Men's Hoops Travels To WSU and Washington
Jan. 2, 2007
SUN DEVIL DATA: A young Arizona State University basketball team (6-7; 0-2 in Pac-10) under first-year coach Herb Sendek makes its first Pac-10 road trip as it travels to Pullman to play against the Washington State Cougars (12-2; 1-1) on Thursday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT and then plays in Seattle against the No. 24 Washington Huskies (10-3; 0-2) on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 5 p.m. PT/6 p.m. MT on FSN Arizona. Tim Healey and former ASU assistant coach Russ Pennell have the call for the Sun Devil Radio Network while Trey Bender and Tom Kuyper have the call for the FSN Arizona telecast on Saturday. Sophomore Jeff Pendergraph is averaging a double-double in the past seven games (13.3 points and 11.0 boards) and already has six double-doubles on the year. He grabbed 19 boards vs. Colgate on Dec. 19, the most by a Sun Devil since Mike Batiste had 20 vs. Wagner on Nov. 19, 1997. ASU was the only Pac-10 team to have more road wins (three) than home wins (two) in Pac-10 play last season (the only Pac-10 team to do that in the past two seasons). ASU also has outrebounded 11 of its 13 opponents, including its last five opponents by 10.2 boards per game.
DEJA VU: As Herb Sendek and his staff hit Pac-10 play with four league teams ranked for the first time since 2001-2002 and every team posting a winning non-conference mark for just the second time in Pac-10 history, this is nothing new to him. In his first year at NC State (1996-1997), the ACC had six of its nine teams ranked at some time during the year and each posted 20 wins. North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Clemson and Maryland all reached the top 10. The beauty of that season for Sendek is his team beat #7 Clemson on Feb. 1, won at #4 Wake Forest on Feb. 17, and then beat #7 Duke (March 7) and #22 Maryland (March 8) in the ACC Tournament. That squad won seven of its final nine games on the year en route to a NIT appearance and played 14 of its 32 games against ranked opponents. UCLA (No. 1), Arizona (7), Oregon (16), Washington (24) are all ranked currently and the league was 91-22 (.805) in non-league action in the first two months. Each Pac-10 team posted a winning non-conference record for just the second time since the league expanded to 10 teams in 1978-79 and for the only time since 1988-89.
NOTES HEADING INTO THE NORTHWEST TRIP: The Pac-10's two youngest coaches meet on Thursday as WSU's Tony Bennett (37, born June 1, 1969) and Herb Sendek (43, born Feb. 22, 1963) are the youngest followed by UW's Lorenzo Romar (48, born November 13, 1958)...Coach Sendek will go against a ranked team for the first time as the Sun Devil coach, as he posted 28 wins against ranked teams in his 10-year career at NC State, including nine wins on the road...Christian Polk has four 20-point games and already has made 30 three-pointers, one shy of matching Kevin Kruger (2003-2004) for seventh place on the ASU freshman three-pointer list. Ron Riley (1992-93) holds the ASU freshmen record with 66...four true freshmen Sun Devils are combining to average 86.0 minutes.
COACH Herb Sendek's WINS VS. RANKED TEAMS ON ROADJan. 10, 2006 NC State 78, @#15 Boston College 60Mar. 6, 2004 NC State 81, @#11 Wake Forest 70Feb. 25, 2004 NC State 79, @#18 Georgia Tech 69Jan. 5, 2002 NC State 81, @#4 Virginia 74Dec. 8, 2001 NC State 82, @#9 Syracuse 68Dec. 1, 1999 NC State 61, @#19 Purdue 59Feb. 21, 1998 NC State 86, @#1 North Carolina 72Dec. 4, 1997 NC State 71, @#22 Georgia Tech 69 (OT)Feb. 17, 1997 NC State 60, @#4 Wake Forest 59 (OT)
MANY WINS AT MANY PLACES: When comes time to play on the road or at a neutral site, Herb Sendek has a good map on how to win. In his career, Coach Sendek has won 257 games in 21 states, plus two wins in Puerto Rico and one in Washington D.C. North Carolina (153) and Ohio (51) lead the way because he was the head coach in both states, but he also has posted wins in Florida (seven), Michigan and Arizona (six), South Carolina (five), Virginia (five), Georgia (four), Indiana (four), Massachusetts (three), Texas (two) and Maryland (two). He has posted one win in Alabama, Utah, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Nevada, Kentucky, Illinois and California.
