Men's Hoops Hosts Washington and No. 18 Washington State This Weekend
Jan. 30, 2007
SUN DEVIL DATA: A young Arizona State University basketball team (6-14; 0-9 in Pac-10) under first-year coach Herb Sendek begins the second half of Pac-10 by hosting the Washington Huskies on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. and then hosts No. 18 Washington State Cougars on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 5:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. Tim Healey and former ASU player Tom Kuyper have the radio call for the game while Ted Robinson and Larry Farmer have the broadcast for FSN on Saturday. ASU is giving up just 63.8 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.
SO WITH THOSE GUYS LEAVING, THAT MEANS...: Four true freshmen are combining to average 89.1 minutes, including three above the 27-minute mark. Freshman point guard Derek Glasser is averaging 35.3 minutes per game in conference play, currently the most by any Sun Devil freshman in ASU's 29-year Pac-10 history. Glasser has 40 assists and just 15 turnovers in Pac-10 play, an 2.67 assist-to-turnover ratio that is second in the league.
GOOD NOTE ON UW GAME YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE KNOWN: Herb Sendek is one of just three coaches who have had a NBA first-round draft pick in the past two seasons. Julius Hodge was the 20th pick of the Denver Nuggets in 2005 while Cedric Simmons was the 15th pick of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets in 2006. The other two coaches are Washington's Lorenzo Romar and UCONN's Jim Calhoun.
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.
NO SOPHOMORE JINX: Sophomore Jeff Pendergraph is averaging nearly a double-double in the past 12 games (13.4 points and 9.4 boards), has seven double-doubles on the year and is 42-of-63 (.667) from the floor in the past seven 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 12.7 points and 8.8 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 (4.20 per game), second in field goal percentage (.591) and is third in rebounding (8.8). He is shooting 62.7 percent (52-of-83) from the field in Pac-10 games, second only to Oregon State's Kyle Jeffers who is at 62.8 percent (27-of-43).
THREE-POINTERS: A look at Christian Polk on ASU's freshmen three-pointer list, as he has a chance to break the school record set by Ron Riley in 1992-93 of 66.
ASU FRESHMEN THREE-POINTERS1. Ron Riley, 1992-93 662. Eddie House, 1996-97 57T3. Gee Gervin, 1996-97 44T3. Jeremy Veal, 1994-95 445. Christian Polk, 2006-07 43
HOLDING THEM DOWN: Washington has been to the NCAA Tournament in the past three seasons led by its high-flying offense, especially at home. ASU held the Huskies to 64 points on Jan. 6 in Seattle, tied for its fifth-fewest in the past 119 Husky games and third-fewest in the past 55 home games. The 64 points also is the best effort by a Pac-10 team in Seattle in the past four seasons.
UW LOWEST SCORING GAMES (2003-2004 TO PRESENT)@WSU 75, UW 47 Jan. 20, 2007@UW 54, Lehigh 37 Dec. 23, 2005@Cal 76, UW 62 Jan. 2, 2004Gonzaga 86, @UW 62 Dec. 3, 2003@UW 64, ASU 53 Jan. 6, 2007@WSU 77, UW 64 Feb. 4, 2006@Houston 79, UW 64 Dec. 20, 2003
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 314 home games.
DEJA VU: As Herb Sendek's staff continues through Pac-10 play with seven league teams ranked in the AP poll at some point during a season for the first time in history and every team posting a winning non-conference mark for just the second time (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.
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.
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.
ASU IN MAUI IN NOVEMBER OF 2007: Arizona State will play in the 2007 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational along with Duke, Illinois, LSU, Marquette, Oklahoma State, Princeton and host Chaminade. College basketball's premier season-opening tournament will be played Nov. 19-21 at Maui's Lahaina Civic Center.
QUICK NOTES: Coach Sendek has 29 wins against ranked teams in his career, including nine on the road...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 a team-high 35.2 minutes per game in the past 10 contests...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...after shooting 6-of-33 (.182) from the three-point stripe in his first three seasons, Serge Angounou is 27-of-67 (.403) from beyond the arc. He has been ASU's leading rebounder in eight games...in his past 28 games dating to Feb. 4 of last year, Jeff Pendergraph is averaging 13.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
SOME BIG TIME NAMES ON THIS LIST: Freshman Derek Glasser is averaging 35.3 minutes per game in Pac-10 play and has 40 assists and just 15 turnovers in that time, a 2.67 assist-to-turnover ratio that is second in the Pac-10. The minutes per game number becomes noteworthy when compared 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 35.3 40 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. Bobby Thompson, 1983-84 29.9 ASU career assist leader with 4547. Christian Polk, 2006-07 29.8 43 three-pointers made on year8. Brian Camper, 1989-90 29.2 Averaged 27.3 minutes overall9. Eddie House, 1996-97 29.1 Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team10. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-06 28.6 Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team11. Mario Bennett, 1991-92 28.0 Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team12. Kenny Crandall, 1998-99 27.8 Made 39 three-pointers in initial season
VS. UW: ASU leads the series 33-28 but the Huskies have won the past eight...ASU and No. 24 Washington played a close game on Jan. 6 in Seattle 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...
VS. WSU: ASU has won six of the past 11 against the Cougars and 12 of the past 19 and leads the series 32-28...ASU also is 5-1 in six overtime games against WSU...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.
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 260-172 (.602) 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.
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.
LAST TIME OUT: ASU played at No. 17 Arizona on Wednesday (Jan. 24) and led 18-17 at the 7:31 mark before UA went on a 20-8 run to close the half and then pulled away in the second half for a 71-47 win. Christian Polk led ASU with 11 points as ASU committed just 11 turnovers but shot just 7-of-24 (.292) from the field in the second half. ASU matched a season-low in shooting percentage (.347 on 17-of-49 from the field) and had a season-low 47 points.
FREE THROW SHOOTING: 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 is 52-of-75 (.693) from the free throw line in its past seven games.
FRESHMEN NUMBERS: ASU's four true freshmen are averaging 89.1 minutes per game (22.2 per player), second-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.