Men's Hoops Closes Regular Season With Ducks And Beavers
March 3, 2008
SUN DEVIL DATA: The Arizona State's men's hoops team, 18-10 and 8-8 in thePac-10 under second-year coach Herb Sendek, closes the regular season at theOregon Ducks on Thursday (March 6) at 5:30 p.m. PT and then travels toCorvallis to take on the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday (March 8) at 2:30p.m. PT. FSN Arizona will pick up the OSU Saturday game and the Oregon SportsNetwork will carry the Thursday matchup. The Sun Devils picked up a solidwin against USC on Saturday to close their Pac-10 home schedule at 5-4 aftergoing 9-27 in Tempe the previous four seasons. ASU, picked to finishninth in the Pac-10 preseason media poll, is 20-13 in its past 33 gamesafter starting last year 6-19. It has clinched a winning season with four freshmen making 78 starts (tops in the Pac-10), playing more than45 percent of the minutes and posting more than 50 percent of the points.ASU has won its share of close games (7-2 in games decided by 10 points orless, best in the Pac-10, after going 4-17 last year), makes its free throws (.742 percentage iscurrently fifth-best in school history and second best in past 21 seasons)and is led in scoring by ASU's most famous southpaw since Phil Mickelson, James Harden, who has 14 20-point games on the year, topping IkeDiogu's ASU freshmen record of 12 set in 2002-03. The 18-year old Harden(born this past August) is the youngest player in the Pac-10 as his 17.9points per game is second-best in ASU freshmen history.
WORTH MENTIONING: The Sun Devils are 4-3 in the second half of the Pac-10with wins at Arizona and at Washington and home wins vs. NCAA-boundStanford and USC. Freshman Rihards Kuksiks has been seeing quality minutes,as he is averaging 26.1 minutes per game in that time, and in his past sixgames he is averaging 10.8 points and has made 15 three pointers. He had 15points in the win over seventh-ranked Stanford on Feb. 14, 15 at Washingtonon Feb. 23 and 10 in March 1 win vs. USC. He has 65 points in his past sixgames after scoring 42 in the first 22 games. In the secondhalf of the Pac-10 season (past seven games), four Sun Devil freshmen haveplayed 52 percent of the minutes, scored 54 percent of the points and made40 three-pointers.
TURNAROUND INFO: ASU is attempting to become just the fifth team in 30 yearsof Pac-10 play to go from a last-place finish (2-16 last year) to a .500record in conference play the next year. Washington State did it last year as Tony Bennettearned National Coach of the Year...ASU¹s 10-game turnaround in overall wins fromlast year (ASU was 8-22 overall in 2006-07) is currently the best by anymajor conference team and tied for third overall. UNC-Wilmington (7-22 to19-12) and Wagner (11-19 to 22-7) lead the way, with Iona and ClevelandState also having 10-game turnarounds as of Monday.
2008 NCAA BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT (MARCH 3, 2008)
Team Record (2006-07) Record (2007-08) Wins Improved
UNC-Wilmington 7-22 19-12 +12
Wagner 11-19 22-7 +11
Arizona State 8-22 18-10 +10
Iona 2-28 12-19 +10
Cleveland State 10-21 20-11 +10
LAST PLACE PAC-10 TEAMS TO REACH .500 IN LEAGUE THE FOLLOWING SEASON
Washington State from 3-15 in 1980-81 to 10-8 in 1981-82
California from 5-13 in 1987-88 to 10-8 in 1988-89
Stanford from 2-16 in 1992-93 to 10-8 in 1993-94
Washington State from 4-14 in 2005-06 to 13-5 (NCAAs) in 2006-07
YOU READ THIS BEFORE: The Sun Devils are just one of eight teams with fourwins over top 25 RPI teams (collegerpi.com) as of Monday (March 3), as it is4-5 with wins are over #6 Xavier, two wins over current #23 Arizona and theFeb. 14 win over current No. 17 Stanford. Other teams with four RPI top 25wins are UCLA (6-1), Louisville (5-2), UCONN (5-3), Duke (4-1), Stanford(4-1), Wisconsin (4-2) and Purdue (4-3). Other Pac-10 records vs. the top-25include Arizona (2-6), Washington State (0-6), USC (2-7), Oregon (2-5),California (1-6) and Washington (2-6).
ANOTHER SOLID NOTE: ASU and UCLA are the only Pac-10 teams to have wins overRPI top-25 teams outside the league, as UCLA defeated current #14 MichiganState 68-63 in addition to ASU¹s Xavier victory. ASU¹s wins over Xavier andStanford are especially impressive when you consider that Xavier has gone17-2 since losing at ASU 77-55 on Dec. 15, with its only losses againstTennessee and at Temple. The Musketeers are on an 11-game win streak.Stanford's 72-68 overtime loss at ASU on Feb. 14 is its only loss in thepast 11 games.
HERE IS ONE YOU DID NOT KNOW: Only three teams in the nation have playednine games against RPI top 25 teams as of Monday: ASU (4-5), Marquette (3-6)and USC (2-7).
A LOT OF MINUTES: James Harden and Ty Abbott are both beyond the pace set byByron Scott in 1979-80 for Sun Devil freshmen minutes played in the 18Pac-10 games. Harden is averaging 35.9 minutes per game in the 16 leaguegames while Abbott is at 34.5. Derek Glasser averaged 32.2 minutes lastyear.
CURRENT AP TOP-10 NOTE: ASU is one of just four teams that has wins over atleast two teams in the current Associated Press top-10, as Stanford isseventh and Xavier eighth in the March 3 poll. Texas has beaten #3 UCLA, #4Tennessee, and #5 Kansas, Duke beat #10 Wisconsin and #1 North Carolina andTennessee has wins over #2 Memphis and #9 Xavier.
