ASU vs. UCLA Men's Basketball Game Notes For Saturday
Feb. 14, 2003
ASU VS. UCLA: The Arizona State men's basketball team (16-7; 8-4) plays host to the UCLA Bruins (5-15; 2-9) on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 1:30 p.m. MST on ABC (Channel 15 in Phoenix). Terry Gannon and Jay Bilas have the call for ABC. ASU opened Pac-10 play with five of its first seven and seven of its first 11 on the road but started a stretch Thursday where it will play five of its final seven at home, where it is 9-2. ASU has played 12 games away from Tempe this year and is 7-5 in those games, including neutral site wins over Utah (Maui Invitational) and Big Ten leading Purdue (Las Vegas Showdown). After one game in the Pac-10 Tournament in March, ASU will have played 15 home games and 15 games away from Tempe. ASU has outrebounded nine of its past 10 opponents and is outrebounding opponents by 8.9 boards per game in that span. The Sun Devils also have shot 135-of-186 (.726) from the free throw line in the past seven games. ASU will try to win four straight Pac-10 games for the first time since February of 2000 and for the just the second time in the past eight seasons.
ASU jumped on USC early and led 48-14 at the 3:49 of the first half in halting USC's three-game win streak, 108-78 on Thursday. Curtis Millage tied his career high with 27 points while Ike Diogu had 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting. Shawn Redhage had 16 points off the bench and added 12 boards (matching his career-high), the second double-double of his career. Jason Braxton matched his career-high with seven assists while Tommy Smith added 15 points and Jamal Hill 11 off the bench. ASU shot 60 percent (36-of-60), including 16-of-23 (.696) in the second half, and outrebounded USC 42-26. ASU grabbed 17 offensive boards for the second straight game.
Arizona State swept the Washington road trip last weekend with an 87-54 win at Washington State and a 79-77 overtime win at Washington. It was ASU's first road sweep since it swept the Oregon schools in February of 2001. ASU shot 65.4 percent (34-of-52) from the field at WSU, the sixth-best mark in school history and the second-best in a road game. ASU also matched the school record with an 8-of-11 (.727) effort from the three-point stripe. The 33-point win was the school's biggest road win since a 36-point win (91-55) at California on Feb. 3, 1979.
Freshman Ike Diogu, Cal seniors Joe Shipp and Brian Wethers and Oregon junior Luke Ridnour are the only Pac-10 players who have posted double digits in every game this year, while ASU senior Tommy Smith needs just two points to become the 28th member of the Arizona State 1,000-point club.
ASU ranks first in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.488) and blocks per game (4.87) and is second just behind with Stanford (65.9 ppg.) in scoring defense at 66.3 ppg. The 66.3 opponent points per game is the best by an ASU defense since the 1983-84 team gave up 65.2 points per game.
READY TO PLAY: Senior Shawn Redhage posted one of the best performances off the bench in all of college basketball this season last Saturday at Washington in ASU's 79-77 overtime win. Redhage had a career-high 29 points (8-of-11) from the floor, and also had career highs in free throws made (11) and attempted (18). The construction science major with a 3.61 grade point average and two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection posted season highs in rebounds (eight), assists (five) and minutes (34). Redhage now has seven double-figure scoring games this year after having three all of last year. Redhage matched the ASU freshman record with 28 starts in 1999-2000 but is now coming off the bench and has posted double digits in four of the past six games. His 29 points is the most by a Sun Devil off the bench since at least the 1979-80 season (we are still looking this up in old files). Redhage had 16 points and matched his career-high with 12 boards in 27 minutes vs. USC on Thursday, including 8-of-9 from the free throw line.
EVERYONE LIKES IKE: Freshman Ike Diogu leads the team at 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game and is averaging 31.3 minutes. The Garland, Texas, native has already been to the line a Pac-10-leading 189 times and is shooting .730 percent from the charity stripe (138-of-189). He also is shooting 61.7 percent from the field (140-of-227) and is at 67.3 percent (76-of-113) in Pac-10 games.
