Herb Sendek Going For Win No. 36 Vs. Ranked Opponent Friday Against Huskies

Jan. 4, 2010


The Arizona State's men's hoops team, in its fourth season under 318-game winner Herb Sendek and coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1980-81, host defending Pac-10 champion Washington Friday at 8:30 p.m. MT on FOX Sports Arizona and then takes on Washington State at 1:30 p.m. MT on Sunday, Jan. 19 (FOX Sports Net). ASU is 10-5 and 0-2 after two losses in Los Angeles lastweekend, as after going 8-22 (.267) in Coach Sendek's first year(2006-2007), the Sun Devils are 56-28 (.667) since and giving up just 60.5points per game in his 114 games. ASU has had to replace two NBA draft picksfrom last year in first-team consensus All-American James Harden andfirst-team All-Pac-10 forward Jeff Pendergraph, but returns three startersfrom last year's team in senior point guard Derek Glasser (2009 Pac-10All-Tournament Team), junior Rihards Kuksiks (third-best returningthree-point shooter in the nation according to NCAA minimums) and junior TyAbbott (121 career threes and 65 starts entering this year). ASU has hadeight players lead or share the team lead in scoring in its 13 games and hasfive players on its roster who have had a 20-point game in their career. TheSun Devils have held 10 of their first 15 opponents to under 40 percentfield goal shooting, as 27 of its past 50 opponents have shot under 40percent.

Coach Sendek has 35 career wins against ranked foes,including 12 top-10 wins in his past 10 seasons. He notched his first at ASUon Feb. 18, 2007, as ASU topped No. 22 USC 68-58 and won his first attemptin 2007-08 with a 77-55 over No. 17 Xavier on Dec. 15 (largest win over aranked team in ASU history)...the Jan. 17, 2009, win at ninth-ranked UCLAwas ASU's first top-10 road win since its 90-87 OT win at No. 4 Stanford onJan. 31, 1998...against seventh-ranked Stanford on Feb. 14, 2008, ASU earnedits first win over a top-10 team since Jan. 23, 2002 (88-72 over No. 10Arizona)...in the nine years prior (1998-99 to 2006-07), ASU went 1-24against top-10 teams. In its past four games against top-10 teams under HerbSendek, ASU is 2-2 (seventh-ranked Stanford in 2007-2008 and at ninth-rankedUCLA in 2008-2009)...from 1995-1996 until 2005-2006 (11 seasons), ASU went5-66 against ranked foes (2-28 at home). Under Herb Sendek ASU has six winsagainst ranked teams, three of them at home.

#23 ASU 75, #13 Washington 65/P10 Tourney (Mar. 13, 2009)
#18 ASU 74, #11 UCLA 67 (Feb. 12, 2009)
#16 ASU 61, @#9 UCLA 58 (OT), Jan. 17, 2009
ASU 72, #7 Stanford 68 (OT), Feb. 14, 2008
ASU 77, #17 Xavier 55, Dec. 15, 2007 (largest win over ranked team in ASU history)
ASU 68, #22 USC 58, Feb. 18, 2007

ASU has notched a double-digit win over a ranked teamin each of Herb Sendek¹s three seasons. It beat No. 22 USC 68-58 on Feb. 18,2007, beat No. 17 Xavier 77-55 on Dec. 15, 2007 (largest win over a rankedteam in school history), and then topped No. 13 Washington 75-65 on March13, 2009, in Los Angeles at the Pac-10 Tournament. In the prior 16 seasonsof ASU, the Sun Devils had posted three double-digit wins over ranked teams.

Senior Derek Glasser is averaging 11.1 points and isshooting 89.1 percent from the free throw line (49-of-55) this year,third-best in the league. He ranks second in the Pac-10 in assists per game(5.2) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5 with 78 assists and 31turnovers)...sixth in the league in three-point shooting at 44.9 percent(22-of-48)...already is the ASU career assist record holder with 471,topping the mark held by the late Bobby Thompson, who had 454 from 1983-87,and his 231-of-276 (.837) shooting from the free throw line currently is thebest in school history...has played 19 turnover free games in his 113-gamecareer...posted a career-high 24 points in the Nov. 27 win over LSU...earned2009 Pac-10 All-Tournament honors by averaging 13.7 points in the threegames. He shot 16-of-31 (.516) from the field, made 5-of-11 (.455) from thethree-point stripe and had 12 assists and just four turnovers whileaveraging 37.3 minutes per game.

ASU is 36-9 (.800) at home in the past three seasons, including a15-5 mark in 2007-08 that set the ASU mark for total home wins. ASU is 21-4(.840) the past two seasons at home, including 9-1 this season. Ten of ASU's27 home wins in the two seasons prior to this year (2007-2008 and 2008-2009)were against teams that would play in the NCAA Tournament that same season.

