Quick Notes: Men's Hoops Meets Villanova For Empire Classic Championship at 9:30 ET on ESPN
SETTING THE SCENE: The No. 18 Arizona State Sun Devils take on the No. 3 Villanova Wildcats on Thanksgiving in the championship of the Empire Classic held at Mohegan Sun in Uncansville, CT. ASU beat Rhode Island 94-88 on Wednesday to advance behind Remy Martin's 26 points while Marcus Bagley added 16.
THE MONEY NOTE: ASU joined the Pac-10 in 1978-79 and in the 37 years prior to Bobby Hurley won six games against ranked non-conference opponents. In his first five years under Bobby Hurley it has won five, including wins vs. Kansas teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2.
ASU OOC WINS VS. RANKED TEAMS PAC-10/12 ERA
UNDER BOBBY HURLEY (5)
#18 ASU 80, #1 Kansas 76 (Dec. 22, 2018)
ASU 72, #15 Mississippi State 67 (Nov. 19, 2018 at Las Vegas)
#16 ASU 95, @#2 Kansas 85 (Dec. 10, 2017)
ASU 102, #15 Xavier 86 (Nov. 24, 2017 at Las Vegas)
ASU 67, #18 Texas A&M 54 (Dec. 5, 2015)
PREVIOUS TO BOBBY HURLEY (6)
ASU 79, #25 Marquette 77 (Nov. 25, 2013)
ASU 77, #17 Xavier 55 (Dec. 15, 2007)
ASU 97, #7 Maryland 90 (Nov. 23, 1994 at Maui)
ASU 79, #13 Michigan 62 (Nov. 22, 1994 at Maui)
#14 ASU 71, #7 Ohio State 58 (Dec. 20, 1980)
ASU 96, #12 Iowa 88 (Dec. 6, 1980)
GAME 1 (NOV. 25, 2020 AT EMPIRE CLASSIC) -- ASU 94, RHODE ISLAND 88: ASU jumped out to a 40-24 lead with just under six minutes to play but Rhode Island closed the half on a 17-8 run and then took the lead with just under 12 minutes to play before the Sun Devils closed out the game on a 10-3 run. URI led 85-84 with just under five minutes but ASU got a Remy Martin (26 points) layup, a Chris Osten putback three-point play, three free throws by Marcus Bagley (16 points) and a steal and layup by Holland Woods to seal the game. ASU had five players in double figures and posted 28 bench points in a game that had nine ties and 14 lead changes.
Remy Martin went off last night! pic.twitter.com/N5p9vDS1NZ
— Courtside Films (@CourtsideFilms) November 26, 2020
ANOTHER RANKED TEAM: No. 3 Villanova will be the seventh non-conference top-10 team Bobby Hurley has faced in his six years, after ASU had faced one in the previous 17 seasons. Another way to put it? ASU will have faced seven ranked OOC teams in BFH's six seasons after facing eight in the previous 37 seasons.
THREE-DOT DEVIL DATA: Bobby Hurley is 48-16 in non-conference games in his six years at ASU…ASU is 11-3 in two possession games the past two seasons and has won seven of its past eight…Sun Devils have 26 halftime comeback deficits in his five years, tops in the Pac-12.
GOOD NOTE: ASU has defeated eight ranked teams in Bobby Hurley's five seasons, but it trailed at the half in five of the wins, including both wins over Kansas.
ASU WINS VS. RANKED TEAMS UNDER BOBBY HURLEY (ASU DEFICIT AT HALF)
ASU 77, #14 Oregon 72 (Feb. 20, 2020)
ASU 66, #22 Arizona 65 (Jan. 25, 2020)--Arizona 43, ASU 30
#18 ASU 80, #1 Kansas 76 (Dec. 22, 2018)--Kansas 39, #18 ASU 31
ASU 72, #15 Mississippi State 67 (Nov. 19, 2018/Las Vegas)
#16 ASU 95, at #2 Kansas 85 (Dec. 10, 2017)--Kansas 4 0, #16 ASU 37
ASU 102, #15 Xavier 86 (Nov. 24, 2017/Las Vegas)-- Xavier 46, ASU 44
ASU 74, #23 USC 67 (Feb. 12, 2016)-- USC 30, ASU 27
ASU 67, #18 Texas A&M 54 (Dec. 5, 2015)
NOVEMBER HAS BEEN GOOD: The Sun Devils are now 17-2 (.895) in November the past three seasons (AKA the Remy Martin era), the second-best mark in the Pac-12 (Colorado leads at 16-1/.943) and tied for 11th in the nation. The wins include six away from home and five over eventual NCAA Tournament teams, including 2019 NCAA Tournament teams Utah State and Missisisppi State in November of 2018, 2018 No. 1 seed Xavier, eventual 2018 Elite Eight bound Kansas State and always good San Diego State.
REMY: Associated Press preseason All-American Remy Martin (just the second in ASU history, other was Ike Diogu in 2003-04) posted 26 points vs. Rhode Island last night, his sixth-best scoring game in his career. Wild note: Five of the six were away from Tempe.
REMY MARTIN TOP SCORING TILTS
33 at Princeton (11/26/19)
31 vs. Arizona (1/31/19)
30 at UCLA (2/27/20)
29 at Oregon (1/11/20)
27 at Arizona (3/9/19)
26 vs. Rhode Island (11/25/20)
THREE-DOT DATA ON WHAT BFH HAS DONE: ASU notched its third straight 20-win season in 2019-20 for just the third time in program history after being picked to finish sixth in the annual preseason media poll…top two average attendance marks in ASU history, including 10,603 in 2017-18…2019-20 saw ASU (20-11) post its first seven-game Pac-12 win streak since the 1980-81 team won 11 straight…Sun Devils went 11-7 in the Pac-12 in 2019-20 after going 12-6 in 2018-19, just the second time in the past 25 seasons the Sun Devils have posted back-to-back winning Pac-12 records…notched best two non-conference wins in school history with wins vs. No. 1 Kansas (Dec. 22, 2018) and at No. 2 Kansas (Dec. 10, 2017)…reached NCAA Tournament for just fourth time in 23 seasons in 2018 and then followed it with back-to-back appearances for the first time since 1980-81 in 2019. The 2020 was about to be the first time three straight since the 1960s…in November of 2017, defeated two eventual 2018 NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds in a span of a two weeks (at Kansas and Xavier)…matched the highest Associated Press ranking in school history (No. 3) in December of 2017…named 14th Sun Devil Men's Basketball Coach on April 9, 2015…1992 Final Four Most Outstanding Player.
GET TO KNOW HOLLAND WOODS: We weren't sure Holland Woods would play this year after transferring from Portland State with just one year to play, but when the NCAA allowed this year to be a "free" year, the first team All-Big Sky Conference guard has now entered the rotation. He averaged 17.7 points to rank fifth in the Big Sky, along with 5.2 assists (second) and 2.1 steals (first). He shot .842 from the free throw line and led team in scoring 14 times and assists 25 times. He posted 13 20-point games and dropped 30 twice.
MICKEY D NEWS: How big is it that freshman Josh Christopher is a McDonald's All-American? He is just the sixth Sun Devil to earn the honor, and the first since James Harden in 2007. Josh will be one of just three 2020 McDonald All-Americans in the Pac-12 this year, joining Evan Mobley of USC and Ziaire Williams of Stanford.
SUN DEVIL McDONALD'S ALL-AMERICANS
Josh Christopher, 2020
James Harden, 2007
Eric Boateng, 2005 (transferred from Duke)
Jamal Faulkner, 1989
Chris Sandle, 1984
Byron Scott, 1979