Men's Hoops Game Notes Vs. Washington State

Feb. 2, 2010

61-30 (.670) PAST THREE SEASONSThe Arizona State's men's hoops team, in its fourth season under 323-game winner Herb Sendek and coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1980-81, travels north to face the Washington schools, with Washington State up first for a 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT tip on KTAR 620 AM on Thursday (Feb. 4). ASU (15-7 and 5-4 in the Pac-10) then treks across the state for a 7:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. MT tip vs. Washington on Saturday, Feb. 6, on FOX Sport Net and KTAR 620 AM. ASU is one of nine teams within two games of the lead of the Pac-10, as two teams are at 6-3 (Cal and Arizona), ASU and UCLA are at 5-4 and five others are at 4-5. The Sun Devils have held 14 of their 22 opponents to under 40 percent field goal shooting, as 31 of its past 57 opponents have shot under 40 percent. ASU enters this week seventh in the nation in scoring defense (57.5 points per game allowed) and is 19th in fewest turnovers per game (11.4). Derek Glasser is 14th nationally at .895 (77-of-86) from the free throw line, while Jamelle McMillan, who has missed the past four games with a foot injury, hopefully can make a return this weekend as he is sixth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0). ASU is now 25-20 (.556) in Pac-10 games the past three seasons, tied for the second-best record in that time with Washington, while UCLA is 34-11 (.756).

REALLY?ASU has a winning record at the halfway mark of the Pac-10 season for just the third time in the past 15 seasons (1995-96 to present) and for the second straight season under Herb Sendek. ASU was 5-4 at the turn last year en route to the NCAA Tournament with NBA draft picks James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph leading the way. In 2002-03, ASU also was 5-4 at the turn, with Freshman of the Year Ike Diogu (and eventual NBA Lottery pick) and four seniors in the starting lineup and also advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

MOST IMPROVEDThe Pac-10 last season started a Most Improved Player Award and the inaugural honor went to Washington's Justin Dentmon. This year's first-half leader might/could/should be Sun Devil junior Ty Abbott...he is averaging 18.6 points and 7.0 boards in the past seven games and is 28-of-57 (.491) from the three-point stripe in that league games, he ranks ninth in scoring at 16.2 points per game and is second in three-pointers made per game (3.2) and third in percentage (.453)...posted a season-high 29 points vs. Stanford, including seven three-pointers, and also added a career-best 12 rebounds, all on the defensive end...played a season-high 38 minutes, posted 20 points and matched season highs in assists (four) and steals (three) vs. California on Jan. marked the first time he posted back-to-back 20 point games in his career...and why the most improved tag? Abbott is 48-of-105 (.457) from the floor, 29-of-64 (.453) from the three-point stripe and is averaging 16.2 points and 6.6 boards per game in Pac-10 play. Last year he shot 19-of-86 (.221) from the floor, 8-of-59 (.136) from the three-point stripe and averaged 2.9 points and 3.7 rebounds in Pac-10 play...missed just one game after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in mid-October...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...has played in 90 games in his three-year career and started in 79...when Abbott scores in double digits, ASU is 33-9 (.786) and 21-5 (.807) the past two seasons.

A NOTE FROM THE PAST GAME AND FOR THE NEXT GAMEASU posted 23 assists vs. Stanford on Jan. 30, the most by a Pac-10 team in a league game this year, as it had assists on its first 18 baskets. The second-most assists by a Pac-10 team in a league game this year is the 22 by ASU against Washington State on Jan. 10. Also, ASU's 10 steals vs. Stanford was its most in a Pac-10 contest since it had 10 vs. Oregon on Jan. 3, 2008, a span of the past 44 league tilts. ASU also had 12 three-pointers vs. Stanford, the most by a Pac-10 team in a league game this year, as ASU led 54-22 at the half.

LAST MEETING VS. WAZZUASU jumped out early, led WSU 33-25 at the half and then outscored the Cougars 38-21 in the second stanza en route to a 71-46 win in a Sunday matinee on Jan. 10...WSU entered the game winners of six of its past Cougars posted double-digits...ASU shot .508 from the floor (30-of-59) and held the Cougars to just .298 (17-of-57)...ASU had 22 assists, eight steals and just eight turnovers, WSU had just six assists...the .298 shooting percentage allowed by ASU is the second-best performance by any team in a Pac-10 game this year (USC held ASU to 24.4 percent on Jan. 2)...WSU averages 76.1 points per game, shoots 46.7 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from the three-point stripe this year, but vs. ASU those numbers were 46 points, .298 (17-of-57) and .154 (2-of-13) was WSU's worst loss since a 67-37 defeat to Oregon on Feb. 18, 2006.ASU BIGGEST VICTORY MARGIN IN PAC-10 GAME UNDER Herb Sendek31--ASU 69, Oregon State 38 (Jan. 8, 2009)30--ASU 90, @Stanford 60 (Jan. 2, 2009)25--ASU 71, Washington State 46 (Jan. 10, 2010)

