Men's Hoops Hosts Oregon Schools This Weekend

Feb. 16, 2005

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ASU HOSTS OREGON SCHOOLS: The Arizona State University men'sbasketball team (16-9; 5-8 in the Pac-10 Conference) plays host tothe Oregon State Beavers on Thursday, Feb. 17 (7 p.m. MST) and theOregon Ducks on Saturday, Feb. 19 (5 p.m. MST). Saturday's game willbe broadcast by Fox Sports Net Arizona, with Tom Dillon and TimKempton calling the action. ASU has won six straight against theBeavers in Tempe and has won three of the past four against the Ducksat Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils fell at OSU 88-66 on Jan. 20but won at Oregon 64-51 on Jan. 22.

PAC-10 NOTE: Ike Diogu leads the Pac-10 in both scoring (22.0 ppg.)and rebounding (9.8 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 2.40 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 (3.52), defensive boards (6.28) and minutes per game(35.72), is third in field goal percentage (.569) and ninth in freethrow percentage (.814). Diogu leads the league in Pac-10 games only,averaging 21.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.23 blocks and 37.54 minutesand has played nine 40-minute games this year.

IKE'S NUMBERS: Ike Diogu's play this year has been among the best inthe nation, as he is ninth nationally in points per game at 22.0 (asof Feb. 15) and 16th at 9.8 rebounds per contest. He has posted aPac-10 leading 12 double-doubles and leads the nation in free throwsmade (192) and attempted (236). His 192 made free throws is more thanall but ten players have attempted, while the next closet player tohis 192 makes is Juan Mendez of Niagara with 168. His national-bestconsecutive games in double-figures scoring streak is up to 84 games(every game of his career). He has 10 30-point games (five thisyear), 44 20-point games (15 this year), 27 double-doubles (12 thisyear) and 13 other games with nine rebounds.

Kevin Kruger: Sophomore Kevin Kruger is one of four Sun Devils who isaveraging double-digit scoring in ASU's Pac-10 contests (12.6 ppg.)and has 14 double-digit scoring games overall. He is averaging 13.3points in the past six games, has made 113-of-137 (.825) free throwsin his 52-game career and is 53-of-58 (.914) from the foul line inPac-10 games this year, second in the loop. Kruger provided a sparkin the final nine games last year, averaging 29.0 minutes, 12.4points (the team's second-leading scorer) and shooting 27-of-59(.448) from the three-point stripe. He posted a season-high 18 pointsvs. UCLA on Jan. 13 and had a career-high 22 at Arizona last year. Hehas 46 assists and just 15 turnovers in the past 10 games.

NEED MOORE OF THIS: Senior Steve Moore posted 50 points on the LosAngeles road trip last weekend, including a 31-point outing at UCLAwhen he hit eight three-pointers, the most by a Sun Devil sinceStevin Smith tied his own school record with 10 vs. Oregon on Jan.27, 1994. Moore had 19 vs. USC on Saturday, as he was 16-of-29 (.551)from the field and 12-of-18 (.667) from the three-point stripe in thetwo games. He has three 20-point games and 15 double-digit scoringgames this year.

SURGING: Sophomore Serge Angounou has posted his best scoring gametwice in the past nine outings, as he scored 20 vs. USC on Jan. 15and at Oregon on Jan. 22. Angounou is averaging 11.6 points, 7.8rebounds, is shooting 49-of-96 (.510) from the floor and 16-of-18(.889) from the free throw line in the past 10 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.

OSU SERIES: ASU has won nine of the past 12 against OSU and is 6-0 inTempe against OSU under Rob Evans, while the Beavers lead the overallseries 34-28. Ike Diogu is 33-of-53 (.623) from the field against theBeavers and is averaging 20.2 points and 9.2 boards, while JasonBraxton has 21 assists and just nine turnovers in seven career games.

AT OREGON STATE (JAN. 20): Oregon State shot 62.5 percent from thefield, the third-highest field goal percentage against a RobEvans-coached team, and broke open a three-point halftime lead to topASU 88-66 on Jan. 20. Ike Diogu was the only Sun Devil in doubledigits, as he posted 27, including 22 in the first half. The Beaversbecame the fifth straight team to outrebound the Sun Devils (35-30)and shot 65.4 percent (17-of-26) in the first half. Kevin Krugeradded nine points and career-high eight assists, as ASU hadseason-lows in free throws made and attempted (6-of-12) andpercentage (.500). OSU also had ASU opponent season highs in fieldgoals made (35) and assists (21).