The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in scoring margin (+12.9points per game) and three-pointers made per game (8.4 with 116 made in 15games). They are second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (55.2 points pergame), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2), field goal percentage defense (.391)and turnover margin (+3.5)...ASU is third in field goal percentage (.466)and three-point shooting (.384)...Rihards Kuksiks eight three-pointers vs.UCSB on Dec. 21 is tied for the most made by a Pac-10 player this year withWSU's Klay Thompson. He is third in the league at 2.6 three-pointers madeper game...Eric Boateng leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage at 65.7percent, while Jamelle McMillan is tied for ninth at .500...ASU gave up just34 points to Delaware State (Dec. 12) and 35 to Western Illinois (Nov. 13),the best defensive marks in the Pac-10 this year...ASU's 104 points vs. SanFrancisco (Nov. 20) is the second-highest by a Pac-10 team this year...ASU's29 assists and 18 three-pointers in that game are the most by a league teamthis year, as are its 17 steals vs. Texas State...Jamelle McMillan is fifthin the league in three-point percentage at .451 and leads the league inassist-to-turnover ration at 2.7 (46 assists and 17 turnovers).

ASU set the school record for three-pointers made(288) and attempted (778) in 2008-2009. ASU's top three returning scorershad combined to make 392 three-pointers in their careers and all three arein the ASU career top-10 list already, as Rik Kuksiks has 168 (sixth), TyAbbott 143 (eighth) and Derek Glasser 129 (tenth). So far this season, ASUis shooting 126-of-328 (.384) from the arc, with nine Sun Devils hittingthree pointers.

Herb Sendek has eight former assistants who are D-Icoaches, the best mark of any coach in the nation, ahead of Mike Montgomeryand Rick Pitino (seven each). Twelve-year sidekick Mark Phelps earned theDrake spot in the spring of 2008 after serving for 10 years on the staff atNC State and for two years at ASU. Former NC State sidekick John Groce alsoearned the Ohio University position in the spring of 2008. The others areJim Christian at TCU (Miami assistant in 1995-96), Charlie Coles at Miami ofOhio (Miami assistant from 1994-96), Larry Hunter at Western Carolina (NCState assistant from 2001-05), Ron Hunter of IUPUI (Miami assistant from1993-94), Ohio State's Thad Matta (Miami assistant in 1994-95) and Arizona'sSean Miller (assistant at both Miami from 1993-95 and at NC State from1996-2000).

Eric Boateng already has his degree in Global Studies, speaks a littlebit of Chinese and an African dialect called ³Twi² and is taking advantageof the 24-hour access for ASU¹s new practice facility (Weatherup Center). Heis averaging 8.0 points and 6.2 boards while shooting 65.7 percent from thefield (46-of-70), as he has scored 120 points after scoring 57 all of lastyear. Also, he was 28-of-74 (.378) from the free throw line in his first twoyears at ASU, he is 28-of-45 (.622) this year.

Jerren Shipp is shooting 17-of-35 (.486) from the fieldon the year...sophomore Taylor Rohde has already played more minutes (151)than he did all of last year (73). In the past seven games he is averaging12.9 minutes and 4.6 points while shooting 12-of-22 (.545) from thefloor...junior Jamelle McMillan has been all over the stat sheet the pastfive games. In that time he is averaging a team-best 35.6 minutes, 12.2points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and has nine steals. He is shooting22-of-46 (.478) from the floor in that time and 11-of-26 (.423) from thethree-point stripe...Ty Abbott also has been active the past five games,averaging 10.8 points.

In the past three years, ASU has played 39 of its 84 gamesaway from its campus, and has gone 20-19 overall and 10-13 in true roadgames...ASU held Delaware State to 34 points on Dec. 12 in a 76-34 win, thefewest since it won 47-34 over Washington of Saint Louis in the 1949-50season...ASU made a school-record 18 three-pointers and shot 61.3 percentfrom the field en route to a 104-65 win vs. San Francisco on Nov. 20. Itmarked the most points by ASU since a 108-78 win vs. USC on Feb. 13, 2003,as ASU led 58-23 at the half. ASU¹s 29 assists were the most since it had 29vs. Long Island on Dec. 29, 2004. Eight Sun Devils registered an assist asASU notched an assist on its first 12 baskets. Rihards Kuksiks had acareer-high eight dimes...ASU topped Texas State 84-62 in the NIT opener onNov. 16, and then came back with a gut-check win vs. TCU 52-49 the nextnight. ASU was down 48-40 with 3:46 mark when Herb Sendek called a 30-secondtimeout. Rihards Kuksiks hit a three that sparked a 12-1 run to send ASU toNYC...ASU opened the season Nov. 13 with an 87-35 win over Western Illinoisas 11 players scored and the 52-point margin was the biggest since 1996-97.