DEFENSEASU held WSU to .298 (17-of-57) shooting on Jan. 10, tied for its fourth-best defensive shooting night in past 23 seasons in Pac-10.ASU BEST DEFENSIVE FG% PAC-10 GAME/1987-88 PRESENT.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)

ABOUT THE POINTS ALLOWED VS. WSUQuietly the Jan. 10 71-46 win over Washington State was one of the best in terms of points allowed by ASU in its Pac-10 history. It is the eighth-fewest points allowed in ASU's 567 Pac-10 regular-season contests.

ASU FEWEST POINTS ALLOWED IN A PAC-10 GAMEASU 48, @Oregon State 38 (Feb. 7, 2009/Herb Sendek)ASU 69, Oregon State 38 (Jan. 8, 2009/Herb Sendek)ASU 42, @Cal 41 (March 3, 2008/Herb Sendek)ASU 53, Washington 41 (Jan. 31, 1991/Bill Frieder)ASU 67, @Washington State 41 (Feb. 11, 1984/Bob Weinhauer)ASU 82, Oregon State 44 (Feb. 25, 1995/Bill Frieder)ASU 96, WSU 45 (Feb. 7, 2002/Rob Evans)ASU 71, Washington State 46 (Jan. 10, 2010/Herb Sendek)

AT THE OTHER END OF THE FLOORASU has the tough-to-defend combination of leading the league in three-pointers made per game (8.5) and percentage (.378). That .378 mark is tied for ASU's 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).

GOOD STARTSIn the past seven games ASU is scoring 35.8 points in the first half while allowing just 26.0 and is holding its opponents to just 34.2 percent field goal shooting (65-190) in the opening 20 minutes. ASU is 5-2 in that stretch and is outscoring opponents by 8.7 points per game.

IMPRESSIVEFreshman Trent Lockett, a native of Golden Valley, Minn., comes from one of the top high school programs in the country (Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minn.) and has made a solid first impression. His 17 points against Stanford (Jan. 30) matched his second-best scoring night, as he had 19 vs. USF on Nov. 20 and 17 vs. Texas State on Nov. 16. He also added a career-best eight assists (he had 15 assists entering the game). He is averaging 8.1 points, 3.7 boards and is shooting 61-of-118 (.517) from the field. In the past seven games he is averaging 10.6 points, has taken 39 free throws (making 27 for .692) and has eight double-figure scoring games on the year.

PAC-10 STAT LEADERS OVERALL GAMESIn overall game statistics, ASU leads the league in scoring margin (+11.6), three-point percentage (.378), assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.3) and three-pointers made per game (8.5). It is second in scoring defense (57.5 points per game), field goal percentage defense (.395), assists per game (14.8) and turnover margin (+3.1) and third in free throw percentage (.724). Individually Derek Glasser leads the league in assists per game (5.3) while Jamelle McMillan sets the pace in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0), with Glasser second at 2.4. Glasser is second in free throw percentage (.895) while Ty Abbott is third in three-point percentage (.446) and fifth in three-pointers made per game (2.4).

PAC-10 STAT LEADERS IN CONFERENCE TILTSIn Pac-10 game statistics, ASU leads the league in fewest turnovers per game (11.2), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3), assists (14.8) and three-pointers made per game (8.2)...ASU ranks second in scoring defense (61.7 ppg.) and turnover margin (+2.4)...ASU ranks third in free throw percentage (.750) and field goal percentage defense (.416)...Ty Abbott ranks ninth in scoring in Pac-10 play at 16.2 points per game and is second in three-pointers made per game (3.2) and third in percentage (.453)...individually Derek Glasser is second in assists per game (4.7) and free throw percentage (.909)...Eric Boateng ranks fifth at 7.6 boards per game and leads the league in field goal percentage at .636 (28-of-44).

ANOTHER SOLID D NOTESix of ASU's opponents have had season-lows in points against ASU...San Diego State is at 70.8 ppg. but had just 52...UW is at 81.4 but had 51, while WSU is at 76.1 and had 46...UCSB is averaging 67.4 ppg. but ASU held the Gauchos to 42...others with season-lows against ASU are Delaware State (34) and Western Illinois (35)...Jimmer Fredette of BYU, who had 49 at Arizona and is averaging 21.2 points, was 1-of-13 from the field against ASU and missed all his three-point attempts on Dec. 8 in Provo...WSU's Klay Thompson, averaging 21.6 points, was 3-of-11 from the floor and posted nine points on Jan. 10...Duke is averaging 81.9 but had 64 on Nov. 25. Duke had a season-low 60 in its Jan. 23 win over Clemson.