IKE AND PAC-10 CHATTER: Ike Diogu could become the first freshman since Cal's Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 1995-96 to finish in the league's top 10 in scoring and rebounding (Abdur-Rahim was the league's Player of the Year). He could become just the ninth freshman to earn all-league honors since Arizona and Arizona State joined the loop in 1978-79 (25 seasons ago). No freshman has earned All-Pac-10 since Jason Gardner (Arizona), Casey Jacobsen (Stanford) and Jason Kapono (UCLA) in 1999-2000 (the only freshmen to earn all-league in the past six seasons).
DIOGU'S FREE THROWS: Diogu's 189 free throw attempts (8.22 per game) is on pace to break the ASU single-season mark of 234 (7.1 pg) set by Mario Bennett in 1994-95. Diogu's 189 attempts topped the ASU freshman record of 140 set by Bennett in 1991-92. If he keeps this pace, he would crack the Pac-10 single-season list and would register the most free throws since Harold Miner attempted 286 in 1991-92, which is third on the Pac-10 single-season list. He has made more free throws this year than any other Pac-10 player has attempted.
DIOGU REBOUNDING: Diogu posted 13 boards vs. California on Jan. 30 and then followed that with 14 boards vs. Stanford on Feb. 1, the most by an ASU freshman since Mario Bennett set the school freshman record with 17 vs. Oregon on Feb. 1, 1992. The two games were his best rebounding efforts of the year. His double-double at Oregon State (14 points and 10 boards) was only the second double-double by an ASU freshman in the past 12 seasons and the first since Chad Prewitt posted a double-double in December of 1998. He followed that with three straight double-doubles vs. California (18 points and 13 rebounds), vs. Stanford (16 points and 14 rebounds) and at Washington State (26 points and 10 rebounds). Diogu is averaging 19.4 points and 9.8 rebounds in the past five games.
SUN DEVIL DATA: In ASU's eight road games, Ike Diogu is averaging 18.5 points and is shooting 68.1 percent (47-of-69) from the field...Curtis Millage has made 28-of-35 (.800) from the free throw line in the past seven games and is 64-of-123 (.520) from the field in the past 11 games. Millage has eight 20-point games in his career, but his 21-point effort vs. California on Jan. 30 was his first in Wells Fargo Arena...Tommy Smith has posted a Pac-10 leading 55 blocks on the year...ASU is 28-4 (.875) when it leads at the half in the past two seasons...Shawn Redhage is 41-of-74 (.554) from the field in the past 15 games...ASU has held nine opponents to under 40 percent shooting...ASU's win over Cal on Jan. 30 snapped a 17-game losing streak when ASU trailed at the half. The last time ASU had come back from a halftime deficit was March 3, 2001, when it trailed Oregon State 31-30 before winning 61-59...ASU has won all 10 games when it shoots 50 percent this year.
VS. UCLA: ASU won consecutive games in Pauley Pavilion for the first time in school history with a 75-64 win on Jan. 16. ASU led by as many as 21 in the second half but UCLA pulled to within six before ASU hit seven straight free throws to seal the win. Tommy Smith had 16 points, 10 boards and six assists while Curtis Millage led with 23 points. Ike Diogu added 16 points. ASU committed a season-high 20 turnovers but shot 59.6 percent (28-of-47). ASU made a season-low one three-pointer while UCLA did not register a blocked shot. UCLA's Jason Kapono made 11-of-13 from the free throw line but was just 3-of-10 from the field. UCLA leads the series 47-12 and had won 22 straight against ASU before the Sun Devils ended that streak on Feb. 17, 2000, with a 104-75 win behind Eddie House's 40 points. Before that game, ASU had not beaten the Bruins since Feb. 16, 1989. ASU is 3-3 against UCLA in the past six meetings.
PATIENCE: When Rob Evans took over the ASU program in the spring of 1998, many talked about his final two years at Ole Miss when he went 42-16 (.724) and won two SEC West titles. Before those seasons, Evans took a program many called 'below ground' and had a 44-65 (.403) mark in his first four seasons. At ASU, Evans was 60-60 in his first four years before jumping out to a 16-7 (.696) record this year. Overall, Evans is 104-125 (.454) in his first four years of building a program and is 58-23 (.716) after the rebuilding process.
