Men's Hoops Takes On California Thursday At 6:30 p.m. MT

Jan. 25, 2010

The Arizona State's men's hoops team, inits fourth season under 322-game winner Herb Sendek and coming offback-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1980-81, plays host tothe Bay Area Schools this weekend, with first-place California in town for a 6:30p.m. tip on FOX Sports Arizona and KMVP 860 AM on Thursday (Jan. 28). ASU(14-6 and 4-3 in the Pac-10) then hosts Stanford on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 2p.m. on KTAR 620 AM (no television). ASU is one of six teams within one gameof the lead of the Pac-10, as Cal leads the way with a 5-2 mark followed byfive teams at 4-3. The Sun Devils have held 13 of their first 20 opponentsto under 40 percent field goal shooting, as 30 of its past 55 opponents haveshot under 40 percent. At the other end of the floor ASU has thetough-to-defend matchup combination of leading the league in three-pointersmade per game (8.4) and is second in percentage (.376). That .376three-point shooting is currently ASU's second-best three-bomb percentage inthe past 20 seasons (1988-89 to present) as the 2005-06 team tossed them infrom long-range at a .378 pace. In the 23 seasons since the three-pointerhas been used (1986-87), only five teams have led the league in boththree-bombs made and percentage (Oregon in 2007-08, 2003-04, 2002-03 and2001-02 and Stanford in 1999-2000).

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 had a four-game win streak snapped by Arizona onSaturday 77-58, as ASU led 20-10 early and 27-25 at the half, but UA made18-of-24 (.750) from the field in the second half and ASU was anuncharacteristic 17-of-29 (.586) from the free throw line, including just8-of-15 (.533) in the first the past five games ASU is scoring32.8 points in the first half while allowing just 24.0 and is holding itsopponents to just 32.8 percent field goal shooting (42-128) in the opening20 minutes...Rihards Kuksiks is averaging 17.8 points and 4.6 boards and TyAbbott 16.2 points and 5.8 boards in the past five games. Kuksiks is16-of-34 (.471) from the three-point stripe and is 17-of-19 (.895) from thefoul line.

The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in three-pointers made pergame (8.4 with 167 made in 20 games), scoring margin (+12.3points per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3). They aresecond in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (55.8 points per game), field goal percentage defense (.391), turnovermargin (+3.2) and three-point percentage (.376). They are third in the Pac-10in free throw percentage (.721).

After going 8-22 (.267) in Coach Sendek's first year(2006-2007), the Sun Devils are 60-29 (.674) and giving up just 60.4 pointsper game in his 119 games. ASU has had to replace two NBAers from last yearin first-team consensus All-American James Harden and first-team All-Pac-10pick Jeff Pendergraph, but returns three starters from last year's team inpoint guard Derek Glasser (2009 Pac-10 All-Tournament Team), Rihards Kuksiks(third-best returning three-point shooter in the nation according to NCAAminimums) and Ty Abbott (121 career threes and 65 starts entering thisyear). ASU has had eight players lead or share the team lead in scoring thisyear and has five players who have had a 20-point game in their career.

Seven of ASU's opponents have had season-lows inpoints against ASU...Duke is averaging 82.8 but had 64 on Nov. 25. Duke hada season-low 60 in its Jan. 23 win over Clemson...San Diego State is at 71.1ppg. but had just 52...UW is at 78.6 but and had 51, while WSU is at 76.7and had 46...UCSB is averaging 66.6 ppg. but ASU held the Gauchos to42...others with season-low in against ASU are USC (47), Delaware State (34)and Western Illinois (35)...six players have had a 20-point game against theSun Devils this year...Jimmer Fredette of BYU, who had 49 at Arizona and isaveraging 20.2 points, was 1-of-13 from the field against ASU and missed allhis three-point attempts on Dec. 8 in Provo...WSU's Klay Thompson, averaging22.3 points, was 3-of-11 from the floor and posted nine points on Jan. 10.

ASU has produced 60 wins in the past two-plusseasons, just the seventh-time in school history a three-year period hasproduced 60 wins.
1960-61 TO 1962-63 (73-13/.849)
1961-62 TO 1963-64 (66-18/.892)
1959-60 TO 1961-62 (63-17/.788)
1972-73 TO 1974-75 (62-22/.738)
1978-79 TO 1980-81 (62-25/.712)
1973-74 TO 1975-76 (60-23/.723)
2007-08 TO 2009-10 (60-29/.674)

ASU leads the series with Cal 35-32, including a 21-10 (.677) markin Tempe in Pac-10 play that is its best against any current Pac-10team...Herb Sendek is 4-4 vs. California and 3-3 at ASU, as he also facedthe Golden Bears twice in NCAA Tournament action...Herb Sendek's last win atNC State was a 58-52 NCAA Tournament win over California on March 17, 2006in Dallas... the visiting team has won eight of previous 10 in theseries...ASU jumped out to a 42-26 halftime lead in its March 7 83-66 winover California in Tempe in the last meeting...Cal shot an ASU opponent'sseason-best 58 percent from the field (29-of-50) in its 81-71 win vs. ASU onJanuary 4...its 29 field goals and its 52.9 percent from the three-pointstripe (9-of-17) also were ASU opponent season highs.

ASU is 38-10 (.792) 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 23-5(.821) the past two seasons at home, including 11-2 (.846) this season. Tenof ASU's 27 home wins in the two seasons prior to this year (2007-2008 and2008-2009) were against teams that would play in the NCAA Tournament thatsame season.