60+ IN THREE IS NOTEWORTHYASU has produced 61 wins in the past two-plus seasons, just the sixth-time in school history a three-year period has produced 61 wins. Also, ASU is trying to reach 20 wins for the third straight season after reaching 20 wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1979-80 and 1980-81. ASU has not had three straight 20-win seasons since the 1960-61 (23-6), 1961-62 (23-4) and 1962-63 (26-3) teams racked up 73 victories. Entering this season UCLA, Stanford, USC and ASU were the only Pac-10 schools to notch 20 wins in each of the past two seasons.

MOST WINS OVER A THREE-YEAR PERIOD IN ASU HISTORY1960-61 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)2007-08 TO 2009-10 (61-30/.670)1973-74 TO 1975-76 (60-23/.723)

OFFENSEASU'S 88 points vs. Stanford on Jan. 10 is the second-most in a Pac-10 regulation game for ASU under Herb Sendek. It won at California 99-90 in a double overtime game on Jan. 17, 2008 and won at Stanford 90-60 last year to open Pac-10 play on Jan. 2, 2009.

MOST POINTS IN PAC-10 GAME BY ASU UNDER Herb Sendek (54 GAMES)ASU 99, @California 90, 2 OT (Jan. 17, 2008)ASU 90, @Stanford 60 (Jan. 2, 2009)ASU 88, Stanford 70 (Jan. 30, 2010)ASU 83, California 66 (March 7, 2009)ASU 80, USC 66 (March 1, 2008)

ON THE ROADASU won four straight Pac-10 road games last year for the first time since the 1980-81 team won five straight and finished 6-4 on the road overall. ASU won five Pac-10 road games for just the fifth time in its 31-year history. It went 8-1 in 1980-81, 7-2 in 1979-80 and 5-4 in 1994-94 and 1982-83. After losing its first eight Pac-10 road games under Herb Sendek, ASU is 12-11 since after its sweep at the Oregon schools on Jan. 14-16. ASU swept the Oregon trip for the second straight year Jan. 14-16, its second Pac-10 road sweep since January of 2005 and its third Pac-10 road sweep in the past six seasons.

BEST TREE IN THE LANDHerb Sendek has eight former assistants who are D-I coaches, the best mark of any coach in the nation, ahead of Mike Montgomery and Rick Pitino (seven each). Twelve-year sidekick Mark Phelps earned the Drake spot in the spring of 2008 after serving for 10 years on the staff at NC State and for two years at ASU. Former NC State sidekick John Groce also earned the Ohio University position in the spring of 2008. The others are Jim Christian at TCU (Miami assistant in 1995-96), Charlie Coles at Miami of Ohio (Miami assistant from 1994-96), Larry Hunter at Western Carolina (NC State assistant from 2001-05), Ron Hunter of IUPUI (Miami assistant from 1993-94), Ohio State's Thad Matta (Miami assistant in 1994-95) and Arizona's Sean Miller (assistant at both Miami from 1993-95 and at NC State from 1996-2000).

ALL OVER STAT SHEETJunior Jamelle McMillan has been all over the stat sheet in his past eight games, although he has missed the past four due to a left foot 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. He is shooting 13-of-37 (.351) from the three-point stripe.

THREESASU set the school record for three-pointers made (288) and attempted (778) in 2008-2009. ASU's top three returning scorers entering this year had combined to make 392 three-pointers in their careers and all three are in the ASU career top-10 list, as Rik Kuksiks has 189 (fifth), Ty Abbott 171 (seventh) and Derek Glasser 131 (tenth). ASU is shooting 186-of-492 (.378) from the arc this year.

THE POINT GUARDSenior Derek Glasser is averaging 10.1 points and is shooting 89.5 percent from the free throw line (77-of-86) this year, third-best in the league and 14th in the nation...leads the league in assists per game (5.3) and is second in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.4 (116 assists and 49 turnovers)...already is the ASU career assist record holder with 509, topping the mark held by the late Bobby Thompson, who had 454 from 1983-87, and his 259-of-307 (.844) shooting from the free throw line currently is the best in school history...posted a career-high 24 points in the Nov. 27 win over LSU...has played 19 turnover free games in his 120-game career...has four 20-point games in his career.

