Men's Hoops Game Notes Vs. Baylor

Nov. 28, 2008

SUN DEVILS VS. BEARS: The Arizona State Sun Devils (4-0) meet the Baylor Bears (5-0) on Friday, Nov. 28, in the second round of the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center at 9:30 p.m. PT (ESPN2/KTAR 620 AM). ASU topped Charlotte 84-56 Thursday night against behind Jeff Pendergraph's 23 points and 10 boards as ASU shot 61 (25-of-41) percent for the game and was 26-of-31 (.830) from the foul line, including 19-of-20 (.950) in the second half. Through four games this year, the Sun Devils are allowing 53.0 points per game, holding opponents to .351 from the field and .290 from the three-point stripe, shooting 52.9 percent from the field and 76.3 percent from the foul line. ASU is 2-1 vs. Baylor but the squads have not met since Nov. 26, 1988, an ASU 89-73 win in Richmond. Herb Sendek has never coached against the Bears. Baylor advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year, and ASU was 7-8 in games against NCAA Tournament teams a year ago, with wins over Arizona (twice), USC, Stanford, Oregon, Xavier and Coppin State.

WORTH NOTING: ASU is 4-0 for just the third time in 22 seasons and second time in 14 seasons (2005-06 and 1994-95). It will try and start 5-0 for the first time since 1985-86. Its other 4-0 start in the past 14 years was in 2005-06. It is ranked 14th in this week's AP poll and was ranked 15th in the preseason poll for the first time since 1991-92.

GETTING COMFORTABLE IN HOTELS: After losing its first 10 away from home (neutral or road games) in the Herb Sendek era, ASU is 9-9 since. ASU is 3-1 in non-Pac-10 neutral site games under Coach Sendek as it topped LSU and Princeton and fell to Illinois in the 2007 Maui Invitational. Probably worth noting ASU is shooting 59.2 percent (45-of-76) in its two games away from home this year.

IF IT IS CLOSE: ASU is 8-4 in games of 10 points or less in the past two years after going 4-17 in Coach Sendek's first season. Should a game go an extra stanza, it is probably worth noting ASU went 4-0 in overtime games last year.

DEFENSE: The Sun Devils are giving up just 61.3 points per game in Herb Sendek's 68 games as head coach. In the past 48 games against Arizona State, only eight teams have scored 70 points against the Sun Devils, and two of those were overtime games. So in the past 46 regulation games, only six teams have notched 70 points against ASU.

THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG: ASU was 8-22 (.267) in Herb Sendek's first year, 25-13 (.658) since. In his 16th year as a head coach, the 45-year old Pittsburgh, Pa., native is 287-193 (.598).

FREEBIES: ASU is shooting .763 (74-of-97) from the free throw line this year. Last year ASU shot 73.9 percent from the free throw line, the fifth-best mark in ASU history and second-best in past 21 seasons. For a historical Herb Sendek note, his 2003-2004 NC State squad shot .799 from the free throw line, tied for the best free throw mark in the past nine seasons among all NCAA teams as St. Joseph's 2005-06 team also hit 79.9 percent of its shots.

GOING BACK TO CALI: Friday's game is the third of at least nine games in California for ASU this year. ASU won at San Diego State on Nov. 18, has three games in the 76 Classic, plays at USC, UCLA, Stanford and California and will play at least one game in the Pac-10 Tournament at Staples Center in Los Angeles in March.NOT IN TEMPE: ASU will play at least 16 games away from its home arena this year. In addition to 10 road games, three games in Anaheim and at least one game in the Pac-10 Tournament, ASU will play IUPUI (26-7 last year) on Dec. 14 at U.S. Airways Arena in Phoenix and then play BYU (27-6 last year) at University of Phoenix Stadium on Dec. 20. The game is a doubleheader with Louisville and Minnesota held at the home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, where Arizona State will host NCAA West Regional on March 26-28, 2009.

STEADY DEREK: Derek Glasser is 106-of-130 (.815) from the free throw line in his career. He has 20 assists and just seven turnovers on the year and in his career he has 251 assists and 125 turnovers.

SLICK RICK: Rihards Kuksiks is averaging 8.4 points per game in his past 16 games dating to last season. He is shooting 8-of-16 (.500) from the three-point stripe on the year.

MR. SUN DEVIL: Third-team All-Pac-10 pick from a year ago Jeff Pendergraph is shooting 75.6 percent from free throw line in career (267-of-353) and is averaging 11.8 points (1,125 points) and 7.1 rebounds (678) in 95 career games (89 career starts). He is currently 10th on the ASU single-season rebound list with 678, 22 behind Gerard Schreur (700 from 1967-70). He has 19 career double-doubles and is shooting 430-of-780 (.551) in his career from the field.

HARD-EN FAST NOTES: Through 38 career games, 6-5 sophomore James Harden has led ASU in scoring 28 times, led it in rebounding 13 times and led it in assists in 15 games...has 18 20-point games in his career...he went 11-of-11 from the foul line against Charlotte and is now 34-of-40 (.850) from the free throw line on the year and 203-of-264 (.769) in his career...has 81 steals in 38 career games (2.1 per game).

HEY ABBOTT: Lost in the James Harden fodder is the solid career sophomore Ty Abbott has produced through his first 38 games. Abbott is averaging 10.1 points per game and has made 81 three-pointers. His 76 three-pointers last year was fourth-best by a freshman in Pac-10 history. He also is averaging 5.8 rebounds per game this year and is shooting 17-of-30 (.567) from the field.

UTILITY MAN: Junior Jerren Shipp has been asked to do it all in his 68-game career, as he has started in 38 games and come off the bench in 30 contests. In four games off the bench this year, he is 9-of-13 (.692) from the field and 6-of-8 (.750) from the three-point stripe in 17.3 minutes per game.

ETC.: Herb Sendek is 54-11 (.831) in November games...ASU has shot at least 57 percent in three of its four games...ASU is now 3-1 under Herb Sendek playing away from home as a ranked team...ASU is 18-3 in the past two years when it leads at the half in the past two seasons...ASU is 17-1 under Herb Sendek when it shoots 50 percent from the field.

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