Men's Hoops Travels To #13 Oregon And Oregon State
Feb. 6, 2007
SUN DEVIL DATA: A young Arizona State University basketball team (6-16; 0-11 in Pac-10) under first-year coach Herb Sendek heads north to take on the #13 Oregon Ducks on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 5:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. MT (televised by the Oregon Sports Network) and then plays at the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. PT/4 p.m. MT (FSN Arizona). Tim Healey and former ASU assistant coach Russ Pennell have the radio calls for both games for the Sun Devil Network. ASU is giving up just 63.2 points per game, currently the fourth-best mark in ASU history and the lowest since the 1949-50 squad gave up 59.8 and is giving up just 64.2 in league play, but is trying to replace the points of late summer departures Kevin Kruger (transferred to UNLV in July) and Bryson Krueger (dismissed from team in August). Kevin Kruger took advantage of a NCAA rule that lasted six months which allowed him to transfer to UNLV to play for his father since he had finished his degree work. Ten of ASU's 22 games have been decided by five points or less (ASU is 2-8), the most in the Pac-10. The toughest loss was Saturday, when ASU came back from a 16-point deficit to tie the score against No. 18 Washington State only to have a game-winning jumper hit the rim and bounce away in a 48-47 loss. The Sun Devils are 4-4 at McArthur Court in the past eight seasons, while Coach Sendek will look for his tenth win on the road over a ranked team and the 30th overall.
20-MINUTES OF SOLID PLAY: In its two losses last weekend to Washington (66-61) and Washington State (48-47), ASU outscored the Huskies and Cougars 63-34 and held them to a combined 9-of-41 (.220) from the floor in the second half. ASU outscored UW 40-22 and outscored the Cougars 23-12, holding WSU to 4-of-20 from the floor...at USC on Jan. 20, ASU trailed 30-18 at the half but outscored USC 31-28 and held the Trojans to just 6-of-17 from the field (.353) after halftime...at UCLA on Jan. 18, ASU led the Bruins at the half 37-34, the third-highest halftime total against the Bruins this year. ASU also led UCLA 17-6, the largest deficit the Bruins have faced all season...ASU led Oregon State at the half 33-27 on Jan. 13...ASU's Pac-10 opponents are shooting 48.9 percent in the first half but just 41.4 percent in the second half, including 40.2 percent three-point shooting in the first half compared to 32.1 percent in the second stanza.
THE LOSSES: The team Herb Sendek took over in April changed dramatically in the late summer when seniors-to-be and experienced starters Kevin Kruger and Bryson Krueger departed. Kevin averaged 15.0 points last year and played as much as anyone in the nation, with an ASU record 39.0 minutes per game. He had played 87 games and scored 912 points in his three-year career, and was the only player ranked in eight Pac-10 categories last year. Bryson averaged 12.3 points last year and had shot 40.7 percent (88-of-216) from the three-point stripe and started 45 games in two-year career. The other reason ASU's freshmen are having to play so many minutes is the departure of six other Sun Devils in the past three years who would have been on this squad. Wilfried Fameni (now at VCU), Chris Low, Tron Smith (St. Mary's) and Keith Wooden (North Texas) all were freshmen from 2003-2004 who have since transferred while 2004-2005 freshmen Craig Austin and Tim Pierce (San Jose State) also left the program after one year.
SO WITH THOSE GUYS LEAVING, THAT MEANS...: Four true freshmen are combining to average 89.6 minutes, including three above the 27-minute mark. Freshman point guard Derek Glasser is averaging 34.3 minutes per game in conference play, currently the most by any Sun Devil freshman in ASU's 29-year Pac-10 history. Glasser has 42 assists and just 20 turnovers in Pac-10 play, an 2.10 assist-to-turnover ratio that is fourth in the league.
NO SOPHOMORE JINX: Sophomore Jeff Pendergraph is averaging nearly a double-double in the past 12 games (13.6 points and 9.3 boards), has seven double-doubles on the year and is 52-of-84 (.619) from the floor in the past nine games. He was perfect in eight field goal attempts at Washington State on Jan. 4 and 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. At 12.8 points and 8.8 boards per game, he is trying to become the first Sun Devil to average a double-double since Mark Landsberger in 1976-77 (17.2 points and 14.4 rebounds). He ranks first in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (4.18 per game), second in field goal percentage (.579) and is third in rebounding (8.8). He is shooting 59.6 percent (62-of-104) from the field in Pac-10 games, third in the league.