DG MAKING RUN AT ASU FREEBIESDerek Glasser not only set ASU'S career assist mark, he also is making a run at the school free throw record. Glasser is at 84.4 percent (259-of-307), a shade better than Alex Austin's .815 from 1986-90. He also has a chance to become the first Sun Devil with 1,000 points (918) and 500 assists (509).ASU CAREER FREE THROW PERCENTAGE1. Derek Glasser, 2006-10, 84.4 (259-of-307)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)

THE SHOOTERJunior Rihards Kuksiks is the third-best returning three-point shooter in the nation according to official NCAA statistics. Kuksiks was 93-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) were returners with better net swishing digits than the Latvian native. He shot .420 from the three-point stripe in the 16 games against NCAA Tournament teams last year and is 22-of-45 (.489) in the past seven games against ranked opponents. He was clutch in close games last year, as ASU played 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 his 93 three-pointers is the third-best in school history, while the 44.3 percent shooting is tied for the fourth-best. He has made 189-of-461 (.410) 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 and Washington, 25 at Oregon and 24 vs. UCSB. He is averaging 15.7 points and is 21-of-46 (.457) from the three-point stripe in the past seven games.

BOATEric Boateng already has his degree in Global Studies, speaks a little bit of Chinese and an African dialect called 'Twi' and is taking advantage of the 24-hour access for ASU's new practice facility (Weatherup Center). He is averaging 7.9 points and 6.6 boards while shooting 63.9 percent from the field (69-of-108), as he has scored 174 points after scoring 57 last year. He posted 11 points vs. Washington State on Jan. 10 and also grabbed nine boards. He also had nine boards vs. No. 24 Washington on Jan. 8. He is 28-of-44 (.636) from the field in Pac-10 play and notched 19 points and 13 boards vs. Cal on Jan. 28.

THE HEAD COACHHerb Sendek, 69-52 (.570) 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 323-210 (.607) 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. Another overlooked note is his 10-year stay at NC State. To compare it to the Pac-10, since the league expanded to 10 teams in 1978-79, only five coaches 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).

VS. UW NOTESAfter its Jan. 8 68-51 win in Tempe, ASU leads the series 36-33 and has won the past two, but UW has won 13 of past 16...Herb Sendek is 3-6 vs. the Huskies, 1-3 in Tempe, 1-2 in Seattle and 1-1 in the Pac-10 Tournament...ASU won a meeting over the No. 13 Huskies 75-65 in the 2009 Pac-10 semifinals on March 13 as James Harden had 24 points, Jeff Pendergraph had 18 and Derek Glasser 16...ASU led 38-21 at the half, as it held UW to 24-of-64 (.375) from the floor, as the 64 field goal attempts matched an ASU opponent season-high...#14 ASU fell in Seattle 73-70 in overtime on Feb. 26, 2009, as #21 UW was 25-of-31 from the free throw line and ASU was 9-of-13...ASU took a season-high 67 field goal attempts, UW grabbed an opponent season-high 41 boards...James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph both had 10 fouls while the Husky starting five had 10 total...UW's 84 points last year (Jan. 31 in Tempe) is the most by an opponent in the Herb Sendek era in Tempe, as the 84 points is the third-most given up by an ASU team under Coach Sendek, and second-most in regulation...Derek Glasser is 30-of-35 (.857) from the free throw line against Huskies and has averaged 9.1 points in his nine meetings...ASU has held the Huskies to 66.3 points per game in the Herb Sendek era in the nine meetings, the Huskies are averaging 77.8 in their other 109 games in that time frame.

WINNING TOUGH ONESASU is 21-16 (.568) in the past three seasons in 10 points or less games after going 4-17 in Herb Sendek's first year...after going 10-29 in Herb Sendek's first two seasons when trailing at the half, ASU is 6-9 the past two years with victories at SDSU, vs. IUPUI, vs. BYU, at and vs. Arizona (Pac-10 Tournament) last year and vs. LSU this year...ASU is 6-2 in its past eight overtime 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.GAMES OF 10 POINTS OR LESS, PAST THREE SEASONS(2007-08 THROUGH 2009-10/AS OF FEB. 2, 2010)1. UCLA, 25-12 (.676)2. ASU, 21-16 (.568)3. Cal, 27-21 (.563)4. Washington, 20-17 (.541)5. Stanford, 22-19 (.537)5. WSU, 22-19 (.537)7. USC, 23-22 (.511)8. OSU, 22-25 (.468)9. Arizona, 20-23 (.465)10. Oregon, 19-22 (.463)

GOOD ON THE TUBEASU is 15-4 in Fox Sports Net national games in the past three years, including 9-0 in 2008-2009...ASU was 3-2 in CBS games last year with wins over UCLA, Cal and Temple. In the previous 11 years, ASU was 1-4 in CBS games...ASU is 28-10 in national or network regional games (games on FSN, CBS or any of the ESPN networks), and 6-2 in past eight against ranked teams in TV games.

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