Men's Hoops Takes On NAU in Season Opener Monday Night

Nov. 11, 2006

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SUN DEVIL DATA: The Arizona State University men's basketball team returns six lettermen for the 2006-2007 season and opens the Herb Sendek era on Nov. 13 against Big Sky favorite and 2006 regular season champion Northern Arizona (21-11/12-2 in Big Sky last year) followed by a Nov. 15 game against Cal State San Bernardino. Both games are scheduled for 8 p.m. and are part of the the Hispanic College Fund Classic. ASU opens its season with six straight home games, including a visit by Big Ten Tournament champion Iowa (25-9/11-5 in Big Ten) on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m., broadcast by Fox Sports Net.

GETTING IT STARTED EARLY: Arizona State's Nov. 13 tip off vs. Northern Arizona matches the second-earliest starting date in school history. ASU opened on Nov. 10, 2000, in the NABC Classic against Tulsa and on Nov. 13, 1998, against San Jose State. To show you how much the college basketball season has pushed up its season, ASU did not start its 1992-93 season until Dec. 1. This year will be Herb Sendek's second-earliest starting date in his 14 seasons, topped only by his Nov. 11, 1997, tip off against Georgia.

ASU'S EARLIEST SEASON OPENERSNov. 10, 2000	Tulsa 69, ASU 67	Raleigh, N.C.Nov. 13, 2006	ASU vs. Northern Arizona	Tempe, Ariz.Nov. 13, 1998	ASU 68, San Jose State 49	Tempe, Ariz.Nov. 16, 1997	ASU 97, Cal St. Northridge 91	Tempe, Ariz.Nov. 17, 2001	ASU 92, Stephen F. Austin 61	Tempe, Ariz.

COACH Herb Sendek's EARLIEST SEASON OPENERSNov. 11, 1997 NC State 47, #19 Georgia 45 East Rutherford, N.J.Nov. 13, 2006 ASU vs. Northern Arizona Tempe, Ariz.Nov. 14, 2001 NC State 95, Prairie View A&M 51 Tempe, Ariz.Nov. 14, 1998 NC State 81, MD-Eastern Shore 60 Tempe, Ariz.Nov. 17, 2004 NC State 92, New Orleans 58 Tempe, Ariz.

NEW COACH: Coach Herb Sendek takes over the Sun Devils in 2006-07, as the former NC State and Miami (Ohio) mentor has 13 seasons of head coaching experience and led the Wolfpack to five straight NCAA appearances from 2002-06. Sendek is 254-158 (.617) in 13 seasons and was 191-132 (.591) at NC State. The 43-year old Pittsburgh, Pa., native is the second-youngest coach in the Pac-10 behind only first-year coach Tony Bennett of WSU, yet his 254 career wins and six NCAA Tournament wins are fourth in the league. In the past five seasons only Duke posted more ACC wins (regular season and ACC Tournament) than NC State's 53 victories. Coach Sendek also led NC State to five 20-win seasons in the past seven years, as only Duke (seven) had more in that time (1999-2000 to 2005-2006) among ACC squads.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: With ASU losing its top two scorers from last season in guards Kevin Kruger (15.0 ppg.) and Bryson Krueger (12.3 ppg.), look for ASU's three freshmen perimeter players (Christian Polk, Jerren Shipp and Derek Glasser) to get their chances for quality playing time early. Should a freshman earn a starting nod in the opener on Nov. 13 against Northern Arizona, he would become just the fifth freshman to start a season opener in 14 seasons, joining Tron Smith and Keith Wooden (2003-2004), Ike Diogu (2002-2003) and Donnell Knight (1999-2000). Should two rookies earn starts in the opener, it would mark just the second time two Sun Devil freshmen had started an opener in the past 15 seasons.

FRESHMEN STARTERS ON OPENING NIGHTIN PAST 19 SEASONS (1987-88 to 2006-07)YEAR	FRESHMAN OPENING DAY STARTERS1990-1991:	Jamal Faulkner, Stevin Smith1991-1992:	Mario Bennett, Tony Ronaldson1992-1993:	Ron Riley1999-2000:	Donnell Knight2002-2003:	Ike Diogu2003-2004:	Tron Smith, Keith Wooden

NOTES ON THE OPENER: Herb Sendek is 42-8 (.840) in November games in his 13-year career and is 13-0 in season openers...ASU beat Southern Utah 82-62 on Nov. 23, 2006, to win its 16th straight home opener last season. The last time ASU lost a home opener was on Dec. 5, 1989, when ASU fell to BYU 65-64.

VS. THE OPPONENTS: ASU topped Northern Arizona 72-55 last year on Dec. 22, 2005, in the championship game of the Sleep America ASU Holiday Tournament behind Bryson Krueger's 18 points and Kevin Kruger's 14 points. ASU led 53-47 at the 9:02 mark but back-to-back three-pointers by Kruger and Krueger pushed the margin to 12 with under six minutes remaining. ASU returns just two starters from that game (Jeff Pendergraph and Serge Angounou). Prior to last year's meeting, ASU and NAU last met on Nov. 17, 1998, when the Lumberjacks won in Tempe for the first time since 1954-55 with a 76-60 victory. NAU jumped out to a 43-26 halftime lead and broke a 10-game ASU win streak in the series, with its previous win on Dec. 12, 1985, in Flagstaff. ASU leads the series 78-57 according to its records. ASU has never faced Cal State San Bernardino and is 3-1 against Portland State, last facing the Vikings when PSU won a 79-69 overtime game on Nov. 20, 2001, in Tempe, as PSU outscored the Sun Devils 14-4 in the extra stanza.

