Men's Hoops Hosts Once-Beaten And No. 15 Oregon Thursday Night

Jan. 9, 2007

SUN DEVIL DATA: A young Arizona State University basketball team (6-9; 0-4 in Pac-10) under first-year coach Herb Sendek plays host to the No. 15 Oregon Ducks (14-1; 2-1) on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 8:30 p.m. MT on Fox Sports Net and then hosts the Oregon State Beavers (8-8; 0-3) on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 4:30 MT on FSN Arizona. Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini have the call for Fox Sports Net on Thursday while Trey Bender and Tom Kuyper have the broadcast for FSN Arizona on Saturday. Tim Healey and Kuyper will call the Oregon game for the Sun Devil Radio Network while Healey and former ASU assistant coach Russ Pennell have the radio call on Saturday. ASU is giving up just 64 points per game, currently the fourth-best mark in ASU history and the lowest since the 1949-50 squad gave up 59.8.

SOPHOMORE PLAYING WELL: Sophomore Jeff Pendergraph is averaging a double-double in the past nine games (14.1 points and 10.2 boards) and has six double-doubles on the year. He was perfect in eight field goal attempts at Washington State on Jan. 4 and grabbed 19 boards vs. Colgate on Dec. 19, the most by a Sun Devil since Mike Batiste had 20 vs. Wagner on Nov. 19, 1997. At 12.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, he could become the first Sun Devil to average a double-double since Mark Landsberger in 1976-77 (17.2 points and 14.4 rebounds). He ranks first in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (4.47 per game), second in field goal percentage (.582) and fourth in rebounding (9.3).

DEJA VU: As Herb Sendek's staff hits Pac-10 play with four league teams ranked in the AP poll for the first time since 2001-2002 and every team posting a winning non-conference mark for just the second time in Pac-10 history, the challenge is nothing new to him. In his first year at NC State (1996-1997), the ACC had six of its nine teams ranked at some time during the year and each posted 20 wins. North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Clemson and Maryland all reached the top 10. The beauty of that season for Sendek is his team beat #7 Clemson on Feb. 1, won at #4 Wake Forest on Feb. 17, and then beat #7 Duke (March 7) and #22 Maryland (March 8) in the ACC Tournament. That squad won seven of its final nine games on the year en route to a NIT appearance and played 14 of its 32 games against ranked opponents. UCLA (No. 4), Arizona (10), Oregon (15) and Washington State (T-22) are all ranked currently while Washington was ranked 24th last week. The league is 92-22 (.807) in non-league action and each team posted a winning non-conference record for just the second time since the league expanded to 10 teams in 1978-79 and for the only time since 1988-89.

GOOD DUCK TEAMS BRING OUT GOOD ASU PERFORMANCES: ASU is 4-2 against the Ducks in the past six meetings in Tempe, but the Sun Devils have seemed to play well against the better Oregon teams...Oregon's last NCAA Tournament team in 2002-03 (led by Pac-10 Player of the Year Luke Ridnour) won three games against ranked teams and was the Pac-10 Tournament champion but fell to ASU in Tempe 91-77 on March 6, 2001-02, Oregon went 14-4 and won the Pac-10 title and advanced to the Elite Eight. It came to Tempe after already sweeping Arizona (including a 105-75 win in Eugene just two weeks earlier) but lost to ASU 95-88 on Jan. 6, 2002, its only loss during an 11-game 2000-2001 ASU finished 5-13 in the Pac-10 but swept the Ducks, who had three future first-round NBA draft picks in Freddie Jones, Ridnour and Luke Jackson...ASU is 18-10 (.643) against Oregon in Tempe... ASU leads the Oregon series 34-28...ASU is 7-6 in the past 13 the last meeting in Tempe Oregon topped ASU 98-87 on Feb. 11, 2006 as it jumped out to a 42-29 halftime lead before the Sun Devils scored a season-high 58 second-half points. ASU had season highs in points (87), assists (21) and field goal percentage (.551) in the loss.

ONE OF THE BEST: Oregon's 14-1 (.933) mark entering Thursday's game is the third-best record of any post-January 1 opponent in the past 15 years at Ned Wulk Court. Stanford entered games in Tempe in 2004 and 2001 at 11-0 and the other one-loss teams (Arizona in 1999 and UCLA in 1995) did not have 14 wins.

