Men's Hoops Updated Quick Notes Heading After Oregon Road Sweep
Jan. 17, 2010
Some various notes and numbers on Arizona State after its road sweep of the Oregon schools. ASU has now won five straight over Oregon State, which is tied for the fifth-longest active streak by any Pac-10 school. ASU also has won five straight against Arizona, who it hosts Saturday at 7:30 p.m. MT.
Current Pac-10 streaks (Jan. 17, 2010)
UCLA over Oregon State, 9
UCLA over Cal, 6
Arizona State over Arizona, 5
UCLA over Oregon, 5
Washington over Oregon State, 5
Arizona State over Oregon State, 5
*ASU is 14-5 and 4-2 after its first home sweep of the Washington schools since 2003 (Jan. 8-10) and a road sweep of Oregon (Jan. 14) and Oregon State (Jan. 16). ASU is tops in the nation in scoring defense at 54.68 points per game (1,039 points allowed in 19 games). USC is close behind at 54.71 (930 points in 17 games).
*ASU is now 13-1 (.929) when it leads at the half this year, 32-5 (.865) in the past two seasons and 51-11 (.823) under Herb Sendek in his three-plus seasons.
*The Sun Devils have held 13 of their 19 opponents to under 40 percent field goal shooting, as 30 of its past 54 opponents have shot under 40 percent.
*The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (54.7 points per game), three-point percentage (.381), scoring margin (+13.9 points per game), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and three-pointers made per game (8.3 with 158 made in 19 games). They are second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage defense (.386), turnover margin (+3.3) and free throw percentage (.732).
*After going 8-22 (.267) in Coach Sendek's first year (2006-2007), the Sun Devils are 60-28 (.681) since and giving up just 60.3 points per game in his 118 games.
ABOUT THE FOUR-GAME WIN STREAK
ASU has won four straight Pac-10 games by an average scoring margin of +17.4 points with wins at Oregon State (66-57), 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 160 minutes in those four games it has been in the leag for all but just 12:04 of clock time, including just 31 seconds in the second half...ASU never fell behind at Oregon (Jan. 14) and trailed for only 49 seconds vs. Washington (Jan. 8)...in those three games ASU is scoring 34.3 points in the first half while allowing just 23.7 and is holding its opponents to just 34.6 percent field goal shooting (37-107) in the first half...Rihards Kuksiks is averaging 18.5 points and five boards and Ty Abbott 17.8 points and 5.3 boards in the four games. Kuksiks is 23-of-41 (.561) from the floor, 12-of-24 (.500) from the three-point stripe and is 16-of-17 (.941) from he foul line...ASU is shooting 67-of-83 (.807) from the foul line in that time while holding opponents to 76-of-207 (.367) from the field, 17-of-55 (.309) from the three-point stripe and has forced 57 turnovers while allowing only 49 assists.
STEEL CURTAIN-LIKE DEFENSE
ASU's defense under Herb Sendek has always been rock solid, but the last five tilts it has been suffocating as it has held its opponents to 91-of-249 from the field (.365), 18-of-62 (.290) from the three-point stripe and just 51.6 points per game...it has forced 71 turnovers in that time and allowed only 45 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...WSU's Klay Thompson, averaging 22.7 points per game, was 3-of-11 from the floor and posted nine points on Jan. 10.
ANOTHER SOLID DEFENSE NOTE
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 71.3 points per game but had just 52...UW is at 80.7 but and had 51, while WSU is at 78.1 and had just 46...UCSB is averaging 65.4 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).
AN EXAMPLE OF THE DEFENSE
ASU has held Washington to 66.3 points in its nine meetings under Herb Sendek, UW has averaged 77.7 in its other 105 games in that time.
ABOUT THE ROAD SWEEP
Last year ASU swept the Oregon trip on Feb. 5-7, its first Pac-10 road sweep since January of 2005 while this year's sweep is just its third Pac-10 road sweep in the past six seasons.
JAMELLE ALL OVER STAT SHEET
Junior Jamelle McMillan has been all over the stat sheet in his past eight games, as he missed the Oregon State win on Jan. 16 with a foot injury. 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.
Senior Derek Glasser is averaging 10.4 points and is shooting 90.1 percent from the free throw line (64-of-71) this year, second-best in the league...tied for best in the league in assists per game (5.2), is third in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.1 (98 assists and 43 turnovers)...already is the ASU career assist record holder with 491, topping the mark held by the late Bobby Thompson, who had 454 from 1983-87, and his 244-of-290 (.841) 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.
LEADING THE WAY
Jamelle McMillan leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.0 (60 assists and 20 turnovers).
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 180 (sixth), Ty Abbott 158 (seventh) and Derek Glasser 131 (tenth). ASU is shooting 158-of-415 (.381) 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, came back with 16 at Oregon on Jan. 14 and then had season-high 21 points at Oregon State on Jan. 16...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 92 games...in the past nine games he is averaging 13.9 points while shooting 15-of-17 (.882) from the free throw line and is averaging 4.7 boards... when Abbott scores in double digits, ASU is 32-7 (.821), including 20-3 (.870) 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 50-of-96 (.521) from the field. In the past four games he is averaging 10.0 points and is 12-of-23 (.522) from the foul line in 24 minutes per game.