Men's Hoops Plays At California Sunday At 5 p.m. PT/6 p.m. MT
Jan. 3, 2009
SUN DEVILS 12-1 FOR FIRST TIME IN 34 SEASONS: The No. 17/14 (AP/ESPN Coaches' Poll) Arizona State's men's hoops team, 21-13/9-9 last year and 12-1/1-0 this season under third-year head coach Herb Sendek, plays at California (12-2/10-0 at home) on Sunday, Jan. 4 at 5 p.m. PT/6 p.m. MT. ASU topped Stanford 90-60 Friday, the Cardinal's largest defeat in Maples Pavilion since a 93-62 defeat to UCLA on Feb. 5, 1987, its biggest Pac-10 loss since a 32-point defeat (90-58) at Arizona on Feb. 28, 1998, and ASU's biggest margin of victory over Stanford in the 65-game series.
QUICKLY ON THE RECORD: ASU is 12-1 for the first time since the 1974-75 squad started 15-1. ASU will try and win its fifth straight in Berkeley, as after losing its first eight Pac-10 road games under Herb Sendek, ASU is 6-5 since and is 4-1 in California this year with wins at Stanford and at San Diego State (59-52 on Nov. 18) and over UTEP and Charlotte in the Anaheim Classic, along with a 87-78 loss to Baylor in Anaheim. After going 8-22 (.267) in Coach Sendek's first year, the Sun Devils are 33-14 (.702) since.
RECENTLY: ASU is on an eight-game winning streak (third-best streak in past 28 seasons)...it had five players in double digits in the two games prior to Stanford (something that had not happened since 2000-20001)...ASU shot 65.3 percent from the field in its Dec. 29 win over Central Connecticut State...the Sun Devils hit a school-record 17 three-pointers in the 90-55 Dec. 23 win over Idaho State...four Sun Devils are in double digits: James Harden (23.2, which leads the Pac-10), Jeff Pendergraph (14.2), Ty Abbott (10.7) and Rihards Kuksiks (10.2)...Stanford was the second 10-0 team ASU has defeated this year, as it also topped 10-0 BYU on Dec. 20.
ABOUT THE STANFORD GAME: ASU had some serious mojo going in Friday's game at Stanford as it had 54 points in the paint led by Jeff Pendergraph's career-high 31 points on 14-of-19 shooting. He also added 11 boards...ASU shot 59 percent from the field (36-of-61) and raced to a 43-30 halftime lead...ASU matched its season high with 90 points (also on Dec. 23 vs. Idaho State), made a season-high 36 field goals and matched season highs in blocks (five) and bench points (21)...ASU took just 13 three-pointers, a season-low...James Harden matched a career-high with 10 assists...ASU is just 9-22 in Pac-10 openers but has won its past two under Herb Sendek.
ASU'S BIGGEST ROAD WINS IN PAC-10 HISTORY (31 SEASONS)
1. 36--ASU 91, Cal 55 (Feb. 3, 1979)
2. 33--ASU 87, Washington State 54 (Feb. 6, 2003)
3. 30--ASU 90, Stanford 60 (Jan. 2, 2009)
4. 28--ASU 90, Washington 62 (Jan. 10, 1981)
5. 27-ASU 99, Oregon 72 (Feb. 4, 2001)
SHOOTING IT: ASU is averaging 10.1 three-pointers made in the past eight games (81-of-187/.433). It leads the Pac-10 in three-pointer made per game at 8.9...ASU shot .739 from the free throw line last year, the fifth-best mark in ASU history and second-best in past 21 seasons, and is at 75.8 percent this season (200-264), currently the best mark in school history, best in the Pac-10...ASU's starting five is shooting 78.1 percent from the free throw line (175-of-224).
SUN DEVIL DATA: James Harden has four 30-point games on the year, the most by a Sun Devil since Ike Diogu had six in 2004-2005. ASU is now 20-4 when Harden scores at least 20. After starting the season 2-of-14 (.143) from the three-point stripe in the first four games, he is 24-of-43 (.558) in the past nine games...ASU is 10-5 in the past two seasons in 10 points or less games after going 4-17 in Herb Sendek's first year...after going 10-29 in Herb Sendek's first two seasons when trailing at the half, ASU is 3-0 this year as it trailed at San Diego State and vs. IUPUI and BYU...ASU has now won five straight overtime games under Herb Sendek after its 59-58 overtime win over IUPUI on Dec. 14. Last year ASU was 4-0 in overtime, beating LSU in Maui 87-84 (Nov. 21), topping Arizona at home 64-59 (Jan. 9), winning at Cal in double overtime 99-90 (Jan. 17) and beating seventh-ranked Stanford 72-68 in Tempe (Feb. 14)...after losing its first 10 away from home (neutral or road games) in the Herb Sendek era, ASU is 13-10 since...in the Dec. 8 64-44 victory over previously undefeated Nebraska, ASU held the Huskers to 18 first-half points, ASU's second-best first-half defensive effort in the past six years (191 games)...the Sun Devils are giving up 61.3 points per game in Coach Sendek's 77 games.
