Men's Hoops Plays At Oregon On Saturday
Jan. 3, 2003
ASU VS. DUCKS: The Arizona State men's basketball team (9-3; 1-0) plays at the ninth-ranked Oregon Ducks on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MST. The Sun Devils are on a five-game winning streak and have not lost since a 78-55 defeat at Utah on Dec. 7. ASU is shooting 49.6 percent (136-of-274) from the field and is holding its opponents to just 39.0 percent (98-of-251) in its five-game win streak with an average margin of 17.8 points. ASU is shooting 73.3 percent from the foul line in that time (80-of-109) and is averaging just 11.8 turnovers per game.
The Pac-10 early schedule has not worked in Rob Evans' favor as this year is the fourth time in his five-year ASU career that the Sun Devils have opened on the road to start league play. The only home game in that time was in 2000-2001 against second-ranked Stanford. ASU's 67-47 win at Oregon State was the Sun Devils first Pac-10 road opening win since the 1991-92 season, which snapped a 10-game Pac-10 road opening skid.
Entering this year, ASU is one of only four Pac-10 schools to have at least a .500 record at McArthur Court in the past eight seasons. ASU is 4-4 (Rob Evans is 2-2), with only Stanford (5-3) posting a better record in that time. UA and Washington are also both 4-4 prior to this season.
WE LIKE IKE: Freshman Ike Diogu has been all that was advertised in his first 12 games, as he leads the team at 17.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The Garland, Texas, native already has been to the line 95 times and is shooting .779 percent from the charity stripe (74-of-95). He is the only Sun Devil to reach double digits in scoring in all 12 contests. In his past six games, he is 40-of-44 (.909) from the free throw line. His double-double against Oregon State was only the second double-double by an ASU freshman in the past 318 games and the first since Chad Prewitt posted a double-double in December of 1998. OTHER DIOGU NOTES: Four 20-point games...averaging eight boards in his past five games...21 points and seven boards vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28 which earned him ASU Classic MVP honors...18 points and nine boards vs. Purdue on Dec. 21...25 points and nine boards vs. Nevada on Dec. 10...15 points and eight boards vs. BYU on Dec. 4...27 points vs. Lafayette on Nov. 30...played 37 minutes vs. Utah on Nov. 27 and had 22 points, eight boards and zero turnovers.
SUN DEVIL DATA: Tommy Smith has posted 29 blocks on the year and has notched 20 assists in the past four games. He posted a career-high seven assists vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27...Jason Braxton leads the team in assists (36) and steals (20) and is averaging 8.6 points in the 11 games against ranked opponents in his two-year career...in the past two seasons, ASU is 22-3 (.880) when it leads at the half...Shawn Redhage had 14 points in 15 minutes against Purdue. He is 15-of-25 (.600) from the field in the past four games...Kyle Dodd is shooting 21-of-34 (.618) from the field...ASU has held seven opponents to under 40 percent field goal shooting this year...after going 8-of-20 from the free throw line against Utah in Maui, Curtis Millage is back in the groove as he has made 16-of-22 (.727) since.
VS. OSU: ASU held Oregon State to just 17-of-51 (.333) from the field, including 7-of-30 (.233) in the second half, and topped the Beavers 67-47 on Thursday. ASU held OSU to just 18 second-half points and outrebounded the Beavers 42-27. Curtis Millage had 16 points to lead the Sun Devils while Ike Diogu had 14 points and a season-high 10 rebounds. ASU had just 11 turnovers and its bench outscored the Beaver subs 16-4.
