Men's Hoops Game Notes Vs. USC

March 1, 2010

The Arizona State's men's hoops team, in its fourth season under 328-game winner Herb Sendek and winners of 20 games in three straight seasons for the first time since JFK was President, will look to improve upon that number this week when it closes the regular season hosting USC at 6:30 p.m. MT Thursday followed by a CBS tilt with UCLA at 2 p.m. MT on Saturday. ASU (20-9 and 10-6 in the Pac-10) enters the week alone in second, a game ahead of Washingtonm, and still clinging for a chance to tie California for a co-conference championship tag. The Sun Devils, 6-2 in their past eight games and 10-4 since opening the season 0-2 on the Los Angeles road trip, split a pair in the Bay Area last weekend as it has held 15 of 29 opponents to under 40 percent field goal shooting (32 of its past 64 opponents have shot under 40 percent). ASU enters this week seventh in the nation in scoring defense (58.7 points per game), 21st in three-pointers made per game (8.2) and 36th in field goal percentage defense (.399). Derek Glasser is 12th nationally at .893 (100-of-112) from the free throw line, while Ty Abbott is 18th in the nation from the three-point stripe at .422. ASU is now 30-22 (.577) in Pac-10 games the past three seasons, tied for the second-best mark in that time with Washington. UCLA is 37-15 (.712) to lead the way.

With its Feb. 25 win at Stanford, ASU clinched its third straight 20-win season for the first time since 1961-63. This manufactured note says it all...ASU posted its 20th win for the third straight season (en route to 26) on Feb. 16, 1963, a 104-87 win at BYU. Six days later on Feb. 22, Herb Sendek was born.

ASU was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 preseason media poll and some had them tagged for last, as ASU was one of just seven schools to have two draft picks in the top 35 last year (James Harden was third and Jeff Pendergraph 31st), joining North Carolina (three), USC, Louisville, Wake Forest and UCLA. This year marks the first time ASU has posted three straight winning seasons since Bill Frieder led ASU to five straight from 1990-91 to 1994-95 (and also the last time ASU had posted back-to-back winning seasons before last year). ASU has produced 66 wins in the past two-plus seasons, just the second-time in school history a three-year period has produced 66 wins. ASU has notched 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 had 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 wins. 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.

1960-61 TO 1962-63 (73-13/.849)
1961-62 TO 1963-64 (66-18/.892)
2007-08 TO 2009-10 (66-32/.673)

Arizona State, James Harden (20-9 this year; 25-10 last year)
Davidson, Stephen Curry (16-14 this year; 26-7 last year)
North Carolina, Tyler Hansbrough (15-14 this year; 28-4 last year)Oklahoma, Blake Griffin (13-15 this year; 27-5 last year)
Pitt, DeJuan Blair (22-7 this year; 31-5 last year)

The Pac-10 last season started a Most Im
proved Player Award and the inaugural honor went to Washington's Justin Dentmon. This year's leader might/could/should be Sun Devil junior Ty Abbott...he is averaging 16.6 points and 6.0 boards in the past 14 games and is 48-of-11 (.432) from the three-point stripe in that league games, he is eighth in scoring (15.5 ppg.), 11th in rebounding (5.9), fifth in defensive rebounds per game (514), first in three-pointers made per game (3.1) and fourth in percentage (.415)...has scored in double digits in 12 of the past 14 games...had monster road tilt with 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including 5-of-8 three-pointers, in season-high 39 minutes in 73-69 win at Tucson on Feb. 21...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 then season-high 38 minutes, posted 20 points and matched season highs in assists (four) and steals (three) vs. California on Jan. 28...why the most improved tag? Abbott is 81-of-177 (.458) from the floor, 48-of-111 (.432) from the three-point stripe and is averaging 16.6 points and 6.0 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 97 games in his three-year career and started in 86...quietly is closing in on 1,000 career points as he has 929 (9.6 points per game)...when Abbott scores in double digits, ASU is 37-10 (.787) and 25-6 (.806) the past two seasons.

Derek Glasser has set the ASU record for most games played in a career, as he has played in 127. Jeff Pendergraph played in 126 to set the mark last year, and Jerren Shipp will be second on the list as he has played in 125 games...averaging 10.2 points and is shooting 89.3 percent from the free throw line (100-of-112) this year...leads the league in assists per game (4.9) and in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.3 (143 assists and 62 turnovers) the ASU career assist record holder with 536, topping the mark held by the late Bobby Thompson, who had 454 from 1983-87, and his 282-of-333 (.847) 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 20 turnover free games in his 127-game career...has five 20-point games in his career....should become the first Sun Devil with 1,000 points (991) and 500 assists (536).

