Men's Hoops (18-5; 7-4) Hosts Hot Bruins Thursday At 7 p.m. On ESPN
Feb. 9, 2009
COACH SENDEK LEADING SQUAD FOR 500TH TIME: The No. 18 (both AP and ESPNCoaches' Poll) Arizona State's men's hoops team, 21-13 and 9-9 in the Pac-10last year and 18-5/7-4 this season under third-year head coach and 301-gamewinner Herb Sendek, takes on three-time defending Pac-10 champion and No. 11UCLA on Thursday (Feb. 12) at 7 p.m. on ESPN with Dave Pasch and Len Elmoreon the call. Westwood One will have the national radio call, with Brad Shamand former ASU head coach Bill Frieder callilng the action. ASU's HerbSendek, the second-youngest active coach with 300 Division I wins, willenter the arena as a head coach for the 500th time while ASU will try andend one of the most impressive streaks in Pac-10 history as the Bruins havewon 32 straight front-end games of Pac-10 weekends (in other words, theThursday game in most cases), a streak dating to a Jan. 20, 2005 home lossto Stanford. James Harden enters this week 14th in the nation in scoring at21.9 points per game is one of only seven players to average 20 points andshoot 50 percent from the field, while Jeff Pendergraph leads the nation infield goal percentage at 67.6 percent, currently tied for the fifth-bestmark in Pac-10 history and is even better in Pac-10 play (69.7 percent). ASUtopped ninth-ranked UCLA 61-58 in overtime on Jan. 17, the Bruins only homeloss of the year. The Sun Devils then take on USC on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 8p.m. MT on Fox Sports Net. After going 8-22 (.267) in Coach Sendek's firstyear, the Sun Devils are 39-18 (.684) since and giving up just 61.0 pointsper game in his 87 games and are second in Pac-10 in points allowed thisyear at 58.4 per game, best by a Sun Devil team since 1948-49 (47.6) and10th in the nation.
RECENT HAPPENINGS: ASU has clinched back-to-back winning seasons for thefirst time since the 1993-94 team went 15-13 and the 1994-95 team went24-9...ASU is two wins away from clinching back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the 1979-80 team went 22-7 and the 1980-81 team went 24-4...ASU swept the Oregon road trip last weekend, its first Pac-10 raod sweep since January of 2005 and just its second Pac-10 road sweep in the past six seasons...ASU hada winning record at the halfway point of the Pac-10 season (5-4) for justthe second time in the past 14 seasons (also 5-4 in 2002-2003) and justninth time in 31 Pac-10 seasons as in the previous three years it was 5-22in the first half of Pac-10 play...ASU made 16-of-17 (.914) free throws atOregon on Feb. 5, the third-best percentage in school history with a minimumof 15 attempts...James Harden¹s 36 points at Oregon on Thursday (Feb. 5) isthe third-most in school history in a road game...ASU is shooting 78.2percent from the foul line (104-of-133) in its eight road games...ASU heldOregon State to 13 first-half points on Saturday (Feb. 7), ASU's bestfirst-half defensive effort since it led Oregon State 33-13 on Feb. 25,1995...ASU is averaging just 9.3 turnovers in its past six contests... ASUleads the Pac-10 in three-point defense, allowing just .322.
NEXT MAN UP: ASU was without a a starter in each of its two wins in Oregon.Rihards Kuksiks missed the Oregon game with a bad virus that kept him on theshelf all week, which meant ASU had to find his 10.4 points per game, his30.7 minutes per game and 46.5 three-point shooting from someone else. JamesHarden shouldered the load with the third-best road scoring out put in ASUhistory with 36 points, including five three-pointers in 40 minutes. AtOrego State on Saturday, Jamelle McMillan had to step in for Derek Glasserat the point guard spot after Glasser had his neck snapped and bell run by apick late in the Oregon game and missed the Oregon game with a neck strain.McMillan, who had started only one game all year (season opener), respondedwith career-highs in points (14), steals (five), minutes (39) andthree-pointers (four) and did it in front of his dad, current Portland TrailBlazer coach Nate McMillan as the NBA travel schedule allowed him to be inCorvallis Saturday.
