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March 8, 2005

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ASU PLAYS HUSKIES IN PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: The Arizona State Universitymen's basketball team (18-12; 7-11 in the Pac-10 Conference) opensthe Pac-10 Tournament on Thursday, March 10, against the #14Washington Huskies at 6:15 p.m. PT/7:15 p.m. MST on Fox Sports Net,with Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson calling the action. ASU tiedWashington State for sixth in the league but WSU won the tiebreakerwith its win over league champion Arizona. The No. 7 seed is 2-3 vs.the No. 2 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, as Oregon upset Arizona72-63 in 1987 and USC beat Stanford 79-74 in 2003. ASU is on athree-game skid, but its past two losses were decided by game-winningshots in the closing seconds at Washington State (57-55 on Feb. 26)and vs. #11 Arizona (70-68 on March 5). ASU fell twice to the Huskiesthis year in tight contests, with the UW winning a 79-70 game inTempe on Jan. 30 and then winning a 90-82 shootout in Seattle on Feb.24. One more win will give ASU its sixth 19-win season in the past 22seasons (and third under Rob Evans) while two more wins will mark 20wins for just the fourth time in 20 years (second time under Evans).In the second half of the Pac-10 season (final nine games), Ike Dioguaveraged 25.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 38.4 minutes per contest.Diogu became the second Sun Devil to earn Pac-10 Player of the Yearwhen the awards were announced earlier this week (Eddie House in1999-2000 was the other) and earned All-Pac-10 honors for the thirdtime in his career. Diogu also earned the league's Player of the Weekhonor three times on the season.

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

IN THE PAC AND OUT: Ike Diogu's career numbers have been solid bothin the league and out. In his three-year career (89 games), Diogu isaveraging 21.3 points and 8.7 rebounds. He is averaging 21.1 pointsand 8.8 rebounds in 54 Pac-10 games and 21.6 points and 8.7 boards inthe 35 non-conference games.

CAREER MARKS: With 655 made free throws in his career, Ike Diogutrails only UCLA's Don MacLean (711 from 1988-92) in the Pac-10record book. His 834 attempts is second only to Stanford's Adam Keefe(886 from 1988-92).

Ike Diogu PAC-10 NOTES: Ike Diogu leads the Pac-10 in both scoring(22.5 ppg.) and rebounding (9.6 rpg.). Only A.C. Green of OregonState (1984-85) and Mark McNamara of California (1981-82) have ledthe Pac-10 in both categories. Diogu also leads the league in blocksat 2.23 per game. Since blocks became an official statistic in1977-78, no player has led the league in all three categories. Healso leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.574), offensiveboards (3.67) and minutes per game (36.17). Diogu led the league inleague games-only stats in points (22.3), offensive rebounds (4.06)and minutes (37.78) per game and was second in rebounding with 9.2boards per game. He has played 12 40-minute games this year,including three of the past four contests. Diogu also has made 232free throws this year, just 11 short of his own Pac-10 record of 243set last season.

IKE'S NUMBERS: Ike Diogu's play this year has been among the best inthe nation, as he is eighth nationally in points per game at 22.5 (asof March 8) and tied for 16th at 9.8 rebounds per contest. He hasposted a Pac-10 leading 13 double-doubles and leads the nation infree throws made (232) and attempted (291). His 232 made free throwsis more than all but 10 players have attempted, while the next closetplayer to his 232 makes is Juan Mendez of Niagara with 215. Hisnational-best consecutive games in double-figures scoring streak isup to 89 games (every game of his career). He has 11 30-point games(six this year), 48 20-point games (19 this year), 28 double-doubles(13 this year) and 15 other games with nine rebounds.

NO EASY OPENERS: With Arizona winning the 2005 Pac-10 title, thisyear marks the fourth time in the past six years that ASU opened theseason with an eventual Pac-10 champion, as ASU faced the eventualPac-10 champion three straight years in its Pac-10 opener from2000-2002, going against Stanford in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 and thenopening with Oregon in 2001-2002. It is scheduled to open atWashington next year on Dec. 29, 2005. This year also marked thefifth time in his seven years Rob Evans opened Pac-10 play on theroad, and the two home games were against top-five teams. ASU lost tosecond-ranked Stanford on Jan. 4, 2000, in Tempe, and tofourth-ranked Arizona 93-74 on Jan. 3, 2003.

ASU Pac-10 Openers Under Rob EvansDate	Score	Site	NoteJan. 2, 1999	USC 72, ASU 70	Los Angeles, Calif.	USC ends ASU6-game win streakJan. 6, 2000	#1 Stanford 86, ASU 67	Palo Alto, Calif.	Stanford wins Pac-10, goes 27-4Jan. 4, 2001	#2 Stanford 94, ASU 77	Tempe, Ariz.	Stanford winsPac-10, goes 31-3Dec. 20, 2001	Oregon 103, ASU 90	Eugene, Ore.	UO winsPac-10, goes 26-9	Jan. 2, 2003	ASU 67, OSU 47	Corvallis,Ore.	ASU finishes 20-12 and in NCAAsJan. 3, 2004	#4 Arizona 93, ASU 74	Tempe, Ariz.	Arizona goes 20-10Jan. 2, 2005	#14 Arizona 97, ASU 79	Tucson, Ariz.	Arizona winsPac-10 at 14-4

THREE-DOT DATA: ASU is shooting 225-of-304 (.740) from the free throwline in the past 14 the past seven games, Steve Moore isaveraging 15.3 points per game. He came off the bench in six of thosegames for the first time this year but started on Senior Day againstArizona on Saturday...Kevin Kruger has 16 double-digit scoring gameson the year and is 66-of-74 (.892) from the foul line in Pac-10games, second in the league...Jason Braxton made his 100th careerstart Saturday against Arizona. Only Eddie House (114), Ron Riley(109) and Alex Austin (100) have started as many games as Sun Devils.Braxton has posted double-digit points in seven games and has 109assists and just 44 turnovers on the year, a 2.48 ratio which leadsthe league. His 163 steals is fifth on the ASU career charts and his378 assists is seventh. He posted a season-high 11 points in the Feb.17 75-73 win over Oregon State and had a career-high nine boards vs.Arizona on March 5...Allen Morill is averaging 17.2 minutes and 4.8rebounds in the past five games.