BEST OPPONENT RECORDS AFTER JAN. 1 AT NED WULK COURT(1992-1993 to present/past 15 seasons)#4 Stanford	11-0/100.0	Jan. 8, 2004#2 Stanford	11-0/100.0	Jan. 4, 2001#15 Oregon	14-1/.933	Jan. 11, 2007#7 Arizona	11-1/.917	Jan. 14, 1999#4 UCLA    	10-1/.909	Jan. 21, 1995#1 Arizona	20-2/.909	Feb. 22, 2003#8 UCLA    	17-2/.895	Feb. 17, 1994#2 Stanford	25-3/.893	March 11, 2000#4 Arizona	8-1/.889	Jan. 3, 2004#8 Stanford	23-3/.885	Feb. 26, 1998

MANY WINS, MANY PLACES: When comes time to play away from Tempe, Herb Sendek has a good map. In his career, Coach Sendek has won 257 games in 21 states, plus two wins in Puerto Rico and one in Washington D.C. North Carolina (153) and Ohio (51) lead the way as he was the head coach in both states, and he also has posted wins in Florida (seven), Michigan and Arizona (six), South Carolina (five), Virginia (five), Georgia (four), Indiana (four), Massachusetts (three), Texas (two) and Maryland (two). One-win states are Alabama, Utah, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Nevada, Kentucky, Illinois and California.

QUICK NOTES: Coach Sendek will go against a ranked team for the second time as the Sun Devil coach, as he posted 28 wins against ranked teams in his 10-year career at NC State...Derek Glasser is averaging 34.6 minutes per game in the past five contests...Christian Polk has four 20-point games and already has made 34 three-pointers, five shy of matching Kenny Crandall (1998-1999) for sixth place on the ASU freshman three-pointer list. Ron Riley (1992-93) holds the ASU freshmen record with 66...four true freshmen Sun Devils are combining to average 86.6 minutes...ASU topped Colgate 52-36 on Dec. 19, the fewest points by an ASU opponent since the University of Washington (St. Louis) fell to ASU 47-34 in the 1949-50 season. ASU held the Red Raiders to just 12 points at the half, the fewest haltime points by an ASU opponent since Jan. 7, 1995, when ASU was leading Old Dominion 36-12...ASU has outrebounded 12 of its 15 opponents, including its last 10 opponents by 7.2 boards per game.

SURGING: Serge Angounou tied a career high with 23 points at Xavier on Dec. 16, the fourth 20-point game of his career, including a career-best five three-pointers. After shooting 6-of-33 (.182) from the three-point stripe in his first three seasons, Angounou is 24-of-56 (.429) from beyond the arc and has three double-doubles on the year.

MORE FRESHMAN NOTES: In comparing freshman minutes from previous ASU teams, Christian Polk is averaging 29.9 minutes per game, Jerren Shipp is at 27.5 and Derek Glasser is averaging 24.1 minutes. Byron Scott set the ASU record with 32.3 minutes per game in 1979-80, while Bobby Thompson (1983-84) is tenth on the list at 26.3. No freshmen duo has finished in the top 10 in the same year, and Polk is currently third while Shipp is the seventh-most halfway into the season.

FREE THROW SHOOTING WILL GET BETTER: In his 10 seasons at NC State, Coach Sendek's teams led the ACC four times in free throw percentage, including a stretch of three straight seasons from 2002-2004. In 2004 his NC State squad led the nation and set the ACC record by shooting .799 from the charity stripe. His team last year shot .751 (second in the ACC to Duke) and was 16th in the nation. His poorest free throw shooting team was his first year (1996-97) when they shot 64.9 percent. While at NC State, his Wolfpack squads shot 71.3 percent. ASU shot 18-of-25 (.720) from the free throw line on its Washington road trip.

THE COACHING FAMILY: Herb Sendek has six former assistants who are currently Division I head coaches. Here's the list: Jim Christian, Kent State, Miami Assistant (1994-96); Charlie Coles, Miami (Ohio), Miami Assistant (1994-96); Larry Hunter, Western Carolina, NC State Assistant (2001-05); Ron Hunter, IUPUI, Miami Assistant (1993-94); Thad Matta, Ohio State, Miami Assistant (1994-95) and Sean Miller, Xavier, Miami (1994-96) and NC State Assistant (1996-2000).

COACH Herb Sendek: Former NC State and Miami (Ohio) leader Herb Sendek is in his 14th season as a head coach as he led the Wolfpack to five straight NCAA appearances from 2002-06. Coach Sendek is 260-167 (.609) in 14 seasons and was 191-132 (.591) at NC State. The 43-year old Pittsburgh, Pa., native is the second-youngest coach in the Pac-10 behind only first-year coach Tony Bennett of WSU, yet his 254 career wins and six NCAA Tournament wins entering this year were fourth in the league. In the previous five seasons only Duke posted more ACC wins (regular season and ACC Tournament) than NC State's 53 victories. Coach Sendek also led NC State to five 20-win seasons in the past seven years. Another overlooked note is his 10-year stay at NC State. To compare it to the Pac-10, since the league expanded to 10 teams in 1978-79, only five coaches have coached at their schools for at least 10 years: Lute Olson (Arizona), Mike Montgomery (Stanford), Ralph Miller (Oregon State) and Ben Braun (California), while Ernie Kent (Oregon) is in his 10th season in 2006-2007.