VS. UO: ASU has won three of the past four against the Ducks and leads the series 30-23...last year, ASU gave Oregon one of its four Pac-10 defeats, 95-88 in Tempe...Donnell Knight is averaging 7.7 points per game against the Ducks in his six games and is shooting 16-of-29 (.551) from the field...Tommy Smith is averaging 12.7 points and is 33-of-48 (.687) from the field against UO, including a 17-of-25 (.680) mark in Eugene...Rob Evans is 4-4 vs. the Ducks and Ernie Kent, including 2-2 in Eugene...ASU made a season-high 10 three-pointers in Eugene last year, but had a season-low 24 total rebounds and 15 defensive rebounds...Kenny Crandall was 5-of-5 from the field last year vs. Oregon in Tempe, including three three-pointers, and scored 14 points...Jason Braxton had four steals at Oregon last year...Oregon's 103 points in Eugene last year was the most posted against any Rob Evans' team in regulation...the Ducks made 35 free throws and posted 48 first-half points.ROTATION UPDATE: Two injuries have affected the ASU rotation, as highly touted 6-8 freshman Serge Angounou will miss all of the season after injuring his kneecap in the first exhibition. Angounou had surgery on Nov. 15 and will be out for three months and will apply for a medical redshirt. Also, reserve swingman Kenny Crandall is still recovering from a broken fibula suffered in April and is limited. Curtis Millage, the team's leading returning scorer from last year, missed both exhibition games and the first three games due to an eligibility issue.
REDHAGE RALLYING: Senior Shawn Redhage has been solid off the bench. The Lincoln, Neb., native is 15-of-25 (.600) from the field in the past five games and is averaging 8.6 points and 15.6 minutes in that time. He posted 14 points in 15 minutes vs. Purdue on Dec. 21, the most points he has had since scoring 16 vs. UCLA on Jan. 18, 2001, in his sophomore season. He has posted double digits in scoring in three games this year, matching last year's total. OTHER REDHAGE NOTES: Excellent student-athlete who has a 3.56 GPA in construction science...2001 and 2002 Pac-10 All-Academic selection...12 points vs. Nevada on Dec. 10...13 points vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26...has made 187-of-235 (.796) free throws in his career...also has 65 career blocks, ninth-best in ASU history.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (155-144/.518) is in his fifth season at Arizona State in 2002-2003 (11th overall) after being hired on April 7, 1998. The 1997 SEC Coach of the Year spent six seasons at Ole Miss, compiling an 86-81 (.515) record. He led the Rebels to a 42-16 record in his final two seasons after going 44-65 (.403) in his first four seasons, winning two SEC West titles, and led Ole Miss to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1937-38. He is 69-63 (.523) at ASU.
OTHER QUICK PLAYER NOTES
#1 JASON BRAXTON: Posted second-best scoring night of year at Oregon State with nine points and played 25 minutes without a turnover...11 points vs. Utah on Nov. 27...matched career-high with seven assists vs. Chaminade (Nov. 26) and vs. Nevada (Dec. 10)...averaging 8.6 points in the 11 games against ranked opponents.
#3 KYLE DODD: Shooting 21-of-34 (.618) from the field this year...posted nine points vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...12 points vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26...in his 102-game career, he has 224 assists and just 91 turnovers, a 2.46-to-1 ratio...has seven dunks in four-year career.
#4 TOMMY SMITH: Eight points and eight boards at OSU on Jan. 2...had season-high 16 points, seven boards and six assists vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...had a career-high seven assists vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27...has five career doubles-doubles...posted 13 points and eight boards vs. BYU on Dec. 4...had eight points, 11 boards and six blocks vs. Utah on Nov. 27.
#12 KENNY CRANDALL: Has made 7-of-8 (.875) free throws on the year...five assists vs. Morehead State on Novs. 22 in season opener...broke his right fibula on April 17 in a dirt-bike accident and is still recovering.
#14 CURTIS MILLAGE: Has four 20-point games in his career, all of them away from Tempe...16 points at OSU on Jan. 2...13 points, four boards and five assists vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...posted 26 points in his season debut vs. Utah on Nov. 27...made 27-of-33 (.818) free throws in the final eight games last year.
#21 DONNELL KNIGHT: Has four career double-doubles...has not had a turnover in the past two games (60 minutes)....eight points and seven boards vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...15 points vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27...12 points and 10 boards off the bench vs. Nevada on Dec. 10 and made all five field goal attempts...posted 15 points and 12 boards vs. Morehead State in season opener on Nov. 22.
#22 JAMAL HILL: Junior college transfer who has been both a starter and first player off the bench...12 points vs. BYU on Dec. 4 on 5-of-7 shooting...has been in double figures in four games...17 points vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26...16 points vs. No. 15 Kentucky on Nov. 25 in season-high 37 minutes...has just seven turnovers through 12 games while averaging 23.6 minutes...fourth on the team with 8.5 points per game and is shooting 14-of-31 (.452) from the three-point stripe.