ACTION JACKSON: Tyrone Jackson is averaging 16.8 minutes in the past12 games and has 32 assists and just 12 turnovers in that time,including a career-high six on Feb. 5 vs. California. He posted ninepoints at Washington State on Feb. 26 and had eight points at Oregon(Jan. 22) and vs. Stanford (Feb. 3). A high school teammate ofStanford's Chris Hernandez, he is 21-of-29 (.724) from the free throwline in the past 12 games to go along with 11 steals.

NEED MOORE OF THIS: Senior Steve Moore gave ASU a huge second-halflift in the Feb. 19 66-56 win over Oregon, as he posted 17second-half points (7-of-10 from the field) en route to a 22-pointgame, his fourth 20-point game of the season. He posted 50 points onthe Los Angeles road trip Feb. 10-12, including a 31-point outing atUCLA when 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 Feb. 12, as he was 16-of-29 (.551)from the field and 12-of-18 (.667) from the three-point stripe inthose two games. Moore is shooting 22-of-54 (.407) from thethree-point stripe and is averaging 15.3 points, second on the team,in the past seven games, as he now comes off the bench after startingthe first 23 games. Moore is averaging 12.2 points in 57 career gamesand has made 107 three-pointers, the most by a two-year player in ASUhistory.

Kevin Kruger: Sophomore Kevin Kruger is one of three Sun Devils whois averaging double-digit scoring in ASU's Pac-10 contests (11.8ppg.) and has 16 double-digit scoring games overall. He is averaging11.7 points in the past 11 games, has made 126-of-153 (.824) freethrows in his 57-game career and is 66-of-74 (.892) from the foulline in Pac-10 games this year, second in the loop. Kruger provided aspark in 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.

ANOTHER KRUEGER: Sophomore newcomer Bryson Krueger, who played forassistant coach Brooks Thompson at Yavapai C.C. last year, is30-of-63 (.476) from the three-point stripe in his past 23 games and22-of-47 (.468) in the past 16 contests. He has eight double-digitscoring games on the year and posted his Pac-10 high with 21 pointsagainst Oregon State on Feb. 17, including five three-pointers. Heranks fourth in the Pac-10 in three-point percentage at 44.7 percent(38-of-85).

MORE DIOGU: Ike Diogu's national-best double figure scoring streak of89 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.

WASHINGTON SERIES NOTES: ASU leads the series 33-23 but the Huskieshave won the past four. Rob Evans is 7-7 against Washington, whileIke Diogu is averaging 20.0 points and 9.7 boards per game vs. theHuskies and is shooting 59.1 percent (39-of-66) from the floor in sixcareer games. In the two games this year, Jason Braxton shot 8-of-9(.889) from the field and averaged 9.5 points while Kevin Krugeraveraged 14.5.

VS. WASHINGTON (FEB. 24): ASU played well enough to win a lot ofgames but came up short in a 90-82 loss at No. 13 Washington. IkeDiogu posted 31points and 15 boards, while Kevin Kruger hit fivethree-pointers en route to 17 points. Steve Moore and Jason Braxtonadded 10 points each. ASU made 29-of-32 (.906) free throws, including17-of-18 (.944) from Ike Diogu and outrebounded the Huskies 36-26,but UW hit 11-of-16 (.688) from the three-point stripe and 31-of-56(.554) from the field.

VS. WASHINGTON (JAN. 30): ASU held a 43-41 lead at the 14:05 mark ofthe second half but the tenth-ranked Huskies went on an 11-0 run inracing to a 79-70 win in Tempe on Jan. 30. Ike Diogu led ASU with 14points and 13 boards, while Kevin Kruger added 12 points off thebench. Steve Moore and Bryson Krueger each added 11, as ASU committed21 turnovers to the Huskies' 11. UW hit 22-of-25 (.880) free throwsin the game, including 15-of-17 (.882) in the second half. NateRobinson had 23 to lead all scorers.

NEED MOORE AT THE LINE: In its past five wins, ASU is 74-of-96 (.771)from the free throw line final three minutes, as it made 13-of-16(.813) against Washington State on Jan. 27 (including four straightin the final 50 seconds) and was 18-of-20 (.900) in the second halfagainst Stanford on Feb. 3. ASU's 20-of-22 (.909) mark for the gameagainst Stanford is tied for the third-best mark in school historyfor a minimum of 20 attempts. Against Oregon State on Feb. 17, ASUled 71-68 with 33 seconds left but hit 5-of-6 to put the game away.Then on Feb. 19 against Oregon, ASU led 61-56 with with 30 secondsleft and hit six straight.Three times this season Steve Moore hasiced a close game with his late-game free throw shooting. On Nov. 30at Temple, ASU led 61-60 when Moore made two free throws to make it63-60 with 30 seconds left, and then hit two more to make it 65-62with seven seconds left as ASU topped Temple. Against Cal StateNorthridge on Dec. 4, Moore was fouled while shooting a three-pointerwith 14 seconds left and ASU down 66-64, but he sank all three togive ASU a 67-66 win. At California on Jan. 8, Moore hit two freethrows with 46 seconds left and ASU leading 75-70 to give ASU aseven-point cushion as it would win 79-70.

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