Men's Hoops Game Notes For USC Game Saturday
Jan. 19, 2007
SUN DEVIL DATA: A young Arizona State University basketball team (6-12; 0-7 in Pac-10) under first-year coach Herb Sendek has a 5 p.m. PT/6 p.m. MST tip-off at USC on Saturday, Jan. 20. Tim Healey and former ASU assistant coach Russ Pennell have the Sun Devil Network radio call while Trey Bender and Tom Kuyper have the broadcast for FSN Arizona. ASU is giving up just 63.7 points per game, currently the fourth-best mark in ASU history and the lowest since the 1949-50 squad gave up 59.8, but is trying to replace the points of late summer departures Kevin Kruger (transferred to UNLV in July) and Bryson Krueger (dismissed from team in August). Kevin Kruger took advantage of a NCAA rule that lasted six months which allowed him to transfer to UNLV to play for his father since he had finished his degree work. With all the changes, four true freshmen are combining to average 87.5 minutes, including three at or above the 26-minute mark.
USC SERIES NOTES: USC leads the ASU series 43-29 but ASU has won two of the past three in Los Angeles...ASU has posted two 100-point outings in its past 134 games, both against USC. It won 108-78 on Feb. 13, 2003, in Tempe and 100-85 at USC on Jan. 17, 2004...Serge Angounou is averaging 12.4 points and seven boards in five career games against USC...last year at the Sports Arena (Feb. 4, 2006) ASU had 19 second-chance points (USC had three) and outrebounded USC 37-21 in a 68-65 Sun Devil win...ASU had five players in double-digits...ASU and USC have met on on Saturday in Los Angeles in the past four years. The two years where USC beat Arizona Thursday (2004 and 2006) ASU beat the Trojans two days later.
GONE: The team Herb Sendek took over changed dramatically in the late summer when seniors-to-be and experienced starters Kevin Kruger and Bryson Krueger departed. Kevin averaged 15.0 ppg. last year and played as much as anyone in the nation, with an ASU record 39.0 minutes per game. He had played 87 games and scored 912 points in his three-year career, and was the only player ranked in eight Pac-10 categories last year. Bryson averaged 12.3 points last year and had shot 40.7 percent (88-of-216) from the three-point stripe and started 45 games in two-year career. The other reason ASU's freshmen are having to play so many minutes is the departure of six players in the past three years who would have been on this squad. Wilfried Fameni (now at VCU), Chris Low, Tron Smith (St. Mary's) and Keith Wooden (North Texas) were freshmen in 2003-2004 who have since transferred while 2004-2005 freshmen Craig Austin and Tim Pierce (San Jose State) also left the program.
VS. UCLA: ASU led UCLA by 11 in the first half, the third-ranked Bruins' largest deficit of the season, and had a 37-34 halftime lead but shot 6-of-21 (.286) in the second half in falling 60-50. ASU shot 58.3 percent in the first half (14-of-24) but UCLA had 13 offensive rebounds and outrebounded ASU 32-22. Allen Morill had a season-high 11 points (the most in his 37-game Pac-10 career) while Christian Polk led ASU with 16 points, also his Pac-10 best.
Jeff Pendergraph UPDATE: Sophomore Jeff Pendergraph is averaging nearly a double-double in the past 10 games (14.3 points and 9.8 boards), has seven double-doubles on the year and is 35-of-45 (.778) from the floor in the past five games. At 13.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, he is trying to become the first Sun Devil to average a double-double since Mark Landsberger in 1976-77 (17.2 points and 14.4 rebounds). He is shooting 69.2 percent (45-of-65) from the field in the seven Pac-10 games.
DEJA VU: As Herb Sendek's staff continues through the Pac-10 with four teams ranked in the AP poll (Jan. 8) 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 (and only time since 1988-89), this 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 highlight 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.
GLASSER IN WITH GREAT COMPANY: Derek Glasser is averaging 34.9 minutes per game in the past eight contests, tied for tops on the team in that time with Jeff Pendergraph. He also has 36 assists and just 13 turnovers in that time. In ASU history, only one Sun Devil freshmen has averaged more than 34 minutes per game in Pac-10 games, former All-American Byron Scott. Christian Polk is averaging 30.6 minutes per game in Pac-10 play. A look at the top freshmen minutes per game mark in Pac-10 play at Arizona State:
ASU FRESHMEN PAC-10 MINUTES PER GAME (1978-79 to Present)1. Derek Glasser, 2006-07 35.02. Byron Scott, 1979-80 34.23. Ike Diogu, 2002-03 33.34. Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91 32.15. Steve Beck, 1983-84 31.46. Christian Polk, 2006-07 30.67. Bobby Thompson, 1983-84 29.98. Brian Camper, 1989-90 29.29. Eddie House, 1996-97 29.110. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06 28.6
QUICK NOTES: ASU had 23 offensive rebounds against Oregon State on Jan. 13, its most in a Pac-10 game since it had 24 at Washington on Jan. 11, 2001, in a 70-68 overtime loss. ASU also had a season-low 10 turnovers against Oregon State...Christian Polk has four 20-point games and already has made 39 three-pointers, 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...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 13 of its 18 opponents...after shooting 6-of-33 (.182) from the three-point stripe in his first three seasons, Serge Angounou is 25-of-62 (.403) from beyond the arc. He has been ASU's leading rebounder in seven games...ASU is 44-of-61 (.721) from the free throw line in its past five games.
MORE FRESHMAN NOTES: In comparing freshman minutes from previous ASU teams, Christian Polk is averaging 29.4 minutes per game, Jerren Shipp is at 27.3 and Derek Glasser is averaging 26.0 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.
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 260-170 (.605) 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.