Men's Hoops Game Notes For Saturday Game At Oregon State

Jan. 15, 2010

The Arizona State's men's hoops team, in its fourth season under 320-game winner Herb Sendek and coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1980-81, takes on Oregon State in Corvallis at 3:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. MT on Saturday, Jan. 16 (FOX Sports Arizona) with both teams coming off wins Thursday. ASU is 13-5 and 3-2 after four lockdown defensive games and its first home sweep of the Washington schools since 2003 last weekend which has ASU ranked first in the nation in scoring defense at 54.6 points per game. The Sun Devils have held 13 of their first 18 opponents to under 40 percent field goal shooting, as 30 of its past 53 opponents have shot under 40 percent. The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (54.6 points per game), three-point percentage (.386), scoring margin (+14.2 points per game) and three-pointers made per game (8.3 with 150 made in 18 games). They are second in the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2), field goal percentage defense (.382) and free throw percentage (.733)

ASU has won three straight Pac-10 games by an average scoring margin of +20.3 points with wins at Oregon (76-57 on Thursday), vs. Washington State (71-46 on Jan. 10) and vs. No. 24 Washington (68-51)...ASU has taken control early, as in the 120 minutes in those three games it has been behind for just 5:12 of clock time...ASU never fell behind against Oregon and trailed for only 49 seconds vs. those three games ASU is scoring 35.7 points in the first half while allowing just 23.7 and is holding its opponents to just 32.1 percent field goal shooting (27-84). It led by 19 at the half at Oregon (46-27), by eight vs. WSU (33-25) and by nine (28-19) to No. 24 Washington...Rihards Kuksiks is averaging 19.7 points and Ty Abbott 16.7 in the three games and both are averaging 5.7 boards. Kuksiks is 20-of-33 (.606) from the floor, 10-of-18 (.556) from the three-point stripe and perfect in nine free throw attempts...ASU is shooting 55-of-66 (.833) from the foul line in that time while holding opponents to 57-of-166 (.343) from the field, 9-of-41 (.220) from the three-point stripe and has forced 39 turnovers while allowing only 25 assists.

After going 8-22 (.267) in Coach Sendek's first year (2006-2007), the Sun Devils are 59-28 (.678) since and giving up just 60.3 points per game in his 117 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). 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.

ASU hit a three-pointer 55 seconds into the game to take a 3-0 lead and the game was never tied since in racing to leads of 18-6 (13:02), 27-11 (7:23) and 35-16 (4:00) en route to a 46-27 halftime lead and a 76-57 win at Oregon Thursday...ASU led 69-41 at the 8:49 mark of the second half...ASU was 16-of-28 (.571) from the field in the first half, including 8-of-13 (.615) from the three-point stripe, and was 20-of-22 (.909) from the free throw line in the game...Rihards Kuksiks had 25 points, Ty Abbott added 16 and Derek Glasser 12 points, six assists and four steals (matching a career-high).

ASU's defense under Herb Sendek has always been rock solid, but the last four tilts it has been suffocating as it has held its opponents to 72-of-208 from the field (.346), 10-of-48 (.208) from the three-point stripe and just 50.2 points per has forced 53 turnovers in that time and allowed only 30 assists...only four players have had a 20-point game against the Sun Devils this year...Jimmer Fredette of BYU, who had 49 at Arizona and is averaging 19.9 points and is shooting 44.8 from the three-point stripe, was 1-of-13 from the field against ASU and missed all his three-point attempts on Dec. 8 in Provo...Klay Thompson, the nation's fourth-leading scorer at 23 points per game, was 3-of-11 from the floor and posted nine points on Jan. 10.

Eight of ASU's opponents have had season-lows in points against the Sun Devils...Duke is averaging 84.3 but had 64 on Nov. 25...San Diego State is at 71.5 points per game but had just 52...UW is at 80.5 but and had 51, while WSU is at 78.1 and had just 46...UCSB is averaging 66.3 points but ASU held the Gauchos to 42...others with season-low in points against ASU include USC (47), Delaware State (34) and Western Illinois (35).

Washington State entered last Sunday's game vs. ASU averaging 79.6 points per game, shooting .493 percent from the field and .402 percent from three with Klay Thompson averaging 23.9 points...two hours later, ASU won 71-46, holding the Cougars season-lows in points (46), first-half points (25), field goals made (17), field goal percentage (.298) and assists (six). WSU had no player in double digits as Thompson ended with nine points on 3-of-11 shooting. It was WSU's worst loss since a 67-37 defeat at Oregon on Feb. 18, 2006...ASU held Washington on Jan. 8 to season-lows in points (51) and first-half points (19). It marks the only time UW has scored less than 63 this year and the Huskies have scored at least 70 13 times...ASU has held UW to 66.3 points in its nine meetings under Herb Sendek, UW has averaged 77.6 in its other 104 games in that time.