PRETTY NIFTY ROAD NOTE: With its Oregon road sweep last weekend, ASU has wonfour straight Pac-10 road games for the first time since the 1980-81 teamwon five straight and is 6-2 on the road overall. The 1980-81 team had threestarters eventually become NBA first round draft picks in Alton Lister (21stoverall pick in 1981), Fat Lever (11th overall pick in 1982) and Byron Scott(fourth overall pick in 1983). ASU has top-100 RPI road wins over UCLA (26),San Diego State (47), Arizona (53) and Stanford (82). ASU also has top 100wins over #34 BYU and #87 UTEP at neutral sites and vs. #66 Nebraska inTempe. ASU has won five Pac-10 road games for just the fifth time in its31-year history. It went 8-1 in 1980-81, seven in 1979-80 and five in1994-94 and 1982-83.
SUN DEVIL DATA: ASU has two wins over 10-0 teams (vs. BYU and at Stanford),a win at then ninth-ranked UCLA on Jan. 17 (ASU trailed 54-43 with just overeight minutes to go but won 61-58 in overtime) and a win at Arizona for thesecond straight year (just the third in 23 seasons) as its road record is6-2, including a Nov. 18 win over RPI No. 47 San Diego State, its only lossat home...three Sun Devils are in double digits: James Harden (21.9, whichleads the Pac-10), Jeff Pendergraph (13.7 and shooting 67.6 percent, tops inthe nation) and Rihards Kuksiks (10.4, sixth in the nation at 46.5three-point percentage per official NCAA standards...Pendergraph is shooting69-of-99 (.697) from the field in Pac-10 games and is averaging 10.6rebounds in his past five games including a 21-point, 15-rebound performanceagainst Washington's huge front line on Jan. 31..ASU is third in the Pac-10and 21st in the nation in field goal percentage (.480), and is second in theleague and 26th nationally in free throw percentage (.741).STEADY JEFF: Jeff Pendergraph, who earned his B.S. in Economics in Decemberin just three and a half years and has 108 career starts (third best in ASUhistory), is shooting .758 from the free throw line in his career(315-of-414) and is 62-of-80 (.775) on the year. He has 1,395 points in 114career games (12.2 points per game) and 836 career rebounds (7.3 per game).He has 24 career double-doubles (six this year). Pendergraph leads thenation shooting 67.6 percent and is averaging 10.6 boards in his past fivecontests.
BIG WIN: ASU's win at ninth-ranked UCLA on Jan. 17 was its first top-10 roadwin since it beat fourth-ranked Stanford on Jan. 31, 1998, and just thesecond in the past 24 seasons. ASU won at Pauley Pavilion for just the sixthtime in 32 times, and just the third time in the past 22 seasons. HerbSendek now has 33 wins against ranked teams in his career and four atArizona State. In his past five years he has 15 wins against ranked teamsand a dozen top-10 wins in his past nine seasons.
UCLA SERIES NOTES: ASU was down 54-43 with just over eight minutes to go butdid not allow a UCLA field goal in regulation the rest of the way and toppedthe Bruins 61-58 in overtime at Pauley on Jan. 17. ASU had several playersstep up big, including Jeff Pendergraph (9-of-10 shooting for 18 points in42 minutes), James Harden (24 points including two free throws to tie thegame near the end of regulation) and point guard Derek Glasser (not a singleturnover in 42 minutes against the team that leads the Pac-10 in turnoversforced currently at 16.4 per game). ASU shot 52.4 percent in the first half(11-of-21) and led 27-25 at the break. ASU held the Bruins to just 7-of-25(.280) from the three-point stripe and had just eight turnovers, fewest onthe road since Feb. 12, 2005, when it also had eight at USC in an 82-71loss, a span of the past 37 roadies.
FIRST TIME IN 28 SEASONS: Arizona State did something in 19 days that noPac-10 team had done in in the previous 27 seasons. ASU won at Stanford(Jan. 2), at UCLA (Jan. 17) and at Arizona (Jan. 21) as the last time aPac-10 team won at those three NCAA Tournament regulars in the same seasonwas in 1980-81 (Oregon State and USC). The only time ASU won at all threewas in 1979-80. ASU was a combined 22-69 (.242) in games at Maples, Pauleyand McKale entering play this year, but won all three games in a span of 19days with a 90-60 win at Stanford, a 61-58 overtime win at #9 UCLA and a53-47 grinder at Arizona.
ABOUT LAST WEEKEND: ASU¹s road sweep in Oregon (Feb. 5-7) was its firstPac-10 road sweep since it swept the Bay Area in 2004-2005 and just itssecond in the past six seasons. It held Oregon State to 38 points in bothmeetings this year, the fewest points by an ASU Pac-10 opponent in its 31years in the league. ASU played the Thursday game at Oregon without RihardsKuksiks (illness) and without starting point guard Derek Glasser (neckstrain) at Oregon State Saturday. ASU swept Oregon for the first time since2004-2005 and for the 10th time in its 31-year Pac-10 history with the winThursday. ASU swept Oregon State for the second straight year and for theninth time overall with its win Saturday.
