Men's Hoops Game Notes vs. UNLV
March 15, 2005
ASU PLAYS IN NIT: The Arizona State University men's basketball team(18-13; 7-11 in the Pac-10 Conference) plays at UNLV in the firstround of the National Invitational Tournament on Thursday, March 17at 9 p.m. PT/10 p.m. MST on ESPN2. A win would give ASU its sixth19-win campaign in the past 22 seasons (and third under Rob Evans)while two more wins will mark 20 wins for just the fourth time in 20years (second time under Evans). The Sun Devils, who tied WashingtonState for sixth in the Pac-10 at 7-11, are on a four-game skid(including two losses to a NCAA No. 1 seed, Washington), but two ofthose losses were decided by game-winning shots in the closingseconds (57-55 at Washington State on Feb. 26 and 70-68 vs. #11Arizona on March 5), another was a three-point game at the 1:00 markat #13 Washington (a 90-82 loss on Feb. 24) and final one was a 95-90overtime loss in the Pac-10 Tournament to #14 Washington on March 10.All-American Ike Diogu is averaging 25.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and39.1 minutes in the past 10 games and became the second Sun Devil toearn Pac-10 Player of the Year (Eddie House in 1999-2000 was theother) and also earned All-Pac-10 honors for the third time in hiscareer. The winner of the ASU/UNLV game will play the winner of theMiami (Fla.)/South Carolina game, with the date and site TBD. Thematchup also has ASU sophomore guard Kevin Kruger playing against hisfather Lon, the first-year UNLV coach. The Sun Devils ended theseason 4-8 against NCAA Tournament teams, including a sweep ofStanford, and its final RPI was 68 and schedule strength was 36according to collegeRPI.com.
VS. UNLV: ASU leads the series 2-1, but UNLV won the last meeting, a96-91 shootout in Las Vegas on March 12, 2002, in the first round ofthe NIT. Jason Braxton is the only current Sun Devil to play in thatgame, as he had a career-high 17 points. ASU beat UNLV 79-70 on Dec.5, 1998, at America West Arena in Phoenix in Rob Evans first seasonat ASU and also won 84-81 on March 20, 1975, in the NCAA Tournamentin Portland.
NIT: ASU will make its ninth appearance in the postseason NIT and hasa 3-8 (.273) markÂÂÂï¿½ASU's last appearance was at UNLV on March 12,2002, when it fell 96-91...its other NIT appearance under Rob Evanswas in 1999-2000, when it beat New Mexico State 83-77 on March 15 inTempe but lost at North Carolina State 60-57 on March 21ÂÂÂï¿½overall, ASUis 21-29 (.420) in postseason.
Year NIT Score(s) Site2001-2002 UNLV 96, ASU 91 Las Vegas1999-2000 NC State 60, ASU 57 (second round) Raleigh1999-2000 ASU 83, New Mexico State 77 (first round) Tempe1997-98 Hawaii 90, ASU 73 Honolulu1993-94 BYU 74, ASU 67 Provo1992-93 Georgetown 78, ASU 68 Tempe1991-92 Utah 60, ASU 58 (second round) Tempe1991-92 ASU 71, Cal-Santa Barbara 58 (first round) Santa Barbara1989-90 Long Bearch State 86, ASU 71 Tempe1982-83 Texas Christian 78, ASU 76 (second round) Tempe1982-83 ASU 87, Cal State Fullerton 83 (first round) Tempe
CAREER MARKS: With 663 made free throws in his career, Ike Diogutrails only UCLA's Don MacLean (711 from 1988-92) in the Pac-10record book. His 843 attempts is second only to Stanford's Adam Keefe(886 from 1988-92).
USBWA ALL-AMERICAN: Junior Ike Diogu earned second-team All-Americanhonors by the United States Basketball Writers Association.First-team honors went to Andrew Bogut (Soph., Utah), Dee Brown (Jr.,Illinois), Chris Paul (Soph., Wake Forest), J.J. Redick (Jr., Duke)and Wayne Simien (Sr., Kansas). Joining Diogu on the second-team areLuther Head (Jr., Illinois), Sean May (Jr., North Carolina), SalimStoudamire (Sr., Arizona) and Hakim Warrick (Sr., Syracuse).