Last year ASU swept the Oregon trip on Feb. 5-7, its first Pac-10 road sweep since January of 2005 and just its second Pac-10 road sweep in the past six seasons...ASU held Oregon State to 13 first-half points Feb. 7 in Corvallis, ASU's best first-half defensive effort since it led OSU 33-13 on Feb. 25, 1995...ASU held the Beavers to just 38 points in each game, the fewest allowed in Pac-10 play in ASU's 32 seasons...OSU leads the series 38-35...ASU swept the regular season series from the Beavers in 2008-09 for the ninth time since joining the Pac-10 and for the second straight year...ASU is 12-19 (.387) in Corvallis in Pac-10 play...ASU has shot 52.9 percent (91-of-172) from the field in the past four games against Oregon State and has held the Beavers to 72-of-212 (.340)...Eric Boateng is 9-of-13 (.692) from the field against the Beavers...Jamelle McMillan is 10-of-16 (.625) from the floor, including 6-of-10 from the three-point stripe, in Corvallis in two games. He had a season-high 12 points in just 11 minutes on March 8, 2008 in his freshman season and had a season-high 14 points in 39 minutes on 5-of-9 shooting last year...ASU shot .651 from the field vs. Oregon State last year in Tempe on Jan. 8, its sixth-best shooting effort vs. a Pac-10 team and second best in the past 20 seasons.

ASU 49, @Oregon State 38 (Feb. 7, 2009)
ASU 69, Oregon State 38 (Jan. 8, 2009)
ASU 42, @California 41 (Mar. 3, 2007)
ASU 53, Washington 41 (Jan. 31, 1991)
ASU 67, Washington State 41 (Feb. 11, 1984)

ASU 19, @Oregon State 13 (Feb. 7, 2009)
ASU 33, Oregon State 13 (Feb. 25, 1995)
ASU 24, @Stanford 14 (Jan. 27, 1991)
ASU 30, Oregon State 15 (Jan. 8, 2009)

Junior Jamelle McMillan has been all over the stat sheet the past eight games. In that time he is averaging a team-best 32.8 minutes, 9.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and has 12 steals and just 11 turnovers. He is shooting 26-of-62 (.419) from the floor in that time and 13-of-37 (.351) from the three-point stripe.

ASU held WSU to .298 (17-of-57) shooting on Jan. 10, tied for its fourth-best defensive shooting night in a Pac-10 game in the past 23 seasons.

.265/13-of-49 vs. Washington State (Feb. 7, 2002)
.286/20-70 at Oregon (Jan. 22, 2005)
.286/14-49 by California (Mar. 7, 1996)
.298/17-57 by Washington State (Jan. 10, 2010)
.298/14-47 at Arizona (Jan. 21, 2009)

Senior Derek Glasser is averaging 10.8 points and is shooting 89.9 percent from the free throw line (62-of-69) this year, third-best in the league...tied for for second in the league in assists per game (5.0), is third in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.1 (90 assists and 42 turnovers) and free throw shooting (.62-of-69 for .899) and is fifth in three-point shooting .444 (24-of-54)...already is the ASU career assist record holder with 483, topping the mark held by the late Bobby Thompson, who had 454 from 1983-87, and his 242-of-288 (.840) shooting from the free throw line currently is the best in school history...posted a career-high 24 points in the Nov. 27 win over LSU.

Jamelle McMillan leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.0 (60 assists and 20 turnovers).

Herb Sendek has eight former assistants who are D-I coaches, the best mark of any coach in the nation, ahead of Mike Montgomery and Rick Pitino (seven each). Twelve-year sidekick Mark Phelps earned the Drake spot in the spring of 2008 after serving for 10 years on the staff at NC State and for two years at ASU. Former NC State sidekick John Groce also earned the Ohio University position in the spring of 2008. The others are Jim Christian at TCU (Miami assistant in 1995-96), Charlie Coles at Miami of Ohio (Miami assistant from 1994-96), Larry Hunter at Western Carolina (NC State assistant from 2001-05), Ron Hunter of IUPUI (Miami assistant from 1993-94), Ohio State's Thad Matta (Miami assistant in 1994-95) and Arizona's Sean Miller (assistant at both Miami from 1993-95 and at NC State from 1996-2000).

ASU set the school record for three-pointers made (288) and attempted (778) in 2008-2009. ASU's top three returning scorers are in the ASU career top-10 list already, as Rik Kuksiks has 178 (sixth), Ty Abbott 153 (eighth) and Derek Glasser 131 (tenth). ASU is shooting 150-of-389 (.386) from the arc this year.

Ty Abbott missed just one game after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in mid-October and earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after the sweep of the Washington schools Jan. 8-10. He scored 17 points in each win and came back with 16 at Oregon on Thursday...grabbed 11 defensive rebounds vs. Washington State on Jan. 10, the most defensive boards by a Sun Devil since Jeff Pendergraph had 11 vs. USC on Feb. 18, 2007, a span of the past 91 the past eight games he is averaging 13.0 points while shooting 15-of-17 (.882) from the free throw line and is averaging 4.8 boards...when Abbott scores in double digits, ASU is 31-7 (.816), including 19-3 (.864) the past two seasons.

Freshman Trent Lockett, a native of Golden Valley, Minn., comes from one of the top high school programs in the country (Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minn.) and is averaging 7.6 points, 3.6 boards and shooting 47-of-91 (.516) from the field. In the past three games he is averaging 10.7 points and is 14-of-19 (.737) from the foul line in 24 minutes per game.

Herb Sendek, 67-50 (.573) 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 320-208 (.606) 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.

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