Men's Hoops Takes On Oregon State Wednesday At Staples Center
March 6, 2006
SUN DEVIL DATA: The Arizona State University men's basketball team(11-16; 5-13 in the Pac-10 Conference) opens the Pac-10 Tournament onWednesday (March 8) against the Oregon State Beavers (12-17; 5-13) at6:12 p.m. PT/7:12 p.m. MST on Fox Sports Net, with Barry Tompkins andDan Belluomini calling the action from Staples Center in Los Angeles.ASU is the No. 8 seed as it swept the Beavers this year, as theWednesday winner will take on league champion UCLA (24-6; 14-4) onThursday (March 9) at 2:50 p.m. PT. After starting Pac-10 play 1-9,ASU went 4-4 in its final eight games as freshman Jeff Pendergraphcontinued to impress and improve. The Pac-10 All-Freshman Teamhonoree led ASU in scoring (15.6 ppg.) and rebounding (8.6 rpg.) inthat time and posted double digits in every game and had fourdouble-doubles. ASU tied for the Pac-10 lead in three-pointpercentage at 37.3 percent (149-of-400), its best mark since the1988-89 squad set the school mark with a .430 clip. Rob Evans is12-4 in his eight-year ASU career against the Beavers (8-0 in Tempeand 4-4 in Corvallis) as ASU has won 12 of the past 15 against theBeavers. The Sun Devils are 3-7 in the Pac-10 Tournament, as lastyear it fell to 14th-ranked (and eventual tournament champion and No.1 national seed) Washington 95-90 in overtime. ASU advanced to thepostseason for the third time in the past four seasons last yearunder Rob Evans as it finished 18-14 behind Pac-10 Player of the Yearand consensus second-team All-American Ike Diogu.
MORE PENDERGRAPH: Jeff Pendergraph, one of the five members of thePac-10 All-Freshman Team, is finding himself in good shape aftermissing all of the fall conditioning and most of November due tosurgery to remove a benign tumor in his left leg. Pendergraph isfourth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage in league games,shooting 51.5 percent (87-of-169). Among Pac-10 freshman, he issecond in the league in points per game (11.1), third in rebounds pergame (6.2), third in field goal percentage (.505) and first in blocksper game (0.85). Pendergraph has 15 double-figure scoring games(including past eight games) and is averaging 14.2 points and 9.4boards in the past five games. Since the calendar turned to 2006,Pendergraph is averaging 12.9 points and 6.9 rebounds in those 16games. ASU's two most recent All-Freshman honorees are both playingin the NBA (Ike Diogu in 2002-03 and Eddie House in 1996-97).
Pac-10 Freshman Scoring LeadersRk. Freshman, School PPG1. Marcus Williams, UA 12.42. Jeff Pendergraph, ASU 11.13. Jon Brockman, UW 9.04. LR Mbah a Moute, UCLA 8.85. Justin Dentmon, UW 8.1
Pac-10 Freshman Rebounding LeadersRk. Freshman, School RPG1. LR Mbah a Moute, UCLA 8.42. Jon Brockman, UW 6.93. Jeff Pendergraph, ASU 6.24. Marcus Williams, UA 4.4
MORE MINUTE STUFF: Kevin Kruger is averaging 38.9 minutes per game,tied for second-most in the nation (numbers as of Mar. 5).
