Men's Hoops Quick Notes After UCLA Win

March 7, 2010

68-32 (.680) PAST THREE SEASONS
The Arizona State's men's hoops team, in its fourth season under 330-game winner Herb Sendek and winners of 20 games in three straight seasons for the first time since JFK was President, will open the Pac-10 Tournament on Thursday, March 11, at 8:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. MT against Stanford. ASU finished in second place in the Pac-10, its highest finish since the 1981 team also finished in second.

--The Sun Devils are 6-1 in past seven games and 8-2 in their past 10 games and 12-4 since opening the season 0-2 on the Los Angeles road trip.

--ASU has has held 16 of 31 opponents to under 40 percent field goal shooting.

--ASU is now 32-22 (.593) in Pac-10 games the past three seasons, tied for the second-best mark in that time with Washington. UCLA is 37-17 (.685) to lead the way.

PAC-10 LEAGUE RECORDS (2007-10/PAST THREE SEASONS)
1. UCLA, 37-17/.685
2. Arizona State, 32-22/.593
2. Washington, 32-22/.593
4. California, 30-24/.556
5. USC, 28-28/.519

TEAMS THAT HAD 2009 FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICANS--ONE YEAR LATER
Arizona State, James Harden (22-9 this year; 25-10 last year)
Davidson, Stephen Curry (16-15 this year; 26-7 last year)
North Carolina, Tyler Hansbrough (16-15 this year; 28-4 last year)
Oklahoma, Blake Griffin (13-17 this year; 27-5 last year)
Pitt, DeJuan Blair (24-7 this year; 31-5 last year)

PERSPECTIVE
With its Feb. 25 win at Stanford, ASU clinched its third straight 20-win season for the first time since 1961-63. This manufactured note says it all...ASU posted its 20th win for the third straight season (en route to 26) on Feb. 16, 1963, a 104-87 win at BYU. Six days later on Feb. 22, Herb Sendek was born.

BEST SINCE
ASU finished in second place in the Pac-10 for the first time since 1980-81. ASU was picked seventh in the preseason poll.

MOST PAC-10 WINS IN PAC-10 HISTORY
1980-81, 16-2/2nd/Ned Wulk
1979-80, 15-3/2nd/Ned Wulk
2009-10, 12-6/2nd/Herb Sendek
1994-95, 12-6/3rd/Bill Frieder
1982-83, 12-6/T-3rd/Bob Weinhauer

WOW
ASU was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 preseason media poll and some 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. This year marks 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). ASU has produced 68 wins in the past two-plus seasons, just the second-time in school history a three-year period has produced 68 wins. ASU has notched 20 wins for the third straight season after reaching 20 wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1979-80 and 1980-81. ASU had not had three straight 20-win seasons since the 1960-61 (23-6), 1961-62 (23-4) and 1962-63 (26-3) teams racked up 73 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)
2007-08 TO 2009-10 (68-32/.680)

EVEN BETTER SECOND TIME AROUND
Herb Sendek's Sun Devils for the third straight year improved its record in the second half of the Pac-10 as it was 5-4 in first half and 7-2 in second half...ASU notched its first 7-2 'half' record in a Pac-10 season since the 1982-83 team went 7-2 in the back half of Pac-10 play en route to a 12-6 league mark...in the past three seasons ASU is 14-13 in the first half of Pac-10 play (.519) but 18-9 (.667) in the second half...overall ASU is now 14-22 (.389) in the first half of Pac-10 play under Coach Sendek but 20-16 (.556) in the second half.

WINNING TOUGH ONES
ASU is 27-16 (.628) in the past three seasons in 10 points or less games after going 4-17 in Herb Sendek's first year...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 15-9 (.625).

ABOUT THE ROAD
ASU is the only Pac-10 team to have a winning road record in league play (10-8) in the the past two seasons...after losing its first eight Pac-10 road games under Herb Sendek, ASU is 15-13 (.536) since...ASU won five Pac-10 road games for just the sixth time in its 32-year history this year. It went 8-1 in 1980-81, 7-2 in 1979-80 and 5-4 in 2009-10, 2008-09, 1994-95 and 1982-83.

YOUNGEST COACHES IN THE PAC-10
Sean Miller (41 on Nov. 17, 2009)
Johnny Dawkins (46 on Sept. 28, 2009)
Herb Sendek (47 on Feb. 22, 2009)

PAC-10 COACHES MOST D-I WINS
Mike Montgomery, 589
Ben Howland, 334
Herb Sendek, 330

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