SURGING: Senior Serge Angounou has been playing well in the past seven games, dating to the Nov. 25 Iowa game. Angounou tied a career high with 23 points at Xavier on Dec. 16, the fourth 20-point game of his career, including a career-best five three-point field goals. After shooting 6-of-33 (.182) from the three-point stripe in his first three seasons, Angounou is 23-of-49 (.469) from beyond the arc, third-best in the Pac-10. Angounou also is averaging 12.0 points and 9.7 rebounds in the past nine games, including a 20-of-39 (.513) mark from beyond the arc. He has three double-doubles on the year.
MORE FRESHMAN NOTES: In comparing freshman minutes from previous ASU teams, Christian Polk is averaging 29.5 minutes per game, Jerren Shipp is at 28.9 and Derek Glasser is averaging 22.7 minutes. Byron Scott set the ASU record with 32.3 minutes per game in 1979-80, while Bobby Thompson (1983-84) is tenth on the list at 26.3. No two freshmen have finished in the top 10 in the same year, and Polk is currently tied for third while Shipp is the sixth-most almost halfway into the season.
FREE THROW SHOOTING WILL GET BETTER: In his 10 seasons at NC State, Coach Sendek's teams led the ACC four times in free throw percentage, including a stretch of three straight seasons from 2002-2004. In 2004 his NC State squad led the nation and set the ACC record by shooting .799 from the charity stripe. His team last year shot .751 (second in the ACC to Duke) and was 16th in the nation. His poorest free throw shooting team was his first year (1996-97) when they shot 64.9 percent. While at NC State, his Wolfpack squads shot 71.3 percent.
THE COACHING FAMILY: Herb Sendek has six former assistants who are currently Division I head coaches. Here's the list: Jim Christian, Kent State, Miami Assistant (1994-96); Charlie Coles, Miami (Ohio), Miami Assistant (1994-96); Larry Hunter, Western Carolina, NC State Assistant (2001-05); Ron Hunter, IUPUI, Miami Assistant (1993-94); Thad Matta, Ohio State, Miami Assistant (1994-95) and Sean Miller, Xavier, Miami (1994-96) and NC State Assistant (1996-2000).
NOTEWORTHY NUMBERS FROM RECENT OUTINGS: ASU topped Colgate 52-36 on Dec. 19, the fewest points by an ASU opponent since the University of Washington (St. Louis) fell to ASU 47-34 in the 1949-50 season. ASU held the Red Raiders to just 12 points at the half, the fewest haltime points by an ASU opponent since Jan. 7, 1995, when ASU was leading Old Dominion 36-12... ASU has outrebounded 11 of its 13 opponents, including its last five opponents by 10.2 boards per game.
COACH Herb Sendek: Former NC State and Miami (Ohio) leader Herb Sendek is in his 14th season as a head coach as he led the Wolfpack to five straight NCAA appearances from 2002-06. Coach Sendek is 260-165 (.612) in 14 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 entering this year were fourth in the league. In the previous 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. Another overlooked note on Coach Sendek is his 10-year stay at NC State. To compare it to the Pac-10, since the league expanded to 10 teams in 1978-79, only five coaches have coached at their schools for at least 10 years: Lute Olson (Arizona), Mike Montgomery (Stanford), Ralph Miller (Oregon State) and Ben Braun (California), while Ernie Kent (Oregon) is in his 10th season in 2006-2007.
THE WIN OVER IOWA: A couple of good notes from the Nov. 25 Iowa comeback win...after sending Portland State to the foul line 36 times and being whistled for 27 fouls just a week earlier (Nov. 18), ASU committed 13 fouls against Iowa and the Hawkeyes shot just five free throws...in its 19-4 run in the final 5:35 (ASU was down 60-48), ASU had four players make a three-pointer (Shipp, Polk, Glasser and Serge Angounou) and also manufactured a pair of hoops from Jeff Pendergraph...on the final six buckets, ASU had four players notch assists.
Jeff Pendergraph NOTES: Sophomore Jeff Pendergraph, who has increased his weight to 230 after being listed at 195 last year, is averaging 13.3 points and 11.0 rebounds in the past seven games...posted 19 boards vs. Colgate on Dec. 19, the most by a Sun Devil since Mike Batiste had 19 vs. Wagner on Nov. 19, 1997...posted 10 offensive boards against Portland State (most by a Sun Devil in more than a decade) en route to 13 boards...not only did he gain weight, but he has become stronger (improved bench press from 185 to 280) and maintained his conditioning level (5:47 mile run)...worth noting on Pendergraph is that last year he missed fall conditioning and most of November due to surgery to remove a benign tumor in his left leg, and did not play until Nov. 26...23 double-figure scoring games in his 40-game career (15 of past 22) and is averaging 13.0 points and 9.2 boards in his past 19 outings...matched his career-high with 21 points vs. Portland State and has 11 career double-doubles (six this year).