ROTATION UPDATE: Injuries have affected the rotation, as highly touted 6-8 freshman Serge Angounou will miss the season after injuring his kneecap in the first exhibition. Angounou had surgery on Nov. 15 and will apply for a redshirt. Also, swingman Kenny Crandall is still recovering from a broken right fibula suffered in April and is limited. Curtis Millage, the team's top returning scorer from last year, missed the first three games due to an eligibility issue.
ROB EVANS: Rob Evans (162-148/.523) is in his fifth season at Arizona State (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, winning two SEC West titles, and led Ole Miss to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1937-38. The 56-year old Evans is a 1968 graduate of New Mexico State, where he captained two NCAA Tournament teams, is a 1989 inductee of the Athletic Hall of Fame and was named to the school's All-Time team. He is 76-67 (.531) at ASU. Evans' Ole Miss squads were known as tough man-to-man teams which ranked 13th in the nation and second in the SEC in 1997-98 in rebounding at +6.6. Ole Miss held opponents to just 30 percent from the three-point stripe, best in the SEC, and to just 40.6 percent from the field.
MAKING HIS MARK: Ike Diogu's 27 points at Oregon on Jan. 4 and against Lafayette on Nov. 30 are tied for the fourth-best freshman scoring mark in ASU history. It is the best scoring mark by a freshman since Mario Bennett set the mark with 35 against fifth-ranked Arizona on Feb. 20, 1992. Diogu now owns five of the top 10 freshman scoring games in ASU history and is the first Sun Devil freshman to post back-to-back 20-point games since Bennett in 1991-92. A look at the top freshman scoring games in the ASU record books:
ASU FRESHMAN SINGLE-GAME POINTS (25-point games)Rk. Pts. Player1. 35 Mario Bennett vs. #5 Arizona, Feb. 20, 19922. 31 Byron Scott vs. #18 Arizona, Feb. 23, 19803. 29 Jamal Faulkner vs. #2 Arkansas (NCAA), March 17, 19914. 27 Ike Diogu at #9 Oregon, Jan. 4, 2003 27 Ike Diogu vs. Lafayette, Nov. 30, 2002 27 Jamal Faulkner at Oregon, Feb. 28, 1991 27 Byron Scott vs. Arizona, Dec. 27, 19798. 26 Ike Diogu vs. USC, Feb. 13, 2003 26 Ike Diogu at Washington State, Feb. 6, 200310. 25 Ike Diogu vs. Nevada, Dec. 10, 2002
PLAYER QUICK NOTES
#1 JASON BRAXTON: Posted seven assists and zero turnovers in 25 minutes vs. USC on Feb. 13...nine points and five boards at UCLA on Jan. 16...six boards at USC on Jan. 18...did not turn the ball over in 47 minutes on Oregon road trip...11 points vs. Utah on Nov. 27...also matched a career-high with seven assists vs. Chaminade (Nov. 26) and vs. Nevada (Dec. 10).
#3 KYLE DODD: Shooting 31-of-60 (.517) from the field this year...19-of-37 (.514) from the field in the past 16 games...eight turnovers in the past 13 games (227 minutes)...15 assists and just three turnovers in past three games, as he had seven assists vs. Washington in 27 minutes...in his 113-game career, he has 266 assists and just 99 turnovers, a 2.69-to-1 ratio...has seven dunks in four-year career.
#4 TOMMY SMITH: Posted 15 points in 14 minutes vs. USC on Thursday...had season-high 17 points (7-of-10 shooting) in Feb. 6 win at Washington State...posted 14 points, seven boards and zero turnovers vs. WSU on Jan. 11...career-high 16 boards, 13 points, six bocks and five assists vs. Washington on Jan. 9...eight points and eight boards at OSU on Jan. 2...16 points, seven boards and six assists vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...career-high seven assists vs. Bucknell on Dec. 27...six career doubles-doubles...13 points and eight boards vs. BYU on Dec. 4...eight points, 11 boards and six blocks vs. Utah on Nov. 27.
