Men's Hoops Takes On Vanderbilt At Las Vegas Invitational

Nov. 27, 2004

ASU VS. VANDY: The Arizona State Sun Devils (2-1) take on the Vanderbilt Commodores (3-1) in the consolation game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 27, at Valley High School. It will mark ASU's second straight game against a 2004 NCAA Tournament team, as ASU lost a tough 66-65 game to UTEP on Friday.

VS. VANDERBILT: ASU is 2-0 against Vanderbilt, as it topped the Commodores 67-61 on Dec. 29, 1994, and won 65-53 on Dec. 5, 1981, with both games taking place in Tempe. ASU head coach Rob Evans is 4-3 against Vanderbilt, as his Ole Miss Rebels went 3-0 in Oxford against the Commodores and also won a 64-62 SEC Tournament game in Memphis on March 7, 1997.

EVERYONE LIKES IKE: Arizona State junior Ike Diogu has now scored in double digits in 62 straight games (every game of his career). He entered this season as the nation's third-leading returning scorer after averaging 22.8 points per game last year...has been fouled while making a shot 61 times in 62-game career and has made 43-of-61 (.705) of the free throws that followed...has six 30-point games and 21 20-point games in averaging 20.9 points per game in career...he is 454-of-579 (.784) from the free throw line in his career, as he averages 7.3 makes and 9.3 attempts per game.

VS. UTEP: ASU had a 41-36 lead against the Miners but shot just 9-of-22 (.409) from the field in the second half and just 5-of-9 (.556) from the free throw line and fell 66-65. Uncharacteristic foul trouble on Ike Diogu had him on the bench for much of the second half, as he played just 25 minutes. Diogu had four fouls early in the second half (he has fouled out of just five games in his career), but Steve Moore (16 points) and Bryson Krueger (12 points) picked up the slack. ASU was 8-of-21 (.381) from the three-point stripe, including 7-of-15 (.467) in the first half. UTEP grabbed 17 offensive rebounds and outrebounded ASU 42-31.

QUICK NOTES: Jason Braxton has started 73 games in his career and has 279 assists...ASU has used the same starting lineup (Angounou, Braxton, Diogu, Krueger and Moore) in each of its three games. ASU used 13 starting lineups last year...senior Steve Moore is 95-of-119 (.798) from the free throw line in his career and has made 55 three-pointers (1.83 per game)...ASU is averaging 6.7 steals per game...ASU is holding its opponents to just 11-of-46 (.239) from the three-point stripe.