PENDERGRAPH NOTES: Sophomore Jeff Pendergraph, who has increased his weight to 230 after being listed at 195 last year, is averaging 14.1 points and 10.2 rebounds in the past nine games...posted 16 points on 8-of-8 shooting at Washington State...posted 19 boards vs. Colgate on Dec. 19, the most by a Sun Devil since Mike Batiste had 19 vs. Wagner on Nov. 19, 1997...posted 10 offensive boards against Portland State (most by a Sun Devil in more than a decade) en route to 13 boards...has become stronger (improved bench press from 185 to 280) and maintained his conditioning level (5:47 mile run)...last year he missed fall conditioning and most of November due to surgery to remove a benign tumor in his left leg, and did not play until Nov. 26...25 double-figure scoring games in his 42-game career (17 of past 24) and is averaging 13.4 points and 9.0 boards in his past 21 outings...matched his career-high with 21 points vs. Portland State and has 11 career double-doubles (six this year).

SERGE NOTES: Tied a career high with 23 points at Xavier on Dec. 16, the fourth 20-point game of his career, while his five three-point goals is a career-best...after shooting 6-of-33 (.182) from the three-point stripe in his first three seasons, Angounou is 24-of-56 (.429) from beyond the arc...averaging 8.5 rebounds and 10.1 points in the past 11 games, including a 21-of-46 (.456) mark from beyond the arc...three double-doubles on the year...has started past 41 Pac-10 games...had career-high 16 rebounds in 35 minutes vs. Washington State on March 4, 2006...scored a career-high 23 points vs. #17 UCLA on Jan. 7 after scoring a then season-high 19 points vs. USC on Jan. 5...77-of-100 (.770) from the free throw line in his past 53 games...four 20-point games, nine double-doubles and 15 double-figure rebounding games in career.

FRESHMEN NUMBERS: ASU's four true freshmen are averaging 86.6 minutes per game (21.7 per player), third-most among a class in ASU history. In 1999-2000, ASU had six freshmen average 96.8 minutes per game (16.1 minutes per freshmen). In 1983-84, six freshmen combined for 88 minutes per game (14.7 per Sun Devil), while in 1990-91 ASU's four freshmen averaged 80.6 minutes (20.2 per player)...when Jerren Shipp (23) and Christian Polk (22) each scored 20 points against NAU on Nov. 13, it marked only the second time in ASU history two freshmen scored 20 points. The other time was last season when Jeff Pendergraph and Sylvester Seay each scored 21 points vs. Oregon on Feb. 11, 2006...against Iowa on Nov. 25, ASU started three freshmen (Shipp, Polk and Derek Glasser) for the first time since Feb. 12, 2000, when Kyle Dodd, Shawn Redhage and Tommy Smith did the trick in an 81-67 win at Washington. It was just the second time in 15 seasons three freshmen started for ASU.

LAST WEEKEND: ASU and No. 24 Washington played a close game on Jan. 6 before Washington hit their free throws at the end to make it a 64-53 final...Jeff Pendergraph had 18 points and eight boards to lead ASU in 35 minutes...ASU shot a season-best 14-of-18 (.778) from the free throw line...UW hit 8-of-13 (.615) from the three-point stripe...ASU shot just 7-of-26 (.269) from the field in the second half...a two-point game early in the second half got away from ASU in a 75-55 loss at Washington State on Jan. 4 in ASU's Pac-10 road opener...ASU shot 61.9 percent (13-of-21) in the first half...Jeff Pendergraph led ASU with 16 points and seven boards while Christian Polk had 13 points.

VS. OREGON STATE: ASU has won its past eight against Oregon State in Tempe, last falling to the Beavers at home 70-61 on Jan. 22, 1998...ASU swept the regular season series from the Beavers last year for the seventh time since joining the Pac-10 but fell 71-68 in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament to the Beavers...ASU led 45-30 at the 18:15 mark but OSU scored seven points in 50 seconds to get back in the game...ASU led by 10 four times in the second half of that the 76-59 win in Tempe on Feb. 9, ASU had a season-low eight turnovers while Jeff Pendergraph notching 18 points and 11 boards...ASU won its first Pac-10 game after dropping its firsr four with a 65-63 overtime win at Gill Coliseum on Jan. 14...ASU was 1-of-15 (.067) from the floor to start the game...ASU held the Beavers to just 39.3 percent from the field despite the Beavers entering the game leading the league in field goal percentage...Antwi Atuahene hit the game-winning shot in overtime.

100-POINTS: No ASU opponent has scored 100 points in Wells Fargo Arena since Feb. 27, 1988, when third-ranked Arizona topped ASU 101-73, a span of the past 310 home games.

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