Men's Hoops Hosts Cal Saturday At 6:30
Jan. 9, 2004
ASU HOSTS CAL: The Arizona State men's basketball team (6-5 and 0-2 in the Pac-10), coming off its first 20-win season since 1995, plays host to the California Golden Bears on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m., on Fox Sports Net. ASU lost to fourth-ranked Stanford 63-62 on Thursday and to then fourth-ranked Arizona 93-74 on Jan. 3, marking the first time in more than two decades that the Sun Devils played back-to-back games against top-five teams. ASU finishes its streak playing against the three teams that finished ahead of it in the Pac-10 standings last year (Arizona, Stanford and California) before it travels to Los Angeles to face UCLA (Jan. 15) and USC (Jan. 17) next week.
VS. STANFORD: ASU fell behind by 16 in the first half but rallied to take a 62-59 lead but fell 63-62 to fourth-ranked Stanford on Thursday. Stevie Moore had 16 points while Jason Braxton had 13. Ike Diogu had 13 points, six boards and a career-high six assists. ASU shot 62.5 percent in the second half (15-of-24) and was a season-best 9-of-16 (.563) from the three-point stripe, including 6-of-7 (.857) in the second half. Serge Angounou played his first game since he injured his knee in exhibition action on Nov. 13, 2002, and had five points and five rebounds in 22 minutes.
VS. CAL: The ASU-Cal series had been predictable the past decade, with the home team winning 20 of the past 24 games. ASU leads the overall series 30-25 and is 11-2 vs. the Golden Bears in Tempe in the past 13 seasons. ASU shot 50 percent from the floor against California in the two games last year despite Cal allowing just 43.4 field goal shooting all season, as Ike Diogu averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds and was 10-of-14 (.714) from the floor. Overall, ASU is 20-5 against California in Tempe since joining the Pac-10 in 1978-79, the best mark against any Pac-10 team.
ASU VS. PAC-10 IN TEMPERk. Team Record1. California 20-5 (.800)2. Washington 20-6 (.769)3. Oregon 17-8 (.680)4. Washington State 16-9 (.640)5. Oregon State 15-11 (.577)6. USC 13-12 (.520)7. Stanford 13-13 (.500)8. Arizona 11-15 (.423)9. UCLA 7-19 (.269)*Records are conference games (including 1990 Pac-10 Tournament) beginning with 1978-79 season.
STILL LIKING IKE: Ike Diogu is averaging 22.7 points per game, tops in the Pac-10, and again is making free throws. Diogu, ASU's first Associated Press Preseason All-American, is averaging 10.6 free throw attempts per game and is now 276-of-362 (.762) from the free throw line in his 43-game career. He now has 19 games of at least 20 points and has scored in double digits in all 43 contests, the best active streak in the nation. He has seven 20-point games on the year. Diogu also has 10 career double-doubles (three this year) and eight other games with nine rebounds. He is 15-of-42 (.357) from the three-point stripe in his career and already has 27 blocks on the year after posting 31 in 32 games last year.
THE ROTATION: Three first-year Sun Devils are playing at least 20 minutes a game as eight newcomers have seen action, but it is now being adjusted as freshman Tron Smith, who had started six games, will be out until at least the first week of February with a broken nose suffered in practice after the holiday break. Smith was averaging 21.6 minutes and had surgery on Jan. 6. Serge Angounou has now returned from last season's injury and when Smith returns to the lineup, ASU will have eight newcomers in the rotation.
PROGRAM BUILDER: When Rob Evans arrived at ASU 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 with a program that had been to just one NCAA Tournament. Before those two 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 the 20-12 (.625) record last year. Overall, Evans is 104-125 (.454) in his first four years of building a program and is now 68-33 (.673) after the rebuilding process.
QUICK NOTES: ASU is 17-6 (.739) at home in the past two seasons and 60-32 (.652) under Rob Evans...ASU has held all but one opponent under 50 percent from the field this year...ASU hit 10 three-pointers vs. Arizona and at Nebraska for the first time since it hit 10 at Oregon on Dec. 20, 2001...ASU is averaging 6.09 three-pointers made per game. It was last in the league last year at 4.09...ASU's top two scorers (Ike Diogu and Steve Moore) are shooting 134-of-164 (.817) from the free throw line.