CLOSE GAME UPDATE: Last year, ASU was 4-17 in games decided by 10 points orless, but this year the Sun Devils are a Pac-10 best 7-2 with wins over LSU(87-84 in Maui), Montana State (66-62), Oregon (62-54), Arizona twice (64-59in OT and 59-54 in Tucson), at California (99-90 in double OT) and vs.seventh-ranked Stanford (72-68 in OT). Its only losses in that category wasa 56-55 heartbreaker to sixth-ranked Washington State on Jan. 26 and 76-73loss to Cal on Feb. 16. ASU lost its only overtime game last year but is 4-0this year with the wins over LSU, Arizona, at Cal and vs. #7 Stanford. Thefour overtime wins is the most by an ASU team since 1985-86 as the SunDevils were 4-2, while the school mark is 5-0 by the 1980-81 team. Also, ASUwas 3-12 in two-possession games last year (six points or less or OT) but is6-2 this year.
PAC-10 TEAMS WITH AT LEAST FOUR OVERTIME WINS IN ONE SEASON (1978-79 TO PRESENT)
Arizona State (4-0 in 2007-08)
California (4-0 in 2006-07)
USC (4-1 in 2003-04)
Arizona State (4-2 in 1985-86)
Arizona State (5-0 in 1980-81)
IN THE LAST ROAD GAME: The Sun Devils shot 13-of-25 (.520) from thethree-point stripe at Washington on Feb. 23, its best long-range mark in thepast 43 road games dating to a 12-of-22 (.545) performance at California onFeb. 7, 2004.
HARDEN ON DEFENSE: James Harden is trying to become just the fifth freshmanto lead the Pac-10 in steals. The others are Jason Kidd of Cal (3.8spg/1993), Baron Davis of UCLA (2.4 spg/1998) and USC's Errick Craven (2.1spg/2002) and Gabe Pruitt (1.9 spg/2005). He currently is tied second at1.86 per game, .05 behind junior Darren Collison of UCLA. He also had 17blocks, seventh on the ASU freshmen list, just four behind Tommy Smith (17in 1999-2000) for the sixth spot. His 50 steals already is tied foreighth-best in Pac-10 history for a freshman.PAC-10 FRESHMEN STEALSPlayer, School Year Steals1. Jason Kidd, Cal 1992-93 1102. Brevin Knight, Stanford 1993-94 773. Errick Craven, USC 2001-02 684. Eddie House, ASU 1996-97 595. Gary Payton, OSU 1986-87 586. Gabe Pruitt, USC 2004-05 567. Brandon Granville, USC 1998-99 548. James Harden , ASU 2007-2008 528. Justin Dentmon, UW 2004-05 528. Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Cal 1995-96 52
DON'T COUNT THE DEVILS OUT: The Sun Devils came back from double-digitdeficits in two recent big wins, as it put the brakes on a five-game losingskid in dramatic fashion on Feb. 10 in Tucson, falling behind 22-6 butcoming back to take a 13-point second-half lead and winning 59-54 to sweepArizona for the first time since 1994-95 (and notch first win in Tucsonsince March 11, 1995). Then on Feb. 14 against seventh-ranked Stanford, ASUwas down by 14 in the second half and by seven with 1:49 left before a rallyput the game into overtime as ASU won 72-68. On Feb. 14 against California,ASU jumped out to a 26-17 lead but Cal closed the gap to 31-30 at the halfand ASU uncharacteristically shot just 7-of-14 (.500) from the foul line ina 76-73 loss. But ASU made seven three-pointers in the final 1:11 to chop an11-point deficit to three.
TEAM STUFF: ASU's scholarship roster has an interesting mix as it includesone senior, one junior, five freshmen, sophomore transfer and threesophomores who played 87.3 minutes per game last year...ASU ranks second inthe Pac-10 in steals (6.93), fourth in turnover margin (+1.18) and is tiedfor third in turnovers per game (12.6)...ASU is third in field goalpercentage defense (.413)...Sun Devils give up 62.2 ppg., which is fourth inthe league and 41st in the nation...Derek Glasser is second in the Pac-10and 19th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 2.52...ASU is fourth inthe Pac-10 in free throw percentage at .742 which is 31st in thenation...Jeff Pendergraph is fifth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage(.580). The ASU record is .630 held by Trent Edwards in 1988-89.
VS. RANKED TEAMS: Coach Sendek has 32 career wins against ranked foes,including 11 top-10 wins in his past eight seasons and seven top-five winsin his past dozen seasons. He notched his first at ASU in the final chancelast year as ASU topped No. 22 USC 68-58 on Feb. 18, 2007, and won his firstattempt this year, 77-55 over No. 17 Xavier on Dec. 15 (largest win over aranked team in ASU history)...against seventh-ranked Stanford on Feb. 14,ASU beat its highest ranked opponent since its 90-87 overtime win at No. 4Stanford on Jan. 31, 1998, and earned its first win over a top-10 team sinceJan. 23, 2002 (88-72 win over No. 10 Arizona in Tempe)...it also markedASU's first win over a top-10 team in Tempe not named Arizona since a 68-60win over fourth-ranked Oregon State on March 6, 1982...Herb Sendek has wonseven games against top five teams in the past 12 seasons.REAL DEAL: The Pac-10's youngest player, James Harden (turned 18 on Aug.26), leads ASU in scoring (17.9 ppg./fourth in Pac-10), steals (1.86 pergame/tied second in Pac-10) and minutes per game (33.5/ninth in Pac-10). Heis shooting .531 from the field (tenth in the league), .751 from the freethrow line and .412 from the three-point stripe (eighth in Pac-10). Hardenis the first McDonald's All-American to sign with ASU out of high schoolsince 1984 (it was Chris Sandle before you ask). He has 14 20-point games(topping Ike Diogu's ASU freshmen record of 12), which is third-best in theleague, including five straight from Dec. 29-Jan. 17 which is a first for anASU freshman. He is averaging 18.7 points and 5.0 boards in Pac-10 games andwas the only player in the league to lead his team in scoring in each of thefirst eight Pac-10 games. He was named as a top 30 midseason finalist forthe Naismith and Wooden Awards (one of just six freshmen on the Wooden listand one of seven Pac-10 players noted).
