Men's Hoops Travels To Tucson Wednesday
Jan. 23, 2007
SUN DEVIL DATA: A young Arizona State University basketball team (6-13; 0-8 in Pac-10) under first-year coach Herb Sendek hits the road to Tucson on Wednesday (Jan. 24) playing at No. 17 Arizona at 7:30 p.m. MST. Tim Healey and former ASU assistant coach Russ Pennell have the radio call for the game while Dave Sitton, Bob Elliott and Tom Kuyper have the broadcast for FSN Arizona. ASU is giving up just 63.4 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 88.4 minutes, including three above the 26-minute mark. Freshman point guard Derek Glasser is averaging 35 minutes per game in conference play, currently the most by any Sun Devil freshman in ASU's 29-year Pac-10 history.
THE LOSSES: The team Herb Sendek took over in April changed dramatically in the late summer when seniors-to-be and experienced starters Kevin Kruger and Bryson Krueger departed. Kevin averaged 15.0 points 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 other Sun Devils 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) all were freshmen from 2003-2004 who have since transferred while 2004-2005 freshmen Craig Austin and Tim Pierce (San Jose State) also left the program after one year.
PARTY LIKE ITS 1995: Arizona State probably wishes it could play a turn-back-the-clock game and set the date for the middle of March in 1995 for two reasons. On March 11, 1995, the No. 18 Sun Devils won at No. 12 Arizona 103-98 in double overtime on the final day of the regular season, ASU's only win in Tucson in the past 24 seasons and only overtime game in the series since the schools joined the Pac-10. Five days later, a 32-year old head coach led Miami (Ohio) to a 71-62 first-round NCAA Tournament upset of the No. 15 Arizona Wildcats in Dayton in the 59th game of his coaching career. Nearly a dozen years and 372 games later, that former Miami head coach is ASU's head coach, Herb Sendek. That 12th-seeded Miami squad was 22-6 entering NCAA Tournament action, as the Redskins were one of four teams seeded 12th or lower to win a first-round game in 1995.
NO SOPHOMORE JINX: Sophomore Jeff Pendergraph is averaging nearly a double-double in the past 11 games (14.2 points and 9.7 boards), has seven double-doubles on the year and is 40-of-57 (.702) from the floor in the past six games. 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 13.1 points and 8.9 boards 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 ranks first in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (4.32 per game), second in field goal percentage (.600) and is tied for fourth in rebounding (8.9). He is shooting a league-best 64.9 percent (50-of-77) from the field in Pac-10 games.
DEJA VU: As Herb Sendek's staff continues through Pac-10 play with five league teams ranked in the AP poll (Jan. 22) 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. 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. 3), Oregon (7), Arizona (17), Washington State (20) and USC (25) are ranked this week and the league is 93-22 (.809) in non-league action.
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...Derek Glasser is averaging 34.8 minutes per game in the past nine contests, second on the team in that time...Christian Polk has four 20-point games and already has made 40 three-pointers, four shy of matching Gee Gervin (1996-1997) and Jeremy Veal (1994-1995) for third 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 19 opponents...after shooting 6-of-33 (.182) from the three-point stripe in his first three seasons, Serge Angounou is 25-of-63 (.397) from beyond the arc. He has been ASU's leading rebounder in seven games...in his past 28 games dating to Feb. 4 of last year, Jeff Pendergraph is averaging 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game...ASU is holding opponents to 42.5 percent from the floor in its past five games (100-of-235).
ROAD NOTE: ASU was the only Pac-10 team to have more road wins (three) than home wins (two) in Pac-10 play last season (the only Pac-10 team to do that in the past two seasons). Only eight teams have done that in the past 14 seasons in the Pac-10.
COACH 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 260-171 (.603) 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.
BEATING THOSE AT THE TOP OF THE LIST: In his 14-year career, Herb Sendek's teams have won eight games coached by six members of the distinguished 700-win club. Only 19 Division I head coaches have reached 700 wins, and two of those wins came in NCAA Tournament action. On March 20, 2005, NC State topped defending champion UCONN and Jim Calhoun 65-62 for the latest victory over a 700-win club member. A look at those eight wins:
|Lute Olson, Arizona||March 16, 1995||Miami (Ohio) 71, #15 Arizona 62||Dayton, Ohio|
|Mike Krzyzewski, Duke||March 7, 1997||NC State 66, #7 Duke 60||Greensboro, N.C.|
|Jim Boeheim, Syracuse||Dec. 8, 2001||NC State 82, #9 Syracuse 68||Syracuse, N.Y.|
|John Chaney, Temple||Jan. 26, 2002||NC State 80, Temple 61||Raleigh, N.C.|
|Jim Phelan, Mt. St. Mary's||Nov. 22, 2002||NC State 84, Mt. St. Mary's 60||Raleigh, N.C.|
|Mike Krzyzewski, Duke||Jan. 22, 2003||NC State 80, #3 Duke 71||Raleigh, N.C.|
|Mike Krzyzewski, Duke||Feb. 15, 2004||NC State 78, #1 Duke 74||Raleigh, N.C.|
|Jim Calhoun, UCONN||March 20, 2005||NC State 65, #13 UCONN||Worcester, Mass.|
OFF THE COURT: Under the leadership of Academic Coach Sabrina Thomas, the men's hoops team notched a 2.88 grade point average last fall and its team cumulative GPA is 2.83, its highest in the past six years. The four freshmen combined for a 3.33 GPA and 90 percent of the team had at least a 2.5. George Odufuwa led the way with a 3.5, and three current Sun Devils already have their degrees. Serge Angounou (B.A. in Spanish) graduated in May as did Robby Alridge (B.A. in sociology) while Allen Morill earned his B.I.S. degree in December. That trio joins Jonathan Howard (B.S., Management, 2006), Jeremy Veal (B.S.W., Social Work, 2006), Curtis Millage (B.I.S., Education and Family Studies, 2006), Kevin Kruger (B.S., Justice Studies, 2006), Jason Braxton (B.I.S, Business and Psychology, 2005), Jamie Andrisevic (B.S., Finance, 2004) and Kenny Crandall (B.I.S., Business and Communications, 2004) as ASU men's basketball graduates in the past three years.
