Men's Hoops And Its Defense Off To Oregon

Jan. 11, 2010

The Arizona State's men's hoops team, inits fourth season under 320-game winner Herb Sendek and coming offback-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1980-81, starts itsthird weekend of Pac-10 play at the Oregon Ducks on Thursday, Jan. 14, at5:30 p.m. PT/6:30 MT in a game televised by the Oregon Sports Network. Itthen takes on Oregon State in Corvallis at 3:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. MT onSaturday, Jan. 16 (FOX Sports Arizona). ASU is 12-5 and 2-2 after twolockdown defensive games and its first home sweep of the Washington schoolssince 2003 last weekend which has ASU ranked first in the nation in scoringdefense at 54.4 points per game, The Sun Devils have held 12 of their first17 opponents to under 40 percent field goal shooting, as 29 of its past 52opponents have shot under 40 percent. The Sun Devils also lead the league inscoring margin (+13.9) and are second in field goal percentage defense(.383), which is 24th in the nation.

SCENE SETTERAfter going 8-22 (.267) in Coach Sendek's first year(2006-2007), the Sun Devils are 58-28 (.674) since and giving up just 60.3points per game in his 116 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 16 games and hasfive players on its roster who have had a 20-point game in their career.

ASU's defense under Herb Sendek has always beenrock solid, but the last three tilts it has been the pastthree games, ASU has held its opponents to 50-of-149 from the field (.336),6-of-34 (.176) from the three-point stripe and just 48.0 points has forced 37 turnovers in that time and allowed only 19assists...only four players have had a 20-point game against the Sun Devilsthis year...Jimmer Fredette of BYU, who had 49 at Arizona and is averaging20.7 points and is shooting 44.6 from the three-point stripe, was 1-of-13from the field against ASU and missed all his three-point attempts on Dec. 8in Provo...Klay Thompson, the nation's fourth-leading scorer at 23 pointsper game, was 3-of-11 from the floor and posted nine points on Jan. 10.

Eight of ASU's opponents have had season-lows inpoints against the Sun Devils...Duke is averaging 84.7 but had 64 on Nov.25...San Diego State is at 71.9 points per game but had just 52...UW is at79.6 but and had 51, while WSU is at 77.5 and had just 46...UCSB isaveraging 66.9 points but ASU held the Gauchos to 42...others withseason-low in points against ASU include USC (47), Delaware State (34) andWestern Illinois (35).

Washington State entered Sunday'sgame vs. ASU averaging 79.6 points per game, shooting .493 percent from thefield and .402 percent from three with Klay Thompson averaging 23.9points...two hours later, ASU won 71-46, holding the Cougars season-lows inpoints (46), first-half points (25), field goals made (17), field goalpercentage (.298) and assists (six). WSU had no player in double digits asThompson ended with nine points on 3-of-11 shooting. It was WSU's worst losssince a 67-37 defeat at Oregon on Feb. 18, 2006...ASU held Washington onJan. 8 to season-lows in points (51) and first-half points (19). It marksthe only time UW has scored less than 63 this year and the Huskies havescored at least 70 12 times...ASU has held UW to 66.3 points in its ninemeetings under Herb Sendek, UW has averaged 77.4 in its other 104 games inthat time.

Last year ASU swept the Oregon trip on Feb. 5-7, itsfirst Pac-10 road sweep since January of 2005 and just its second Pac-10road sweep in the past six seasons...ASU made 16-of-17 (.914) free throws atOregon on Feb. 5, the third-best percentage in school history with a minimumof 15 attempts...ASU held Oregon State to 13 first-half points Feb. 7 in Corvallis, ASU's best first-half defensive effort since it led OSU 33-13 on Feb. 25, 1995.

ASU is 36-31 against the Ducks all-time.

OSU leads the series 38-35...ASU swept the regular season series from theBeavers in 2008-09 for the ninth time since joining the Pac-10 and for the second straight year.

Coach Sendek now has 36 career wins against ranked foesafter the win on Jan. 8 vs. #24 Washington, including 12 top-10 wins in hispast 10 seasons...from 1995-1996 until 2005-2006 (11 seasons), ASU went 5-66against ranked foes (2-28 at home). Under Herb Sendek ASU has seven winsagainst ranked teams, five of them at home...he notched his first at ASU onFeb. 18, 2007, as ASU topped No. 22 USC 68-58 and won his first attempt in2007-08 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) 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).

ASU 68, #24 Washington 51 (Jan. 8, 2010)
#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

Prior to Derek Glasser arriving on campus, ASU had fivewins against ranked teams in 11 years (1995-96 to 2005-06). Glasser has ledthe Sun Devils to seven wins against ranked opponents in his four years,averaging 11.3 points in those games while shooting .571 from thethree-point stripe (8-of-14) and 40-of-44 (.909) from the free throw line.

ASU has notched a double-digit win over a ranked teamin each of Herb Sendek¹s four 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. This season, ASU toppedNo. 24 Washington 68-51 on Jan. 8 in Tempe. ASU¹s 17-point win over No. 24Washington on Jan. 8 (68-51) is tied for the fifth-biggest victory marginover a ranked team in school history and is tied for the second-largest inthe past 28 seasons. In the prior 16 seasons of ASU, the Sun Devils hadposted three double-digit wins over ranked teams.