STEADY: Jeff Pendergraph has 45 blocks (he had 45 in his first two seasons)and is shooting .580 from the field (fifth in the Pac-10) and .788 from thefree throw line. He has four double-doubles this year (17 in career).Pendergraph led the team in scoring (12.1) and rebounding (9.1) last year,as his rebounding average matched the second-best mark by a Sun Devil in thepast 26 seasons. He is shooting .752 from the free throw line in his career(231-of-307). His 90 career blocks already is seventh in ASU history, threebehind Kurt Nimphius (1976-80).
SOME OFF THE WALL HARDEN NOTES: In 37 minutes against a good defensive teamin USC (Trojans are second in league in field goal percentrage defense at.393) on March 1, Harden missed two shots out of 18. He was 7-of-8 from thefield and 9-of-10 from the line...in ASU's four overtime games (all wins andthree of them in Pac-10 games) he is averaging 24.8 ppg and 5.5 rebounds andhas 10 steals...southpaw is shooting .578 from inside the three-point arc onthe year...in ASU's five Pac-10 home wins he averaged 23.4 points, sixboards, three assists and two steals as he led ASU to 5-4 Pac-10 home mark.In the prevous four years, ASU was 9-27 in Pac-10 home games...is second onthe team in assists (79), including 49 in Pac-10 games...in ASU's eightPac-10 wins he is shooting over 55 percent from the floor and is 13-27 fromthree-piont stripe. He is averaging 21.8 points and 5.6 boards in thoseeight games...shooting 45.2 percent from three-point land in eight roadgames.
JUST HOW GOOD ARE THEY?: Coming into this season, only 11 Pac-10 freshmanhad averaged 15.6 points or more in overall games. Currently there are fourfreshmen above that number. Only two Pac-10 freshmen have averaged 19 pointsand led their team to a NCAA Tournament berth (Ike Diogu of Arizona State in2002-03 and Shareef Abdur Rahim in 1995-96).Pac-10 FreshmEn Scoring ListRk. Player, School, Year PPG1. Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Cal, 1995-96 21.1 NCAA team went 17-112. O.J. Mayo, USC, 2007-08 20.7 USC 18-10 and 9-73. Jerryd Bayless, Arizona, 2007-08 20.4 UA 17-12 and 7-94. Harold Miner, USC, 1989-90 20.6 Team went 12-165. Ike Diogu, ASU, 2002-03 19.0 NCAA team went 20-126. Don McLean, UCLA, 1988-89 18.6 NCAA team went 21-107. Cliff Robinson, USC, 1977-78 18.4 Team went 14-138. James Harden, ASU, 2007-08 17.9 ASU 18-10 and 8-89. Tom Lewis, USC, 1985-86 17.6 Team went 11-1710. Kevin Love, UCLA, 2007-08 17.3 UCLA 26-3 overall and 14-211. Todd Lichti, Stanford, 1985-86 17.2 Team went 14-16 overall12. Ryan Anderson, California, 2006-07 16.3 Team went 16-17 overall13. Jason Kapono, UCLA, 1999-2000 16.0 NCAA team went 21-1214. Chase Budinger, Arizona, 2006-07 15.6 NCAA team went 20-1114. Sean Elliott, Arizona, 1985-86 15.6 NCAA team went 23-9
MORE PENDERGRAPH: Jeff Pendergraph became the 30th member of the ASU1,000-point club against USC on March 1. He has 1,013 points through 85career games (11.9 points per game). He also has 622 career rebounds (7.3per game), just 34 away from joining the ASU top-10 list.
TREE: Herb Sendek has six former assistants who are D-I head coaches: JimChristian, Kent State, Miami Assistant (1994-96); Charlie Coles, Miami(Ohio), Miami Assistant (1994-96); Larry Hunter, Western Carolina, NC StateAssistant (2001-05); Ron Hunter, IUPUI, Miami Assistant (1993-94); ThadMatta, Ohio State, Miami Assistant (1994-95) and Sean Miller, Xavier, Miami(1994-96) and NC State Assistant (1996-2000). Coles, Miller and Matta allled their teams to the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
RANKINGS: For the first time since the final poll of 1994-95 (March 13) ASUgrabbed a spot in the Associated Press rankings, as it was No. 22 (No. 25 inthe USA Today Coaches' poll on Jan. 14). ASU was ranked No. 24 in the Jan.21 AP poll. Coach Sendek had the Sun Devils in the rankings in his secondyear, two years prior to his rebuilding effort at NC State that resulted infive straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2002-06).