APPROACHING 300: Even with a resume that includes coaching in 499 games atthree schools, six NCAA tournaments, 12 NCAA Tournament games and havingeight former assistants currently serving as head coaches at the Division-Ilevel, ASU head coach Herb Sendek is still the third-youngest coach in thePac-10 even with two new hires this year. Oregon State's Craig Robinson is alittle older than Coach Sendek (about 10 months) while Stanford's JohnnyDawkins is about seven months younger. With one more win Coach Sendek alsowill become the second-youngest active coach with 300 Division I wins, onlyFlorida's Billy Donovan is younger, as he is 43 years old (born May 30,1965).
HOW IS HE SIXTH IN NATION BUT FOURTH IN PAC-10?: According to the officialNCAA statistics, Rihards Kuksiks is the sixth-best three-point shooter inthe nation at 46.5 percent, as there is a minimum of 2.5 made per game toqualify. According to Pac-10 statistics, a player only needs to make one pergame and appear in 75 percent of the team's games, so Theo Robertson of Cal(.550), Michael Roll (.529) and Rickey Claitt (.480) all appear in thePac-10 rankings but don't have enough makes to qualify nationally.
ODDS AND ENDS: ASU is second in the Pac-10 in assists (15.7 per game/39th innation), leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.33/13th in nation)and is second in Pac-10 and 26th in the nation in free throw shooting (.741)as its starting five is shooting 77.3 percent from the foul line(297-of-384)...ASU shot 16-of-18 (.889) from the field in the second halfagainst Oregon State on Jan. 8...ASU shot 65.3 percent in its Dec. 29 winover Central Connecticut State, including 14-of-14 from inside thethree-point arc in the first half...ASU hit a school-record 17three-pointers in its 90-55 Dec. 23 win over Idaho State...ASU is 24-1 whenit shoots 50 percent under Herb Sendek and has won 22 straight. Its onlyloss was on Jan. 4, 2007, when it fell at Washington State 75-55 despiteshooting 54.8 percent (23-of-42). ASU had 16 turnovers and forced just six.It was 12-0 last year and is 10-0 this year when it shoots 50 percent. ASUhas not shot 50 percent against UCLA in the past 12 games. Last time was onJan. 16, 2003, when ASU was 28-of-47 (.596) from the field in a 75-64 SunDevil win at Pauley Pavilion.
AUTOMATIC: Sophomore Rihards Kuksiks is averaging 11.4 points, including47-of-100 (.470) from the three-point stripe, in his past 16 games. He has333 points and 19 double-figure scoring games in his past 34 contests (9.8ppg.) dating to last year after scoring 42 points in his first 22 games. Hehas posted double digits in 10 of his past 15 games.
VS. RANKED TEAMS: Coach Sendek has 33 career wins against ranked foes,including 12 top-10 wins in his past nine seasons. He notched his first atASU on Feb. 18, 2007, as ASU topped No. 22 USC 68-58 and won his firstattempt in the 2007-08 season with a 77-55 over No. 17 Xavier on Dec. 15(largest win over a ranked team in ASU history)...the Jan. 17, 2009, win atninth-ranked UCLA was ASU's first top-10 road win since its 90-87 overtimewin at No. 4 Stanford on Jan. 31, 1998...against seventh-ranked Stanford onFeb. 14 in Tempe last year, ASU earned its first win over a top-10 teamsince Jan. 23, 2002 (88-72 win over No. 10 Arizona)...Herb Sendek is 2-1against top 10 teams in his past three games...in the nine years prior toHarden¹s arrival (1998-99 to 2006-07), ASU went 1-24 against top-10 teams.In its past three games against top-10 teams, ASU is 2-1 (seventh-rankedStanford last year and at ninth-ranked UCLA this year)...from 1995-1996until 2005-2006 (11 seasons after Sweet Sixteen), ASU went 5-66 againstranked foes (2-28 at home). Under Herb Sendek in the past three years ASUhas four wins, three of them at home.