NABC ALL-AMERICAN: Junior Ike Diogu also earned second-teamAll-American honors by the National Association of Basketball Coaches(NABC). First-team honors went to Andrew Bogut (Soph., Utah), ChrisPaul (Soph., Wake Forest), J.J. Redick (Jr., Duke), Wayne Simien(Sr., Kansas) and Hakim Warrick (Sr., Syracuse). Joining Diogu on thesecond team were Dee Brown (Jr., Illinois), Deron Williams(Illinois), Luther Head (Jr., Illinois) and Francisco Garcia(Louisville).
IN AND OUT: Ike Diogu's career numbers have been solid both in thePac-10 and out. In his 90 games career, Diogu is averaging 21.3points and 8.8 rebounds. He is averaging 21.1 points and 8.8 reboundsin 54 regular season Pac-10 games and 21.6 points and 8.8 boards inthe 35 non-conference games.
Ike Diogu PAC-10 NOTES: Ike Diogu leads the Pac-10 in both scoring(22.4 ppg.) and rebounding (9.7 rpg.). Only A.C. Green of OregonState (1984-85) and Mark McNamara of California (1981-82) have ledthe Pac-10 in both categories. Diogu also leads the league in blocksat 2.32 per game. Since blocks became an official statistic in1977-78, no player has led the league in all three categories. Healso leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.573), offensiveboards (3.65) and minutes per game (36.45). Diogu led the league inleague games-only stats in points (22.3), offensive rebounds (4.06)and minutes (37.78) per game and was second in rebounding with 9.2boards per game. He has played 13 40-minute games this year,including four of the past five contests. Diogu also has made 240free throws this year, just three short of his own Pac-10 record of243 set last season.
IKE'S NUMBERS: Ike Diogu's play this year has been among the best inthe nation, as he is tied for seventh nationally in points per gameat 22.4 (as of March 13) and tied for 15th at 9.7 rebounds percontest. He has posted a Pac-10 leading 14 double-doubles and leadsthe nation in free throws made (240) and attempted (300). His 240made free throws is more than all but eight players have attempted,while the next closest player to his 240 makes is Juan Mendez ofNiagara with 215. His national-best consecutive games indouble-figures scoring streak is up to 90 games (every game of hiscareer). He has 11 30-point games (six this year), 49 20-point games(20 this year), 29 double-doubles (14 this year) and 15 other gameswith nine rebounds.
THREE-DOT DATA: ASU is shooting 249-of-336 (.741) from the free throwline in the past 15 games...in the past eight games, Steve Moore isaveraging 16.1 points per game. He came off the bench in six of thosegames for the first time this year but has started the past twogames...Kevin Kruger has 17 double-digit scoring games on the yearand was 66-of-74 (.892) from the foul line in Pac-10 games, second inthe league...Jason Braxton made his 101st career start vs. Washingtonon March 10. Only Eddie House (114) and Ron Riley (109) have startedmore games as Sun Devils. Braxton has posted double-digit points inseven games and has 113 assists and just 46 turnovers on the year, aleague-leading 2.46 ratio. His 166 steals is fifth on the ASU careercharts and his 382 assists is seventh. He posted a season-high 11points in the Feb. 17 75-73 win over Oregon State and had acareer-high nine boards vs. Arizona on March 5...Allen Morill isaveraging 19.2 minutes and 4.8 rebounds in the past six games.
ACTION JACKSON: Tyrone Jackson is averaging 16.5 minutes in the past12 games and has 36 assists and just 13 turnovers in that time,including a career-high six on Feb. 5 vs. California. He posted ninepoints at Washington State on Feb. 26 and had eight points at Oregon(Jan. 22) and vs. Stanford (Feb. 3). A high school teammate ofStanford's Chris Hernandez, he is 21-of-29 (.724) from the free throwline in the past 12 games to go along with 11 steals.
