Let’s start the day with a few links.
— Many have asked about the video highlights and we’ve recently switched from a football to basketball UW montage. Here’s the link. You can also find Pac-10 games here.
— Here’s our story, which examines an often combustible pairing at point guard.
— The Arizona Republics predicts a physical game.
Scouting report: Arizona State
Game info: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wells Fargo Arena.
TV/Radio: FSN NW/KJR-950 AM
Coach: Herb Sendek has a 64-49 record in his fourth year with the Sun Devils, 318-208 overall (17 years).
Last season: 25-10 overall, 11-7 Pac-10 (T-3rd)
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 2009 (Lost 78-67 to Syracuse in the second round)
Record: 10-5, 0-2. RPI rank: 131
Prediction: Picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Series: ASU leads 35-33 in a series that began during the 1977-78 season. In their last meeting, the Wildcats won 75-65 in the semis of the Pac-10 tournament.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
PLAYER TO WATCH:
— Senior guard Derek Glasser is averaging 11.1 points and is shooting 89.1 percent from the free throw line (49-of-55), third-best in the Pac-10. He ranks second in the conference in assists per game (5.2) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5 with 78 assists and 31 turnovers). He is sixth in the league in three-point shooting at 44.9 percent (22-of-48). Glasser already is ASU’s career assist record holder with 471, topping the mark held by the late Bobby Thompson, who had 454 from 1983-87. Glasser’s 231-of-276 (.837) shooting from the free throw line currently is the best in school history
— ASU is 36-9 (.800) at home in the past three seasons, however, UW has a six-game winning streak at Well Fargo Arena.
— ASU is second in the Pac-10 allowing 55.2 points per game and second in defensive field goal percentage (.391). The Sun Devils have held 10 opponents under 40 percent shooting.
— The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in scoring margin (+12.9 points per game) and three-pointers made per game (8.4 with 116 made in 15 games).
— Junior PG Jamelle McMillan, the former O’Dea High standout and son of Nate McMillan, has logged 30 or more minutes in each of the past five games. During that span, he’s averaging 12.2 points, 4.0 assists and 1.6 turnovers.
— Glasser has a chance to become the first ASU player to finish his career with 1,000 points and 500 assists. He has 862 points and 471 assists.
— After not posting a 20-point game in the fi rst 96 games of his career, Glasser has four 20-point games in his past 17 contests dating to last year. In that time he is shooting 26-of-59 (.441) from the three-point stripe and 56-of-64 (.875) from the foul line
— ASU has had eight players lead or share the team lead in scoring in its 13 games.
— Ty Abbott missed just one game after having arthroscopic surgery on his
right knee in mid-October and seems to be getting back in shape, averaging 7.9 points and going
22-55 (.400) from three.
F – Rihards Kuksiks, 6-6, 210, Jr. 11.4 ppg., 2.9 rpg.
C – Eric Boateng, 6-10, 257, Sr., 8.3 ppg., 6.3 rpg.
G – Abbott, 6-3, 207, Jr., 7.9 ppg., 2.5 rpg.
G – McMillan, 6-2, 180, Jr., 8.7, 3.1
G – Glasser, 6-1, 190, Sr., 8.7 ppg., 3.1 apg.
— Keep an eye on UW’s Venoy Overton and Glasser, who share a long and sometimes explosive rivalry. Overton has gotten the better of this pairing over the years, but in their last meeting Glasser finished with 16 points in a ASU victory in the Pac-10 tourney semifinals.