National Leaders/Minutes Per GameRk. Player, School MPG1. Chris Quinn, Notre Dame 39.7T2. Kevin Kruger, Arizona St. 38.9T2. Jared Jordan, Marist 38.9T2. Keydren Clark, St. Peter's 38.95. James Holmes, South Florida 38.6T6. Ronald Steele, Alabama 38.4T6. Quinton Day, UMKC 38.4
IMMEDIATE IMPACT: Jeff Pendergraph has 22 blocks, the fifth-most inSun Devil history by a freshman, and is 50.5 percent shooting fromthe floor ranks among the best in ASU freshman history. A look atPendergraph on ASU freshman lists:
ASU FRESHMAN BLOCKS (1978-79 to present)Rk. Name, Season Blocks1. Mario Bennett, 1991-92 552. Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91 333. Ike Diogu, 2002-03 314. Shawn Redhage, 1999-2000 245. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06 226. Tommy Smith, 1999-2000 217. Ron Riley, 1992-93 17T8. Sylvester Seay, 2005-06 13T8. Jim Deines, 1981-82 13
ASU FRESHMAN REBOUNDINGRk. Name, Season RPG1. Ike Diogu, 2002-03 7.82. Mario Bennett, 1991-92 6.8T3. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06 6.2T3. Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91 6.25. Johnny Nash, 1976-77 5.8
ASU FRESHMAN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE (minimum 100 attempts)Rk. .Pct. Name, Season (FGM-FGA)1. .608 - Ike Diogu, 2002-03 (209-of-344)2. .574 - Mario Bennett, 1991-92 (159-of-277)3. .570 - Dwayne Fontana, 1990-91 (102-of-179)4. .568 - Eric Holloway, 1983-84 (79-of-139)5. .520 - Shawn Redhage, 1999-2000 (103-of-198)6. .505 - Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06 (112-of-222)7. .500 - Byron Scott, 1979-80 (66-of-132)8. .492 - Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91 (189-of-384)9. .487 - Mark Carlino, 1985-86 (55-of-113)10. .479 - Steve Beck, 1983-84 (116-of-242)
IRON MAN: Kevin Kruger's 38.9 minutes per game is the top mark on theASU single-season chart. Here's a look at ASU's top single-seasonminutes per game numbers.
ASU MINUTES PER GAME (1962-63 to present)RK. Player, Season MPG1. Kevin Kruger, 2005-06 38.92. Stevin Smith, 1993-94 38.53. Fat Lever, 1981-82 38.24. Freddie Lewis, 1965-66 38.15. Alex Austin, 1989-90 37.9T6. Jeremy Veal, 1997-98 37.5T6. Paul Williams, 1981-82 37.58. Dwayne Fontana, 1993-94 37.3T9. Eddie House, 1999-2000 37.2T9. Seabern Hill, 1969-70 37.211. Fat Lever, 1980-81 37.1
HOGGING MINUTES: Kevin Kruger has played 1,051 of 1,100 minutes, tied for the second-best percentage (.955) in the nation.
National Leaders/Percentage of Minutes (through Mar. 5)Rk. Player, School Pct. of Minutes1. Jared Jordan, Marist 97.2T2. Kevin Kruger, Arizona St. 95.5T2. Keydren Clark, St. Peter's 95.64. Whit Holcomb-Faye, Radford 95.25. Ronald Steele, Alabama 94.86. Andre Collins, Loyola (Md.) 94.7
KRUGER LEADING: Junior Kevin Kruger, who earned honorable mentionAll-Pac-10 honors, is among the Pac-10 top-10 in minutes per game(38.93/first), three-point field goals made per game (2.81/first),free throw percentage (.815/seventh), steals (1.48 pg/seventh),assist-to-turnover ratio (1.36/eighth), scoring (14.7 ppg./eighth),three-point percentage (.392/ninth) and assists (3.63 pg/tenth). Hehas played 10 40-minute games on the year, including six of the past10 contests, and is averaging 40.2 minutes in his past 11 games afterthe Feb. 18 50-minute effort at California in double overtime. His38.93 minutes per game is tied for second in the nation (as of March5). He has played 1,051 out of 1,100 possible minutes this year (95.5percent), which is tied for second in the nation entering games thisweek.
