Men's Hoops Host Trojans Saturday At 6 p.m.
Feb. 13, 2004
SUN DEVILS HOST USC: The Arizona State men's basketball team (9-12/3-9 in the Pac-10), plays host to the USC Trojans on Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. MST, which will be broadcast by Fox Sports Arizona. ASU came back from 14-point second-half deficit to force an overtime with UCLA on Thursday before winning 74-62. The Sun Devils, with seven first-year players in the rotation, are led by preseason All-American Ike Diogu, who is averaging a Pac-10 best 22.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game and has scored in double digits in all 53 games of his career, the best active streak in the nation. The sophomore is 376-of-483 (.778) from the free throw line in his career, has 26 career 20-point games, 13 career double-doubles (six this year) and nine other games with nine rebounds. This season, he has five 30-point games, 14 20-point games and 40 blocks. The Sun Devils have used 10 starting lineups this year, their most since the 1996-97 team had 11, and are shooting 74.0 percent from the free throw line, currently the fifth-best mark in school history. Jamal Hill has become one of the top sixth-men in the Pac-10, averaging 12.9 points in the past eight games and is shooting 15-of-34 (.441) from the three-point stripe in that time. ASU shot 71.4 percent from the three-point stripe at USC (10-of-14) on Jan. 17, the fourth-best mark in school history and is averaging 104 points against USC in its past two games.
VS. UCLA: The Sun Devils fought back from a 43-29 deficit at the 12:36 mark of the second half and then were down seven (59-52) with 1:05 left before an Ike Diogu layup and back-to-back three-pointers by Kevin Kruger and Jamal Hill sent the game into overtime tied at 60. ASU then held UCLA without a field goal (0-of-11) and made 12 straight free throws. ASU's 19-of-20 (.950) from the free throw line is the best in school history (minimum 20 attempts) and the Sun Devils made 19 straight freebies as Ike Diogu missed the first attempt of the game. ASU matched a season-high with nine steals.
VS. USC (JAN. 17): ASU broke a seven-game losing streak at the Sports Arena with a 100-85 win over USC on Jan. 17, its first win at USC since Feb. 15, 1996. ASU had season-highs for points (100), field goal percentage (.612), three-point percentage (.714) and second-half points (55) as it trailed by 14 late in the first half before outscoring USC 55-37. Ike Diogu led ASU with 27 points, including perfection in 12 free throw attempts and three three-pointers. ASU had five players in double figures as Jamal Hill had a then career-high 20 points off the bench and Jason Braxton dished out a career-high 12 assists, tied for the ninth-best mark in ASU history. ASU's 10-of-14 (.714) mark from the three-point stripe is the fourth-best in school history. Keith Wooden also set personal bests for points (13) and minutes (25). ASU's 55 second-half points was the most in the second half since it had 55 vs. Oregon on March 1, 2001, a span of the previous 78 games.
USC SERIES NOTES: USC leads the series 39-28, but ASU also played one of best games in the past decade in the last Tempe meeting. ASU jumped out to a 46-12 lead at the 4:20 mark of the first half en route to a 58-30 halftime lead on Feb. 13, 2003, and cruised to a 108-78 win. ASU posted season-highs for points (108), free throws (32), first half points (58) and matched its season-high with 50 second-half points. Ike Diogu is 23-of-30 (.767) from the floor against USC and 27-of-30 (.900) from the free throw line and is averaging 25.7 points in his three career games.
A MIXED BUNCH: Ten players getting a starting nod through 18 games, 10 starting lineups, seven newcomers playing significant minutes, a player who has not played in 15 months notches 50 minutes in his first two games in early January and a starting freshman guard who was averaging 21.6 minutes per game breaking his nose and missing nine games has contributed to ASU's struggles. ASU lost 477 games of experience from last year when its six seniors graduated, as those players accounted for 117 minutes per game and Ike Diogu is the only returning starter from the NCAA win over Memphis. Tron Smith had started six of the first seven games but broke his nose in practice over the holiday break and had surgery on Jan. 6 and missed nine games recovering from surgery and then pneumonia. Serge Angounou, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, returned for his first game action on Jan. 8 vs. Stanford after rehabbing since his injury on Nov. 13, 2002, in an exhibition game.
