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@SunDevilHoops Travels To Cal For Thursday 8 p.m. PT Tip

Jan 19, 2015

The Arizona State men’s hoops team (9-9/1-4), in the middle of a stretch where it has just two home games in 31 days (Dec. 29-Jan. 28), travels to the Bay Area this weekend for games at California (Thursday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network) and Stanford (Saturday, Jan. 24 at 9 p.m. PT on ESPNU) as it concludes its Pac-12 season-opening stretch of playing five of its first seven on the road.

ASU got in the Pac-12 win column on Saturday with a 78-72 win over Colorado. Shaq McKissic had 16 points in the win, and probably worth noting is in its nine wins on the year Shaq is averaging 13.2 points, shooting 41-of-71 (.577) from the floor and 12-of-24 (.500) from the three-point stripe. ASU made 15-of-21 (.714) from the floor in the second half to beat CU and shot .553 (26-of-47) for the game. The .553 shooting was the best by the Sun Devils in its past 32 Pac-12 games, dating to Feb. 2, 2013, when it was 37-of-58 (.638) from the floor at Washington. ASU has swept the Bay Area four times since joining the Pac-12 (2005, 1985, 1981, 1980).

VS. CALIFORNIA: ASU has won the past three vs. the Golden Bears, including an 89-78 overtime win on Jan. 29, 2014, in Berkeley when ASU led by 16 in the second half only to have Cal take a three-point lead with 25 seconds before Jermaine Marshall did what Jermaine Marshall did all year. He tied the game with a three-bomb, then ASU outscored Bears 17-6 in overtime...ASU also beat the Bears 78-60 on Senior Day last year in Tempe last year.

COACH SENDEK VS. CALIFORNIA (6-8/3-4 IN BERKELEY)
ASU 78, California 60 (Mar. 1, 2014)
ASU 89, @California 78 OT (Jan. 29, 2014)
ASU 66, California 62 (Feb. 7, 2013)
@California 68, ASU 47 (Feb. 4, 2012)
@California 66, ASU 62 (Feb. 3, 2011)
California 65, ASU 61 (Jan. 8, 2011)
@California 62, ASU 46 (Feb. 27, 2010)
California 78, ASU 70 (Jan. 28, 2010)
ASU 83, California 66 (Mar. 7, 2009)
@California 81, ASU 71 (Jan. 4, 2009)
California 76, ASU 73 (Feb. 16, 2008)
ASU 99, @California 90 2 OT (Jan. 17, 2008)
ASU 42, @California 41 (Mar. 3, 2007)
California 66, ASU 62 OT (Dec. 30, 2006)

ERIC IMPROVEMENTS: Entering this year, junior Eric Jacobsen had played in 64 games and averaged 8.8 minutes, 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds. He is averaging 30.9 minutes, 10.1 points, 6.7 boards and is 64-of-96 (.667) from the field. After posting 16 blocks in his first two seasons, Eric has 25 blocks in this year. He has 64 buckets this year in 18 games. He had 46 buckets in 64 career games entering the season.

ERIC’S FIRST TWO SEASONS/THIS YEAR
2012-14 (64 GAMES)
FG%: 46-94/.489
POINTS: 132/2.1
REBOUNDS: 115/1.8

2014-15 (18 GAMES)
FG%: 64-96/.667
POINTS: 181/10.1 PP
REBOUNDS: 121/6.7

ERIC JACOBSEN TOP SCORING GAMES
20 vs. Pepperdine (12/13/14)
16 vs. UNLV (12/3/14)
16 vs. Hartford (12/5/12)
14 vs. Maryland (11/24/14)
13 at Oregon (1/10/15)
13 vs. Alabama (11/25/14)
13 vs. Bethune-Cookman (11/17/14)

NUMBERS TO KNOW ON SOME SUN DEVILS: After shooting 22-of-67 (.328) from the three-point stripe last year, Shaq McKissic is 21-of-57 (.368) this year from long range...Gerry Blakes is 36-of-41 (.878) from the free throw line on the year...in his career Jon Gilling has made 239-of-582 (.411) three pointers in 116 games...ASU has made 34 more three-pointers than its opponents (133-99)...Shaq's 18 points at Oregon on Jan. 10 was a Pac-12 career high...Eric Jacobsen's 13 points at Oregon Jan. 10 was his Pac-12 career-best... ASU has had seven players lead it in scoring. Shaq McKissic, Eric Jacobsen, Chance Murray, Jon Gilling, Gerry Blakes, Tra Holder and Savon Goodman have all done it at least once. ASU had five players lead it in scoring last year. 

SHAQ’S TOP SCORING GAMES
22 vs. Pepperdine (12/13/14)
20 vs. Chicago State (11/14/14)
19 vs. Grambling (12/14/13)
18 at Oregon (1/10/15)
18 vs. UC Irvine (12/28/13)
16 vs. Colorado (1/17/15)
16 at Utah (2/23/14)