NEED MOORE OF THIS: Senior Steve Moore gave ASU a huge second-halflift in the Feb. 19 66-56 win over Oregon, as he posted 17second-half points (7-of-10 from the field) en route to a 22-pointgame, his fourth 20-point game of the season. He posted 50 points onthe Los Angeles road trip Feb. 10-12, including a 31-point outing atUCLA when he hit eight three-pointers, the most by a Sun Devil sinceStevin Smith tied his own school record with 10 vs. Oregon on Jan.27, 1994. Moore had 19 vs. USC on Feb. 12, as he was 16-of-29 (.551)from the field and 12-of-18 (.667) from the three-point stripe inthose two games. Moore is averaging 16.1 points, second on the team,in the past eight games and Moore is averaging 12.4 points in 58career games and has made 109 three-pointers, the most by a two-yearplayer in ASU history.
Kevin Kruger: Sophomore Kevin Kruger is one of three Sun Devils whoaveraged double-digit scoring in ASU's Pac-10 contests (11.8 ppg.)and has 17 double-digit scoring games overall. He is averaging 12.6points in the past 12 games, has made 131-of-160 (.819) free throwsin his 58-game career and was 66-of-74 (.892) from the foul line inPac-10 games this year, second in the loop. Kruger provided a sparkin the final nine games last year, averaging 29.0 minutes, 12.4points (the team's second-leading scorer) and shooting 27-of-59(.448) from the three-point stripe. He matched a career-high with 22points vs. #14 Washington this year at the Pac-10 Tournament on March10.
NO EASY OPENERS: With Arizona winning the 2005 Pac-10 title, thisyear marks the fourth time in the past six years that ASU opened theseason with an eventual Pac-10 champion, as ASU faced the eventualPac-10 champion three straight years in its Pac-10 opener from2000-2002, facing Stanford in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 and thenopening with Oregon in 2001-2002. It is scheduled to open at Pac-10Tournament champion Washington next year on Dec. 29, 2005. This yearalso marked the fifth time in his seven years Rob Evans opened Pac-10play on the road, and the two home games were against top-five teams.ASU lost to second-ranked Stanford on Jan. 4, 2000, in Tempe, and tofourth-ranked Arizona 93-74 on Jan. 3, 2003.
ANOTHER KRUEGER: Sophomore newcomer Bryson Krueger, who played forassistant coach Brooks Thompson at Yavapai C.C. last year, is32-of-66 (.485) from the three-point stripe in his past 24 games and24-of-50 (.480) in the past 17 contests. He has 10 double-digitscoring games on the year and posted his Pac-10 high with 21 pointsagainst Oregon State on Feb. 17, including five three-pointers. Heranks third in the Pac-10 in three-point percentage at 45.5 percent(40-of-88).
MORE DIOGU: Ike Diogu's national-best double figure scoring streak of90 games still has a ways to go until it reaches Pac-10 andNCAA-record levels. The NCAA record is 115 set by La Salle's LionelSimmons from 1987-90, while Sean Elliott of Arizona (1985-89) scoredin double digits in the final 108 games of his career. Diogu's lowestpoint total in his career was 10 against Morehead State the firstgame of his career on Nov. 22, 2003, and then he hit two free throwswith 21 seconds left to reach 10 points at Oregon on Jan. 22, 2005.Two Pac-10 notables never reached 70 games, as Lew Alcindor posteddouble digits in 69 straight games while Don MacLean, the Pac-10'scareer scoring leader, had his streak stopped at 68.
Rob Evans: Rob Evans (194-183/.515) is in his seventh season atArizona State (13th overall) after being hired on April 7, 1998. The1997 SEC Coach of the Year spent six seasons at Ole Miss, compilingan 86-81 (.515) record. He led the Rebels to a 42-16 record in hisfinal two seasons after going 44-65 (.403) in his first four, winningtwo SEC West titles, and led Ole Miss to back-to-back 20-win seasonsfor the first time since 1937-38. The 58-year old Evans is a 1968graduate of New Mexico State, where he captained two NCAA Tournamentteams and is a 1989 inductee of the Athletic Hall of Fame. He is108-102 (.514) at ASU and has led the Sun Devils to four postseasonappearances, including a 2003 NCAA appearance that was the school'sfirst since 1995. He is 151-114 (.570) in the past nine seasons. Hereached his 100th win at ASU against Long Island on Dec. 28, becomingjust the third coach in ASU history to top the century mark, joiningNed Wulk (406-272 from 1957-82) and Bill Frieder (132-108 from1989-97).
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