FRESHMEN: Freshmen accounted for 69 of 150 starts in Herb Sendek's rookie30-game season. Through 28 games, the numbers read 147 out of 290 starts inhis 56 games (freshmen have started 78 games this year). In his two years,ASU has had freshmen make 50.7 percent of the starts. Sophomores have made62 starts (.214), juniors 45 (.155) and seniors 36 (.124). Against Xavier onDec. 15, ASU started four freshmen for the first time in school history.ASU's freshmen have accounted for 50.7 percent of the points this year. Lastyear ASU's 69 freshmen starts set the school record by 24 starts that theSun Devils blew have easily surpassed.ASU FRESHMEN STARTSYear (Starts) Freshman2007-2008 (78): Ty Abbott (28), James Harden (27), Jamelle McMillan (16), Rihards Kuksiks (7)2006-2007 (69): Derek Glasser (21), Christian Polk (26), Jerren Shipp(22)1991-1992 (45): Mario Bennett (25), Tony Ronaldson (20)
HARDEN FROM DEEP: James Harden has shown the ability to hit thethree-pointer as he is 35-of-85 (.412) on the year, currently the ninth-bestmark in ASU history and best by a freshman. The 41.2 percent by Harden iscurrently the second-best mark by any Pac-10 freshman.ASU SINGLE-SEASON THREE-POINT PERCENTAGERK. Sun Devil, Year, Season (3P-ATT) 3PT%1. Matt Anderson, So., 1988-89 (41-of-80) .5132. Terence Wheeler, So., 1987-88 (58-of-128) .4533. Bobby Thompson, Sr., 1986-87 (31-of-69) .4494. Jeremy Veal, Jr., 1996-97 (58-of-131) .4435. Alex Austin, Jr., 1988-89 (49-of-112) .4386. Bryson Krueger, So., 2005-06 (40-of-92) .4357. Kenny Crandall, Jr., 2001-02 (35-of-83) .4228. Jeremy Veal, Sr., 1997-98 (56-of-133) .4219. James Harden, Fr., 2007-08 (35-85) .41210. Chad Prewitt, Sr., 2001-02 (34-of-83) .410
PLAYER OF WEEK: Jeff Pendergraph earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honorsfollowing his Feb. 10 outing at Arizona when he posted 29 points on 12-of-16shooting and eight boards in 39 minutes in ASU's 59-54 win. Freshmen TyAbbott and James Harden became the fourth and fifth ASU freshmen to winPac-10 Player of the Week honors, as Abbott took home the Dec. 17 honorafter his 19-point performance in the 77-55 win over Xavier on Dec. 15 whichincluded five three pointers in the largest win over a ranked team in schoolhistory. Harden notched the honor after leading ASU to just its third 2-0start in Pac-10 history when they swept Oregon (Jan. 3) and Oregon State(Jan. 5) in Tempe to open Pac-10 play. Other Sun Devil freshman to earn thehonor are Ike Diogu (Feb. 16, 2003), Mario Bennett (Feb. 24, 1992) and ChrisSandle (Dec. 10, 1984). Seventeen ASU players have been named Pac-10 Playerof the Week on 26 occasions, but this year marks the first time in the25-year history of the award three separate Sun Devils have taken home thehonor.
ASU VS. OREGON NOTES: ASU held the Pac-10's second-highest scoring teamOregon (77.4 ppg.) to 54 points on Jan. 3, UO's fewest points in a 61-gamespan prior to its 72-43 loss at Stanford on Feb. 7...ASU trailed at the half30-26 but forced 16 Duck turnovers and held Oregon to just 9-of-24 (.375) inthe second half from the floor, including 1-of-9 (.111) from the three-piontstripe, as James Harden led the way with 20 points and Jeff Pendergraphadded 17...last year in Eugene ASU fell to No. 13 Oregon 55-51 on Feb. 8,2007. The 55 points by the Ducks, the eventual Pac-10 Tournament championand Elite Eight participant, was a season-low and the fewest by the Duckssince a 70-53 loss to UCLA on Feb. 26, 2006, as the Ducks averaged 75.9points per game last year...ASU was a season-low 31.7 percent from the field(19-of-60). The Sun Devils did not score a field goal in the final 5:58 ofthe first half as Oregon went on a 12-0 run. ASU outscored Oregon 30-22 inthe second half and held Oregon to just 6-of-21 (.286) shooting afterhalftime...ASU is 35-30 against the Ducks all-time and 14-15 in Eugene, themost wins against any Pac-10 school since joining hte loop in 1978-79...lastyear in Tempe, ASU held Oregon to just .375 shooting in the second halfafter UO shot 50 percent in the first half but No. 13 Oregon topped ASU60-55 on Jan. 11. ASU made just a trio of three-pointers, a season-low...ASUhas swept Oregon nine times in 29 seasons of Pac-10 play, the last being in2004-05.
GOOD DUCKS BRING OUT GOOD ASU: ASU has played well against the better Oregonteams...Oregon's 2003 NCAA Tournament team (led by Pac-10 Player of the YearLuke Ridnour) won three games against ranked teams and was the Pac-10Tournament champion but fell to ASU in Tempe 91-77 on March 6, 2003...in2001-02, Oregon went 14-4 and won the Pac-10 title and advanced to the EliteEight. It came to Tempe after already sweeping Arizona (including a 105-75win 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 inthe Pac-10 but swept the Ducks, who had three future first-round NBA draftpicks in Freddie Jones, Ridnour and Luke Jackson.
