Men's Hoops Game Notes For California Game Saturday At Noon PT

Feb. 26, 2010

66-31 (.680) PAST THREE SEASONS
The Arizona State's men's hoops team, in its fourth season under 328-game winner Herb Sendek and reaching 20 wins in three straight seasons for the first time since 1961-63, takes on Pac-10 leader California (19-9; 11-5) at high noon PT/1 p.m. MT on FOX Sports Net on Saturday. ASU (20-8 and 10-5 in the Pac-10) is 6-1 in its past seven games and 10-3 since opening the season 0-2 on the Los Angeles road trip. ASU is now 30-21 (.588) in Pac-10 games the past three seasons, the second-best mark in that time (UCLA at 37-14/.725 leads the way). The Sun Devils have reached 20 wins for the third straight season for the first time since the 1960-61 (23-6), 1961-62 (23-4) and 1962-63 (26-3) teams racked up 73 victories.

THESE ARE SOLID
A couple of headline notes for Saturday in addition to the obvious...Derek Glasser will set the school record when he steps on the court with his 127th time, breaking the school mark of 126 games played set by Jeff Pendergraph (2005-2009)...Eric Boateng is coming off a career-high 24-point effort when he matched the Pac-10 record for most makes without a miss from the field (11-of-11). It marks just the second time in league history a player made 11 shots in a road game...ASU also played the final 29:32 minutes of the game without a turnover, as it had a season-low five turnovers.

NO PANIC ABOUT THE ROAD
No Pac-10 team has a better road record than ASU the past two seasons, as it is 10-7 (.556)...after losing its first eight Pac-10 road games under Herb Sendek, ASU is 15-12 (.556)...ASU has won five Pac-10 road games (5-3) for just the sixth time in its 32-year history. It went 8-1 in 1980-81, 7-2 in 1979-80 and 5-4 in 2008-09, 1994-94 and 1982-83.

TO REVISIT
ASU was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 preseason media poll and some folks had them tagged for last as ASU was one of just seven schools to have two draft picks in the top 35 last year (James Harden was third and Jeff Pendergraph 31st), joining North Carolina (three), USC, Louisville, Wake Forest and UCLA. At 20-8 ASU has clinched a winning season, marking the first time ASU has posted three straight winning seasons since Bill Frieder led ASU to five straight from 1990-91 to 1994-95 (and also the last time ASU had posted back-to-back winning seasons before last year). Also, ASU has produced 66 wins in the past two-plus seasons, just the third-time in school history a three-year period has produced 66 wins. Entering this season UCLA, Stanford, USC and ASU were the only Pac-10 schools to notch 20 wins in each of the past two seasons.

MOST WINS OVER A THREE-YEAR PERIOD IN ASU HISTORY
1960-61 TO 1962-63 (73-13/.849)
1961-62 TO 1963-64 (66-18/.892)
2007-08 TO 2009-10 (66-31/.680)

HOW FAR HAS HE COME?
Last year, Eric Boateng had 14 field goals during the Pac-10 season. Thursday at Stanford, Boateng tied a Pac-10 record for most shots made in a league tilt without a miss by making all 11 shots en route to a career-high 24 point in 34 minutes and added three assists and zero turnovers. In the past eight games he is averaging 12.0 points and 7.5 boards and is 41-of-60 (.683) from the floor. It marks just the fourth time in Pac-10 history a player made all 11 shots in a game between two league members, but it is just the second time in league history someone has gone 11-of-11 in a Pac-10 road game. The other time was UCLA's Marques Johnson on Feb. 27, 1976, at California. Boateng already has his degree in Global Studies, speaks a little bit of Chinese and an African dialect called 'Twi' and is taking advantage of the 24-hour access for ASU's new practice facility (Weatherup Center). He is 57-of-86 (.663) from the field in Pac-10 play and notched 19 points and 13 boards vs. Cal on Jan. 28.

MOST IMPROVED
The Pac-10 last season started a Most Improved Player Award and the inaugural honor went to Washington's Justin Dentmon. This year's leader might/could/should be Sun Devil junior Ty Abbott...he is averaging 17.2 points and 6.2 boards in the past 13 games and is 48-of-105 (.457) from the three-point stripe in that time...has scored in double digits in 12 of the past 13 games... and why the most improved tag? Abbott is 80-of-181 (.442) from the floor, 49-of-112 (.438) from the three-point stripe and is averaging 16.0 points and 6.2 boards per game in Pac-10 play. Last year he shot 19-of-86 (.221) from the floor, 8-of-59 (.136) from the three-point stripe and averaged 2.9 points and 3.7 rebounds in Pac-10 play...when Abbott scores in double digits, ASU is 37-10 (.787) and 25-6 (.806) the past two seasons.