THE COACHING FAMILY: Herb Sendek has six former assistant coaches who are currently head coaches on the Division I level. Here's a look at the list:

Jim Christian, Kent State, Assistant at Miami (1994-96)

Charlie Coles, Miami (Ohio), Assistant at Miami (1994-96)

Larry Hunter, Western Carolina, Assistant at NC State (2001-05)

Ron Hunter, IUPUI, Assistant at Miami (1993-94)

Thad Matta, Ohio State, Assistant at Miami (1994-95)

Sean Miller, Xavier, Assistant at Miami (1994-96)

BEATING THE BEST: In the past five seasons, Herb Sendek has defeated seven of the past eight NCAA champions. The only NCAA champion his staff has not defeated in the 1999-2006 period is Florida (2006). It knocked defending NCAA champion UCONN (1999 and 2004 champion) out of the 2005 NCAA Tournament and has beaten past champions Michigan State (2000), Duke (2001), Maryland (2002), Syracuse (2003) and North Carolina (2005) in the December of 2001 to March of 2005 time frame.

Date Score Opponent NCAA Title Season
Dec. 8, 2001 82-68 @#9 Syracuse 2003 NCAA Champion
March 9, 2002 86-82 vs. #2 Maryland (Charlotte) 2002 NCAA Champion
March 15, 2002 69-58 vs. Michigan State (Washington D.C.) 2000 NCAA Champion
Jan. 22, 2003 80-71 #3 Duke 2001 NCAA Champion
Jan. 26, 2003 86-77 North Carolina 2005 NCAA Champion
Feb. 25, 2003 75-67 @North Carolina (OT) 2005 NCAA Champion
Feb. 15, 2004 78-74 #1 Duke 2001 NCAA Champion
March 20, 2005 65-62 vs. #13 UCONN (Worcester) 2004 and 1999 NCAA Champion

BEATING THE BEST ii: Twice Herb Sendek's NC State teams topped the nation's top-ranked team in the Associated Press poll. On Feb. 21, 1998, NC State topped North Carolina in Chapel Hill 86-72. On Feb. 15, 2004, NC State topped Duke 78-74 in Raleigh. Beating the No. 1 team within six seasons is not something that happens all the time. ASU has beaten the top-ranked team once in its history (1981), while Pac-10 schools USC, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, California also have topped the number one team twice -- in each school's history. Sendek has beaten the top team in the nation more recently than nine of the Pac-10 schools with his February of 2004 victory over Duke in Raleigh.


Team No. (Years) Most Recent
UCLA 10 (1965-2003) March 13, 2003 (UCLA 96, Arizona 89/Pac-10 Tournament)
Arizona 4 (1987-2001) March 8, 2001 (Arizona 76, @Stanford 75)
Stanford 4 (1988-2003) Jan. 30, 2003 (Stanford 82, Arizona 77)
Herb Sendek 2 (1998-2004) Feb. 15, 2004 (NC State 78, Duke 74)
California 2 (1960-94) Jan. 30, 1994 (Cal 85, UCLA 70 @Oakland)
Oregon 2 (1970-74) Feb. 16, 1974 (Oregon 56, UCLA 51)
Oregon State 2 (1953-74) Feb. 15, 1974 (Oregon State 61, UCLA 57)
USC 2 (1969-70) March 6, 1970 (USC 87, @UCLA 86)
Washington 2 (1979-2004) March 6, 2004 (Washington 75, Stanford 62)
Arizona State 1 (1981) March 7, 1981 (ASU 87, @Oregon State 67)

NO. 5 OF 61: The NCAA had 61 coaching changes this past year in Division I basketball, the most since the beginning of the 1998-99 season when there were 63 and the second-most in the past 19 seasons. Herb Sendek is fifth on the list in terms of Division I wins with 254. Here's a look at the top five in terms of wins for coaching changes this season:

Coach, School Birthdate Total Wins/Years D-I Schools Coached
Bob Huggins, Kansas State Sept. 21, 1953 567/24 Akron, Cincinnati
Kelvin Sampson, Indiana Oct. 5, 1955 456/23 Washington St., Oklahoma
Bobby Cremins, Coll. Of Charleston July 4, 1947 454/25 Georgia Tech, Appalachian St.
Fran Dunphy, Temple Oct. 5, 1948 310/17 Penn
Herb Sendek, ASU Feb. 22, 1963 254/13 Miami (Ohio), NC State

BEATING THOSE AT THE TOP OF THE LIST: In his 13-year career, Herb Sendek's teams have won eight games coached by six members of the distinguished 700-win club. Only 19 Division I head coaches have reached 700 wins, and two of those wins came in NCAA Tournament action. On March 20, 2005, NC State topped defending champion UCONN and Jim Calhoun 65-62 for the latest victory over a 700-win club member. A look at those eight wins:

700-Win Coach Date Score Site
Lute Olson, Arizona March 16, 1995 Miami (Ohio) 71, #15 Arizona 62 Dayton, Ohio
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke March 7, 1997 NC State 66, #7 Duke 60 Greensboro, N.C.
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse Dec. 8, 2001 NC State 82, #9 Syracuse 68 Syracuse, N.Y.
John Chaney, Temple Jan. 26, 2002 NC State 80, Temple 61 Raleigh, N.C.
Jim Phelan, Mt. St. Mary's Nov. 22, 2002 NC State 84, Mt. St. Mary's 60 Raleigh, N.C.
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Jan. 22, 2003 NC State 80, #3 Duke 71 Raleigh, N.C.
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Feb. 15, 2004 NC State 78, #1 Duke 74 Raleigh, N.C.
Jim Calhoun, UCONN March 20, 2005 NC State 65, #13 UCONN Worcester, Mass.

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