GOING BACK TO CALI: ASU will play at least nine games this year in California. It won at San Diego State on Nov. 18, went 2-1 in the 76 Classic in Anaheim Nov. 27-30, plays at UCLA, USC, Stanford and California and will play at least one tilt in the Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles.
FIVE IN DOUBLES: The Dec. 23 Idaho State and Dec. 29 Central Connecticut State games marked the first time ASU posted five players in double-digits in back-to-back games since the 2000-2001 season. ASU won at Oregon State 73-58 on Feb. 1, 2001, with Awvee Storey (17), Donnell Knight (13), Alton Mason (12), Tommy Smith (10) and Chad Prewitt (10) leading the way. On Sunday, Feb. 4 at Oregon, Storey led six players in double digits with 23 in a 99-72 win. Mason (17), Smith (15), Prewitt (15), Knight (10) and Redhage (10).
SHOOT IT KUKSIKS: In ASU's past seven games, sophomore Rihards Kuksiks is averaging 12.4 points and 5.1 boards, including 23-of-40 (.575) from the three-point stripe. He has 237 points and 14 double-figure scoring games in his past 25 contests (9.5 ppg.) dating to last year after scoring 42 points in the first 22 games last season. The sophomore had the best game of his career on Dec. 14 in ASU's one-point overtime win over IUPUI. He matched his career high with 18 points (set previous game on Dec. 8 against Nebraska after setting then-career high with 16 vs. Jackson State on Dec. 4, so yes, that was three straight career-highs), made a career-high six three pointers, grabbed a career-best nine boards (after a then career-high six boards against Nebraska), matched a career-high with four assists and had a career-high three steals.
STEADY JEFF: Jeff Pendergraph, who earned his B.S. in Economics in December in just three and a half years, is shooting .765 from the free throw line in his career (293-of-383). He has 1,263 points in 104 career games (12.1 points per game) and 751 career rebounds (7.2 per game). He is averaging 8.3 boards in the past 10 games and has 22 career double-doubles (four this year).
ASU CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLES
1. Joe Caldwell, 1962-64, 38
2. Art Becker, 1962-64, 31
3. Ike Diogu, 2002-05, 30
4. Alton Lister, 1978-81, 27
5. Tony Zeno, 1975-79, 27
6. Mario Bennett, 1991-95, 25
7. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-present, 22
8. Kurt Nimphius, 1976-80, 21
8. Scott Lloyd, 1972-76, 21
10. Bobby Lazor, 1997-99, 20
10. Mark Landsberger, 1976-77, 20
NOT TAKING IT FOR FOR GRANTED: ASU is currently on a eight-game win-streak, its third-longest in the past 28 seasons. Last year's team won 10 straight and the 2004-2005 team won nine straight.
AT THE POINT: Derek Glasser made 58-of-69 (.841) free throws last year and is 117-of-144 (.813) in his career. He matched a career-high with nine assists (one turnover) vs. Idaho State in 29 minutes. He has 64 assists and just 29 turnovers on the year (2.29-to-1 ratio). He also has 295 career assists (3.8 per game), on pace to break the ASU career record of 454 set by Bobby Thompson from 1983-87. He had a season-high 13 points in the Stanford win and has double-digits in four of the past five games. He is averaging nine points per game in that time and is 15-of-28 (.536) from the field and 8-of-14 (.571) from the three-point stripe in that time.
BIG GAME JAMES: James Harden, the most heralded Sun Devil southpaw since Phil Mickelson, through 47 career games has led ASU in scoring 35 times, rebounding 15 times and led it in assists in 19 games...has 24 career 20-point games and eight this year (ASU is 20-4)...has four 30 +point games this year (33 vs. Pepperdine, 32 vs. Baylor, 40 vs. UTEP, 30 vs. BYU)...11-of-11 from the foul line vs. Charlotte and is 86-of-110 (.782) from the free throw line on the year and 255-of-334 (.763) in his career...the 19-year old Harden (born August of 1989) was the youngest player in the Pac-10 in 2007-08 and he led the Pac-10 with 73 steals...led ASU to 5-4 Pac-10 home mark last year, in the prevous four years, ASU was 9-27 in Pac-10 home games...in ASU's nine Pac-10 wins last year he averaged 20.0 points and 5.6 boards...shot 45.2 percent from three in road games last year.
