Men's Hoops Hosts No. 18 Washington State On Saturday At 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 2, 2007
QUICK DATA: A young Arizona State basketball team (6-15; 0-10 in Pac-10) hosts the 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, which will broadcast the game live to more than 41 million subscribers at 11 FSN affiliates. ASU, which has been in eight games decided by five points or less (2-6), the most in the Pac-10, is giving up just 63.9 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. The game also matches the two youngest coaches in the Pac-10, with the 36-year old Tony Bennett and the 43-year old Herb Sendek.
SO WITH THOSE GUYS LEAVING, THAT MEANS...: Four true freshmen are combining to average 89.2 minutes, including three above the 26-minute mark. Freshman point guard Derek Glasser is averaging 34.2 minutes per game in conference play, currently tied for the most by a freshman in ASU's 29-year Pac-10 history. Glasser has 41 assists and just 18 turnovers in Pac-10 play, a 2.28 assist-to-turnover ratio.
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 St.) also left the program after one year.
WILD ONE THURSDAY: ASU fell behind by as many as 23 points Thursday before falling 66-61 to the Huskies...a furious rally started at the 13:16 mark of the second half when Coach Sendek was ejected and the Huskies hit all four technical fouls to make it 52-38...ASU outscored UW 23-14 the rest of the way and hit all 20 free throws it attempted in the second half...the 22 points UW scored after intermission is the fewest ASU has given up in the second half this year...Christian Polk had 18 points, the most by a Sun Devil off the bench this season.
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.
NO SOPHOMORE JINX: Sophomore Jeff Pendergraph is averaging nearly a double-double in the past 12 games (13.2 points and 9.3 boards), has seven double-doubles on the year and is 44-of-68 (.647) from the floor in the past eight games. He was perfect in eight field goal attempts at Washington State on Jan. 4. At 12.6 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/14.4 rebounds). He is shooting 61.4 percent (54-of-88) from the field in Pac-10 games.
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 315 home games.
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, 1996-97 573. Christian Polk, 2006-07 47
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.
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...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...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-68 (.397) this year...ASU led UCLA 17-6 on Jan. 18, the largest deficit the Bruins have had this year.
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 260-173 (.600) 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.
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 75-of-101 (.743) from the free throw line in its past eight games.
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).
FRESHMAN MINUTES: Byron Scott set the ASU record for freshman minutes per game at 32.3 in 1979-80. Christian Polk (29.3), Jerren Shipp (28.2) and Derek Glasser (26.9) all are in the top ten this year.
ASU FRESHMEN OVERALL MINUTES PER GAMERK. Player, Season MPG1. Byron Scott, 1979-80 32.32. Ike Diogu, 2002-03 32.23. Eddie House, 1996-97 29.54. Christian Polk, 2006-07 29.35. Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91 29.16. Johnny Nash, 1976-77 28.67. Kenny Crandall, 1998-99 28.48. Jerren Shipp, 2006-07 28.29. Brian Camper, 1989-90 27.310. Derek Glasser, 2006-07 26.910. Mario Bennett, 1991-92 26.9
SOME BIG TIME NAMES ON THIS LIST: Freshman Derek Glasser is averaging 34.2 minutes per game in Pac-10 play and has 41 assists and just 18 turnovers in that time. 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 Sun Devil freshmen in Pac-10 minutes per game:
ASU PAC-10 FRESHMEN MINUTES PER GAME (1978-79 to PRESENT)RK. Player, Season MPG NoteT1. Derek Glasser, 2006-07 34.2 41 assists and 18 turnoversT1. 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 TeamT6. Bobby Thompson, 1983-84 29.9 ASU career assist leader with 454T6. Christian Polk, 2006-07 29.9 47 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 Team