Men's Hoops Plays At California Saturday At 5 p.m. PT On Fox Sports Net.
Feb. 17, 2006
SUN DEVIL DATA: The Arizona State University men's basketball team (9-14; 3-11) plays at California on Saturday, Feb. 18 (5 p.m PT/6 p.m. MST) on Fox Sports Net with Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini calling the action. ASU fell at Stanford 82-69 on Thursday as Stanford made 31-of-35 (.886) free throws, including 18-of-22 (.818) in the first half and outrebounded ASU 31-23. Freshman Jeff Pendergraph had another solid game with 18 points and nine boards while Kevin Kruger added 15 points, Bryson Krueger had 14 off the bench and Antwi Atuahene added 10. ASU advanced to the postseason for the third time in the past four seasons last year as it finished 18-14 behind Pac-10 Player of the Year and consensus second-team All-American Ike Diogu. ASU is shooting 38.2 percent from the three-point stripe (125-of-327), its best mark since the 1988-89 squad set the school mark with a .430 clip.
QUALITY NOTE FROM LAST WEEK: Freshmen Jeff Pendergraph and Sylvester Seay have stepped up in the past few weeks, as last Saturday (Feb. 11) they each scored 21 points in a 98-87 loss to Oregon, the first time in school history two freshmen have scored 20 points in the same game. ASU also topped Oregon State 76-59 on Feb. 9 behind Pendergraph's 18 points and 11 rebounds, as he is averaging 18 points in the past four games.
BIG-TIME FROSH: Jeff Pendergraph, a leading candidate for Pac-10 All-Freshman honors, is in good shape after missing all of the fall conditioning and most of November due to surgery to remove a benign tumor in his left leg. Pendergraph is shooting 67-of-125 (.536) from the field in league games. Among Pac-10 freshman, he is second in the league in points per game (10.7), third in rebounds per game (5.6) and second in field goal percentage (.517). Pendergraph has 11 double-figure scoring games and is averaging 15.6 points and 7.1 boards in the past seven contests.
Pac-10 Freshman Scoring LeadersRk. Freshman, School, PPG1. Marcus Williams, UA, 12.12. Jeff Pendergraph, ASU, 10.73. Jon Brockman, UW, 9.54. LR Mbah a Moute, UCLA, 8.6
Pac-10 Freshman Rebounding LeadersRk. Freshman, School, RPG1. LR Mbah a Moute, UCLA, 8.62. Jon Brockman, UW, 7.33. Jeff Pendergraph, ASU, 5.64. Marcus Williams, UA, 4.5
Pac-10 Freshman FG% LeadersRk. Freshman, School, FG%1. Jon Brockman, UW, 53.12. Jeff Pendergraph, ASU, 51.73. LR Mbah a Moute, UCLA, 51.3
ASU Freshman Rebounding Top FiveRk. Name, Season, RPG1. Ike Diogu, 2002-03, 7.82. Mario Bennett, 1991-92, 6.83. Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91, 6.24. Johnny Nash, 1976-77, 5.85. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06, 5.6
KRUGER LEADING: Junior Kevin Kruger is among the Pac-10 leaders inminutes per game (38.45), three-point field goals made per game (2.83), free throw percentage (.809), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.46), steals (1.39 pg), assists (3.61 pg), three-point percentage (.414) and scoring (14.6 ppg.). Kruger entered play this week as the only player to be ranked in the top ten in eight of the Pac-10's 13 individual statistical categories. He has played eight 40-minute games on the year, including four of the past six contests, and is averaging 39.8 minutes in his past nine games. He is 15-of-28 (.536) from the three-point stripe in the past four games.
OTHER FRESHMAN: Sylvester Seay also has been getting in on the freshman-does-well act, as in the past eight games he is averaging 9.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 20.6 minutes. In that time he is shooting 31-of-58 (.534) from the field, 10-of-26 (.385) from the three-point stripe and 6-of-7 (.857) from the free throw line and also has nine blocks and six steals. He played a season-high 30 minutes vs. Oregon on Feb. 11 and had 21 points and five boards and was 8-of-13 (.615) from the floor. In the past four games, Seay is averaging 12 points and 21.5 minutes and is 18-of-32 (.563) from the floor.
