Men's Hoops Takes On PSU Vikings At 2 p.m. Saturday

Nov. 17, 2006

SUN DEVIL DATA: The young Arizona State University men's basketball team takes on the Portland State Vikings (1-2) on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. The Sun Devils are led by freshmen Jerren Shipp (17.0 ppg.) and Christian Polk (16.0 ppg.) as both topped 20 points in the first game of the season. ASU will then take on the San Jose State Spartans on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in its first television game of the year, as the game will be on FSN Arizona. ASU's next four games after the PSU game are on television, as following the San Jose State game ASU will host defending Big Ten Tournament champion Iowa at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net Saturday (Nov. 18) at 7:30 p.m. FSN Arizona will then broadcast the Nov. 28 contest vs. Northern Colorado (6:30 p.m.), while the Minnesota road game on Sat., Dec. 2, will tip at noon central time/11 a.m. Arizona time and also be on FSN Arizona.

TAKINGS THREES: Herb Sendek's NC State squad last year averaged nine three-pointers made per game, the best mark in the ACC and the ninth-best in the nation. ASU has made 10 threes in each of its first two games, topping its season-high of nine set three times last year. ASU last made 10 three-pointers in a 95-90 overtime loss to 14th-ranked Washington in the Pac-10 Tournament on March 10, 2005.

SERIES RECORDS: ASU is 3-1 vs. Portland State, but the Vikings topped the Sun Devils 79-69 in overtime in Tempe in the last meeting on Nov. 20, 2001. ASU is 7-6 vs. San Jose State, but has played the Spartans just once in the past 19 seasons, a 68-49 Sun Devil win in Tempe in the season opener on Nov. 13, 1998.

ON THE WEB: Sun Devils fans can watch a webcast of Saturday's game by clicking on: The game tonight as well as Dec. 19 (Colgate at 7 p.m.), Dec. 21 (North Carolina A & T at 7 p.m.) and Dec. 22 (2 p.m. vs. Davidson or Ohio) also will be webcast.

IMPRESSIVE FIRST OUTING FOR FRESHMEN DUO: Starting freshmen Jerren Shipp (23 points) and Christian Polk (22 points) posted the two highest scoring openers by ASU freshmen, topping the mark of 18 points set by Jamal Falkner on Nov. 23, 1990, against Kansas, in the 75-71 loss to NAU on Monday. It also marked just the second time in 15 seasons two Sun Devil freshmen started an opener. Eleven freshmen have now started season openers in the past 20 seasons (1987-88 to 2006-07) and just four times in that span a pair of freshmen have earned opening night starts. Monday also marked just the second time in ASU history two freshmen have scored 20 points in the same game, as the only other time was last year on Feb. 11 when Jeff Pendergraph and Sylvester Seay each had 21 against Oregon.

FRESHMEN STARTERS ON OPENING NIGHT IN PAST 20 SEASONS (1987-88 to 2006-07)YEAR	FRESHMAN OPENING DAY STARTERS1990-1991:	Jamal Faulkner, Stevin Smith1991-1992:	Mario Bennett, Tony Ronaldson1992-1993:	Ron Riley1999-2000:	Donnell Knight2002-2003:	Ike Diogu2003-2004:	Tron Smith, Keith Wooden2006-2007	Jerren Shipp, Christian Polk

OTHER NOTES FROM FIRST TWO GAMES: ASU's 36 three-point attempts vs. NAU is the most since it shot 36 against NAU on Dec. 21, 1992, and is tied for the third-most in school history. The school record is 51, set on Dec. 1, 1992, at Brigham Young...ASU's seven free throw attempts vs. NAU was its fewest since it had six at second-ranked Stanford on Feb. 5, 2004...ASU's four freshmen are averaging 81.5 minutes per game, with Shipp averaging 33.5, Polk 28, reserves Derek Glasser 16 and George Odufuwa four...the Nov. 13 start date matched the second-earliest starting date in school history, topped only by the Nov. 10, 2000, 69-67 Tulsa loss in the NABC Classic at Raleigh. It also was Coach Herb Sendek's second-earliest starting date in his 14 years of coaching...ASU now has six players on its roster who have scored 20 points in a game, all of them happening in the past year. In addition to Shipp, Polk, Seay and Pendergraph, both Serge Angounou and Antwi Atuahene have notched 20-point games in their careers.

COACH SENDEK: Herb Sendek is 255-159 (.616) in his 14th season as a head coach, including a 191-132 (.591) record at NC State where he went to the NCAA Tournament the past five seasons. He is the second-youngest coach in the Pac-10 (43) behind only first-year mentor Tony Bennett of Washington State (36). He is 43-9 (.827) in November.

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