Men's Hoops Travels North To Battle Huskies And Cougars
Feb. 23, 2009
ASU HEADS NORTH: The No. 14/11 (AP/ESPN Coaches' Poll) Arizona State's men'shoops team, 21-13 and 9-9 in the Pac-10 last year and 21-5/10-4 this seasonunder 304-game winner Herb Sendek, hits the road for a pair of games inWashington, the first of which against current Pac-10 leader Washington onThursday at 8 p.m. PT/9 p.m MT., followed by a 2 p.m. PT tip at WashingtonState on Saturday, Feb. 28. Both games will be broadcast on Fox SportsArizona and ESPN 860 AM. The Sun Devils, on a five-game Pac-10 win streakfor the first time since 1994-95, have clinched back-to-back 20-win seasonsfor the first time since the 1979-80 team went 22-7 and the 1980-81 teamwent 24-4. Coach Sendek, the second-youngest active coach with 300 DivisionI wins, celebrated his 46th birthday on Sunday as ASU completed animpressive sweep of Arizona for the second straight year with a 70-68 win,ASU's first four-game win streak over the Wildcats since a nine-game streakfrom 1979-83. The Arizona win was following a solid sweep of the Los Angelesschools the previous weekend. ASU ended one of the most impressive streaksin Pac-10 history on Feb. 12, as UCLA had won 32 straight front-end games ofPac-10 weekends (in other words, the Thursday game in most cases), a streakdating to a Jan. 20, 2005 home loss to Stanford, before ASU shot 60 percent(24-of-40) from the floor, 11-of-18 (.611) from the three-point stripe and15-of-18 (.833) in its 74-67 win over the No. 11 Bruins. On Feb. 15, ASUshot 50 percent (22-of-44) and held USC to just 2-of-13 (.154) from thethree-point stripe in its 65-53 win. ASU committed just four turnovers vs.USC, its fewest since it had just four vs. Oregon State on March 9, 1991.James Harden enters this week 16th in the nation in scoring at 21.2 pointsper game and is one of only seven players to average 20 points and shoot 50percent from the field (only one of that group averaging four assists pergame), while Jeff Pendergraph leads the nation in field goal percentage at66.8 percent and is even better in Pac-10 play (68.0 percent). Sophomoreswingman Rihards Kuksiks also enters the nation rankings conversation as heis fourth per official NCAA standards at 47.6 in three-point percentage.After going 8-22 (.267) in Coach Sendek's first year, the Sun Devils are42-18 (.700) since and giving up just 60.0 points per game in his 90 gamesand are second in Pac-10 in points allowed this year at 58.9 per game, bestby a Sun Devil team since 1948-49 (47.6) and 11th in the nation. One otherunder-the-radar note on Pendergraph is he averaging 10.6 rebounds in hispast eight games including a 21-point, 15-rebound performance againstWashington on Jan. 31. ASU is third in the Pac-10 and 12th in the nation infield goal percentage (.486), and third in the league and 27th nationally infree throw percentage (.741). After losing his first seven games againstranked teams at ASU, Herb Sendek has gone 5-5 since including a 2-1 recordthis year, with both wins vs. UCLA and its loss to Washington.
PAST TWO SEASONS: ASU is 19-13 (.594) in the past two seasons in Pac-10play, the second-best mark in the league behind UCLA's 25-7 (.781) mark.The rest of the Pac-10 in the past two years: USC 18-14 (.563), Washington18-15 (.545), Stanford 17-15 (.531), Washington State 17-16 (.515), Arizona16-16 (.500), Cal 15-17 (.469), Oregon 10-23 (.303) and Oregon State 7-26(.212).
NIFTY ROAD NOTE: With its Oregon road sweep Feb. 5-7, ASU has won fourstraight Pac-10 road games for the first time since the 1980-81 team wonfive 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 (36),Arizona (42), San Diego State (47). ASU also has top 100 out-of-league winsover #30 BYU (10-0 at the time) and #77 UTEP at neutral sites and vs. #64Nebraska (6-0 at time of game) in Tempe. ASU has won five Pac-10 road gamesfor just the fifth time in its 31-year history. It went 8-1 in 1980-81, 7-2in 1979-80 and 5-4 in 1994-94 and 1982-83.
STATS LLC DOES IT AGAIN: The folks at STATS LLC worked overtime on this one.James Harden is arguably one of the nation¹s best all-around players,averaging 21.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game while shooting52.7 percent from the field. Since the 1996-97 season, only five otherplayers have averaged at least 20 points, five boards and four dimes pergame and shot over 50 percent from the field.