CAL SERIES: ASU leads the Cal series 31-29 as the home team has won 21 of the past 29 games, but the Golden Bears won in Tempe on Jan. 19 88-58 in a game that was somewhat closer than the final score would indicate. A close game went bad in the final 6:23, as Cal led 64-56 at the 6:23 mark but went on a 24-2 run to finish the game. Cal made 31-of-38 (.816) from the free throw line, 7-of-14 (.500) from the three-point arc, outrebounded ASU 42-30 and committed just nine turnovers. Kevin Kruger led ASU with 18 points while freshman Sylvester Seay had a then season-high 13 off the bench.
IRON MAN: Kevin Kruger's 38.5 minutes per game is tied for the top mark on the ASU single-season chart. Here's a look at ASU's top single-season minutes per game numbers.
ASU MINUTES PER GAME (1962-63 to present)RK. Player, Season, MPGT1. Kevin Kruger, 2005-06, 38.5T1. Stevin Smith, 1993-94, 38.53. Fat Lever, 1981-82, 38.24. Freddie Lewis, 1965-66, 38.15. Alex Austin, 1989-90, 37.9
HOGGING MINUTES: Kevin Kruger has played 885 out of a possible 930 minutes this year, tied for the third-most percentage-wise in the nation entering play this week.
NCAA PERCENTAGE OF MINUTES PLAYEDRK. Player, Season, MPG%1. Jared Jordan, Marist, 97.1T2. Whit Holcomb-Faye, Radford, 95.2T2. Kevin Kruger, Arizona St., 95.2***(95.1 entering week and then played 39 at Stanford Thursday)4. Keydren Clark, St. Peter's, 95.15. James Holmes, South Florida, 94.6
HOGGING MINUTES II: Kevin Kruger is averaging 38.5 minutes per game, as his 38.5 entering play this week was fourth in the nation. Here's a look at the top five as of Feb. 12.
NCAA LEADERS/MINUTES PLAYEDRK. Player, Season, MPG%1. Chris Quinn, Notre Dame, 39.62. Jared Jordan, Marist, 38.83. James Holmes, South Florida, 38.74. Kevin Kruger, Arizona St., 38.5***(remains at 38.5 after Thursday's 39 minutes at Stanford Thursday)T5. Keydren Clark, St. Peter's, 38.4T5. Quinto Day, UMKC, 38.4
MAKING SHOTS: ASU is shooting 38.2 percent from the three-point stripe, hitting 125-of-317, bolstered by Sylvester Seay's 16-of-40 (.400), Kevin Kruger's 65-of-157 (.414) and Bryson Krueger's 37-of-97 (.381). The Sun Devils are also knocking down free throws at a good pace, as Kevin Kruger is at 80.9 percent (89-of-110), Serge Angounou is at 74.5 percent (38-of-51) and Bryson Krueger, after going to the line just 28 times all of last year, is at 87.5 percent (42-of-48). ASU is hitting on 72.8 percent of its freebies (359-of-493), currently the eighth-best mark in school history.
POINT MAN: Sophomore Antwi Atuahene is averaging 7.7 points, 3.7 boards and 4.1 assists in 26.3 minutes per game (third-most on the team). In the past 11 games he is averaging 32.4 minutes (second on team), 9.3 points and 5.5 assists, with a career-high 21 points at Oregon on Jan. 12 and a career-high in minutes (42) at Oregon State on Jan. 14, including the game-winning shot with eight seconds left in OT. He also had a career-high five steals against Arizona on Jan. 25 and posted 10 assists vs. Oregon on Feb. 11, the most by a Sun Devil in the previous 67 games (Jason Braxton had 12 at USC on Jan. 17, 2004).
SUN DEVIL ONE-LINERS...
*Jeff Pendergraph is averaging 18 points per game in the past four contests.
*Kevin Kruger is averaging 39.8 minutes per game in the past nine contests.
*Sylvester Seay is averaging 9.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 20.6 minutes in the past eight games.
*Antwi Atuahene is averaging 32.4 minutes per game in the past 11 games, second on the team.