OREGON STATE SERIES: OSU leads the series 38-32... ASU's 72-53 win on Jan. 5over Oregon State is its biggest margin of victory in the Pac-10 since a108-78 win over USC on Feb. 13, 2003...the Jan. 5 win put ASU at 2-0 in thePac-10 for just the fourth time in 30 years...James Harden had 24 pointswhile Jeff Pendergraph had 18 points and nine boards...ASU shot 57.9 percentfrom the field in the second half and held the Beavers to just 10-of-31(.323) after halftime...the Beavers swept the season series last year forthe first time since 1991-92...ASU swept the regular season series from theBeavers in 2005-06 for the seventh time since joining the Pac-10 but fell71-68 in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament to the Beavers...inCorvallis on Feb. 10 last year, ASU led 48-45 at the 8:56 mark but wasoutscored 14-7 the rest of the way in a 59-55 Beaver win...there were 10ties and 10 lead changes...OSU was the Pac-10's worst free throw shootingteam last year, but it was 32-of-42 (.762) against ASU and 154-of-285 (.540)in its other 16 league games...ASU has swept the Beavers seven times in 29Pac-10 seasons, the last being in 2005-06.
THE HEAD COACH: Herb Sendek is in his 15th season as a head coach and hasaveraged 18.7 wins per season. He led the Wolfpack to five straight NCAAappearances from 2002-06 and is now 280-190 (.596) in 15 seasons and was191-132 (.591) at NC State. The 44-year-old (born Feb. 22, 1963) Pittsburgh,Pa., native is the second-youngest full-time coach in the Pac-10 behind onlysecond-year coach Tony Bennett of WSU. Only Duke posted more ACC wins(regular season and ACC Tournament) than NC State's 53 victories from2002-2006. Coach Sendek also led NC State to five 20-win seasons in hisfinal 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 in1978-79, only five coaches have coached at their schools for at least 10years: Lute Olson (24 at Arizona), Ralph Miller (19 at Oregon State), MikeMontgomery (18 at Stanford), Ben Braun (12th at California) and Ernie Kent(11th at Oregon).
HITTING FREEBIES: ASU is shooting .742 from the free throw line, currentlythe sixth-best mark in ASU history. In his 10 seasons at NC State, CoachSendek's teams led the ACC four times in FT percentage (including threestraight seasons, 2002-04). In 2004 NC State led the nation and set the ACCrecord by shooting .799 from the charity stripe. While at NC State, hissquads shot 71.3 percent, as his poorest FT shooting team was his first year(1996-97/.649). One good note on Coach Herb Sendek and his 2003-04 NC Stateteam is in the past nine seasons, NC State team's .799 final FT percentageis tied for the best in the NCAA with St. Joseph in 2005-06.ASU FREE THROW PERCENTAGERK. Season (Record) FT%1. 1977-78 (13-14/6-8 in WAC) 75.62. 1954-55 (10-148-4 in Border) 75.43. 1997-98 (18-14/8-10 in Pac-10) 74.63. 1986-87 (11-17/6-12 in Pac-10) 74.65. 2007-08 (18-10/8-8 in Pac-10) 74.26. 2003-04 (10-17/4-14 in Pac-10) 73.57. 1956-57 (10-15/4-6 in Border) 73.08. 1999-2000 (19-13/10-8 in Pac-10) 72.9
QUICK NOTES: In his past six games, Rihards Kusiks is averaging
Derek Glasser has made 44-of-55 (.800) free throws this year and is79-of-100 (.790) in his 56-game career. He had a career-high nine assistsagainst Idaho on Dec. 22, the most by a Sun Devil since Antwi Atuahene had10 vs. Oregon on Feb. 11, 2006 (most in past 63 games). Glasser has 97assists and just 32 turnovers in the past 19 games and has 63 assists and 26turnovers in Pac-10 play, a 2.35 ratio that is second in the league...JerrenShipp matched a career-best with nine boards at California and played acareer-best 42 minutes against Arizona on Jan. 9. He had a Pac-10season-high 11 points at Arizona on Feb. 10...Christian Polk is 45-of-56(.804) from the foul line in his 52-game career...Ty Abbott has 63three-pointers, third-best by a freshman in ASU history, and is fifth in thePac-10 at 2.25 three-pointers per game...ASU has reached 70-points 13 times,last year it reached 70 points three times...last year ASU won at California42-41 on the last day of the regular season. This year it almost doubled thepoints as the game was tied 81-81 at the end of regulation before ASU won99-90 in double overtime.
SOLID WIN: ASU has hosted the likes of Final Four-bound Kansas in 1990-91,Final-Four bound Oklahoma State in 1994-95, Texas, Georgia, KerryKittles-led Villanova, Kenny Thomas-led New Mexico, BYU, 2006 defending BigTen Tournament champ Iowa and Louisville since 1990, but No. 17 Xavier wasthe highest ranked non-conference foe to visit ASU since No. 14 ASU beat No.7 Ohio State 71-58 on Dec. 20, 1980. Xavier also was the firstnon-conference ranked foe to visit Tempe since No. 18 UTEP topped ASU 60-55on Dec. 18, 1983. ASU's 77-55 win over the Musketeers is the largest over aranked team in ASU history, topping ASU's only win over the nation'stop-ranked team, an 87-67 win at Oregon State on March 7, 1981. It wasASU's highest-ranked non-conference win since Nov. 23, 1994 (97-90 win overseventh-ranked Maryland in Maui) and Xavier's worst defeat since an 80-49loss to La Salle in the 1999-2000 season. ASU's 59.5 shooting percentage isthe best against Xavier since Elite Eight-bound St. Joseph's in 2003-2004shot 60 percent. St. Joseph's went undefeated in the regular season.ASU LARGEST MARGINS OVER A RANKED TEAM(22)--ASU 77, #17 Xavier 55 (Dec. 15, 2007)(20)--#5 ASU 87, @#1 Oregon State 67 (March 7, 1981)(19)--ASU 89, #5 San Francisco 70 (Dec. 3, 1977)(18)--ASU 71, #6 Colorado 53 (Dec. 21, 1962)(17)--ASU 79, #13 Michigan 62 (Nov. 22, 1994)(17)--ASU 95, #3 USC 78 (Dec. 1, 1971)
HAPPY HOLIDAYS: ASU was one of four teams who had more wins prior toChristmas than it did all of 2006-2007. The list included ASU (9-2 after8-22 last year), Iona (5-7 after 2-28), Northern Colorado (5-6 after 4-24)and UNC-Wilmington (8-4 after 7-22).