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 93 the past10 games he is averaging 13.5 points while shooting 20-of-26 (.769) from thefree throw line and is averaging five boards...has played in 88 games in histhree-year career and started in 77...when Abbott scores in double digits,ASU is 32-8 (.800), including 20-4 (.833) the past two seasons.

Junior Jamelle McMillan has been all over thestat sheet in his past eight games, although he missed the Oregon State gameon Jan. 16 game and the Arizona game (Jan. 23) due to a left foot injury. Inthat time he is averaging 32.8 minutes, 9.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.3assists and has 12 steals and just 11 turnovers. He is shooting 26-of-62(.419) from the floor in that time and 13-of-37 (.351) from the three-pointstripe.

Senior Derek Glasser is averaging 10.4 points and isshooting 90.5 percent from the free throw line (67-of-74) this year,second-best in the league...also second in the league in assists per game(5.1) and is second in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.2 (101 assists and 44turnovers)...already is the ASU career assist record holder with 494,topping the mark held by the late Bobby Thompson, who had 454 from 1983-87,and his 249-of-295 (.844) shooting from the free throw line currently is thebest in school history...posted a career-high 24 points in the Nov. 27 winover LSU...has played 19 turnover free games in his 118-game career...hasfour 20-point games in his career.

ASU set the school record for three-pointers made (288) andattempted (778) in 2008-2009. ASU's top three returning scorers enteringthis year had combined to make 392 three-pointers in their careers and allthree are in the ASU career top-10 list, as Rik Kuksiks has 184 (fifth), TyAbbott 159 (seventh) and Derek Glasser 131 (tenth). ASU is shooting167-of-444 (.376) from the arc, with nine Sun Devils hitting three pointers,including four who have made at least 24.

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 7.4 points and 6.3 boards while shooting 63.3 percent from thefield (57-of-90), as he has scored 147 points after scoring 57 all of lastyear. He posted his first double-digit scoring game since Nov. 30 with 11points vs. Washington State on Jan. 10 and also grabbed nine boards. He alsohad nine boards vs. No. 24 Washington on Jan. 8. He is 16-of-26 (.615) fromthe field in Pac-10 play.

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 made a solid first impression. He isaveraging 7.4 points, 3.5 boards and is shooting 51-of-100 (.510) from thefield. He also has a tendency to make 'splash' plays as his leaping abilityhas allowed him to grab 23 offensive rebounds. In the past five games he hastaken 23 free throws (making 16 for .696). He has six double-figure scoringgames on the year with a high of 19 vs. San Francisco on Nov. 20.

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 . In the 18 Pac-10 games last year,no team defended shooters better than ASU, as it led the league in fieldgoal percentage defense (.421) and three-point defense (.310). Those thatfollowed Coach Sendek's career won't find it a big shocker. In his 10seasons in Raleigh, NC State led the ACC in scoring defense four times andheld opponents to just 54.7 points per game in 1996-97, an ACC record. Lastyear's 60.5 points per game allowed was the lowest by ASU since the 1949-50team gave up 59.8. ASU is currently giving up 55.8 points per contest.

Derek Glasser not only set ASU'S careerassist mark, he also is making a run at the school free throw record.Glasser is at 84.4 percent (249-of-295), a shade better than Alex Austin¹s.815 from 1986-90. He also has a chance to become the first Sun Devil with1,000 points (902) and 500 assists (494).

1. Derek Glasser, 2006-10, 84.4 (249-of-295)
2. Alex Austin, 1986-90, 81.5 (255-of-313)
3. Rick Taylor, 1974-78, 81.4 (253-of-311)

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, eighth in the nation. Only Jared Stohl of Portland(89-of-195 for .456) and Brandon Hazzard of Troy (83-of-185 for .449) werereturners with better net swishing digits than the Latvian native. He shot.420 from the three-point stripe in the 16 games against NCAA Tournamentteams last year and is 22-of-45 (.489) in the past seven games againstranked opponents. He was clutch in close games last year, as ASU played fourgames of two points or less (and went 3-1), and Rik was 14-of-30 (.467) fromthree. He averaged 10.3 points (third-best on the team) and his 93three-pointers is the third-best in school history, while the 44.3 percentshooting is tied for the fourth-best. He has made 184-of-449 (.410)three-pointers in his career and matched career-highs in points (27) andrebounds (nine) in the Jan. 8 win over No. 24 Washington. He has four20-point games on the year with 27 vs. USF, 24 vs. UCSB, 27 vs. Washingtonand 25 at Oregon.

Herb Sendek, 68-51 (.571) 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 now322-208 (.608) 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).

Derek Glasser continues to climb up the ASU career minutes list.Eddie House has the career mark, playing in 124 games from 1996-2000 whilenotching 4,164 minutes (33.6 minutes per game).

1. Eddie House-4,164/124 games/33.6
2. Jeremy Veal-3,980/122 games/32.5
3. Jeff Pendergraph-3,801/126 games/30.2
4. Stevin Smith, 3,657/115 games/31.8
5. Derek Glasser-3,517/118 games/29.8
6. Ron Riley-3,501/116 games/30.2
7. Alex Austin-3,409/113 games/30.2
8. Dwayne Fontana-3,220/110 games/29.3
9. Mark Becker-2,862/104 games/27.5
10. Jason Braxton-2,851/120 games/23.8

1. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-09, 1202. Eddie House, 1996-2000, 1143. Ron Riley, 1992-96, 1094. Jason Braxton, 2001-2005, 1025. Alex Austin, 1986-90, 1006. Steve Beck, 1983-87, 967. Derek Glasser, 2006-present, 93

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