Sun Devil Game Notes For Stanford 2 p.m. Contest
Jan. 29, 2010
60-30 (.667) PAST THREE SEASONS: The Arizona State's men's hoops team, in its fourth season under 322-game winner Herb Sendek and coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1980-81, plays host to the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. on KTAR 620 AM (no television). The Sun Devils have held 13 of 21 teams to under 40 percent field goal shooting but have allowed its last two opponents to shoot 50 percent for the first time in 69 games. Some of that can be attributed to playing two good teams, some of it falls under the category of not having Jamelle McMillan due to a foot injury. With McMillan in the lineup, ASU was allowing opponents to shoot 38.2 percent from the floor, .324 from the three-point stripe and giving up 54.6 points per game, at the time the best mark in the nation. In the past three games sans McMillan, ASU opponents are shooting .496 from the field, .442 from three-point territory and are scoring 70.7 points per game. Rihards Kuksiks is averaging 16.0 points and 4.2 boards and Ty Abbott 16.8 points and 6.2 boards in the past six games. Kuksiks is 17-of-37 (.459) from the three-point stripe and is 17-of-19 (.895) from the foul line while Abbott is 21-of-48 (.438) from the three-point stripe in that time.
THURSDAY RECAP: ASU fought back from a 16-point second-half deficit (54-38 at 14:57) and cut it to one (67-66 at 3:23) but Cal hit big shots and free throws down the stretch in a 78-70 win over the Sun Devils Thursday...junior Ty Abbott played a season-high 38 minutes, posted 20 points and matched season highs in three-pointers (five), assists (four) and steals (three)...senior Eric Boateng had a career-high 13 boards to go along with the second-best scoring night of his career with 19 points. It marked the second double-double of the season for Boateng...freshman Trent Lockett's 15 points was his third-best scoring game of the year...ASU allowed just three offensive boards, matching a season-low with UCLA game on Jan. 2...ASU's 67 field goal attempts vs. Cal is tied for the second-most in the Herb Sendek at ASU. ASU took 70 shots in his first game at ASU, a 75-71 loss to Northern Arizona on Nov. 13, 2006.
GOOD COMBINATION: ASU has the tough-to-defend matchup combination of leading the league in three-pointers made per game (8.3) and is second in percentage (.373). That .373 three-point shooting is currently ASU's second-best three-bomb percentage in the past 20 seasons (1988-89 to present) as the 2005-06 team tossed them in from long-range at a .378 pace. In the 23 seasons since the three-pointer has been used (1986-87), only five teams have led the league in both three-bombs made and percentage (Oregon in 2007-08, 2003-04, 2002-03 and 2001-02 and Stanford in 1999-2000).
PAC-10 CONFERENCE LEAGUE RECORDS (2007-10/PAST THREE SEASONS)1. UCLA 33-11/.7502. Arizona State 24-20/.5452. USC 24-20/.5452. Washington 24-20/.5455. Stanford 23-21/.5235. WSU 23-21/.5235. California 23-21/.5238. Arizona 22-22/.5009. Oregon 14-30/.31810. Oregon State 10-34/.227
LEAGUE LEADERS: The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in three-pointers made per game (8.3 with 174 made in 21 games), scoring margin (+11.3 points per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3). They are second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (56.9 points per game), field goal percentage defense (.397), turnover margin (+3.2) and three-point percentage (.373). They are fourth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.721).
AT HOME: ASU is 38-11 (.776) at home in the past three seasons, including a 15-5 mark in 2007-08 that set the ASU mark for total home wins. ASU is 23-6 (.793) the past two seasons at home, 11-3 (.786) this season.
TY NOTES: Ty Abbott missed just one game after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in mid-October and earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after the sweep of the Washington schools Jan. 8-10. He scored 17 points in each win...grabbed 11 defensive rebounds vs. Washington State on Jan. 10, the most defensive boards by a Sun Devil since Jeff Pendergraph had 11 vs. USC on Feb. 18, 2007, a span of the past 94 games...in the past 11 games he is averaging 14.1 points...has played in 89 games in his three-year career and started in 78...when Abbott scores in double digits, ASU is 32-9 (.780) and 20-5 (.800) the past two seasons.
ALL OVER STATS: Junior Jamelle McMillan has been all over the stat sheet in his past eight games but has missed the past three games with injury. In that time he is averaging 32.8 minutes, 9.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and has 12 steals and just 11 turnovers.
ERIC NOTES: Senior Eric Boateng is averaging 7.9 points and 6.6 boards while shooting .629 from the field (66-of-105), as he has scored 166 points after scoring 57 all of last year. He posted his first double-digit scoring game since Nov. 30 with 11 points vs. Washington State on Jan. 10 and also grabbed nine boards. He is 25-of-41 (.610) from the field in Pac-10 play after his 19 points and 13 boards (9-of-15 shooting) vs. Cal on Jan. 28.
TRENT NOTES: Freshman Trent Lockett is averaging 7.9 points, 3.6 boards and is shooting 56-of-108 (.519) from the field. In the past five games he has taken 30 free throws (making 21 for .700). He has seven double-figure scoring games on the year with a high of 19 vs. San Francisco on Nov. 20.
DEFENSE: In Coach Sendek's 10 seasons in Raleigh, NC State led the ACC in scoring defense four times and held opponents to just 54.7 points per game in 1996-97, an ACC record. Last year's 60.5 points per game allowed was the lowest by ASU since the 1949-50 team gave up 59.8. ASU is currently giving up 56.9 ppg.
GLASSER MAKING FREEBIES: Derek Glasser not only set ASU's career assist mark, he also is setting the pace for the free throw record. Glasser is at 84.4 percent (249-of-295), a shade better than Alex Austin's .815 from 1986-90. He has a chance to become the first Sun Devil with 1,000 points (906) and 500 assists (499).
KUKSIKS NOTES: Junior Rihards Kuksiks is the third-best returning three-point shooter in the nation according to official NCAA statistics as he was 93-of-210 from the arc (.443), eighth in the nation. He has made 185-of-452 (.409) three-pointers in his career and matched career-highs in points (27) and rebounds (nine) in the Jan. 8 win over No. 24 Washington. He has four 20-point games on the year with 27 vs. USF, 24 vs. UCSB, 27 vs. Washington and 25 at Oregon.
THE HEAD COACH: Herb Sendek, 68-52 (.567) at ASU, is in his 17th season as a head coach in 2009-2010 and has averaged 19.2 wins per season. He led the NC State Wolfpack to five straight NCAA appearances from 2002-06 and is now 322-210 (.605) in 17 seasons and was 191-132 (.591) at NC State. The 46-year-old (born Feb. 22, 1963) Pittsburgh, Pa., native remains the third-youngest coach in the Pac-10. Only Duke posted more ACC wins (regular season and ACC Tournament) than NC State's 53 victories from 2002-2006.