OLDER NOTES: ASU set a school record by making 73.3 percent of itsthree-pointers (11-of-15) against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 29. It alsoshot 72.1 percent from the field for the game (31-of-43), second-best inschool history...James Harden, Ty Abbott and Jamelle McMillan startedagainst Illinois on Nov. 19, the first time in school history that threefreshmen started the opener...after averaging 58.5 points per game lastyear, ASU scored 54 in the first half against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 28.The 54 first-half points (most since 58-30 lead against USC on Feb. 13,2003) was more than it scored in 10 games last year...ASU outrebounded CalPoly by 29 on Nov. 26 (52-23), its best rebounding margin since a 49-19output vs. American-Puerto Rico on Nov. 26, 1997...ASU also held Cal Poly to14-of-55 (.255) from the floor, its best defensive effort since Dec. 2,2000, when it held eventual NCAA Tournament bound BYU to 15-of-59 (.254),then held Delaware State to .208 shooting (11-of-53).
ACADEMICALLY SPEAKING: The men's basketball team had another strong outingin the classroom this fall, as it posted a 2.91 grade point average and itscumulative GPA for the roster is now 2.95. In addition, two more former SunDevils finished their degrees, as Bruno Claudino (2005-2007/B.I.S) and ShawnRedhage (1999-2003/B.S. in Construction) both finished their degrees inDecember of 2007. Since 2004, 13 Sun Devil men's basketball players havegraduated.
HISTORY NOTE: When ASU beat Cal 99-90 in double overtime on Jan.17, JamesHarden (27), Jeff Pendergraph (26) and Ty Abbott (25) each scored 25 points,the first time three Sun Devils each scored 25 points since a 115-92 win inTempe over Portland State on Jan. 4, 1977.
MANY WINS, MANY PLACES: When it comes time to play away from Tempe, HerbSendek has a good map. In his career, Coach Sendek now has won 277 games in23 states, plus two wins in Puerto Rico and one in Washington D.C. NorthCarolina (153), Ohio (51) and Arizona (21) lead the way as he has been headcoach in each state, and he also has posted wins in Florida, (seven),Michigan (six), South Carolina and Virginia (five each), Georgia and Indiana(four each), Massachusetts (three), California (three), Hawaii, Texas andMaryland (two each). One-win states are Alabama, Utah, New York, New Jersey,Tennessee, Nevada, Kentucky, Illinois and Washington.
NEVER AN EASY OPENER: ASU has opened the Pac-10 with a team that eventuallywould make the NCAA Tournament the past five seasons and in seven of thepast eight years, and it opened with Oregon this year, who was 29-8 lastyear and won the Pac-10 Tournament. ASU's win over Oregon was just itsfourth in a Pac-10 opener in the past 20 seasons.ASU PAC-10 OPENERS (PAST NINE SEASONS)Date Score Site NotesJan. 3, 2008 ASU 62, Oregon 54 Tempe, Ariz. UO was 29-8 in 2007-08Dec. 28, 2006 Stanford 71, ASU 60 Tempe, Ariz. Stanford goes 18-12(NCAA)Dec. 29, 2005 #7 UW 91, ASU 67 Seattle, Wash. UW ends 13-5 inPac-10 playJan. 2, 2005 #14 Arizona 97, ASU 79 Tucson, Ariz. Arizona winsPac-10 at 14-4Jan. 3, 2004 #4 Arizona 93, ASU 74 Tempe, Ariz. Arizona goes 20-10Jan. 2, 2003 ASU 67, OSU 47 Corvallis, Ore. ASU goes 20-12 (NCAA)Dec. 20, 2001 Oregon 103, ASU 90 Eugene, Ore. UO wins Pac-10 (26-9)Jan. 4, 2001 #2 Stanford 94, ASU 77 Tempe, Ariz. Stanford winsPac-10 (31-3)Jan. 6, 2000 #1 Stanford 86, ASU 67 Palo Alto, Calif. Stanford winsPac-10 (27-4)
FRESH(MEN) STARTS: ASU freshmen made 69 starts in 2006-2007 -- ChristianPolk (26), Jerren Shipp (22) and Derek Glasser (21). The 69 starts was themost in the Pac-10, ahead of Washington (68) and USC (65). Stanford (49),Cal (48), Arizona and Oregon State (43 ), Oregon (33), Washington State (4)and UCLA (1) complete the league's 423 freshmen starts.
NICE CARRY OVER: ASU won two of its final five last year, beating #22 USC68-58 on Feb. 18 and then winning 42-41 at Cal March 3 in the regular seasonfinale, matching the best defensive performance in ASU's 522-game Pac-10history (ASU beat UW 53-41 on Jan. 31, 1991) and the best in a Pac-10 roadgame. ASU improved throughout last year as in the second half of the Pac-10season, its scoring margin was less than a three-pointer (-2.5 per game).
WHEN YOU PUT IT THIS WAY, IT REALLY IS IMPRESSIVE: Herb Sendek took NC Stateto the five straight NCAA Tournaments (2002-2006) prior to ASU. To compareit to the Pac-10, only three schools can match that in the 29 seasons sinceASU and Arizona joined the league in 1978-79. Arizona (currently 23), UCLA(14 straight from 1989-2002) and Stanford (11 straight from 1995-2005) havehad NCAA Tournaments streaks of more than five, but none of the other sevenPac-10 schools have gone to the NCAAs more than three straight times sincethe league expanded to 10 teams. In fact, Cal (2001-2003), Oregon State(1980-82 and 1988-90) and Washington (1984-86 and 2004-06) are the onlyschools to have made three straight in that time frame.