20-5-4-50 PERCENT CLUB (SINCE 1996-1997)
Ricky Minard, 2002-03 Morehead State
Dwyane Wade, 2002-03 Marquette
Brandon Roy, 2005-06 Washington
Reggie Williams, 2006-07 Virginia Military
George Hill, 2007-08 IUPUI
VS. UA: ASU came out blazing, making 10-of-16 (.625) three-pointers in thefirst half and led by 17 in the second half before Arizona rallied to takethe lead Sunday night. But Rihards Kuksiks hit two mammoth threes in thefinal minutes to lift ASU to a 70-68 win...ASU has now won four straightagainst Arizona for the first time since it won nine straight against theWildcats from 1979-83...ASU has held the Wildcats to just 60.0 points pergame in six games under Herb Sendek, while in the 39 games prior (1987-88season through 2005-06) Arizona had averaged 86.6 points...in ASU's pastfour games against Arizona (all wins), Jeff Pendergraph is 24-of-38 (.632)from the floor, 22-of-26 (.846) from the foul line and is averaging 17.5points and 10.0 rebounds...ASU swept Arizona for just the seventh time inits 30 years of Pac-10 play, with ASU winning both games for four straightseasons from 1980-83, in 1994-95 and then last season.
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 swept UCLA for just the third time in school history, alsosweeping the series in 1979-80 and 2002-03..ASU swept the Oregon road tripFeb. 5-7, its first Pac-10 road sweep since January of 2005 and just itssecond Pac-10 road sweep in the past six seasons...ASU had a winning recordat the halfway point of the Pac-10 season (5-4) for just the second time inthe past 14 seasons (also 5-4 in 2002-2003) and just ninth time in 31 Pac-10seasons, as in the previous three years it was 5-22 in the first half ofPac-10 play...ASU made 16-of-17 (.914) free throws at Oregon on Feb. 5, thethird-best percentage in school history with a minimum of 15 attempts...ASUis shooting 78.2 percent from the foul line (104-of-133) in its eight roadgames...ASU held Oregon State to 13 first-half points on Saturday (Feb. 7),ASU's best first-half defensive effort since it led Oregon State 33-13 onFeb. 25, 1995...ASU is averaging just 10.3 turnovers in its past ninecontests...ASU leads the Pac-10 in three-point defense, allowing just.326...in the home sweep of UCLA and USC Feb. 12-15, junior point guardDerek Glasser averaged 16.5 points, including a career-high 18 points vs.USC.
NEXT MAN UP: ASU was without a a starter in each of its two wins in Oregonon Feb. 5-7. Rihards Kuksiks missed the Feb. 5 Oregon game with a bad virusthat kept him on the shelf all week, which meant ASU had to find his 10.4points per game, his 30.7 minutes per game and 46.5 three-point shootingfrom someone else. James Harden shouldered the load with 36 points,including five three-pointers in 40 minutes. At Oregon State on Feb. 7,Jamelle McMillan had to step in for Derek Glasser at the point guard spotafter Glasser had his neck snapped and bell rung by a pick late in theOregon game and missed the Beaver game with a neck strain. McMillan, who hadstarted only one game all year (season opener), responded with career-highsin points (14), steals (five), minutes (39) and three-pointers (four) anddid it in front of his dad, current Portland Trail Blazer coach NateMcMillan, as the NBA travel schedule allowed him to be in CorvallisSaturday.
STEADY JEFF: Jeff Pendergraph, who earned his B.S. in Economics in Decemberin just three and a half years and has 111 career starts (second-best in ASUhistory behind only Eddie House with 114), is shooting .762 from the freethrow line in his career (329-of-432) and is 76-of-98 (.776) on the year. Hehas 1,433 points in 117 career games (12.2 points per game) and 868 careerrebounds (7.4 per game). He has 26 career double-doubles (eight this year).Pendergraph leads the nation shooting 66.8 percent and is averaging 10.6boards in his past eight contests.
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 34 wins against ranked teams in his career and five atArizona State. In his past five years he has 15 wins against ranked teamsand a dozen top-10 wins in his past nine seasons.
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.
IF THIS WAS FOOTBALL, HE WOULD RETURN PUNTS AS WELL: James Harden currentlyleads the Pac-10 in scoring (21.2) and is tied for second in steals (1.7).Only four players have notched the offense/defense duo in the 30-yearhistory of the league (no one in the past nine years), the last being JasonTerry of Arizona in 1998-99 with 21.9 points per game and 2.8 steals pergame. Others are Terrell Brandon of Oregon in 1990-91 (26.6/2.3), GaryPayton of Oregon State in 1989-90 (25.7/3.4) and Don Collins of WashingtonState in 1978-79, the first year of the Pac-10 (23.1/2.7).
