Men's Hoops Tips At 12:30 p.m. MT Against Washington State On Sunday
Jan. 10, 2010
The Arizona State's men's hoops team, in its fourth season under 319-game winner Herb Sendek and coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1980-81, hosts Washington State at 12:30 p.m. MT on Sunday, Jan. 10 (FOX Sports Net). ASU is 11-5 and 1-2 after Friday night's convincing win over #24 Washington, as after going 8-22 (.267) in Coach Sendek's first year (2006-2007), the Sun Devils are 57-28 (.671) since and giving up just 60.4 points per game in his 115 games. ASU has had to replace two NBA draft picks from last year in first-team consensus All-American James Harden and first-team All-Pac-10 forward Jeff Pendergraph, but returns three starters from last year's team in senior point guard Derek Glasser (2009 Pac-10 All-Tournament Team), junior Rihards Kuksiks (third-best returning three-point shooter in the nation according to NCAA minimums) and junior Ty Abbott (121 career threes and 65 starts entering this year).
SUN DEVILS QUICKIES: ASU has had eight players lead or share the team lead in scoring in its 16 games and has five players on its roster who have had a 20-point game in their career...the Sun Devils have held 11 of their first 16 opponents to under 40 percent field goal shooting, as 28 of its past 51 opponents have shot under 40 percent...ASU also has held opponents to just 4-of-21 (.190) from the three-point stripe in the past two games...junior Jamelle McMillan has been all over the stat sheet the past six games. In that time he is averaging a team-best 33.8 minutes, 10.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and has 11 steals...Ty Abbott also has been active the past six games, averaging 11.8 points and shooting 13-of-15 (.867) from the free throw line. When Abbott scores in double digits, ASU is 29-7 (.805), including 17-3 (.850) the past two seasons.
FRIDAY VS. UW GAME NOTES: ASU took a 3-2 at the 18:37 mark and never looked back in cruising to a 68-51 win over No. 24 Washington on Friday, led by Rihards Kuksiks who matched career highs in points (27) and rebounds (nine) and a season-high 17 points by Ty Abbott...ASU held UW to season low 51 points and a season-low 19 first-half points. UW had not scored less than 63 all year and had posted at least 70 points in 11 games...ASU was 30-of-38 (.789) from the free throw line. Its 38 attempts matched a season-high (also vs. Texas State). Both marks have not been topped in the past 57 games, since ASU was 34-of-39 vs. USC on March 1, 2008...ASU had a season-low 40 field goal attempts and shot just .375 from the field, but outrebounded UW 39-29 but held UW to just 18-of-50 (.360) from the field...ASU has held the Huskies to 66.3 points in the nine meetings under Herb Sendek, UW has averaged 77.5 points in the other 103 games in that time.
AT HOME: ASU is 37-9 (.804) at home in the past three seasons, including a 15-5 mark in 2007-08 that set the ASU mark for total home wins. ASU is 22-4 (.846) the past two seasons at home, including 10-1 this season.
SUN DEVILS SHOOT THREES: ASU set the school record for three-pointers made (288) and attempted (778) in 2008-2009. ASU's top three returning scorers have combined to make 450 three-pointers in their careers as Rik Kuksiks has 173, Ty Abbott 148 and Derek Glasser 129.
GLASSER MAKING RUN AT ASU FREE THROW MARK: Senior Derek Glasser not only set the school's career assist mark, he also is making a run at the school free throw percentage mark. Glasser is currently at 83.9 percent for his career (240-of-286), a shade better than Alex Austin¹s 81.5 percent from 1986-90. He also has a chance to become the first player in Sun Devil history with 1,000 points and 500 assists. He has 871 career points and 472 assists.
HERB VS. RANKED TEAMS: Coach Sendek now has 36 career wins against ranked foes after the win over No. 24 Washington Friday. From 1995-1996 until 2005-2006 (11 seasons), ASU went 5-66 against ranked foes (2-28 at home). Under Herb Sendek ASU now has seven wins against ranked teams, five of them at home.
THE POINT GUARD: Derek Glasser is averaging 11.0 points and is shooting 89.2 percent from the free throw line (58-of-65) this year. He also is among the league leaders in the Pac-10 in assists per game (4.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.32 with 79 assists and 34 turnovers)...already is the ASU career assist record holder with 472, topping the mark held by the late Bobby Thompson, who had 454 from 1983-87, and his 240-of-286 (.839) shooting from the free throw line currently is the best in school history...has played 19 turnover free games in his 114-game career...posted a career-high 24 points in the Nov. 27 win over LSU.
REMEMBER THIS ABOUT THE DEFENSE: Just how good has the Sun Devil defense been since Herb Sendek took over? ASU has given up less than 62 points per game in each of the past three seasons , the best three-season span since the middle of the past century. In the 18 Pac-10 games last year, no team defended shooters better than ASU, as it led the league in field goal percentage defense (.421) and three-point defense (.310). In his 10 seasons in Raleigh, NC State led the ACC in scoring defense four times and held opponents to just 54.7 points per game in 1996-97, an ACC record. Last year's 60.5 points per game allowed was the lowest by a Sun Devil team since the 1949-50 team gave up 59.8. ASU is currently giving up 54.9 points per contest.
THE SHOOTER: Junior Rihards Kuksiks is the third-best returning three-point shooter in the nation according to official NCAA statistics. Kuksiks was 93-of-210 from the arc last year, which was eighth in the nation. He is 22-of-45 (.489) in the past seven games against ranked opponents. The junior has made 173-of-423 (.409) three-pointers in his three-year career and matched career-highs in points (27) and rebounds (nine) vs. No. 24 Washington on Jan. 8.
THE HEAD COACH: Herb Sendek, 65-50 (.565) at ASU, is in his 17th season as a head coach in 2009-2010 and has averaged 19.2 wins per season. He led the NC State Wolfpack to five straight NCAA appearances from 2002-06 and is now 318-208 (.604) in 17 seasons and was 191-132 (.591) at NC State. The 46-year-old (born Feb. 22, 1963) Pittsburgh, Pa., native remains the third-youngest coach in the Pac-10. Only Duke posted more ACC wins (regular season and ACC Tournament) than NC State's 53 victories from 2002-2006.
WINNING TOUGH ONES: ASU is 20-15 (.571) in the past three seasons in 10 points or less games after going 4-17 in Herb Sendek's first year...ASU is 6-2 in its past eight overtime games...in ASU's first season under Herb Sendek, it was 3-12 in two-possession games (six points or less), in the past three seasons it is 13-9 (7-5 past two seasons).