McDONALD ALL-AMERICANS: ASU has two McDonald's All-Americans this year withfreshmen James Harden (2007) and sophomore Eric Boateng (2005). Other Pac-10teams with McDonald's All-Americans in 2006-2007 include Arizona (JerrydBayless in 2007, Chase Budinger in 2006 and Jawann McClellan in 2004),Stanford (Brook and Robin Lopez in 2006), UCLA (Kevin Love from 2007 andJames Keefe in 2006), Washington (Jon Brockman in 2005), Oregon (MalikHairston in 2004) and USC (O.J. Mayo from 2007).
HAS ASU HAD MANY McDONALD'S ALL-AMERICANS PRIOR TO THIS YEAR?: Herb Sendek'sfirst recruit at ASU was Duke transfer Eric Boateng, a 6-10 2005 McDonald'sAll-American who attended high school in Delaware. He became just the fourthMickey D AA to appear on an ASU roster, joining Jamal Faulkner (1989), ChrisSandle (1984) and Byron Scott (1979). James Harden is the fifth, but thefirst to sign out of high school since Sandle in 1984 (Jamal Faulkner wentone year of prep school prior to ASU).
D IS GOOD: ASU was third in Pac-10 games in scoring defense at 61.7 ppg.,and the other teams in the top seven were NCAA Tournament squads, as ASUranked fourth in FG percentage defense (.437) in league games, despiteblocking just 23 shots in 18 games (ninth in loop). ASU gave up just 61.8points per game overall (fourth-best mark in ASU history), the lowest since1949-50 (59.8).
DEFENSE: ASU was tied for 29th in the nation allowing 61.8 points per gamelast year. Twenty of the best 30 teams had 20-win seasons and 15 of themmade the NCAA Tournament. ASU allowed fewer points per game than suchnotables as Final Four member Ohio State (62.0), Duke (62.0), nationalchampion Florida (62.6), Pitt (62.8), Memphis (63.1) and Louisville (63.1).
INTRIGUING SECOND HALF: In the final nine regular season games last year(second half of Pac-10) ASU was outscored by just 22 points and its sevenlosses were by one, three, four (twice), five, six and ten points. It allstarted vs. Washington on Feb. 1, when ASU fell behind 44-21 at the half butthen outscored the Huskies 40-22 in the second half and held UW to just5-of-21 (.238) from the floor...in those nine games, ASU outscored itsopponents 281-227 (31.2 to 25.7) in the second half and held them to70-of-203 (.344) from the field and 18-of-76 (.236) from the three-pointstripe...held Cal on March 3 to just 5-of-18 (.278) shooting and 16 pointsin the second half...outscored USC 47-32 in the second half on Feb. 18...ASUoutscored eventual Pac-10 Tournament champion and Elite Eight participantOregon 30-22 in the second half and just 6-of-21 (.286) shooting...ASUoutscored WSU 23-12 on Feb. 3 and held it to 4-of-20 (.200) from thefloor...14 of ASU's final 15 games were decided by 10 points or less,including its final 10.
EXAMPLES OF THE D LAST YEAR: ASU held Oregon, who averaged 75.9 ppg., to aseason-low 55 points on Feb. 8 in Eugene and held Washington State, whoaveraging 66.9 points, to its second-lowest point total on the season in a48-47 loss on Feb. 3. ASU held Cal (69.5 ppg.) to 41 points on Mar. 3, thefewest by the Golden Bears since a 59-37 loss to Washington State on Jan.14, 1988.
NO SOPHOMORE JINX: Jeff Pendergraph, a 2006 Pac-10 All-Freshmen selectionand 2007 Pac-10 Honorable Mention pick, averaged 12.3 ppg. and 9.3 rpg. infinal 24 games last year and posted eight double-doubles (16 in career). Hefinished second in the Pac-10 in FG percentage (.553), rebounding (8.9),offensive rebounding (3.33) and fourth in minutes (35.50) in league games.He ranked second overall in rebounding (9.1) and second in FG percentage(.551) and led league in offensive boards (3.93). He was perfect in eightfield goals at Wazzu (Jan. 4) and grabbed 19 boards at Oregon (Feb. 8) andvs. Colgate (Dec. 19), most by a Sun Devil since Mike Batiste had 20 vs.Wagner (Nov. 19, 1997). He could lead ASU in rebounding for the thirdstraight season (only Ike Diogu (2002-05) and Al Nealey (1957-60) haveaccomplished).
SO WITH THOSE GUYS LEAVING: Three true freshmen combined to average 87.3minutes last year, all above the 27-minute mark, and made 69 starts...DerekGlasser averaged 32.2 minutes in conference play, the third-most by a SunDevil freshman in ASU's 29-year Pac-10 history...Christian Polk, with 64three-pointers, fell two three balls short of the ASU freshmen record.Polk's 12.0 points per game mark is seventh on the ASU freshmenlist...Glasser finished 16-of-32 (.500) from the three-point stripe in thefinal nine games after starting year 18-of-69 (.261).ASU PAC-10 FRESHMEN MINUTES PER GAME (1978-79 to 2006-07)RK. Player, Season MPG Note1. Byron Scott, 1979-80 34.2 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year2. Ike Diogu, 2002-03 33.3 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year3. Derek Glasser, 2006-07 32.2 28-36 (.778) FTs in Pac-10 play4. 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 30.2 19-22 (.864) FTs in Pac-10 play7. 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. Jerren Shipp, 2006-07 28.9 6.8 points per game in Pac-1011. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06 28.6 Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team12. Mario Bennett, 1991-92 28.0 Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team
DEJA VU: As Coach Sendek and his staff went through Pac-10 play last yearwith seven teams ranked in the AP poll during the season for the first time,every team posting a winning non-conference mark for just the second time(only time since 1988-89) and six teams making the NCAA Tournament for thesecond time, it was nothing new. In his first year at NC State (1996-1997),the ACC had six of its nine teams ranked and four teams reach the top 10.The highlight of that season for Sendek is when his team beat #7 Clemson onFeb. 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.