VS. OREGON: ASU is 6-4 against the Ducks in the past 10 meetings andleads the overall series 33-26. In his six games against Oregon, IkeDiogu is averaging 21.3 points and 11.8 rebounds, including a Pac-10Tournament and ASU freshman record 18 boards on March 13, 2003.

AT OREGON: ASU held Oregon to 28.6 percent from the field (20-of-70)and topped the Ducks 64-51 on Jan. 22, the lowest Duck point total atMcArthur Court since March of 1993. Oregon was 4-of-34 (.118) fromthe three-point stripe, including 2-of-23 (.087) in the second half.Serge Angounou posted 20 points and 10 boards while Ike Diogu added10 points and 10 boards in a 40-minute game. ASU jumped out to a33-19 halftime lead and won despite posting season-lows in points(64) and field goals made (19). ASU went on a 13-2 run in the final6:58 of the first half and had just three-first half turnovers. Itthen made 13-of-17 (.764) free throws in the final three minutes toseal the win.

ANOTHER KRUEGER: Sophomore newcomer Bryson Krueger, who played forassistant coach Brooks Thompson at Yavapai C.C. last year, is24-of-48 (.500) from the three-point stripe in his past 18 games and16-of-32 (.500) in the past 11 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 third in the Pac-10 in three-pointpercentage at 45.7 percent (32-of-70).

MORE EXPERIENCE: Last year at this time Rob Evans was trying to playup to eight newcomers (including six freshman) without a seniorstarter. ASU's eight newcomers combined to average 118.1 minutes pergame they played in last year, compared to four newcomers averaging48.1 minutes in games played this year with two senior starters andtwo-time All-Pac-10 honoree Ike Diogu.

ALL OF THEM LIKE IKE: asked seven of its college basketballexperts (Andy Katz, Pat Forde, Jay Bilas, Fran Fraschilla, DougGottlieb, Joe Lunardi and Andy Glockner) to pick a five-man midseasonAll-American team the first week of January. Only one player in thenation was a unanimous pick on each ballot--Ike Diogu. In addition,Jay Bilas selected Ike as his preseason Player of the Year.

THREE-DOT DATA: Jason Braxton has posted 10 points in five games andhas 94 assists and just 40 turnovers on the year, a 2.35 ratio whichis fourth in the league. His 155 steals is sixth on the ASU careercharts and his 363 assists is ninth...Tyrone Jackson is averaging16.1 minutes in the past seven games and has 20 assists and justseven turnovers in that time, including a career-high six on Feb. 5vs. California. He posted eight points at Oregon (Jan. 22) and vs.Stanford (Feb. 3). A high school teammate of Stanford's ChrisHernandez, he is 12-of-17 (.706) from the free throw line in the pastseven games...ASU was third in the nation last year in free throwattempts at 27.56 per game, behind only Texas Southern (28.3) andNiagara (28.2). It is averaging 24.24 attempts per game thisyear...ASU was 11-1 before falling at Arizona on Jan. 2, something ithas done just twice, as both the 1974-75 and 1962-63 Sun Devils went15-1...ASU's 11 non-conference wins is the most in theregular-season since the 1975-76 squad was 12-1 in non-conferenceplay...ASU held Oregon to 28.6 percent from the field (20-of-70) andto their fewest points (51) at McArthur Court since March 6, 1993(54-48 loss to Oregon State) when it topped Oregon 64-51 on Jan. 22.ASU is 4-3 at Oregon's McArthur Court under Rob Evans...ASU posted 13three-pointers at UCLA (Feb. 10) and vs. Northwestern (Dec. 20), itsmost three-pointers since it hit 13 at Oregon on Jan. 27, 1996 (tiedfor fifth in school history). The 65 percent three-point shootingagainst Northwestern (13-of-20) also is a school record for at least20 attempts, topping the 60 percent mark set at Stanford on Feb. 28,1987 (12-of-20).

MORE DIOGU: Ike Diogu's national-best double figure scoring streak of84 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.Two Pac-10 notables never reached 70 games, as Lew Alcindor posteddouble digits in 69 straight games while Don MacLean, the Pac-10'scareer scoring leader, had his streak stopped at 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.

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