Men's Hoops Hosts Stanford Saturday At 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 20, 2006
SUN DEVIL DATA: The Arizona State University men's basketball team (7-9; 1-6) will try and win three straight against Stanford for the first time since 1992-94 (five straight) when it hosts the Cardinal Saturday (Jan. 21) at 6:30 p.m. The game is broadcast by Fox Sports Net Arizona with Trey Bender and Tim Kempton on the call. ASU advanced to the postseason for the third time in the past four seasons last year under Rob Evans as it finished 18-14 behind Pac-10 Player of the Year and consensus second-team All-American Ike Diogu. This year, junior Kevin Kruger leads the way as he is among the Pac-10 leaders in minutes per game (38.1), three-point field goals made per game (2.69), steals (1.50), assists (4.10 pg) and scoring (14.5 ppg).
VS. CAL ON THURSDAY: A close game went bad in the final 6:23 for Arizona State, as Cal led 64-56 at the 6:23 mark but went on a 24-2 run to finish the game in an 88-58 Golden Bear win. Cal made 31-of-38 (.816) from the free throw line and was 7-of-14 (.500) from the three-point arc. Cal outrebounded ASU 42-30 and committed just nine turnovers. ASU was led by Kevin Kruger, who had 18 points while freshman Sylvester Seay had a season-high 13 off the bench.
STANFORD SERIES: Stanford leads the overall series 32-26, but ASU will try and win three straight for the first time since winning five straight from 1992-94...last year, ASU notched its first sweep of the Cardinal since 1993-94 with a 74-67 win on Feb. 3, 2005, behind Ike Diogu's career-high 39 points (tied for sixth-best in ASU history). 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 allowing just seven assists in the game, matching the fewest by an ASU opponent since Purdue had four on Dec. 21, 2002. ASU hit a season-high 90.9 percent from the foul line (20-of-22), including 11-of-12 in the final 1:08. 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...ASU broke Stanford's 18-game home winning streak and ended a streak of 13 straight Cardinal wins over ASU dating to Jan. 31, 1998, with an 81-69 win on Jan. 6, 2005. ASU jumped out to a 39-31 halftime lead and led by as many as 18 (68-49) in the second half. ASU shot 52.7 percent (29-of-55) from the field and held Stanford to just 39.1 percent (27-of-69). ASU had 11 turnovers, including just four in the first half.
TRENDS: After scoring just 11 bench points against USC (five), UCLA (zero) and Oregon (six), ASU's reserves posted 20 points at Oregon State in the 65-63 OT win on Jan. 14...ASU has led at the half in three of its past six games, but is only averaging 27.3 first-half points in that time...in the seven Pac-10 games, ASU's opponents have shot 69 more free throws (109-178), resulting in 64 more points (76-140)...five players (Bryson Krueger, Antwi Atuahene, Serge Angounou, Kevin Kruger and Jeff Pendergraph) have led ASU in scoring in the past nine games...Kevin Kruger has posted four 40-minute games on the year.
FRESHMAN IMPACT: Jeff Pendergraph became just the fourth ASU freshman in the past nine years to notch 20-points when he posted 20 against Utah Valley State on Dec. 10. Only Ike Diogu (12 in 2002-03), Kevin Kruger (two as a redshirt freshman in 2003-04) and Tanner Shell (one in 1999-2000) have notched that number since the 1997-98 season in their freshman season. Pendergraph now has five double-figure scoring games on the year, including a 16-point, eight-rebound performance against USC on Jan. 5. He has 17 blocks on the year.
FREEBIES: ASU made free throws at a 73.3 percent rate in 2003-2004, the fifth-best mark in ASU history and the second-best in the previous 17 seasons, and then came back with the tenth-best effort last year. Through 16 games it is shooting 247-of-337 (.736), currently the fifth-best mark in school history. Leading the way are Serge Angounou (26-of-31/.839), Bryson Krueger (29-of-33/.879) and Kevin Kruger (63-of-79/.797). A look at the best free throw teams in ASU annals.
ASU TOP SEASON FREE THROW PERCENTAGE1. 75.6 - 19782. 75.4 - 19553t. 74.6 - 19983t. 74.6 - 19875. 73.5 - 20046. 73.3 - 2006 (current)7. 73.0 - 19578. 72.9 - 20009. 72.1 - 198910. 72.0 - 1982
IRON MAN: Kevin Kruger's 38.1 minutes per game is one of the top marks on the ASU single-season chart. Here's a look at ASU's top single-season minutes per game numbers.
ASU MINUTES PER GAME (1962-63 to present)RK. Player, Season MPG1. Stevin Smith, 1993-94 38.52. Fat Lever, 1981-82 38.2T3. Kevin Kruger, 2005-06 38.1T3. Freddie Lewis, 1965-66 38.15. Alex Austin, 1989-90 37.9T6. Jeremy Veal, 1997-98 37.5T6. Paul Williams, 1981-82 37.58. Dwayne Fontana, 1993-94 37.3T9. Eddie House, 1999-2000 37.2T9. Seabern Hill, 1969-70 37.211. Fat Lever, 1980-81 37.1
SOPHOMORE IMPACT: Sophomore Antwi Atuahene is averaging 7.1 points, 3.8 boards and 3.9 assists in 24.4 minutes per game (fourth on the team). He is shooting 43-of-86 (.500) from the floor, but his past four games point to him becoming a key to not only this year but for the next two seasons. In the past three games he is averaging 35.8 minutes, 10.0 points and 6.8 assists, including a career-high 21 points at Oregon on Jan. 12 and career-highs in minutes (42) and assists (eight) at Oregon State on Jan. 14, including the game-winning shot with eight seconds left in overtime. He also posted eight assists vs. Cal on Thursday.