(22)--ASU 77, #17 Xavier 55 (Dec. 15, 2007)/Herb Sendek
(20)--#5 ASU 87, @#1 Oregon State 67 (March 7, 1981)/Ned Wulk
(19)--ASU 89, #5 San Francisco 70 (Dec. 3, 1977)/Ned Wulk
(18)--ASU 71, #6 Colorado 53 (Dec. 21, 1962)/Ned Wulk
(17)--ASU 68, #24 Washington 51 (Jan. 8, 2010)/Herb Sendek
(17)--ASU 79, #13 Michigan 62 (Nov. 22, 1994)/Bill Frieder
(17)--ASU 95, #3 USC 78 (Dec. 1, 1971)/Ned Wulk

ASU held Washington State to .298 (17-of-57) shooting on Jan. 10,tied for its fourth-best defensive shooting night in a Pac-10 game in thepast 23 seasons.

.265/13-of-49 vs. Washington State (Feb. 7, 2002)
.286/20-70 at Oregon (Jan. 22, 2005)
.286/14-49 by California (Mar. 7, 1996)
.298/17-57 by Washington State (Jan. 10, 2010)
.298/14-47 at Arizona (Jan. 21, 2009

Senior Derek Glasser is averaging 10.7 points and isshooting 89.2 percent from the free throw line (58-of-65) this year,third-best in the league. He ranks second in the Pac-10 in assists per game(4.9) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3 with 84 assists and 37turnovers)...eighth in the league in three-point shooting at 42.3 percent(22-of-52)...already is the ASU career assist record holder with 477,topping the mark held by the late Bobby Thompson, who had 454 from 1983-87,and his 240-of-286 (.839) shooting from the free throw line currently is thebest in school history...has played 19 turnover free games in his 115-gamecareer...posted a career-high 24 points in the Nov. 27 win over LSU.

The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (54.4points per game), scoring margin (+13.9 points per game) and three-pointersmade per game (8.2 with 140 made in 17 games). They are second in the Pac-10in three-point shooting (.379), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and fieldgoal percentage defense (.383)...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 second in the league at 2.6 three-pointers madeper game...Eric Boateng leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage at 63.8percent...ASU gave up just 34 points to Delaware State (Dec. 12) and 35 toWestern Illinois (Nov. 13), the best defensive marks in the Pac-10 thisyear...ASU's 104 points vs. San Francisco (Nov. 20) is the second-highest bya Pac-10 team this year...ASU's 29 assists and 18 three-pointers in thatgame are the most by a league team this year, as are its 17 steals vs. TexasState...Jamelle McMillan is tied for ninth in the league in three-pointpercentage at .417 and leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.1(55 assists and 18 turnovers).

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).

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 174 (sixth), TyAbbott 149 (eighth) and Derek Glasser 129 (tenth). So far this season, ASUis shooting 140-of-369 (.379) from the arc, with nine Sun Devils hittingthree pointers, including four Sun Devils who have made at least 22.

Junior Jamelle McMillan has been all over thestat sheet the past seven games. In that time he is averaging a team-best33.0 minutes, 9.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and has 11 steals andjust nine turnovers. He is shooting 25-of-57 (.439) from the floor in thattime and 13-of-35 (.371) from the three-point stripe.

In the past three years, ASU has played 39 of its 86 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 earned Pac-10 Player of theWeek honors after the sweep of the Washington schools Jan. 8-10. He scored17 points in each win...grabbed 11 defensive rebounds vs. Washington Stateon Jan. 10, the most defensive boards by a Sun Devil since Jeff Pendergraphhad 11 vs. USC on Feb. 18, 2007, a span of the past 90 the pastseven games he is averaging a team-best 12.6 points while shooting 13-of-15(.867) from the free throw line and is averaging 5.1 boards...has played in85 games in his three-year career and started in 74...when Abbott scores indouble digits, ASU is 30-7 (.811), including 18-3 (.857) the past twoseasons.

ASU won four straight Pac-10 road games last yearfor the first time since the 1980-81 team won five straight and finished 6-4on the road overall. ASU won five Pac-10 road games for just the fifth timein its 31-year history. It went 8-1 in 1980-81, 7-2 in 1979-80 and 5-4 in1994-94 and 1982-83. After losing its first eight Pac-10 road games underHerb Sendek, ASU is 10-13 since.

Freshman Trent Lockett, a native of Golden Valley, Minn.,comes from one of the top high school programs in the country (Hopkins HighSchool in Minnetonka, Minn.) and has stepped on campus and made a solidfirst impression. He is averaging 7.5 points, 3.5 boards and is shooting44-of-84 (.524) from the field. He also has a tendency to make 'splash'plays as his leaping ability has allowed him to grab 22 offensive rebounds.Against the Washington schools on Jan. 8-10, he averaged 11.5 points and was11-of-15 from the foul line in 48 minutes.

Herb Sendek, 66-50 (.569) 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 now320-208 (.606) 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).

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