Men's Hoops Game Notes For Jacksonville NIT Contest Tuesday At 8 p.m.

March 15, 2010

The Arizona State's men's hoops team, in its fourth season under 2009-10 Pac-10 Coach of the Year Herb Sendek and winners of 20 games (22-10) in three straight seasons for the first time since JFK was President, makes its third straight postseason appearance for the first time since the mid-1990s when it takes on Atlantic Sun regular season co-champion Jacksonville (19-12) in NIT action on Tuesday, March 16, at 8 p.m. PT in Tempe. The winner will take on the winner of the Seton Hall (19-12)/Texas Tech (17-15) game also held Tuesday, with time/date/location and TV information announced later.

The Sun Devils, 8-3 in their past 11 games, 7-2 in past nine and 12-5 since opening the season 0-2 on the Los Angeles road trip, finished second in the Pac-10 (12-6) for the first time since 1980-81 after being picked for seventh in the preseason media poll and tenth by Sporting News...Herb Sendek became just the second Sun Devil to earn Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors in ASU's 32 years of Pac-10 play (Ned Wulk in 1979-80)...ASU finished 7-2 in the second half of Pac-10 play and has held 16 of 32 opponents to under 40 percent shooting, including seven of the nine Pac-10 schools (33 of its past 67 opponents have shot under 40 percent)...ASU is 32-22 (.593) in Pac-10 regular season games the past three seasons, tied for the second-best mark with Washington...ASU enters this week eighth in the nation in scoring defense (58.5 points per game) and 23rd in three-pointers made per game (8.2)...after going 8-22 in Coach Sendek's first year (2006-2007), ASU is 68-33 (.673) and giving up just 60.7 ppg. in his 130 games...the Sun Devils are the only team in the Pac-10 to post 20 wins in each of the past three seasons...Herb Sendek is 11-3 in first-round games of postseason play overall as he is 6-1 in NCAA action and 5-2 in NIT play.

Arizona State, James Harden (22-10 this year; 25-10 last year)
Davidson, Stephen Curry (16-15 this year; 26-7 last year)
North Carolina, Tyler Hansbrough (16-16 this year; 28-4 last year)
Oklahoma, Blake Griffin (13-18 this year; 27-5 last year)
Pitt, DeJuan Blair (24-8 this year; 31-5 last year)

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. Here is another way to say it. ASU has three 20-win seasons under Herb Sendek in four had three 20 win-seasons in the previous 25 seasons.

ASU was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 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.

1960-61 TO 1962-63 (73-13/.849)
2007-08 TO 2009-10 (68-33/.673)

Derek Glasser has set the ASU record for games played in a career, as he has played in 130. Jeff Pendergraph played in 126 to set the mark last year, and Jerren Shipp is second on the list as he has played in 128 games...averaging 10.3 points and is shooting 86.6 percent from the free throw line (110-of-127) this year...led league in assist-to-turnover ratio in Pac-10 games at 1.9 (75 assists and 20 turnovers)...leads the league in assists per game (4.8) and in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.2 (152 assists and 69 turnovers) the ASU career assist record holder with 545, topping the mark held by the late Bobby Thompson, who had 454 from 1983-87, and his 292-of-348 (.839) 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 130-game career...has five 20-point games in his career...the first Sun Devil with 1,000 points (1,025) and 500 assists (545).

1. Derek Glasser, 2006-10, 83.9 (292-of-348)
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)

ASU has made 10 appearances in the NIT and is 5-10 overall, with its most recent appearance in 2008 when it beat Alabama State and Southern Illinois before falling to defending NCAA champion Florida...ASU and Jacksonville have met once, with ASU winning a 111-69 contest in the season opener on Nov. 22, 1996...ASU beat Seton Hall 66-53 on Dec. 3, 1983, in its only meeting...Texas Tech holds a 22-19 series lead over ASU with the last meeting taking place on Dec. 8, 1988, an 81-75 ASU win in Lubbock...Herb Sendek has never faced Texas Tech or Jacksonville and is 0-1 vs. Seton Hall, as NC State fell to the Hall in Raleigh 83-65 on Jan. 25, 2006.

Herb Sendek IN NIT
Herb Sendek is 8-8 in the NIT...he was 0-2 at Miami of Ohio with appearances in 1994 and 1996...he was 6-5 at NC State with appearances in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002...his 2000 team advanced to the semifinals with wins over Tulane, Arizona State and ASU he is 2-1.

Eric Boateng leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage at .661 (113-of-171) and finished even better in Pac-10 play at 68-of-103 (.660). Last year Sun Devil Jeff Pendergraph led the nation in field goal percentage at .660, the best mark by a Pac-10 player since Todd MacCullouch of Washington shot .662 in 1998-99. Boateng won't have enough makes to qualify for national honors but no team has had different players lead the league in shooting since Washington State's Fred Ferguson (1993-94) and Mark Hendrickson (1994-95).

ASU is 43-11 (.796) at home in the past three seasons, including a 15-5 mark in 2007-08 that set the ASU mark for total home wins that was topped by this year's 16-3 (.842) mark. ASU is 28-6 (.824) the past two seasons at home.