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).
NOTES ON PLAYING RANKED TEAMS: Coach Sendek has 29 wins against ranked teams in his career, including nine on the road...ASU's last road win over a ranked team came at Pauley Pavilion, as ASU topped No. 20 UCLA 69-68 on Feb. 16, 2002.
COACH SENDEK'S NINE WINS VS. RANKED TEAMS ON ROADJan. 10, 2006 NC State 78, @#15 Boston College 60Mar. 6, 2004 NC State 81, @#11 Wake Forest 70Feb. 25, 2004 NC State 79, @#18 Georgia Tech 69Jan. 5, 2002 NC State 81, @#4 Virginia 74Dec. 8, 2001 NC State 82, @#9 Syracuse 68Dec. 1, 1999 NC State 61, @#19 Purdue 59Feb. 21, 1998 NC State 86, @#1 North Carolina 72Dec. 4, 1997 NC State 71, @#22 Georgia Tech 69 (OT)Feb. 17, 1997 NC State 60, @#4 Wake Forest 59 (OT)
SOME BIG TIME NAMES ON THIS LIST: Freshman Derek Glasser is averaging 35 minutes per game in Pac-10 play and has 35 assists and just 15 turnovers in that time. That number becomes noteworthy when it compares to some of the past ASU freshmen and what they averaged in the 18-game Pac-10 slate. Christian Polk also is around the 30-minute mark in league games. Here is a list of the top dozen Sun Devil freshmen in Pac-10 minutes per game:
ASU PAC-10 FRESHMEN MINUTES PER GAME (1978-79 to PRESENT)RK. Player, Season MPG Note1 Derek Glasser, 2006-07 35.0 35 assists and 15 turnovers2. Byron Scott, 1979-80 34.2 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year3. Ike Diogu, 2002-03 33.3 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year4. Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91 32.1 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year5. Steve Beck, 1983-84 31.4 Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team6. Christian Polk, 2006-07 30.4 40 three-pointers made on year7. Bobby Thompson, 1983-84 29.9 ASU career assist leader with 4548. Brian Camper, 1989-90 29.2 Averaged 27.3 minutes overall9. Eddie House, 1996-97 29.1 Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team10. Jeff Pendergraph, 2006-07 28.6 Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team11. Mario Bennett, 1991-92 28.0 Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team12. Kenny Crandall, 1998-99 27.8 39 3-pointers in initial season
LAST WEEKEND: ASU jumped out to an 11-point lead early against third-ranked UCLA (17-6) and led the Bruins at the half 37-34 before falling 60-50 on Jan. 18 at Pauley Pavilion...ASU was 14-of-24 (.583) in the first half from the field but just 6-of-21 (.286) in the second half...Allen Morill had 11 points and seven boards in his first Pac-10 start since the 2003-2004 season...Christian Polk had 16 points...UCLA had 13 offensive rebounds...Derek Glasser had seven assists, but ASU had just two bench points...on Saturday, Jan. 20, USC jumped out to a 30-18 halftime lead and topped ASU 58-49...ASU was 7-of-26 (.269) from the field in the first half...USC was 22-of-28 (.786) from the free throw line while ASU was just 4-of-9 (.444)...ASU was 0-of-7 from the three-point stripe in the first half.
UA SERIES NOTES: UA leads the series 136-73 and has won 22 of the past 23, with the ASU win coming on Jan. 23, 2002, an 88-72 victory over the tenth-ranked Wildcats in Tempe...ASU's last win in Tucson was on March 11, 1995, a 103-98 double-overtime contest on the final day of the regular season...UA jumped out to a 32-7 lead last year in Tucson on Feb. 25 and won 68-47 as it had 16 steals and forced 26 ASU turnovers...UA led 38-13 at the half...in Tempe last year the Wildcats topped ASU 80-70 on Jan. 25 as Kevin Kruger led ASU with 23 points and Jeff Pendergraph had 17 points and 11 boards. Bryson Krueger added 14 off the bench, as Arizona held ASU to just 20-of-58 (.345) from the field, its second-worst shooting night on the year (.340 at Iowa).
SOLID SOPHOMORE NOTES: Sophomore Jeff Pendergraph, who has increased his weight to 230 after being listed at 195 last year, is averaging 14.2 points and 9.7 rebounds in the past 11 games... 40-of-57 (.702) from the floor in the past six games and is averaging 15.3 points in that time...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...28 double-figure scoring games in his 46-game career (20 of past 27)...matched his career-high with 21 points vs. Portland State and has 12 career double-doubles (seven this year).