Rob Evans: Rob Evans (172-158/.521) is in his sixth season at Arizona State (12th 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 57-year old Evans is a 1968 graduate of New Mexico State, where he captained two NCAA Tournament teams, and is 86-77 (.528) at ASU.
PLAYER QUICK NOTES
#0 Allen Morill: Averaged 20 minutes in the five games against Nebraska, Temple, Northwestern, USD and Western Michigan...seven points vs. Western Michigan on Dec. 20...posted eight points and eight boards vs. Temple on Dec. 9.
#1 Jason Braxton: Has played in all 72 games in career and started in 55...averaging 30.3 minutes per game this year after averaging 21.5 his first two seasons...13 points, five rebounds and four assists vs. fourth-ranked Stanford on Jan. 8...seven assists vs. fourth-ranked Arizona on Jan. 3...15 points and 10 assists vs. San Diego on Dec. 29.
#2 Keith Wooden: One of four Sun Devil freshmen to start the opening game of the season in the past 11 years, joining classmate Tron Smith (2003-04), Ike Diogu (2002-03) and Donnell Knight (1999-2000)...six points in 17 minutes vs. San Diego on Dec. 29...six points vs. McNeese State on Dec. 22.
#5 Ike Diogu: A 2004 Associated Press Preseason All-American, the first in Sun Devil history and just the 11th in Pac-10 history...matched school records with 18 made free throws and 23 attempts vs. Western Michigan on Dec. 20...seven 20-point games on the year...has scored in double digits in all 43 career games, the best active streak in the nation...19 20-point games and 10 career double-doubles...three 30-point games.
#12 Kenny Crandall: Has made 33-of-38 (.868) of his free throws in Pac-10 games in his three-year career and is 53-of-69 (.768) overall...averaged 7.5 minutes in his final 13 games last year.
#13 Kevin Kruger: Increased his minutes in each of the first six games, beginning with one minute in the season opener and then playing 27 in the sixth game at Northwestern on Dec. 17...six points and five assists vs. fourth-ranked Arizona in 17 minutes...27 minutes at Northwestern on Dec. 17 and had four assists...played 14 minutes, all in the second half, vs. Temple on Dec. 9 and had six points, two assists and zero turnovers.
#21 Stevie Moore: Explosive wing who scored 20 second-half points at Nebraska and led ASU with 22 points...16 points vs. Stanford on Jan. 8...led Sun Devils with 23 points vs. fourth-ranked Arizona on Jan. 3...three 20-point games...15 points and seven boards vs. Western Michigan on Dec. 30...southpaw who posted 26 points in season opener vs. Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 22 and went 10-of-10 from the free throw line.
#22 Jamal Hill: Double-digit scorer in five games in 2003-2004 and in 15 games in career...15 points vs. fourth-ranked Arizona on Jan. 3...18 points vs. San Diego on Dec. 29...both a starter (four games) and first player off the bench in 2002-2003...34-of-44 (.772) from the free throw line in his career.
#23 Tron Smith: Freshman who has started six games and is averaging 21.6 minutes per game, but is out until at least the end of January with a broken nose...had surgery on Jan. 6.
#24 Justin Allen: Notched first career start vs. fourth-ranked Stanford on Jan. 8...had five points and six rebounds in nine minutes vs. San Diego on Dec. 29...six points on two second-half three-pointers at Northwestern on Dec. 17...posted five points, six boards and 19 minutes, the most he has played since he learned he had Hodgkin's Disease in fall of 2000, vs. Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 24...recipient of the 2003 V Foundation Comeback Award...has played in 82 games in three-year career.
#34 Wilfried Fameni: Posted 11 boards in 32 minutes at Nebraska on Dec. 3...became just the third Sun Devil freshman in the past 12 seasons to register a double-double with his 16-point, 13-rebound performance vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 29...13 rebounds vs. UC Riverside is tied for the sixth-most by a freshman in ASU history.