Ty Abbott missed just one game after having arthroscopicsurgery on his right knee in mid-October and seems to be getting back inshape, averaging 7.9 points and going 22-55 (.400) from three. Abbott hasplayed in 83 games in his three-year career and started in 72. He set ASUfreshman records for starts (34) and three-pointers made (76) in his firstseason of 2007-08, as the 76 three-pointers is fourth-best by a freshman inPac-10 history. He averaged 29.9 minutes while playing all 35 games andstarting in 31 last year and was second on team with 16 blocks and 33steals. He posted 13 games of double-digits, and ASU was 11-2 in thosecontests, and scored a season-high 20 points against No. 13 Syracuse in NCAATournament on 6-of-10 three-point shooting. Abbott also averaged 11.7 pointsin the Pac-10 Tournament, going 13-of-23 (.565) from the field and 8-of-15(.533) from the three-point stripe as ASU advanced to the Pac-10 title gamefor the first time in history. Entering this season he was one three currentPac-10 players who could claim a 30-point night (30-points in his freshmanseason vs. Cal on Feb. 16, 2008). Tajuan Porter did the trick with 33 atWashington on Feb. 14, 2009 while Jerome Randle had 31 at Arizona on March5, 2009. When Abbott scores in double digits, ASU is 28-7 (.800), including16-3 (.842) the past two seasons.

Just how good has the Sun Devil defensebeen since Herb Sendek took over? ASU has given up less than 62 points pergame in each of the past three seasons , the best three-season span sincethe middle of the past century. In the 18 Pac-10 games last year, no teamdefended shooters better than ASU, as it led the league in field goalpercentage defense (.421) and three-point defense (.310). Those thatfollowed Coach Sendek's career at NC State won't find it a big shocker. Inhis 10 seasons in Raleigh, NC State led the ACC in scoring defense fourtimes and held opponents to just 54.7 points per game in 1996-97, an ACCrecord. Last year's 60.5 points per game allowed was the lowest by a SunDevil team since the 1949-50 team gave up 59.8. ASU is currently giving up55.2 points per contest.

1. 46.5 ­ 1948
2. 47.6 ­ 1949
***55.2 ­ 2010***
3. 59.8 ­ 1950
4. 60.5 ­ 2009
5. 61.8 ­ 2007
6. 61.9 ­ 2008

Senior Derek Glasser not only set the school's career assist mark, he also is making a run at the school free throw percentage mark. Glasser is currently at 83.7 percent for his career (231-of-276), a shade better than Alex Austin¹s 81.5 percent from 1986-90. He also has a chance to become the first player in Sun Devil history with1,000 points and 500 assists. He has 862 career points and 471 assists.

1. Derek Glasser, 2006-10, 83.7 (231-of-276)
2. Alex Austin, 1986-90, 81.5 (255-of-313)
3. Rick Taylor, 1974-78, 81.4 (253-of-311)
4. Dennis Hamilton, 1963-66, 81.3 (261-of-321)
5. Kevin Kruger, 2003-06, 81.2 (229-of-282)

Junior Rihards Kuksiks is the third-best returning three-pointshooter in the nation according to official NCAA statistics. Kuksiks was93-of-210 from the arc last year, which was eighth in the nation. OnlyJared Stohl of Portland (89-of-195 for .456) and Brandon Hazzard of Troy(83-of-185 for .449) were returners with better net swishing digits than theLatvian native. He shot .420 from the three-point stripe in the 16 gamesagainst NCAA Tournament teams last year and was 17-of-37 (.459) in the sixgames against ranked opponents. He also was clutch in close games, as ASUplayed four games of two points or less (and went 3-1), and Rik was 14-of-30(.467) from three. He averaged 10.3 points (third-best on the team) and his93 three-pointers is the third-best in school history, while the 44.3percent shooting is tied for the fourth-best in school history. The juniorhas made 168-of-415 (.405) three-pointers in his three-year career and hadcareer-highs in points (27), three-pointers (seven) and assists (eight) inthe win over USF on Nov. 20. He also posted a then career-high 20 points inthe NCAA Tournament second-round loss to Syracuse with six three-pointers.

Herb Sendek, 64-50 (.561) at ASU, is in his 17th season as ahead coach in 2009-2010 and has averaged 19.2 wins per season. He led the NCState Wolfpack to five straight NCAA appearances from 2002-06 and is now318-208 (.604) in 17 seasons and was 191-132 (.591) at NC State. The46-year-old (born Feb. 22, 1963) Pittsburgh, Pa., native remains thethird-youngest coach in the Pac-10. Only Duke posted more ACC wins (regularseason and ACC Tournament) than NC State's 53 victories from 2002-2006.Another overlooked note is his 10-year stay at NC State. To compare it tothe Pac-10, since the league expanded to 10 teams in 1978-79, only fivecoaches have coached at their schools for at least 10 years: Lute Olson(24/Arizona), Ralph Miller (19/Oregon State), Mike Montgomery (18/Stanford),Ernie Kent (in his 13th at Oregon) and Ben Braun (12/California).

ASU is 20-15 (.571) in the past three seasons in 10 points or less games after going 4-17 in Herb Sendek's first year...ASU is 6-2 in its past eight overtime games...in ASU's first season under Herb Sendek, it was 3-12 in two-possession games (six points or less), in the past three seasons it is 13-9 (7-5 past two seasons).

1. UCLA, 22-12 (.647)
2. USC, 23-17 (.575)
3. ASU, 20-15 (.571)
4. Washington, 20-16 (.556)
5. Cal, 23-19 (.548)
6. Stanford, 20-17 (.541)
7. WSU, 19-18 (.514)
8. OSU, 19-22 (.463)
9. Arizona, 18-21 (.462)
10. Oregon, 16-21 (.432)

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