ETC: Herb Sendek is now 46-10 (.821) in November in his 14-year career andis 13-1 in season openers...Herb Sendek coached in his 14th conferencetournament this March, as he is 17-14 (.548). He went 13-10 (.565) in histen years at NC State and 4-3 (.571) in his three years at Miami (Ohio)...infirst-round action, he is 11-3 (.786)...8-2 at NCSU and was 3-0 atMiami...Coach Sendek made history when Wolfpack became the first team toknock off the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament in consecutive years when itbeat second-ranked Maryland (2002) and ninth-ranked Wake Forest (2003).
MORE FRESHMEN NUMBERS: ASU's four true freshmen averaged 92.1 minutes (23.0per player), second-most among a class in ASU history. In 1999-2000, ASU hadsix freshmen average 96.8 minutes per game (16.1 minutes per freshmen). In1983-84, 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 perplayer)...when Jerren Shipp (23) and Christian Polk (22) each scored 20points against NAU on Nov. 13, it marked only the second time in ASU historytwo freshmen scored 20 points. The other time was last season when JeffPendergraph and Sylvester Seay each scored 21 points vs. Oregon on Feb. 11,2006...against Iowa on Nov. 25, ASU started three freshmen (Shipp, Polk andDerek Glasser) for the first time since Feb. 12, 2000. It was just thesecond time in 15 seasons three freshmen started for ASU.
BEATING THE BEST: From December of 2001 to March of 2005, Herb Sendekdefeated seven of the past eight NCAA champions. The only NCAA champion hisstaff has not defeated in the 1999-2007 period is Florida (2006-2007). Itknocked defending NCAA champion UCONN (1999 and 2004 champion) out of the2005 NCAA Tournament and has beaten past champions Michigan State (2000),Duke (2001), Maryland (2002), Syracuse (2003) and North Carolina (2005).Date Score Opponent NCAA Title SeasonDec. 8, 2001 82-68 @#9 Syracuse 2003 NCAA ChampionMarch 9, 2002 86-82 vs. #2 Maryland (Charlotte) 2002 NCAA ChampionMarch 15, 2002 69-58 vs. Michigan State (Wash. D.C.) 2000 NCAAChampionJan. 22, 2003 80-71 #3 Duke 2001 NCAA ChampionJan. 26, 2003 86-77 North Carolina 2005 NCAA ChampionFeb. 25, 2003 75-67 @North Carolina (OT) 2005 NCAA ChampionFeb. 15, 2004 78-74 #1 Duke 2001 NCAA ChampionMarch 20, 2005 65-62 vs. #13 UCONN (Worcester) 2004, 1999 NCAAChampion
BIG WINS: Herb Sendek¹s teams have won eight games (two in NCAA Tournament)against teams coached by six of the 15-member 740-win club. On March 20,2005, NC State topped defending champion UCONN and Jim Calhoun 65-62 for thelatest 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 (OH) 71, #15 UA 62 Dayton, OhioMike Krzyzewski, Duke March 7, 1997 NCSU 66, #7 Duke 60 Greensboro,N.C.Jim Boeheim, Syracuse Dec. 8, 2001 NCSU 82, #9 Syracuse 68Syracuse, N.Y.John Chaney, Temple Jan. 26, 2002 NCSU 80, Temple 61 Raleigh, N.C.Jim Phelan, Mt. St. Mary¹s Nov. 22, 2002 NCSU 84, Mt. St. Mary¹s 60Raleigh, N.C.Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Jan. 22, 2003 NCSU 80, #3 Duke 71 Raleigh,N.C.Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Feb. 15, 2004 NCSU 78, #1 Duke 74 Raleigh,N.C.Jim Calhoun, UCONN March 20, 2005 NCSU 65, #13 UCONN Worcester,Mass.
BEATING NO. 1: Twice Herb Sendek¹s staff have topped the nation¹s top-rankedteam in the Associated Press poll. On Feb. 21, 1998, NC State topped NorthCarolina in Chapel Hill 86-72. On Feb. 15, 2004, NC State topped Duke 78-74in Raleigh. Beating the No. 1 team within six seasons is not something thathappens all the time. ASU has beaten the top-ranked team once in its history(1981), while Pac-10 schools USC, Washington, Oregon State and Californiaalso have topped the number one team twice -- in each school¹s history.Sendek has beaten the top team in the nation more recently than eight of thePac-10 schools with his February of 2004 victory over Duke in Raleigh.PAC-10 VICTORIES OVER AP NO. 1Team No. (Years) Most RecentUCLA 10 (1965-2003) March 13, 2003 (UCLA 96, Arizona 89/Pac-10Tournament)Arizona 4 (1987-2001) March 8, 2001 (Arizona 76, @Stanford 75)Stanford 4 (1988-2003) Jan. 30, 2003 (Stanford 82, Arizona 77)Oregon 3 (1970-2007) Jan. 6, 2007 (Oregon 68, UCLA 66)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 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)