Herb Sendek WINS VS. RANKED TEAMS AT ASU
#16 ASU 61, @#9 UCLA 58 (OT), Jan. 17, 2009
ASU 72, #7 Stanford 68 (OT), Feb. 14, 2008
ASU 77, #17 Xavier 55, Dec. 15, 2007 (largest win over ranked team in ASU history)
ASU 68, #22 USC 58, Feb. 18, 2007
NO TO's: ASU had just eight turnovers in the overtime win at UCLA on Jan.17, the fewest turnovers on the road since Feb. 12, 2005, when it also hadeight at USC in an 82-71 loss, a span of the past 37 road games. DerekGlasser had zero turnovers in 42 minutes. ASU followed that up with nineturnovers at Arizona on Jan. 21, and then had just six turnovers vs.Washington State on Jan. 29, its fewest turnovers since it also had six vs.Oregon on Feb. 19, 2005. ASU is averaging just 9.3 turnovers per game in itspast six contests and is 17th in the nation and second in the Pac-10 at just11.8 turnovers per game.
SOLID: Derek Glasser, who took a shot to the back on a pick and suffered aneck strain against Oregon and then sat the Oregon State road win on Feb. 7,played 42 minutes without a turnover in the Jan. 17 overtime win atninth-ranked UCLA and followed that up with clutch shots at Arizona on Jan.21. He is 145-of-174 (.833) from the free throw line and has played 17turnover free games in his 86-game career. In Pac-10 games he is 14-of-32(.438) from the three-point stripe (ninth in the league) and 31-of-33 (.939)at the free throw line (best in the league). In his first six games he was2-of-13 (.154) from three-point stripe but is 22-of-46 (.478) in his past 16games. He had a career-high 11 assists (most by a Sun Devil since JasonBraxton had 12 at USC on Jan. 17, 2004, a span of the past 159 games) vs.Oregon on Jan. 10 and has 107 assists and just 51 turnovers on the year(2.09-to-1 ratio). He has 338 career assists (3.93 per game), on pace tobreak the ASU record of 454 set by Bobby Thompson from 1983-87.
HITTING FREEBIES: ASU shot .739 from the free throw line last year, thefifth-best mark in ASU history and second-best in past 21 seasons, and isshooting just above that pace this year (.741). In his 10 seasons at NCState, Coach Sendek's teams led the ACC four times in FT percentage(including three straight seasons, 2002-04). In 2004 NC State led the nationand set the ACC record by shooting .799 from the charity stripe. While at NCState, his squads shot 71.3 percent. One good note on his 2003-04 NC Stateteam is in the past nine seasons, that squad's .799 FT percentage is tiedfor the best in the NCAA with St. Joseph in 2005-06. ASU has led the leaguetwice in free throw percentage, in 1997-98 and in 1986-87, shooting 74.6percent both years. Two Sun Devils have led the league as Alex Austin was69-of-80 (.863) in 1988-89 and Chris Beasley was 112-of-128 (.875) in1983-84.
ASU FREE THROW PERCENTAGE>/b>
1. 1977-78 (13-14/6-8 in WAC)--75.6
2. 1954-55 (10-14/8-4 in Border)--75.4
3. 1997-98 (18-14/8-10 in Pac-10)--74.6
3. 1986-87 (11-17/6-12 in Pac-10)--74.6
5. 2008-09 (18-5/7-4 in Pac-10)--(332-448)--74.1
6. 2007-08 (21-13/9-9 in Pac-10)--73.9
WINNING TOUGH ONES: ASU is 13-7 in the past two seasons in 10 points or lessgames after going 4-17 in Herb Sendek's first year...after going 10-29 inHerb Sendek's first two seasons when trailing at the half, ASU is 4-1 thisyear with victories at San Diego State, vs. IUPUI, vs. BYU and atArizona...ASU has now won six straight overtime games after its 61-58 win atninth-ranked UCLA on Jan. 17, with four of them away from its home arena. Italso beat IUPUI in Phoenix 59-58 on Dec. 14. Last year ASU was 4-0 inovertime, 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 beatingseventh-ranked Stanford 72-68 in Tempe (Feb. 14)...in ASU's first seasonunder Herb Sendek, it was 3-12 in two-possession games (six points or less),in the past two seasons it is 10-4 including 4-0 this year...after losingits first 10 away from home (neutral or road games) in the Herb Sendek era,ASU is 17-12 since, and is 10-7 in Pac-10 road games after losing its firsteight.
DON'T TAKE IT FOR GRANTED: ASU had an eight-game win-streak from Nov.30-Jan. 2, its third-longest in the past 28 seasons. Last year ASU won 10straight, while the 2004-05 team won nine straight.