WORTHY OF A LOOK BACK: Arizona State and Oregon State have met oncein the Pac-10 Tournament and the win was arguably the biggest upsetin the history of the tournament. On March 9, 1990, in Tempe,eighth-seeded Arizona State beat top-seeded and No. 22 Oregon State83-75 as the Sun Devils shot 30-of-45 (.667) from the field,currently the fifth-best mark in school history. The No. 8 seed isjust 2-5 against the No. 1 seed in the eight Pac-10 Tournaments, withthe other win coming in 2003 when UCLA topped Arizona 96-89 inovertime.
OSU SERIES: ASU has won 12 of the past 15 against OSU, while theBeavers lead the series 35-31...ASU has won eight straight againstOregon State in Tempe and Rob Evans is 12-4 overall against theBeavers...Bryson Krueger is averaging 14.0 points in four careergames against the Beavers, averaging 30.0 minutes per game. He postedhis Pac-10 career-high with 21 points last year (Feb. 17) against OSUon 5-of-6 three-point shooting and 16 first-half points...KevinKruger is averaging 9.7 points and 3.7 assists in six career gamesagainst OSU.
VS. OREGON STATE (FEB. 9): ASU topped Oregon State 76-59 behind aseason-low eight turnovers and made a season-high nine three-pointersin beating the Beavers in Tempe for the eighth straight time. ASUheld the Beavers to just 37.7 percent shooting (20-of-53), and JeffPendergraph led the way with his second double-double with 18 pointsand 11 boards, while Kevin Kruger added 17 points (including fivethree-pointers). Bryson Krueger had 14 and Sylvester Seay 10 whileAntwi Atuahene added nine points, seven boards and seven assists, asASU improved its record to 12-4 against OSU under Rob Evans.
AT OREGON STATE (JAN. 14): ASU started 1-of-15 from the floor butnever let OSU get out of site and took a 27-25 lead at the half inCorvallis, and then Antwi Atuahene hit the game-winner with eightseconds left in overtime for the 65-63 win. ASU held the Beavers, thetop shooting team in the Pac-10, to just 39.3 percent (22-of-56) andoutrebounded them 42-37. Bryson Krueger led ASU with 18 points, whileSerge Angounou added 10. Atuahene posted eight assists in 42 minutes.ASU had just 13 turnovers and got 20 points and 52 minutes from itsfour-man bench.
FRESHMEN NOTES: Jeff Pendergraph and Sylvester Seay each scored 21points in a 98-87 loss to Oregon on Feb. 11, the first time in ASUhistory two freshmen have scored 20 points in the same game. AgainstStanford on Jan. 21, Pendergraph looked every bit of the part of afuture big-time player with 14 points (on 7-of-8 shooting), threerebounds and two blocks in just 10 minutes. On the defensive end,Stanford senior Matt Haryasz, currently the conference's seventh-bestscorer and third-best rebounder, was 1-of-4 from the floor and hadone rebound, but at the 7:44 mark of the first half Pendergraphsprained his right ankle and would be done for the night. Haryaszwent on to finish with 27 points (8-of-12 after the injury) and 10boards (nine after the injury) as Stanford won 70-64.
OTHER FRESHMAN: Sylvester Seay also has been getting in on thefreshman-does-well act, as in the past 12 games he is averaging 7.8points and 18.6 minutes. In that time he also has 10 blocks and sevensteals. He played a season-high 30 minutes vs. Oregon on Feb. 11 andhad 21 points and five boards and was 8-of-13 (.615) from the floor.In the past eight games, Seay is averaging 7.9 points and 18.0minutes.
MAKING SHOTS: ASU is tied for the league lead in in three-pointpercentage, hitting 149-of-400 (.373), bolstered by Bryson Krueger's46-of-117 (.393), which is eighth in the loop, while Kevin Kruger isninth at 39.2 percent (76-of-194). The Sun Devils are hitting freethrows as well, as Kevin Kruger is at 81.5 percent (97-of-119) andBryson Krueger, after going to the line just 28 times last year, isat 86.3 percent (44-of-51). ASU is fourth in the Pac-10 in free throwpercentage, hitting on 72.1 percent (397-of-551), the ninth-best markin school history.