DEVIL DATA: ASU's top three scorers (Ike Diogu, Stevie Moore and Jamal Hill) are shooting 296-of-357 (.829) from the free throw line...Ike Diogu is averaging 37.8 minutes in the past 11 games...ASU made 12 three-pointers in its loss at California on Feb. 7, its most since it made 12 against Chaminade on Jan. 6, 1997, a span of the past 223 games...ASU had just six free throw attempts at Stanford on Feb. 5, its fewest since it also had just six at UCLA on Jan. 16, 1997, a span of the past 219 games...junior college transfer Stevie Moore has made 42 three-pointers, the most by a Sun Devil since Eddie House hit 73 in 1999-2000.
Rob Evans: Rob Evans (175-165/.515) 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, is 88-84 (.514) at ASU.
OTHER PLAYER QUICK NOTES
#0 Allen Morill: Averaging 15.2 minutes in the past six games...averaged 25 minutes on the Washington road trip...posted nine boards in season-high 26 minutes at Washington on Jan. 31...eight points in 24 minutes at Washington State on Jan. 29...nine points in 19 minutes vs. Oregon State on Jan. 24...an eight-game starter...25-of-37 (.676) from the free throw line.
#1 Jason Braxton: Has played in all 82 games in career and started in 65...averaging 29.8 minutes per game this year after averaging 21.5 his first two seasons...has posted double digits in five of the past nine games shooting 30-of-56 (.536) from the field in that span...17-of-25 (.680) from the free throw line in the past eight games...10 points at Washington State on Jan. 29...13 points, eight boards, five assists and four steals vs. Oregon on Jan. 22...12 points and six assists vs. Oregon State on Jan. 24...12 points and career-high 12 assists (tied for ninth-best in school history) at USC on Jan. 17...13 points in 34 minutes at UCLA on Jan. 15.
#2 Keith Wooden: Had 12 points and seven boards vs. OSU on Jan. 24...13 points in 25 minutes at USC on Jan. 17 in first start since Nov. 24...18-of-30 (.600) from the field in the past eight games...nine-game starter.
#12 Kenny Crandall: Has made 53-of-69 (.768) free throws in his career...broke right fibula on April 17, 2002, in a dirt-bike accident and played through pain all of 2002-2003.
#13 Kevin Kruger: Averaging 19 minutes and 8.3 points and has made 8-of-14 (.571) three-pointers in the past four games...season-high six assists vs. UCLA on Feb. 12...season-high 12 points at California on Feb. 7 with four three-pointers...season-high 29 minutes on Jan. 10 vs. Cal...18-of-22 (.818) from the free throw line.
#21 Stevie Moore: Is 48-of-54 (.889) from the free throw line in the past 16 games...averaged 17 points on Los Angeles road trip...sixteen points vs. fourth-ranked Stanford on Jan. 8...three 20-point games.
#22 Jamal Hill: Averaging 29.6 minutes, 12.9 points and is 15-of-34 (.441) from the three-point stripe in the past eight games...has made 22-of-24 (.917) free throws in past 19 games...posted 17 points at California on Feb. 7...posted a career-high 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting at Washington on Jan. 31...17 points off the bench vs. Oregon State on Jan. 24...20 points on 7-of-10 shooting at USC on Jan. 17...double-digit scorer in 10 games in 2003-2004...48-of-60 (.800) from the free throw line in his career.
#23 Tron Smith: Freshman who has started eight games and was averaging 21.6 minutes per game before breaking his nose December...missed nine games with the broken nose and pneumonia...played for the first time since Dec. 22 in Jan. 29 game at Washington State...had 10 points at Washington on Jan. 31.
#24 Justin Allen: Had season-high 11 points in 23 minutes vs. UCLA on Feb. 12...five points and five boards in five minutes at USC on Jan. 17...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...recipient of the 2003 V Foundation Comeback Award, given annually to someone in all of college basketball who embodies the spirit and courage of Jimmy Valvano...has played in 90 games in three-year career.
#34 Wilfried Fameni: Averaging 19.7 minutes and 6.7 rebounds in past three games...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.
#45 Serge Angounou: Slowly working his way back into shape after missing all of last year with a knee injury suffered on Nov. 13, 2002...missed UCLA game on Feb. 12 with knee pain...posted 10 points against Oregon on Jan. 22...first game back from injury was Jan. 8 against fourth-ranked Stanford...a four-game starter.