300: Even with a resume that includes coaching in 502 games at threeschools, six NCAA tournaments, 12 NCAA Tournament games and having eightformer assistants currently serving as head coaches at the Division-I level,ASU head coach Herb Sendek is still the third-youngest coach in the Pac-10even with two new hires this year. Oregon State's Craig Robinson is a littleolder than Coach Sendek (about 10 months) while Stanford's Johnny Dawkins isabout seven months younger. Coach Sendek is the second-youngest active coachwith 300 Division I wins, only Florida's Billy Donovan is younger, as he is43 years old (born May 30, 1965).
STEADY SEVEN: The fine folks at STATS LLC came up with this efficiencynugget. James Harden is one of only seven players to average at least 20points a game (21.2) and shoot at least 50 percent (.527) from the fieldentering the week. The others are Oklahoma's Blake Griffin (22.0/.632),Drake Reed of Austin Peay (21.8/.566), Kevin Tiggs of East Tennessee State(21.6/.543), Chavis Holmes of VMI (22.2/.523), UNC's Tyler Hansborough(21.0/.522) and Wake Forest's Jeff Teague (20.3/.511).
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.
ODDS AND ENDS: ASU leads the Pac-10 in assists (16.2 per game/21st innation) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.36/12th in nation)...ASU's usualstarting five is shooting 74.6 percent from the foul line (326-of-437)...ASUshot 16-of-18 (.889) from the field in the second half against Oregon Stateon Jan. 8...ASU shot 65.3 percent in its Dec. 29 win over CentralConnecticut State, including 14-of-14 from inside the three-point arc in thefirst half...ASU hit a school-record 17 three-pointers in its 90-55 Dec. 23win over Idaho State...ASU is 27-1 when it shoots 50 percent under HerbSendek and has won 25 straight. Its only loss was on Jan. 4, 2007, when itfell at Washington State 75-55 despite shooting 54.8 percent (23-of-42). ASUhad 16 turnovers and forced just six. It was 12-0 last year and is 13-0 thisyear when it shoots 50 percent.
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. But its top performance was its four turnovers vs.USC on Feb. 15, fewest in a game since ASU had just four against OregonState on March 9, 1991. ASU is averaging just 10.3 turnovers per game in itspast nine contests and is 20th in the nation and second in the Pac-10 atjust 11.8 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 and vs. No. 11 UCLA on Feb. 12. He is 159-of-191 (.832) from the freethrow line and has played 18 turnover free games in his 89-game career. InPac-10 games he is 21-of-47 (.447) from the three-point stripe (eighth inthe league) and 45-of-50 (.900) at the free throw line (third-best in theleague). In his first six games he was 2-of-13 (.154) from three-pointstripe but is 29-of-61 (.475) in his past 19 games. He had a career-high 11assists vs. Oregon on Jan. 10 and has 120 assists and just 57 turnovers onthe year (2.10-to-1 ratio, second in the league). He has 351 career assists(3.95 per game), on pace to break the ASU record of 454 set by BobbyThompson from 1983-87.
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.
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.
HOW IS HE FOURTH IN NATION BUT FOURTH IN PAC-10?: According to the officialNCAA statistics, Rihards Kuksiks is the fourth-best three-point shooter inthe nation at 47.6 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(.540), Michael Roll (.537) and Rickey Claitt (.482) all appear in thePac-10 rankings but don't have enough makes to qualify nationally.
AUTOMATIC: Sophomore Rihards Kuksiks is averaging 11.2 points, including56-of-112 (.500) from the three-point stripe, in his past 19 games. He isaveraging 9.8 points and has 21 double-figure scoring games in his past 37contests dating to last year after scoring 42 points in his first 22 games.He has posted double digits in 12 of his past 17 games.
WINNING TOUGH ONES: ASU is 15-7 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 homearena...in ASU's first season under Herb Sendek, it was 3-12 intwo-possession games (six points or less), in the past two seasons it is11-4 including 5-0 this year...after losing its first 10 away from home(neutral or road games) in the Herb Sendek era, ASU is 17-12 since, and is10-7 in Pac-10 road games after losing its first eight.
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.