Serge Angounou NOTES: Tied a career high with 23 points at Xavier on Dec. 16, the fourth 20-point game of his career, while his five three-point goals is a career-best...after shooting 6-of-33 (.182) from the three-point stripe in his first three seasons, Angounou is 23-of-49 (.469) from beyond the arc...averaging 9.7 rebounds and 12.0 points in the past nine games, including a 20-of-39 (.513) mark from beyond the arc...three double-doubles on the year...has started past 39 Pac-10 games...had career-high 16 rebounds in 35 minutes vs. Washington State on March 4, 2006...scored a career-high 23 points vs. #17 UCLA on Jan. 7 after scoring a then season-high 19 points vs. USC on Jan. 5...77-of-100 (.770) from the free throw line in his past 53 games...four 20-point games, nine double-doubles and 15 double-figure rebounding games in career.
FRESHMEN NUMBERS: ASU's four true freshmen are averaging 86.0 minutes per game (21.5 per player), third-most among a class in ASU history. In 1999-2000, ASU had six freshmen average 96.8 minutes per game (16.1 minutes per freshmen). In 1983-84, six freshmen combined for 88 minutes per game (14.7 per Sun Devil), while in 1990-91 ASU's four freshmen averaged 80.6 minutes (20.2 per player)...when Jerren Shipp (23) and Christian Polk (22) each scored 20 points against NAU on Nov. 13, it marked only the second time in ASU history two freshmen scored 20 points. The other time was last season when Jeff Pendergraph and Sylvester Seay each scored 21 points vs. Oregon on Feb. 11, 2006...against Iowa on Nov. 25, ASU started three freshmen (Shipp, Polk and Derek Glasser) for the first time since Feb. 12, 2000, when Kyle Dodd, Shawn Redhage and Tommy Smith did the trick in an 81-67 win at Washington. It was just the second time in 15 seasons three freshmen started for ASU.
LAST WEEKEND: ASU fell to Stanford 71-60 on on Dec. 28 as Jeff Pendergraph led the Sun Devils with 17 points and 11 boards...ASU's last lead was 21-19 at the 5:06 mark of the first half before the Cardinal closed the half with a 14-3 run...ASU outrebounded Stanford 35-30...Christian Polk added 11 points...Stanford's biggest lead was 67-50 at the 2:16 mark...in the 66-62 overtime loss to Cal on Dec. 30, Christian Polk and Antwi Atuahene each had 14 points while Serge Angounou had 12 boards...each team was 7-of-20 (.350) from the field in the first half...ASU outrebounded California 34-26...ASU had three turnovers in the second half after posting 10 in the first half...ASU led 52-49 at the 3:05 mark but did not score in the next three minutes before a Christian Polk three-pointer tied the game with three seconds left.
REGARDING PAC-10 NEW COACHES: Of the past nine coaching changes in the Pac-10 dating to the beginning of the 1998-1999 season, only Trent Johnson of Stanford (2004-2005) posted a winning conference record in his initial season. The nine new coaches have averaged 6.4 Pac-10 wins in their initial Pac-10 season. In fact, of the eight current coaches in the league, only Johnson and Ben Braun (12-6 in 1996-1997) had winning Pac-10 records in their initial season.
VS. WSU: ASU has won six of the past 10 against the Cougars and 12 of the past 18 and leads the series 32-27...ASU also is 5-1 in six overtime games against WSU...in its last trip to Pullman, ASU scored just 22 second-half points (its fewest since Feb. 8, 2001, also against WSU) as a close game at the 5:00 mark turned into a 15-point loss as the Cougars topped ASU 64-49 on Dec. 31, 2005. WSU led 50-47 at the 5:00 mark but went on a 14-2 run to seal the game...ASU is 11-17 (.393) in Pullman.
VS. UW: ASU leads the series 33-27 but the Huskies have won the past seven...ASU forced just three turnovers and was outscored 51-29 in the second half in falling at No. 7 Washington 91-67 in the Pac-10 opener for both teams on Dec. 29, 2005, in ASU's last trip to Seattle...ASU led 38-36 late in the first half, but UW scored the final four points of the first half and the first 10 of the second in running their homecourt win streak to 32. ASU shot just 9-of-31 (.290) from the field in the second half while Washington was 16-of-28 (.571)...ASU is 13-15 (.464) in Seattle.