Junior Ty Abbott is averaging 15.2 points and 5.6 boards in the past 17 games and is 53-of-129 (.411) from the three-point stripe in that the 18 league games, Abbott finished ninth in the loop in scoring (14.7 points per game), 11th in rebounding (5.7 rpg.), ninth in free throw percentage (.818 as he was 36-of-44), fourth in three-point percentage (.411 as he was 53-of-129), second in three-pointers made per game (2.9) and sixth in defensive rebounds per game (5.0)...had monster road tilt with 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including 5-of-8 three-pointers, in season-high 39 minutes in 73-69 win at Tucson on Feb. 21...posted a season-high 29 points vs. Stanford, including seven three-pointers, and also added a career-best 12 rebounds, all on the defensive end...played 38 minutes, posted 20 points and matched season highs in assists (four) and steals (three) vs. California on Jan. 28...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...missed one game after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in mid-October...Jan. 8-10 Pac-10 Player of the Week after the sweep of the Washington schools as he scored 17 points in each win...has played in 100 games in his three-year career and started in 89...closing in on 1,000 career points as he has 956 (9.6 points per game)...when Abbott scores in double digits, ASU is 37-11 (.771) and 25-7 (.781) the past two seasons.

Eric 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)...averaging 8.8 points and 7.3 boards while shooting 66.1 percent from the field (113-of-171), as he has scored 281 points after scoring 57 last year...68-of-103 (.660) from the field in Pac-10 play, best in the league...had monster game vs. UCLA on March 6 with 16 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, four blocks and zero turnovers in 34 minutes...notched 19 points and 13 boards vs. Cal on Jan. his past 12 games he is 56-of-81 (.691) from the floor and is averaging 11.2 points and 9.0 boards with 16 blocks...had made 14 straight shots entering the March 4 USC game, as he is the only D-I player to make 11-of-11 in D-I in a game this year when he did it at Stanford on Feb. 25. Jon Avery of IUPUI was 10-of-10 against Oral Roberts on Jan. 14, 2010 as was Dominic Calegari of UC Davis vs. UC Irvine on the same might)...had career-best 24 points at Stanford on Feb. 25.

Eric Boateng (Arizona State) at Stanford (Feb. 25, 2010)
Bryce Taylor (Oregon) vs. USC (March 10,2007/Pac-10 Tournament)
Tommy Smith (Arizona State) vs. Washington (Feb. 10, 2001)
Marques Johnson (UCLA) at California (Feb. 27, 1976)

Herb Sendek earned the Miami of Ohio job in the spring of 1993 at age 30. Three years later he took over the NC State program at age 33. Some 17 years later he ranks near the top of the youngest coaches with 300 career wins, as he turned 47 on Feb. 22.

Billy Donovan, Florida, 366 (May 30, 1965)
Steve Alford, New Mexico, 305 (Nov. 23, 1964)
Note: Alford has 383 career wins, but 78 were at Manchester, which was not D-I.
Herb Sendek, Arizona State, 330 (Feb. 22, 1963)
Bill Self, Kansas, 408 (Dec. 27, 1962)
Jay Wright, Villanova, 324 (Dec. 24, 1961)
Jeff Jones, American, 305 (June 29, 1960)

For the second time in four seasons, Herb Sendek earned United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) District IX honors (California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona and Alaska). He also earned the honor in 2007-08 and earned District III (Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Maryland) honors in 2003-04. One note on the honor for this year...he was the only coach of the nine honored to not have a player on his All-District team.

ASU had a winning record at the halfway mark of the Pac-10 season (5-4) for just the third time in the past 15 seasons (1995-96 to present) and for the second straight season under Herb Sendek. ASU was 5-4 at the turn last year en route to the NCAA Tournament with NBA draft picks James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph leading the way. In 2002-03, ASU also was 5-4 at the turn, with Freshman of the Year Ike Diogu (and eventual NBA Lottery pick) and four seniors in the starting lineup and also advanced to the NCAA Tournament. This year also marks the fourth straight year Herb Sendek's Sun Devils posted at least the same Pac-10 record in the second half as it did in the first half, as it was 5-4 through first nine games and 7-2 in the final nine. ASU is 14-22 (.389) in the first half of Pac-10 play under Coach Sendek but 20-16 (.556) in the 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.

Eight of ASU's 22 opponents have had season-lows in points against ASU...Cal, UW, WSU, SDSU, UCSB, Delaware State, Western Illinois and UCLA all had or matched season-lows in points vs. ASU...ASU has held the top three scoring teams in the Pac-10 to its season low...Cal is at 78.0 but ASU held the Bears to 62 on Feb. 27 in Berkeley...UW is at 79.8 but had 51 on Jan. 8, while WSU is at 71.9 and had 46 on Jan. 10...ASU held UCLA (66.8) to 46 on March 4, matching a Bruin season-low...San Diego State is at 70.6 ppg. but had just 52 on Dec. 19...Big West Champion UCSB is averaging 68.2 ppg. but ASU held the Gauchos to 42 on Dec. 21...others with season-lows against ASU are Delaware State (34 but averaging 58.5) and Western Illinois (35 but averaging 59.0)...Jimmer Fredette of BYU, who had 49 at Arizona and is averaging 21.7 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 averaged 19.6 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 78.4 but had 64 on Nov. 25.

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 has the tough-to-defend combination of being leading the league in three-pointers made per game (8.2) and is second in percentage (.368). 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 finished third in Pac-10 games only by shooting .351 from the arc and making 7.9 per game, best in the league.

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 56.8 points per game in the 28 games he has played yet gave up 70.5 in his 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 .394 and .311...and no one is happier than Derek Glasser to have Jamelle in the backcourt...Glasser is shooting .438 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.

Herb Sendek, 76-54 (.580) 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 330-213 (.608) 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. Another overlooked note is his 10-year stay at NC State. To compare it to the Pac-10, since the league expanded to 10 teams in 1978-79, only five coaches have coached at their schools for at least 10 years: Lute Olson (24/Arizona), Ralph Miller (19/Oregon State), Mike Montgomery (18/Stanford), Ernie Kent (in his 13th at Oregon) and Ben Braun (12/California).

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