FIVE IN DOUBLES: The Dec. 23 Idaho State and Dec. 29 Central ConnecticutState games marked the first time ASU posted five players in double-digitsin back-to-back games since February of 2001. ASU also placed five in doubledigits in the 76-58 Oregon win on Jan. 10 and then in the Feb. 12 74-67 winover No. 11 UCLA.
RIK'S CAREER GAME: Rihards Kuksiks had his best overall game in the 59-58overtime win against IUPUI on Dec. 14. He matched his career high with 18points (set previous game on Dec. 8 against Nebraska after settingthen-career high with 16 vs. Jackson State on Dec. 4, so yes, that was threestraight career-highs), made a career-high six three pointers, grabbed acareer-best nine boards (after a then career-high six boards againstNebraska), matched a career-high with four assists and had a career-highthree steals.
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 60 career games, Harden has led ASU in scoring 43times, rebounding 18 times and led it in assists in 25 gamesï¿½30 career20-point games and 14 this year (ASU is 24-6/11-3)...five 30 +pointers thisyear (33 vs. Pepperdine, 32 vs. Baylor, 40 vs. UTEP, 30 vs. BYU and 36 atOregon)ï¿½11-of-11 from the foul line vs. Charlotte on Nov. 27...the 19-yearold Harden (born August of 1989) was the youngest player in the Pac-10 in2007-08 and led league with 73 steals...ASU is 10-6 in Pac-10 home gameswith Harden, in the previous four years, it was 9-27.
RANKINGS NOTE: ASU matched its highest ranking of the season on Jan. 26 asit was 14th in the Associated Press and ESPN Coaches' Poll. With UCLA 17thand Washington 23rd, it marked the first time in ASU's 31 years it is thehighest ranked team in the Associated Press poll from the Pac-10. ASU'sother high rankings of note included 12th on Nov. 28, 1994, the week afterit had won the Maui Invitational, but Arizona (ninth) and UCLA (fifth) wereboth ahead of them. It reached 12th again on Jan. 9, 1995, that same seasonbut eventual national champion UCLA was sixth. The other season one mightthink it could have happened was in 1980-81 when ASU started 15th andfinished 24-4 and beat the No. 1 team in the nation, undefeated OregonState, on its home floor on the final day of the regular season 87-67.Oregon State was ranked first or second every week from Dec. 30 until thefinal poll and was second after the ASU win. ASU, despite the 20-point roadwin against the Beavers, finished third. That matches the highest AP rankingin school history, as ASU also reached third on Jan. 8, 1963.
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.
VS. RANKED TEAMS: Coach Sendek now has 34 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 2007-08 with a 77-55 over No. 17 Xavier on Dec. 15 (largest winover a ranked team in ASU history)...the Jan. 17, 2009, win at ninth-rankedUCLA was ASU's first top-10 road win since its 90-87 OT win at No. 4Stanford on Jan. 31, 1998...against seventh-ranked Stanford on Feb. 14 inTempe last year, ASU earned its first win over a top-10 team since Jan. 23,2002 (88-72 over No. 10 Arizona)...Herb Sendek is 2-1 against top 10 teamsin his past three games...in the nine years prior to James Harden (1998-99to 2006-07), ASU went 1-24 against top-10 teams. In its past three gamesagainst top-10 teams, ASU is 2-1 (seventh-ranked Stanford last year and atninth-ranked UCLA this year)...from 1995-1996 until 2005-2006 (11 seasonsafter Sweet Sixteen), ASU went 5-66 against ranked foes (2-28 at home).Under Herb Sendek in the past three years ASU has five wins, three of themat home.
COACH SENDEK'S WINS VS. RANKED TEAMS AT ASU
#18 ASU 74, #11 UCLA 67 (Feb. 12, 2009)
#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
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, WE MISSED IT, IT IS STILL SOLID:ASU became just the second team in the 30-year history of the Pac-10 to loseat least 20 games one year (ASU was 8-22 in 2006-07) and then win at least20 the next season (ASU was 21-13 in 2007-08). Only California in 1988-89can match the feat, as it was 9-20 in 1987-88 and 20-13 in 1988-89. Miami(Fla.) also notched the feat last year, going 22-10 after going 12-20 in2006-07, the first time in the ACC's 55 seasons that has happened. Texas A&Mis the only team to do it in the 12-year history of the Big 12 , as it was7-21 in 2003-04 and went 21-10 in 2004-05. Among the other majorconferences, this manufactured note has never happened in the Big East (28seasons), Big Ten (103 seasons) or the SEC (76 seasons).