AT THE OTHER END
ASU has the tough-to-defend combination of leading the league in three-pointers made per game (8.42) and percentage (.380). In the 23 seasons since the three-pointer has been used (1986-87), only five teams have led the league in both three-bombs made and percentage (Oregon in 2007-08, 2003-04, 2002-03 and 2001-02 and Stanford in 1999-2000). Also, it is not just a get-fat-on-non-conference-opponent type of thing...ASU leads in Pac-10 games only by shooting .364 from the arc and making 8.3 per game.

ALL OVER STAT SHEET
Junior Jamelle McMillan was all over the stat sheet the eight games prior to his injury in mid-January, as he missed four games, and ASU was 2-2. In the eight games prior to the injury he averaged 32.8 minutes, 9.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and had 12 steals and just 11 turnovers. What is eye-opening are the numbers with him playing and not playing for the Sun Devils. Some notes to ponder...ASU is giving up 56.5 points per game in the 24 games he has played yet gave up 70.5 in his absence...as the point man in the zone, ASU opponents shot .450 from the field and .363 in the games he was missing, yet in the games he played those numbers drop to .387 and .315...and no one is happier than Derek Glasser to have Jamelle in the backcourt...Glasser is shooting .419 from the field and .462 from the three-point stripe in games Jamelle plays, in the four games without him he was 7-of-30 (.233) from the field and 0-of-11 (.000) from the three-point stripe.

VS. CAL
ASU leads the series with Cal 35-33...Herb Sendek is 4-5 vs. California and 3-4 at ASU, as he also faced the Golden Bears twice in NCAA Tournament action...Herb Sendek's last win at NC State was a 58-52 NCAA Tournament win over California on March 17, 2006 in Dallas...the visiting team has won nine of previous 11 in the series.

ANOTHER SOLID D NOTE
Six of ASU's 22 opponents have had season-lows in points against ASU...San Diego State is at 71.5 ppg. but had just 52...UW is at 81.1 but had 51, while WSU is at 73.2 and had 46...UCSB is averaging 67.9 ppg. but ASU held the Gauchos to 42, as UCSB leads the Big West with a 10-3 mark...others with season-lows against ASU are Delaware State (34) and Western Illinois (35)...Jimmer Fredette of BYU, who had 49 at Arizona and is averaging 21.5 points, 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 20.1 points, was 3-of-11 from the floor and posted nine points on Jan. 10 and was 6-of-20 from the floor and 2-of-10 from the three-point stripe on Feb. 4...Duke is averaging 80.0 but had 64 on Nov. 25. Duke had a season-low 60 in its Jan. 23 win over Clemson.

BEST TREE IN THE LAND
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).

THE POINT GUARD
Senior Derek Glasser is averaging 10.5 points and is shooting 89.3 percent from the free throw line (100-of-112) this year...already is the ASU career assist record holder with 533, topping the mark held by the late Bobby Thompson, who had 454 from 1983-87, and his 282-of-333 (.847) 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...has played 20 turnover free games in his 125-game career...has five 20-point games in his career, including at Stanford on Thursday...has 19 assists and four turnovers in the past 139 minutes (four games)...should become the first Sun Devil with 1,000 points (989) and 500 assists (533).

ASU CAREER FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
1. Derek Glasser, 2006-10, 84.7 (282-of-333)
2. Alex Austin, 1986-90, 81.5 (255-of-313)
3. Rick Taylor, 1974-78, 81.4 (253-of-311)
4. Dennis Hamilton, 1963-66, 81.3 (261-of-321)
5. Kevin Kruger, 2003-06, 81.2 (229-of-282)

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, eighth in the nation. He has four 20-point games on the year with 27 vs. USF and Washington, 25 at Oregon and 24 vs. UCSB. He is averaging 12.1 points and is 28-of-66 (.424) from the three-point stripe in the past 13 games. He has been all but perfect from the free throw line in that time, going 23-of-25 (.920).

THE HEAD COACH
Herb Sendek, 74-53 (.583) 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 328-211 (.609) in 17 seasons and was 191-132 (.591) at NC State. The 47-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.

YOUNGEST COACHES AT 300 OR SO DIVISION-I WINS
Billy Donovan, Florida, 365 (May 30, 1965)
Steve Alford, New Mexico, 302 (Nov. 23, 1964)
Herb Sendek, Arizona State, 328 (Feb. 22, 1963)
Bill Self, Kansas, 403 (Dec. 27, 1962)
Jay Wright, Villanova, 323 (Dec. 24, 1961)

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