ONE-POINT GAMES: The Dec. 20 BYU and Dec. 14 IUPUI contests marked for thefirst back-to-back one-pointers for ASU since 2005-06, as ASU lost to #7UCLA 61-60 on Jan. 7 just two days after losing 66-65 to USC. Prior to that,the last back-to-back one-point games were an 87-86 loss at #6 UCLA on Jan.10, 1983, which was followed by a 75-74 loss at Washington State on Jan. 13,1983. The BYU and IUPUI tilts marked the first-time in ASU history the SunDevils posted back-to-back one-point wins. ASU is now 3-2 under Herb Sendekin one-point games..
STEPPING UP WHEN NEEDED: In the four games ASU has won when it trailed atthe half (at SDSU, vs. IUPUI at Phoenix, vs. BYU at Glendale and atArizona), James Harden is 13-18 (.722) from the floor, 4-5 (.800) from threeand 24-31 (.774) from the foul line and is averaging 13.5 points in thesecond half. ASU is 4-1 when it trails at the half.
BIG GAME JAMES: James Harden, the most heralded Sun Devil southpaw sincePhil Mickelson, became the first player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Weekin back-to-back weeks (Nov. 24 and Dec. 1) since Washington's Brandon Roynotched the feat in February of 2006 in three straight weeks...first SunDevil to score 40 points (against UTEP on Nov. 30) since Eddie House had 40vs. UCLA on Feb. 17, 2000, and just the third Sun Devil to notch 40 points(six occasions). Through 57 career games, Harden has led ASU in scoring 42times, rebounding 18 times and led it in assists in 23 gamesï¿½has 30 career20-point games and 14 this year (ASU is 24-6/11-3)...has five 30 +pointgames this year (33 vs. Pepperdine, 32 vs. Baylor, 40 vs. UTEP, 30 vs. BYUand 36 at Oregon)ï¿½36 points at Oregon on Feb. 5 is the third-most by a SunDevil in a road game...11-of-11 from the foul line vs. Charlotte on Nov.27...the 19-year old Harden (born August of 1989) was the youngest player inthe Pac-10 in 2007-08 and he led the Pac-10 with 73 steals...ASU is 7-6 inPac-10 home games with Harden, in the previous four years, it was9-27...after starting the season 2-of-14 (.143) from the three-point stripein the first four games, he is 38-of-94 (.404) in the past 19 games.
AGAINST OREGON: ASU has now held the Ducks to 37-of-115 (.321) from thethree-point stripe and to 58.5 points per game in the past six outings afterits 66-57 win at Oregon on Jan. 5...James Harden led the way with 36 pointsas the Sun Devils played without Rihards Kuksiks (illness). Jeff Pendergraphadded 13 points and eight rebounds as ASU held Oregon to seven field goalsin the second half (7-of-21/.333)...ASU topped the Ducks 76-58 back on Jan.10 in Tempe as it shot 14-of-23 (.609) from the field in the first half inracing to a 41-25 lead...ASU led by as many as 26 in the second half, as theSun Devils placed five players in double figures in a Pac-10 game for thefirst time since February of 2006...James Harden led the way with 19 pointswhile Derek Glasser posted his sole career double-double with 15 points and11 assists...ASU held the Ducks to .292 from the field in the first half(7-of-24)...ASU had season highs in free throw attempts (33) and blocks(six), while Glasser's 11 assists is the most by any Sun Devil in the HerbSendek era...ASU is 37-31 against the Ducks all-time...James Harden hasaveraged 24.3 points and 5.3 boards against the Ducks in four games.
AGAINST OREGON STATE: ASU, without starting point guard Derek Glasser (neckstrain), got a career-high 14 points from Jamelle McMillan and 15second-half points from Jeff Pendergraph in its 49-38 road win againstOregon State on Feb. 7...ASU held OSU to just 38 points in both games, thefewest by an ASU Pac-10 opponent in its 31-year history...ASU shot .651 fromthe field vs. Oregon State on Jan. 8, its sixth-best shooting effort vs. aPac-10 team and second-best in the past 19 seasons, in a 69-38 win inTempe... ASU held the Beavers to 13 first-half points on Feb. 7, ASU's bestfirst-half defensive effort since it led Oregon State 33-13 on Feb. 25,1995...ASU held OSU to opponent season lows in points (38), field goalattempts (44), free throws made (two) and assists (six) in the Jan. 10win...ASU has shot 52.9 percent from the field (91-of-172) in the past fourgames against OSU and held the Beavers to 62-of-212 (.311) from thefield...OSU leads the series 38-35...ASU swept the regular season seriesfrom the Beavers for the second straight year in 2008-09 for the ninth timesince joining the Pac-10.