THREES: Christian Polk has a chance to break the school freshmen record for three pointers set by Ron Riley in 1992-93 of 66.
ASU FRESHMEN THREE-POINTERS1. Ron Riley, 1992-93 662. Eddie House, 1996-97 573. Christian Polk, 2006-07 50
100-POINTS: No ASU opponent has scored 100 points in Wells Fargo Arena since Feb. 27, 1988, when third-ranked Arizona topped ASU 101-73, a span of the past 316 home games.
ROAD NOTE: 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). Only eight teams have done that in the past 14 seasons in the Pac-10.
DEJA VU: As Herb Sendek's staff continues through Pac-10 play with seven league teams ranked in the AP poll at some point during a season for the first time in history and every team posting a winning non-conference mark for just the second time (and only time since 1988-89), 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 highlight 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.
MANY WINS, MANY PLACES: When comes time to play away from Tempe, Herb Sendek has a good map. 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 as he was the head coach in both states, and 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). One-win states are Alabama, Utah, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Nevada, Kentucky, Illinois and California.
ASU IN MAUI NEXT YEAR: ASU will play in the 2007 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational along with Duke, Illinois, LSU, Marquette, Oklahoma State, Princeton and host Chaminade. College basketball's premier season-opening tournament will be played Nov. 19-21 at Maui's Lahaina Civic Center.
QUICK NOTES: Coach Sendek has 29 wins against ranked teams in his career, including nine on the road...ASU had 23 offensive rebounds against Oregon State on Jan. 13, its most in a Pac-10 game since it had 24 at Washington on Jan. 11, 2001, in a 70-68 overtime loss. ASU also had a season-low 10 turnovers against Oregon State...Derek Glasser is averaging a team-high 34.3 minutes per game in the past 12 contests...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...after shooting 6-of-33 (.182) from the three-point stripe in his first three seasons, Serge Angounou is 27-of-69 (.391) from beyond the arc. He has been ASU's leading rebounder in eight games...in his past 28 games dating to Feb. 4 of last year, Jeff Pendergraph is averaging 13.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
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)
SOME BIG TIME NAMES ON THIS LIST: Freshman Derek Glasser is averaging 34.3 minutes per game in Pac-10 play and has 42 assists and just 20 turnovers in that time, a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio that is fourth in the Pac-10. The minutes per game number becomes noteworthy when compared to some of the past ASU freshmen and what they averaged in the 18-game Pac-10 slate. Christian Polk also is around the 30-minute mark in league games. Here is a list of the top dozen Sun Devil freshmen in Pac-10 minutes per game:
ASU PAC-10 FRESHMEN MINUTES PER GAME (1978-79 to PRESENT)1. Derek Glasser, 2006-07 34.3 42 assists and 20 turnovers2. Byron Scott, 1979-80 34.2 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year3. Ike Diogu, 2002-03 33.3 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year4. Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91 32.1 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year5. Steve Beck, 1983-84 31.4 Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team6. Christian Polk, 2006-07 30.1 50 three-pointers made on year7. Bobby Thompson, 1983-84 29.9 ASU career assist leader with 4548. Brian Camper, 1989-90 29.2 Averaged 27.3 minutes overall9. Eddie House, 1996-97 29.1 Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team10. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06 28.6 Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team11. Mario Bennett, 1991-92 28.0 Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team
OFF THE COURT: The men's hoops team notched a 2.88 grade point average last fall and its team cumulative GPA is 2.83, its highest in the past six years. The four freshmen combined for a 3.33 GPA and 90 percent of the team had at least a 2.5. George Odufuwa led the way with a 3.5, and three current Sun Devils already have their degrees. Serge Angounou (B.A. in Spanish) graduated in May as did Robby Alridge (B.A. in sociology) while Allen Morill earned his B.I.S. degree in December. That trio joins Jonathan Howard (B.S., Management, 2006), Jeremy Veal (B.S.W., Social Work, 2006), Curtis Millage (B.I.S., Education and Family Studies, 2006), Kevin Kruger (B.S., Justice Studies, 2006), Jason Braxton (B.I.S, Business and Psychology, 2005), Jamie Andrisevic (B.S., Finance, 2004) and Kenny Crandall (B.I.S., Business and Communications, 2004) as ASU men's basketball graduates in the past three years.
THE COACH: 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 260-174 (.599) 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 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.
