three-pointpercentage at 47.8 pecent (32-of-67).

MORE DIOGU: Ike Diogu's national-best double figure scoring streak of82 games still has a ways to go until it reaches Pac-10 andNCAA-record levels. The NCAA record is 115 set by La Salle's LionelSimmons from 1987-90, while Sean Elliott of Arizona (1985-89) scoredin double digits in the final 108 games of his career. Diogu's lowestpoint total in his career was 10 against Morehead State the firstgame of his career on Nov. 22, 2003, and then he hit two free throwswith 21 seconds left to reach 10 points at Oregon on Jan. 22, 2005.The next longest active streak in the Pac-10 belongs to Stanford'sDan Grunfeld with 15. Two Pac-10 notables never reached 70 games, asLew Alcindor posted double digits in 69 straight games while DonMacLean, the Pac-10's career scoring leader, had his streak stoppedat 68.

NEED MOORE AT THE LINE: Three times this season Steve Moore has iceda close game with his late-game free throw shooting. On Nov. 30 atTemple, ASU led 61-60 when Moore made to free throws to make it 63-60with 30 seconds left, and then hit two more to make it 65-62 withseven seconds left as ASU topped Temple. Against Cal State Northridgeon Dec. 4, Moore was fouled while shooting a three-pointer with 14seconds left and ASU down 66-64, but he sank all three to give ASU a67-66 win. At California on Jan. 8, Moore hit two free throws with 46seconds left and ASU leading 75-70 to give ASU a seven-point cushionas it would win 79-70. In its past three wins, ASU is 50-of-62 (.806)from the free throw line in the second half as it has sealed allthree games (Oregon, WSU and Stanford) with solid efforts at theline. At Oregon on Jan. 22, ASU made 13-of-17 (.764) in the finalthree minutes, it made 13-of-16 (.813) against Washington State onJan. 27 (including four straight in the final 50 seconds) and was18-of-20 (.900) in the second half against Stanford on Feb. 3. ASU's20-of-22 (.909) mark for the game against Stanford is tied for thethird-best mark in school history for a minimum of 20 attempts.

UCLA SERIES NOTES: UCLA leads the series 49-14, but ASU has won fourof the past six. UCLA had won 22 straight before ASU ended the streakwith a 104-75 win on Feb. 17, 2000, in Tempe and swept the Bruins in2002-2003 for just the second time in school history. ASU has won twoof the past three meetings at Pauley Pavilion, with a 69-68 win onFeb. 16, 2002 (its first win at UCLA since Feb. 16, 1987) and a 75-64win on Jan. 16, 2003. Ike Diogu is averaging 19.8 points and 7.8boards against UCLA in five career games, while Jason Braxton isaveraging 7.9 points. Kevin Kruger is 12-of-13 (.923) from the freethrow line in his three career games against the Bruins.

LAST MEETING VS. UCLA (JAN. 13): ASU led 32-20 at the 6:35 mark ofthe first half but UCLA finished the half on a 22-9 run and held offthe Sun Devils in the second half to win 86-82. The game was decidedat the foul line, as the Bruins made 18-of-21 (.857) and ASU madejust 20-of-30 (.667), including just 7-of-14 (.500) in the firsthalf. Kevin Kruger posted 18 points off the bench for ASU whileBryson Krueger added 16 points, including 4-of-5 from the three-pointstripe. ASU had just nine turnovers and posted 67 field goal attemptsbut made just 28 of them (.418) while allowing UCLA to shoot 50.8percent (31-of-61). UCLA also outrebounded the Sun Devils 41-35.

LAST GAME AT PAULEY (JAN. 15, 2004): UCLA topped ASU 66-58 on Jan. 15in Pauley Pavilion as T.J. Cummings had 21 points and 12 boards. UCLAoutrebounded the Sun Devils 39-29 and held ASU to just 7-of-24 (.292)from the field in the first half. ASU was a season-low 1-of-13 (.077)from the three-point stripe and had just five assists. Steve Mooreled ASU with 17 points.

USC SERIES NOTES: USC leads the ASU series 41-28 as the team's havesplit the series the past two years, as the visiting team has won thepast three games. Ike Diogu is 32-of-48 (.667) from the floor againstUSC, 6-of-9 (.667) from the three-point stripe and 41-of-47 (.872)from the free throw line and is averaging 22.2 points in his fivecareer games. Jason Braxton is averaging nine points and 5.3 assistsin seven career games.

LAST MEETING 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 in Tempe.The 98 points was the most scored against ASU at home since a 101-73loss to third-ranked Arizona on Feb. 27, 1988, as the Trojans shot 50percent (8-of-16) from the three-point stripe. Nick Young led USCwith 22 points, while six Sun Devils scored in double digits, led bya career-high 20 points by Serge Angounou. USC shot 55.2 percent fromthe field and posted 52 second-half points. ASU led 60-59 at the10:29 mark but USC posted 39 points in just more than 10 minutes tonotch its first Pac-10 win.

LAST GAME AT SPORTS ARENA (JAN. 17, 2004):Last year, ASU broke aseven-game losing streak at the Sports Arena with a 100-85 win onJan. 17, 2004, its first win at USC since Feb. 15, 1996. ASU hadseason-highs for points (100), field goal percentage (.612),three-point percentage (.714) and second-half points (55) as ittrailed by 14 late in the first half before outscoring USC 55-37. IkeDiogu led ASU with 27 points, including perfection in 12 free throwattempts and three three-pointers. ASU had five players in doublefigures as Jason Braxton dished out a career-high 12 assists, tiedfor the ninth-best mark in ASU history. ASU's 10-of-14 (.714) markfrom the three-point stripe is the fourth-best in school history.ASU's 55 second-half points was the most in the second half since ithad 55 vs. Oregon on March 1, 2001, a span of the previous 78 games.

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