RALLY CAPS: ASU has fallen behind five times this year but rallied to winlate. ASU trailed at Arizona at the half 21-18 on Jan. 21, was behind byeight midway through the first period and was down 37-33 at the 4:28 mark ofhe second half before rallying for a 53-47 win...on Jan. 17 againstninth-ranked UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, ASU was down 54-43 with just overeight minutes left but held UCLA scoreless the rest of the way and then won61-58 in overtime...on Dec. 20 against previously undefeated BYU (10-0) inGlendale, ASU was down 66-56 at the 9:31 mark before outscoring BYU 20-9 fora 76-75 victory...against IUPUI on Dec. 14, ASU was down 18 early and 34-18at the half but came back to win 59-58 in overtime. ASU outscored theJaguars 15-3 in the final 8:27 to tie the game, as it matched the largesthalftime deficit overcome in 15 years as ASU came back from 45-29 againstNew Mexico State in Tempe (NIT) on March 15, 2000...ASU also trailed at SanDiego State 15-2 at the 12:46 mark but outscored the Aztecs 57-37...ASU cameback from double-digit deficits in two big wins in 2007-08, as it put thebrakes on a five-game losing skid in dramatic fashion on Feb. 10 in Tucson,falling behind 22-6 but coming back to take a 13-point second-half lead andwinning 59-54 to sweep Arizona for the first time since 1994-95...on Feb. 14against seventh-ranked Stanford, ASU was down 14 in the second half andseven with 1:49 left before winning 72-68 in overtime.
THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD NOTE LAST YEAR, BUT WE MISSED IT, BUT IT ISSTILL SOLID: ASU became just the second team in the 30-year history of thePac-10 to lose at least 20 games one year (ASU was 8-22 in 2006-07) and thenwin at least 20 the next season (ASU was 21-13 in 2007-08). Only Californiain 1988-89 can match the feat, as it was 9-20 in 1987-88 and 20-13 in1988-89. Miami (Fla.) also notched the feat last year, going 22-10 aftergoing 12-20 in 2006-07, the first time in the ACC's 55 seasons that hashappened. Texas A&M is the only team to do it in the 12-year history of theBig 12 , as it was 7-21 in 2003-04 and went 21-10 in 2004-05. Among theother major conferences, this manufactured note has never happened in theBig East (28 seasons), Big Ten (103 seasons) or the SEC (76 seasons).
THE HEAD COACH: Herb Sendek is in his 16th season as a head coach and hasaveraged 18.7 wins per season. He led the NC State Wolfpack to five straightNCAA appearances from 2002-06 and is now 301-198 (.603) in 16 seasons andwas 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. Only Dukeposted more ACC wins (regular season and ACC Tournament) than NC State's 53victories from 2002-2006. Another overlooked note is his 10-year stay at NCState. 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/Arizona), Ralph Miller (19/Oregon State), MikeMontgomery (18/Stanford), Ben Braun (12/California) and Ernie Kent(12/Oregon).
TREE: Herb Sendek has eight former assistants who are D-I coaches as 12-yearsidekick Mark Phelps earned the Drake spot after serving for 10 years on thestaff at NC State and for two years at ASU. Former NC State sidekick JohnGroce also earned the Ohio University position. The others are JimChristian, formerly at Kent State and now at TCU (Miami assistant from1994-96), Charlie Coles at Miami of Ohio (Miami assistant from 1994-96),Larry Hunter at Western Carolina (NC State assistant from 2001-05), RonHunter of IUPUI (Miami assistant from 1993-94), Ohio State's Thad Matta(Miami assistant in 1994-95) and Xavier's Sean Miller (assistant at bothMiami from 1994-96 and at NC State from 1996-2000). Coles, Miller and Mattaled their teams to the 2007 NCAA Tournament, then last year Christian ledKent State to the NCAAs, Miller led Xavier to the Elite Eight and Matta'sBuckeye squad won the NIT a year after going to the Final Four.
AT HOME: ASU is 23-7 (.767) at home in the past two seasons (8-2 this year),as it won 15 home games for first time in the 32-year history of Wells FargoArena last year. It was15-5 with wins over NCAA Tournament teams Arizona,Xavier, Stanford, USC, Oregon and Coppin State.