#5 IKE DIOGU: Has scored in double digits in all 23 games...eight 20-point games...26 points on 11-of-13 shooting vs. USC on Feb. 13...26 points (11-of-15 shooting) and 10 boards at Washington State on Feb. 6...16 points and 14 boards vs. Stanford on Feb. 1...18 points and 13 rebounds vs. No. 20 California...24 points (11-of-12 from free throw line) at USC on Jan. 18...16 points (7-of-9 from the field) at UCLA on Jan. 16...17 points vs. Washington State on Jan. 11...14 points and nine boards vs. Washington on Jan. 9...27 points at Oregon on Jan. 4...18 points and 10 boards in Pac-10 opener on Jan. 2 at Oregon State...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. 2 at Las Vegas Showdown...37 minutes vs. Utah on Nov. 27 and had 22 points, eight boards and zero turnovers.
#12 KENNY CRANDALL: Averaging 13.2 minutes in his past five games, but did not play at Washington on Feb. 8...played 20 minutes at top-ranked Arizona on Jan. 22 and made 4-of-7 three-pointers and had season-high 12 points...15-of-16 (.938) free throws on the year...five assists vs. Morehead State on Nov. 22...broke right fibula on April 17 in a dirt-bike accident and is still recovering...has played double-digit minutes in eight games...shot 21-of-46 (.457) from the three-point stripe in Pac-10 games last year.
#14 CURTIS MILLAGE: Has eight 20-point games in his career, all but two away from Tempe...matched career-high with 27 points vs. USC on Thursday...64-of-123 (.520) from field in past nine games...averaging 15.8 points per game in Pac-10 play...28-of-35 (.800) from the free throw line in the past seven games...21 points vs. No. 20 Cal on Feb. 3...led team with 20 points at top-ranked Arizona on Jan. 22...led team with 23 points at UCLA on Jan. 16, as he was 8-of-12 (.667) from the field...led team with 16 points vs. Washington on Jan. 9...18 points on 7-of-10 shooting at No. 9 Oregon on Jan. 4...led team with 16 points and added five boards at Oregon State on Jan. 2...posted 26 points in his season debut vs. Utah on Nov. 27.
#21 DONNELL KNIGHT: Four career double-doubles...21-of-43 (.488) from the floor in his past eight games...10 points in 26 minutes vs. No. 20 California on Jan. 30...13 points at USC on Jan. 18...13 points and eight boards vs. Washington State on Jan. 11...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 (four games) and first player off the bench...averaging 12.3 points in past three games...19-of-25 (.760) from the free throw line on the year...posted 14 points against both Washington (Jan. 9) and Washington State (Jan. 11)...12 points vs. BYU on Dec. 4 on 5-of-7 shooting...has been in double figures in seven games...17 points vs. Chaminade on Nov. 26...16 points vs. No. 15 Kentucky on Nov. 25 in season-high 37 minutes...averaged 35 minutes per game in Maui Invitational with Curtis Millage sitting the first two games.
#24 JUSTIN ALLEN: Redshirted 2000-2001 season with Hodgkin's Disease and is getting back into basketball shape...has played in 67 games in three-year career...has played in 14 games this season...missed Washington home series (Jan. 9-11) with sprained right ankle...hit first-half three-pointer at Washington on Feb. 8...hit first-half three-pointer vs. Nebraska on Dec. 28...hit two three-pointers at Utah on Dec. 7, 2002.
#42 SHAWN REDHAGE: Excellent student-athlete who has a 3.61 GPA in construction science...2001 and 2002 Pac-10 All-Academic selection...playing great as of late with 16 points and 12 boards (matching career-high) in 27 minutes vs. USC...notched his second-career double-double vs. USC...had one of the best days off the bench in college basketball this year with career-high 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists at Washington on Feb. 8...41-of-74 (.554) from the field in the past 15 games...10 points in 17 minutes vs. No. 20 California on Feb. 3...10 points and six boards at top-ranked Arizona on Jan. 22...has seven double-figure scoring games this year after having three all of last year...posted 14 points in 15 minutes against Purdue on Dec. 21...14 points against Purdue was the most since Jan. 18, 2001, when he had 16 vs. UCLA in his sophomore season...12 points vs. Nevada on Dec. 10...has made 220-of-280 (.785) free throws in his four-year career...also has 71 blocks in his career, ninth-best in ASU history...matched the ASU freshman record with 28 starts in 1999-2000.