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Feb. 9, 2007
SUN DEVIL DATA: Arizona State (6-17; 0-12 in Pac-10) under first-year coach Herb Sendek plays at the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. PT/4 p.m. MT (FSN Arizona) after coming up just short in its upset bid at Oregon on Thursday in a 55-51 loss, Oregon's lowest point total on the year. For the third straight game, ASU outscored the opposition in the second half and held them below 30 percent field goal shooting but fell in a close game. ASU is giving up just 62.8 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 63.4 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. Eleven of ASU's 23 games have been decided by five points or less (ASU is 2-9), the most in the Pac-10. The toughest loss might have been last 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. In its past three games, the Sun Devils have been outscored by 10 total points.
20-MINUTES OF SOLID PLAY: In its past three losses, ASU has outscored the Huskies, Cougars and Ducks 93-56 (31.0-18.7) and held them to a combined 15-of-62 (.242) from the floor and just 3-of-21 (.143) from the three-point stripe in the second half...ASU outscored the Ducks 30-22 on Thursday and was just 6-of-21 (.286) from the floor in the second half...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 49.0 percent in the first half but just 40.4 percent in the second half, including 40.2 percent three-point shooting in the first half compared to 31.2 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.
LAST TIME VS. OSU: 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...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... ASU had 23 offensive rebounds against OSU, its most in a Pac-10 game since it had 24 at Washington on Jan. 11, 2001, in a 70-68 overtime loss.
SO WITH THOSE GUYS LEAVING, THAT MEANS: Three true freshmen are combining to average 85.5 minutes, all of them above the 27-minute mark. Freshman point guard Derek Glasser is averaging 33.7 minutes per game in conference play, currently second-most by any Sun Devil freshman in ASU's 29-year Pac-10 history.
NO SOPHOMORE JINX: Jeff Pendergraph is averaging nearly a double-double in the past 17 games (13.1 points and 9.7 boards) and has seven double-doubles on the year. He was perfect in eight field goal attempts at Washington State on Jan. 4 and grabbed 19 boards both at Oregon on Thursday and vs. Colgate on Dec. 19 (most by a Sun Devil since Mike Batiste had 20 vs. Wagner on Nov. 19, 1997. At 12.4 points and 9.2 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).
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 52
FRESHMAN MINUTES: Byron Scott set the ASU record for freshman minutes per game at 32.3 in 1979-80. Christian Polk (29.8), Jerren Shipp (28.4) and Derek Glasser (27.3) all are in the top ten this year.
ASU FRESHMEN MINUTES PER GAMERK. Player, Season MPG1. Byron Scott, 1979-80 32.32. Ike Diogu, 2002-03 32.23. Christian Polk, 2006-07 29.84. Eddie House, 1996-97 29.55. Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91 29.16. Johnny Nash, 1976-77 28.6T7. Kenny Crandall, 1998-99 28.4T7. Jerren Shipp, 2006-07 28.4T9. Brian Camper, 1989-90 27.3T9. Derek Glasser, 2006-07 27.311. Mario Bennett, 1991-92 26.912. Chris Sandle, 1984-85 26.4
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.
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.
SOME BIG TIME NAMES ON THIS LIST: Freshman Derek Glasser is averaging 33.7 minutes per game in Pac-10 play. 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.
ASU PAC-10 FRESHMEN MINUTES PER GAME (1978-79 to PRESENT)1. Byron Scott, 1979-80 34.2 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year2. Derek Glasser, 2006-07 33.7 17 points vs. Oregon Thursday3. 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 30.8 52 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
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 260-175 (.598) 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.
BEAVER SERIES: ASU had won its past eight against OSU 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...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 first 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...Antwi Atuahene hit the game-winner in overtime.
HISTORY LESSON: ASU is 1-7 against the nation's top team, with the win coming 22 years ago (March 7, 1981) in Corvallis. 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.
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