RALLY CAPS: ASU has fallen behind three times this year but rallied to win. On Dec. 20 against previously undefeated BYU in Glendale, ASU was down 66-56 at the 9:31 mark before outscoring BYU 20-9 for a 76-75 victory...against IUPUI on Dec. 14, ASU was down 18 early and 34-18 at the half but came back to win 59-58 in overtime. ASU outscored the Jaguars 15-3 in the final 8:27 to tie the game, as it matched the largest halftime deficit overcome in 15 years as ASU came back from 45-29 against New Mexico State in Tempe (NIT) on March 15, 2000...ASU also trailed at San Diego State 15-2 at the 12:46 mark but outscored the Aztecs 57-37.
THE HEAD COACH: Herb Sendek is in his 16th season as a head coach and has averaged 18.7 wins per season. He led the NC State Wolfpack to five straight NCAA appearances from 2002-06 and is now 295-194 (.603) in 16 seasons and was 191-132 (.591) at NC State. The 45-year-old (born Feb. 22, 1963) Pittsburgh, Pa., native is the third-youngest coach in the Pac-10.
HITTING FREEBIES: ASU shot .739 from the free throw line last year, the fifth-best mark in ASU history and second-best in past 21 seasons and is shooting at a school-record pace of 75.8 this year. In his 10 seasons at NC State, Coach Sendek's teams led the ACC four times in FT percentage (including three straight seasons, 2002-04). In 2004 NC State led the nation and set the ACC record by shooting .799 from the charity stripe. While at NC State, his squads shot 71.3 percent. One good note on his 2003-04 NC State team is in the past nine seasons, that squad's .799 FT percentage is tied for the best in the NCAA with St. Joseph in 2005-06. ASU has led the league twice in free throw percentage, in 1997-98 and in 1986-87, shooting 74.6 percent both years. Two Sun Devils have led the league as Alex Austin was 69-of-80 (.863) in 1988-89 and Chris Beasley was 112-of-128 (.875) in 1983-84.
ASU FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
1. 2008-09 (12-1/200-264)-75.8
2. 1977-78 (13-14/6-8 in WAC)-75.6
3. 1954-55 (10-14/8-4 in Border)-75.4
4. 1997-98 (18-14/8-10 in Pac-10)-74.6
4. 1986-87 (11-17/6-12 in Pac-10)-74.6
6. 2007-08 (21-13/9-9 in Pac-10)-73.9
VS. CAL: Although ASU was 12-24 (.333) in Pac-10 road games the past four years entering this year but is 4-0 at Cal in that time...the visiting team has won the past eight games in the series...ASU leads the series 34-31...ASU hit a then school record 16 three-pointers in a 76-73 loss to Cal in Tempe on Feb. 16, 2008...ASU made just 7-of-14 free throws, as it led 31-23 at the 3:25 mark of the first half but was outscored 17-1 in the next 7:57 covering two halves...ASU trailed 63-50 with 1:57 left but scored 23 points, including seven three-pointers, in the final 1:11...ASU was 6-of-20 (.300) from the three-point stripe in the first half...ASU trailed 38-35 at the half but had three players notch 25 points as it topped Cal 99-90 in double overtime on Jan. 17 last year to move to 4-0 in the Pac-10. James Harden had 27 points, Jeff Pendergraph 26 points, eight rebounds and four blocks and Ty Abbott added 25 points and nine boards and seven three-pointers...ASU shot 57.6 percent from the field, including 18-of-29 (.621) in the second half...ASU won 42-41 at Cal March 3, 2007, in the regular season finale and matched its best defensive effort in Pac-10 history (ASU beat UW 53-41 on Jan. 31, 1991) and the best in a Pac-10 road game as Derek Glasser hit the game-winning three-pointer with 13 seconds left...ASU topped Cal 65-64 in double-overtime on Feb. 18, 2006, in Berkeley, as Cal entered the game 16-6 and 10-3 in league play, and also won in Berkeley on Jan. 8, 2005, 79-70 to complete a Bay Area road sweep.