Photo credit: AP PHOTO – J. Pat Carter
Scouting report: Arizona State
Game info: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Edmundson Pavilion.
TV/Radio: FSN NW/KJR-950 AM
Record: 16-7 (6-4 Pac-10). RPI rank: 87th.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Herb Sendek is 70-52 in his fourth year with the Sun Devils, 324-210 in his 17th season.
Last season: 25-10, 11-7 Pac-10 (t-3rd)
Series: ASU leads 36-33 in a series that began with a Washington victory on Nov. 28, 1977. The Sun Devils have won the past two games, however, UW has won 13 of past 16.
Last meeting: Arizona State held Quincy Pondexter to just nine points in a 68-51 victory on Jan. 8 at Wells Fargo Arena. The Huskies converted 7 of 24 field goals (29.2 percent) in the first half and fell behind 28-19 at intermission. They never got any closer in the second half.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Junior G Ty Abbott is one of the top candidates to win the Pac-10’s Most Improved Award. Last season he averaged 7.1 points and 4.0 rebounds. Abbott is averaging 18.5 points and 7.3 boards in the past eight games and is 30-of-63 (.476) from the three-point stripe in that time. In league games, he ranks seventh with both 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and is second in three-pointers made per game (3.1) and fourth in percentage (.443).
— Junior F Rihards Kuksiks (above, left) torched the Huskies last month, draining five of eight three-pointers en route to a career-high tying 27 points. He’s the third-best returning three-point shooter in the nation according to official NCAA statistics. Kuksiks is 93-of-210 from the arc, eighth in the nation. He has made 190-of-464 (.410) three-pointers in his career.
— Junior PG Jamelle McMillan returned Thursday after missing the past four games due to a left foot injury. In his past nine games, he’s averaging 31.2 minutes, 9.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and has 12 steals and just 13 total turnovers. He’s shooting 14-of-39 (.359) from the three-point stripe.
— Senior PG Derek Glasser lost his job last week to freshman Trent Lockett, however, Glasser responded with 15 points in a win against Washington State and 12 in a victory over Stanford. Glasser sprained his ankle Monday, but looks to be okay.
— Six of ASU’s 21 opponents have had season-lows in points. UW averages 81.4 points per game, but it had 51. San Diego State averages 70.7, but had 52. WSU is at 75.8 and had 46. UCSB is averaging 67.1 points, had 42. Others with season-lows are Delaware State (34) and Western Illinois (35).
— The Sun Devils lead the league in three-pointers made per game (8.4) and percentage (.379). That .379 mark is ASU’s best percentage since the 1988-89 team set at a school-record.
— In the past eight games ASU is scoring 36.4 points in the first half while allowing just 26.0 and is holding its opponents to just 34.3 percent field goal shooting (76-221) in the opening 20 minutes. ASU is 6-2 in that stretch and is outscoring opponents by 9.0 points per game.
— In overall game statistics, ASU leads the league in scoring margin (+11.6), three-point percentage (.379), assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.3), fewest turnovers per game (11.7) and three-pointers made per game (8.4). It is second in scoring defense (57.5 points per game), field goal percentage defense (.396), assists per game (14.6) and turnover margin (+2.6) and third in free throw percentage (.729).
F – Kuksiks, 6-6, 210, Jr., 12.6 ppg., 3.2 rpg., 1.8 apg.
C – Eric Boateng, 6-10, 257, Sr., 8.1, 6.7, 0.7.
G – Abbott, 6-3, 207, Jr., 11.8, 6.5, 1.4.
G – McMillan, 6-1, 175, So., 7.9, 3.6, 3.2.
G – Lockett, 6-5, 211, Fr., 8.2, 3.6, 1.0.
— The Huskies didn’t have Justin Holiday when they played Arizona and Jamelle Horne scored a career-high 22 points. On Thursday, Holiday held Horne to just 1-for-2 shooting and two points. The Huskies didn’t have Holiday when Kuksiks burned them on that Arizona trip. Expect Holiday to spend a lot of time chasing Kuksiks and defending Arizona’s other sharpshooter, Abbott. Kuksiks and Abbott are the Sun Devils’ top scorers. If one or both of them have a low-scoring night, then it will be difficult for Arizona to win in a raucous venue such as Edmundson Pavilion.
February 6, 2010 at 12:29 AM
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