1. Derek Glasser, 2006-present, 127
2. Jeff Pendergraph, 2005-09, 126
3. Jerren Shipp, 2006-present, 125

1. Derek Glasser, 2006-10, 84.3 (282-of-333)
2. Alex Austin, 1986-90, 81.5 (255-of-313)
3. Rick Taylor, 1974-78, 81.4 (253-of-311)

ASU is 41-11 (.788) 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 26-6 (.813) the past two seasons at home, including 14-3 (.824) this season. Ten of ASU's 27 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.

Eric 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)...averaging 8.5 points and 6.7 boards while shooting 65.8 percent from the field (100-of-152), as he has scored 247 points after scoring 57 last year...posted 11 points vs. Washington State on Jan. 10 and also grabbed nine boards...had nine boards vs. No. 24 Washington on Jan. 8...59-of-88 (.670) from the field in Pac-10 play and notched 19 points and 13 boards vs. Cal on Jan. his past nine games he is 43-of-62 (.694) from the floor and is averaging 11.1 points and 7.8 boards with nine blocks...has made 14 straight shots entering the USC game, as he is the only player to make 11-of-11 in D-I this year. Jon Avery of IUPUI was 10-of-10 against Oral Roberts on Jan. 14, 2010 as was Dominic Calegari of UC Davis vs. UC Irvine on the same might).

Eric Boateng (Arizona State) at Stanford (Feb. 25, 2010)
Bryce Taylor (Oregon) vs. USC (March 10,2007/Pac-10 Tournament)
Tommy Smith (Arizona State) vs. Washington (Feb. 10, 2001)
Marques Johnson (UCLA) at California (Feb. 27, 1976)

ASU has the tough-to-defend combination of leading the league in three-pointers made per game (8.2) and percentage (.372). 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). Also, it is not just a get-fat-on-non-conference-opponent type of thing...ASU is third in Pac-10 games only by shooting .350 from the arc and making 7.9 per game, best in the league.

Junior Jamelle McMillan was all over the stat sheet the eight games prior to his injury in mid-January, as he missed four games, and ASU was 2-2. In the eight games prior to the injury he averaged 32.8 minutes, 9.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and had 12 steals and just 11 turnovers. What is eye-opening are the numbers with him playing and not playing for the Sun Devils. Some notes to ponder...ASU is giving up 56.8 points per game in the 23 games he has played yet gave up 70.5 in his the point man in the zone, ASU opponents shot .450 from the field and .363 in the games he was missing, yet in the games he played those numbers drop to .391 and .313...and no one is happier than Derek Glasser to have Jamelle in the backcourt...Glasser is shooting .406 from the field and .434 from the three-point stripe in games Jamelle plays, in the four games without him he was 7-of-30 (.233) from the field and 0-of-11 (.000) from the three-point stripe.

Freshman 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 and is a solid candidate for Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors. 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) vs. Stanford. He is averaging 7.4 points, 3.7 boards and is shooting 74-of-153 (.484) from the field. In the past 12 games he is averaging 6.9 points, has taken 54 free throws and has nine double-figure scoring games on the year.

Herb 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).

ASU became just the third Pac-10 team to win three straight in McKale Center in the past 27 seasons (1983-84 to present) when it beat UA 73-69 in Tucson on Feb. 21. Stanford under Mike Montgomery won four straight from 2001-2004 and UCLA under Ben Howland won three straight from 2006-08.

Junior 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 196-of-485 (.404) 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 11.4 points and is 28-of-70 (.400) from the three-point stripe in the past 14 games.

Herb Sendek, 74-54 (.578) 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 328-212 (.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).

ASU is 25-16 (.610) 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 7-10 the past two years with victories at SDSU, vs. IUPUI, vs. BYU, at and vs. Arizona (Pac-10 Tournament) last year and vs. LSU and at Stanford 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 14-9 (.609).

Two teams have winning Pac-10 road records in the past two seasons, and you are reading the release of one of them as ASU is 10-8 and UCLA 9-7 in Pac-10 road games the past two seasons...after losing its first eight Pac-10 road games under Herb Sendek, ASU is 15-13 (.536) since...ASU swept the Oregon trip for the second straight year, just its second Pac-10 road sweep since January of 2005 and its third road sweep in the past six seasons...ASU has now won the past three in Tucson and is 3-1 at UA under Herb Sendek after winning once in Tucson in the previous 23 tries (win was in 1994-95, from 1983-84 through 2006-07 period)...ASU won four straight Pac-10 roadies last year for the first time since the 1980-81 team won five straight...ASU won five Pac-10 road games for just the sixth time in its 32-year history this year. It went 8-1 in 1980-81, 7-2 in 1979-80 and 5-4 in 2009-10, 2008-09, 1994-95 and 1982-83.

From the 2001-2002 season through 2005-2006 (Herb Sendek's final five seasons) NC State won 53 total ACC games (regular season and ACC tournament). Only Duke was better (76) in that time frame. Maryland also had 53.

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