Sun Devil Men's Hoops Heads Across Town for 2 p.m. Tilt at Grand Canyon Sunday
SETTING THE SCENE: The No. 23 Arizona State Sun Devils (3-2) travel crosstown to meet Grand Canyon for a 2 p.m. Sunday tip. ASU is coming off an 80-68 loss to No. 24 San Diego State Thursday, as the Sun Devils are 17-5 in the past three seasons after a loss -- the best mark in the Pac-12 – and are 49-18 in non-conference games in Coach Hurley's six years at ASU.
BEEN HERE BEFORE/FAMILIAR FACES: Coach Bobby Hurley brings a team to GCU Arena for the second time, as Buffalo beat GCU 80-64 on Nov. 25, 2014…Jaelen House and Jovan Blacksher Jr. were teammates at Shadow Mountain High School, leading the Matadors to four state titles…Alonzo Verge Jr. and Sean Miller-Moore were two-year teammates at Missouri's Moberly Area Community College (2017-19).
BEEN GOOD AT THIS: ASU is 7-2 in non-conference road games under Bobby Hurley. It was 8-22 in its previous 30 OOC road tilts. ASU has OOC road wins while at ASU in California (USF and San Diego State), New Jersey (Princeton), Georgia (Athens), Kansas (Lawrence), Nevada (UNLV) and Nebraska (Creighton).
SUN DEVILS IN OOC ROAD GAMES UNDER BOBBY HURLEY (7-2)
ASU 71 San Francisco 67 (Dec. 3, 2019)
ASU 67, Princeton 65 (Nov. 26, 2019)
Vanderbilt 81, ASU 65 (Dec. 17, 2018)
#20 ASU 76, Georgia 74 (Dec. 15, 2018)
#16 ASU 95, #2 Kansas 85 (Dec. 10, 2017)
ASU 74, San Diego State 63 (Dec. 10, 2016)
ASU 66, UNLV 56 (Dec. 16, 2015)
#5 Kentucky 72, ASU 58 (Dec. 5, 2015)
ASU 79, Creighton 77 (Dec. 2, 2015)
GAME 5 (DEC. 10, 2020) -- #24 SAN DIEGO STATE 80, ASU 68: SDSU held ASU to 20-of-58 (.345) from the field and ASU had just seven two-point field goals in a game that saw SDSU outscore ASU 36-8 in the paint. ASU led 43-41 with the ball with just over 15 minutes left, but SDSU went on a 13-0 run and never looked back. Marcus Bagley sat out after injuring his lower leg late against Cal, as Alonzo Verge Jr. led ASU with 25 points (7-of-14 from three), while Josh Christopher added 13 points as he was perfect in eight free throw attempts. SDSU posted 45 second-half points, led by as many as 20 (3:08) and held the lead for more than 34 minutes in a game that saw only three lead changes.
SUN DEVIL THREE DOT DATA: Taeshon Cherry had 11 points in the Rhode Island win, as ASU is 9-1 when he scores in double digits…ASU has made a three-pointer in 654 straight games…with 22 points vs. Villanova, Alonzo Verge Jr. has eight 20-point games in his career…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 six years, tops in the Pac-12.
SUN DEVIL CAREER POINTS
11. 1,515 – Joe Caldwell, '61-64
12. 1,455 – Paul Williams, '79-83
13. 1,393 – Larry Armstrong, '59-62
14. 1,392 – Remy Martin, '17-21
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)
THREE-DOT DATA ON WHAT CBH 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.