Men's Hoops Plays Three Games In Four Days

Dec. 18, 2006

SUN DEVIL DATA: The young Arizona State University men's basketball team takes on the Colgate Red Raiders (4-4) on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Tim Healey and former ASU player Tom Kuyper have the call for ESPN 860 AM. Sun Devils fans can watch games on the web on Dec. 19 (Colgate at 7 p.m.), Dec. 21 (North Carolina A & T at 7 p.m.) and Dec. 22 (2 p.m. vs. Davidson or Ohio) at After Tuesday ASU will host North Carolina A & T at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, with Davidson and Ohio playing 30 minutes following. On Friday (Dec. 22), ASU will play the 2 p.m. game and will meet the winner/loser of Ohio/Davidson. North Carolina A & T will play at 4 p.m.

RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER: ASU opens Pac-10 play Dec. 28 vs. Stanford at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena and then hosts California on Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. (televised by FSN Arizona).The league has four ranked teams and two of the five remaining unbeatens in the nation are in the Pac-10 (UCLA and Oregon). In this week's Associated Press rankings UCLA (9-0) is No. 1, Arizona (8-1) is ninth, Washington (8-1) is No. 17 and Oregon (10-0) is No. 21.

CHANCE FOR A BIG GAME: ASU has six players on its roster who have had a 20-point game in their career, and four Sun Devils have notched 20 points in a game this year. Christian Polk leads the way with four, while Jeff Pendergraph, Jerren Shipp and Serge Angounou each have one this year. Angounou tied a career high with 23 points at Xavier on Dec. 16. He now has four 20-point games in his career. His five three-point field goals made against Xavier is a career-best as well. Entering this season, Angounou was 6-of-33 (.182) from the three-point stripe but he is 12-of-26 (.462) this year. He is averaging 14 points and 10.5 boards in his past four games, including 9-of-16 (.563) from the three-point stripe in that time.

TOO EARLY TO LOOK AT THIS, BUT WE WILL DO IT ANYWAYS: Jerren Shipp isaveraging 32.5 minutes per game, as Byron Scott set the ASU freshmen record at 32.3 minutes per game in 1979-80. Other notable freshmen minutes per game include Ike Diogu (32.2 in 2002-03), Eddie House (29.5 in 1996-97) and Jamal Faulkner (29.1 in 1990-91). Faulkner, Scott and Diogu were all named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year while House made the league's All-Freshman Team.

HOW YOUNG, YOU ASK: ASU has eight players averaging double-digit minutes, and four of them are in their first year of competition. Christian Polk (29.0 mpg.), Jerren Shipp (32.5), Steve Jones, who did not play last year but was on the team (10.3) and Derek Glasser (17.1) all are in their first year of college hoops this year. Of the remaining four players, three of them (Sylvester Seay, Jeff Pendergraph and Antwi Atuahene) are in just their second year of D-I hoops...ASU's four freshmen are averaging 84 out of a possible 200 minutes per game, with Shipp averaging 32.5, Polk 29.0, reserves Derek Glasser 17.1 and George Odufuwa 5.4...

SERIES RECORDS: ASU is 1-0 against Colgate, beating it 64-50 on Nov. 21, 2000. ASU has never faced Thursday holiday tournament foe North Carolina A & T or possible Friday foe Davidson, but is 0-2 against Ohio, last losing a 75-71 decision on Dec. 29, 2000, in the first round of the ASU Holiday Tournament.

NOTES: ASU has grabbed 11 steals in each of its past two games...ASU has had more offensive rebounds than its opponent in each game this year. It ranks second in the league at 14.63 offensive boards per game...Antwi Atuahene is averaging 8.0 points and 4.8 assists per game. He has 38 assists and just 15 turnovers through eight games...ASU ranks second in the Pac-10 with 7.25 three-pointers made per game...Christian Polk is currently tied for ninth in the league in scoring at 16.0 points per game...five of the top-10 scorers in the league are freshmen...with Allen Morill earning his degree this spring, ASU now has three players on its roster who already have graduated as Robby Alridge and Serge Angounou each earned their diplomas last spring...

COACH SENDEK: Herb Sendek is 258-162 (.614) in his 14th season as a head coach, including a 191-132 (.591) record at NC State where he went to the NCAA Tournament the past five seasons. He is the second-youngest coach in the Pac-10 (43) behind only first-year mentor Tony Bennett of Washington State (36).

Pac-10 Opening Date Score Opponent Note
Dec. 29, 2005 L, 91-67 @#7 Washington UW ends 13-5 in Pac-10
Jan. 2, 2005 L, 97-79 @#14 Arizona Arizona wins Pac-10 (14-4)
Jan. 3, 2004 L, 93-74 #4 Arizona Arizona goes 20-10
Jan. 2, 2003 W, 67-47 @Oregon State ASU goes 20-12 and in NCAAs
Dec. 20, 2001 L, 103-90 @Oregon UO wins Pac-10 and goes 26-9
Jan. 4, 2001 L, 94-77 #2 Stanford Stanford wins Pac-10 and goes 31-3
Jan. 6, 2000 L, 86-67 @#1 Stanford Stanford goes 27-4 and wins Pac-10
Jan. 2, 1999 L, 72-70 @USC USC ends ASU 6-game win streak
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