LAST TIME VS. OREGON: ASU played the No. 15 Ducks tough in Tempe in a 60-55 loss on Thursday (Jan. 11)...ASU had just 12 turnovers and trailed by just three at the half (29-26)...ASU held the Ducks to just 37.5 percent shooting (9-of-24) in the second half...Derek Glasser added 12 points and five boards...ASU had season-lows of three-pointers made and attempted (3-of-15) and did not have a block...ASU forced Pac-10 Player of the Year candidate Aaron Brooks into five turnovers.
GOOD DUCK TEAMS BRING OUT GOOD ASU PERFORMANCES: The Sun Devils have seemed to play well against the better Oregon teams...Oregon's last NCAA Tournament team in 2002-03 (led by Pac-10 Player of the Year Luke Ridnour) won three games against ranked teams and was the Pac-10 Tournament champion but fell to ASU in Tempe 91-77 on March 6, 2003...in 2001-02, Oregon went 14-4 and won the Pac-10 title and advanced to the Elite Eight. It came to Tempe after already sweeping Arizona (including a 105-75 win in Eugene just two weeks earlier) but lost to ASU 95-88 on Jan. 6, 2002, its only loss during an 11-game stretch...in 2000-2001 ASU finished 5-13 in the Pac-10 but swept the Ducks, who had three future first-round NBA draft picks in Freddie Jones, Ridnour and Luke Jackson...ASU leads the Oregon series 34-29, but it is even in the past 14 meetings.
LAST TIME VS. OREGON STATE: Against Oregon State in the 67-59 loss on Jan. 13, Jeff Pendergraph had 19 points and 10 boards but had two fouls within the first four minutes of the game which limited his playing time to 28 minutes...ASU led 35-27 early in the second half but went 10-of-33 (.303) from the field in the second half...ASU had a season-low 10 turnovers and a season-high 23 offensive rebounds...OSU had 13 offensive boards and posted 40 second-half points, the most against ASU this year, and also had eight blocks while ASU had none.
OREGON STATE SERIES: ASU had won its past eight against Oregon State in Tempe before the Beaver win in January...ASU swept the regular season series from the Beavers last year for the seventh time since joining the Pac-10 but fell 71-68 in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament to the Beavers...ASU led 45-30 at the 18:15 mark but OSU scored seven points in 50 seconds to get back in the game...ASU led by 10 four times in the second half of that game...ASU won its first Pac-10 game last year after dropping its firsr four with a 65-63 overtime win at Gill Coliseum on Jan. 14...ASU was 1-of-15 (.067) from the floor to start the game...ASU held the Beavers to just 39.3 percent from the field despite the Beavers entering the game leading the league in field goal percentage...Antwi Atuahene hit the game-winning shot in overtime.
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).
FREE THROWS: In his 10 seasons at NC State, Coach Sendek's teams led the ACC four times in free throw percentage, including 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. ASU is 80-of-109 (.734) from the free throw line in its past nine games.
CORVALLIS HISTORY LESSON: ASU is 1-7 against the nation's top team, with the win coming 22 years ago (March 7, 1981) in one of the greatest wins in Sun Devil history. ASU, coached by 2003 Pac-10 Hall of Honor inductee Ned Wulk, travelled to Corvallis and led 40-20 at the half against top ranked Oregon State and won 87-67 on the final day of the regular season. All five ASU starters (Sam Williams, Paul Williams, Alton Lister, Byron Scott and Fat Lever) in that game were future NBA first- or second-round draft picks. A look at ASU vs. No. 1, and note that all the games were on the road:
Arizona State vs. the No. 1 Team in the Associated Press Poll#1 Arizona 92, Arizona State 72 Feb. 22, 2003 Tempe, Ariz.#1 Arizona 71, Arizona State 63 Jan. 22, 2003 Tucson, Ariz.#1 Stanford 99, Arizona State 75 Mar. 8, 2001 Palo Alto, Calif.#1 Stanford 86, Arizona State 67 Jan. 6, 2000 Palo Alto, Calif.#1 Arizona 99, Arizona State 59 Jan. 28, 1988 Tucson, Ariz.#5 Arizona State 87, #1 Oregon State 67 Mar. 7, 1981 Corvallis, Ore.#1 UCLA 89, #7 Arizona State 75 Mar. 22, 1975 Portland, Ore.#1 UCLA 98, #16 Arizona State 81 (West Regional) Mar. 15, 1973 Los Angeles, Calif.
FRESHMEN NUMBERS: ASU's four true freshmen are averaging 89.6 minutes per game (22.2 per player), second-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.