ASU Men's Hoops Notes Vs. Temple
Nov. 28, 2004
ASU VS. TEMPLE: The Arizona State Sun Devils (3-1) travel to Philadelphia to take on the Temple Owls on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. ET. It will mark ASU's third straight game against a 2004 postseason team, as ASU lost a tough 66-65 game to UTEP on Friday in Las Vegas but bounced back with a convincing 87-68 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. Both UTEP and Vanderbilt played in the 2004 NCAA Tournament while Temple played in last year's NIT. The Sun Devils are led by junior Ike Diogu, who is averaging 25.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. The nation's third-leading returning scorer this year, Diogu is shooting 70 percent from the field (28-of-40) and is 45-of-52 (.865) from the free throw line.
VS. VANDERBILT: ASU had one of its better outings in the past few yearswith a convincing 87-68 win over 2004 NCAA Tournament member Vanderbilt on Nov. 27. Ike Diogu posted his seventh 30-point game with a 30-point, 11-board effort, including 14-of-16 from the free throw line. Steve Moore posted his first 20-point game (and fourth of his 31-game career) since Jan. 3, 2003, with 20 points, Kevin Kruger added 15 off the bench and Serge Angounou had a career-high 13 points. ASU shot 58.3 percent from the field (28-of-48) and was 8-of-12 (.667) from the three-point stripe, tied for the fifth-best effort in ASU history (minimum 10 attempts). ASU also hit 16-of-20 (.800) free throws in the second half to stop any Vanderbilt runs.
EVERYONE LIKES IKE NOTES: Ike Diogu has now scored in double digits in every game of his 63-game 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 63-game career and has made 43-of-61 (.705) of the free throws that followed...has seven 30-point games and 22 20-point games in career...is averaging 21.0 points per game in career...he is 468-of-595 (.787) from the free throw line in his career, as he averages 7.4 makes and 9.4 attempts per game.
VS. TEMPLE LAST YEAR: ASU made a 15-4 run in the final four minutes and Ike Diogu had nine of his 23 points in the final 3:09 in last year's 70-66 Sun Devil win at Phoenix's America West Arena on Dec. 6. ASU held Temple to 33.8 field goal shooting and just nine assists, both opponent season-lows, in a game that had 43 fouls. Steve Moore added 15 points. Temple grabbed 23 offensive boards, the most given up by ASU all of last year. Seven of the nine Sun Devils who played in the game return for ASU, as Allen Morill added eight points and eight boards in 23 minutes off the bench.
PHILLY CONNECTION: Ike Diogu's national-best double-figure scoring streak of 63 games still has a ways to go until it reaches NCAA-record levels. The NCAA record is 115 set by La Salle's Lionel Simmons from 1987-90. Diogu's lowest point total in his career was 10 against Morehead State on Nov. 22, 2003, the first game of his career. Diogu has been held to less than 15 points just nine times in that span.
TEMPLE SERIES: The first four games between the Owls and Sun Devils have been at neutral sites, as ASU leads the series 3-1. Prior to last year, the previous meeting was a 73-65 Sun Devil win on Dec. 27, 1976, in the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu. ASU also won 74-67 on Dec. 28, 1971, also in the Rainbow Classic. Temple's win over ASU was 82-63 on Dec. 28, 1966, in Oklahoma City. Rob Evans is 2-1 vs. Temple, as his Ole Miss Rebels fell to Temple 62-40 on March 14, 1997, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Kansas City. Ole Miss topped No. 18 Temple 87-74 the next season in Oxford.
VS. UTEP: ASU had a 41-36 lead against the Miners on Nov. 26 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 offensively. 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. Diogu's 25 minutes because of foul trouble was the fifth-fewest in his 63-game career and was his fewest since his freshman year when he played 24 minutes vs. Washington State on Jan. 11, 2003.
QUICK NOTES: Jason Braxton has started 74 games in his career and has 280 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 97-of-122 (.795) from the free throw line in his career and has made 59 three-pointers (1.90 per game)...ASU is averaging six steals per game...ASU is holding its opponents to just 20-of-70 (.286) from the three-point stripe.
DEVIL DATA FROM LAST YEAR: ASU was third in the nation in free throw attempts at 27.56 per game, behind only Texas Southern (28.3) and Niagara (28.2)...ASU shot 73.5 percent from the free throw line last year, the fifth-best mark in school history, second-best in the past 17 seasons and fourth in the Pac-10...Kevin Kruger provided a spark in the final nine games, averaging 29.0 minutes, 12.4 points and shot 27-of-59 (.448) from the three-point stripe. He was the team's second-leading scorer in those nine games.
PUT AN ASTERISK ON THIS: Ike Diogu's numbers are amazing, but one stat that seems to be out of place is his double-doubles, as he 'only' has 15. It could be the stat crew needs to start being friendlier. In 11 other games he has posted nine boards.