Men's Hoops Hosts Oregon Saturday At 5 p.m.

Feb. 18, 2005


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ASU HOSTS OREGON: The Arizona State University men's basketball team (17-9; 6-8 in the Pac-10 Conference) plays host to the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, Feb. 19 (5 p.m. MST). Saturday's game will be broadcast by Fox Sports Net Arizona, with Tom Dillon and Tim Kempton calling the action. ASU has won three of the past four against the Ducks at Wells Fargo Arena and is coming off a 75-73 win over Oregon State on Thursday. ASU is 6-4 against the Ducks in the past 10 meetings and leads the overall series 33-26. In his six games against Oregon, Ike Diogu is averaging 21.3 points and 11.8 rebounds, including a Pac-10 Tournament and ASU freshman record 18 boards on March 13, 2003.

LAST MEETING: 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 at McArthur Court since March of 1993. Oregon was 4-of-34 (.118) from the three-point stripe, including 2-of-23 (.087) in the second half. Serge Angounou posted 20 points and 10 boards while Ike Diogu added 10 points and 10 boards in a 40-minute game. ASU jumped out to a 33-19 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 final 6:58 of the first half and had just three-first half turnovers. It then made 13-of-17 (.764) free throws in the final three minutes to seal the win.

VS. OSU (FEB. 17): Bryson Krueger had 16 first-half points and Ike Diogu posted 25 points and nine boards to lead ASU to a 75-73 win over Oregon State. Krueger ended with a Pac-10 season-high 21 points, while Jason Braxton scored a season-high 11 points, including 5-of-6 (.833) from the free throw line. ASU shot 16-of-30 (.533) from the field in the first half and raced to a 42-26 lead and held on by making 6-of-8 free throws in the final 1:48. It marked the 14th time in his career that Diogu missed a double-double by one rebound. Krueger ended with 21 points, including 5-of-6 from the three-point stripe. ASU held the Beavers to just seven assists as they are now 7-0 under Rob Evans against OSU in Tempe.

PAC-10 NOTE: Ike Diogu leads the Pac-10 in both scoring (22.2 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 both categories. Diogu also leads the league in blocks at 2.38 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 seventh nationally in points per game at 22.2 (as of Feb. 18) and 15th at 9.8 rebounds per contest. He has posted a Pac-10 leading 12 double-doubles and leads the nation in free throws made (200) and attempted (251). His 200 made free throws is more than all but eight players have attempted, while the next closet player to his 200 makes is Juan Mendez of Niagara with 185. His national-best consecutive games in double-figures scoring streak is up to 85 games (every game of his career). He has 10 30-point games (five this year), 45 20-point games (16 this year), 27 double-doubles (12 this year) and 14 other games with nine rebounds.

Kevin Kruger: Sophomore Kevin Kruger is one of four Sun Devils who is averaging double-digit scoring in ASU's Pac-10 contests (12.2 ppg.) and has 14 double-digit scoring games overall. He is averaging 12.4 points in the past seven games, has made 116-of-142 (.817) free throws in his 53-game career and is 56-of-63 (.889) from the foul line in Pac-10 games this year. He posted a season-high 18 points vs. UCLA on Jan. 13 and had a career-high 22 at Arizona last year. He has 51 assists and just 17 turnovers in the past 11 games.

NEED MOORE OF THIS: Senior Steve Moore posted 50 points on the Los Angeles road trip last weekend, including a 31-point outing at UCLA when he hit eight three-pointers, the most by a Sun Devil since Stevin 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 the two games. He has three 20-point games and 15 double-digit scoring games this year.

SURGING: Sophomore Serge Angounou has posted his best scoring game twice in the past 10 outings, as he scored 20 vs. USC on Jan. 15 and at Oregon on Jan. 22. Angounou is averaging 10.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, is shooting 51-of-103 (.495) from the floor and 16-of-18 (.889) from the free throw line in the past 11 games and has five double-doubles on the year, including his 18-point, 10-rebound game against Washington State on Jan. 27 when he was perfect in seven field goal attempts.

ANOTHER KRUEGER: Sophomore newcomer Bryson Krueger, who played for assistant coach Brooks Thompson at Yavapai C.C. last year, is 29-of-54 (.537) from the three-point stripe in his past 19 games and 21-of-38 (.553) in the past 12 contests. He has eight double-digit scoring games on the year and posted his Pac-10 high with 21 points against Oregon State on Feb. 17.

MORE DIOGU: Ike Diogu's national-best double figure scoring streak of 85 games still has a ways to go until it reaches Pac-10 and NCAA-record levels. The NCAA record is 115 set by La Salle's Lionel Simmons from 1987-90, while Sean Elliott of Arizona (1985-89) scored in double digits in the final 108 games of his career. 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. Two Pac-10 notables never reached 70 games, as Lew Alcindor posted double digits in 69 straight games while Don MacLean, the Pac-10's career scoring leader, had his streak stopped at 68.

OLD SCHOOL THREES: Ike Diogu has been fouled when making a shot 84 times in his career and has made 64-of-84 (.762) of the free throws that followed.

SUN DEVIL DATA: ASU is 15-2 when it leads at the half and 12-2 when it outrebounds its opponent...ASU is 12-4 at home...Ike Diogu enters the Oregon game with 1,798 career points, fourth on the Sun Devil career charts...

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