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February 17, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Scouting report: Arizona State

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Photo credit: AP Photo – J. Pat Carter
ARIZONA STATE
Game info:
5:30 p.m. Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena
Radio: KJR-950 AM
Online: FoxSportsArizona.com.
Record: 9-16, 1-11 Pac-10. RPI rank: 153.
Previous game: Lost 67-52 to Arizona.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Prediction: Picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Coach: Herb Sendek is 85-71 in his fifth season with the Sun Devils and 339-229 in 18 years.
Series: Arizona State leads 36-35 in a series that began in 1977. ASU won six straight from 1979-81 and 14 straight from 1990-96. Washington has won 15 of the past 17 games. Sendek is 3-8 vs. UW and coach Lorenzo Romar is 15-5 against ASU.
Last meeting: Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored a career-high 30 poiints and hauled in nine rebounds to lead Washington to an 88-75 victory at Edmundson Pavilion on Jan. 20. Isaiah Thomas added 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds while Scott Suggs chipped in 10 points. The Huskies led 74-71 with 2:43 left and closed the game with a 14-4 run.


PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Sophomore guard Trent Lockett has emerged this season as ASU’s best player. He’s scored 20 points three times this season, including a 20-point performance against Washington.
— Returning first-team All-Pac-10 performer Ty Abbott had some back and knee issues last two weeks. He missed all but four minutes of the Feb. 5 game at Stanford. The senior guard has plateaued this season, but he’s still a dangerous scorer. He has 10 20-point games in his career, including three this year.
— This could be the final time Washington plays former O’Dea High standout Jamelle McMillan who is arguably the glue of ASU’s team. He missed two games this season because of a groin injury and still doesn’t appear fully recovered.
OVERVIEW:
— ASU is 21-15 (.583) in games games decided by six points or less/OT in the
past four seasons. ASU is 3-2 this year in games of three points or less.
— Senior Rihards Kuksiks (above, left) is 48-of-115 (.417) from the three-point stripe in the past 18 games after starting the year 8-of-30 in the first four games. Kuksiks posted his ninth 20-point game of his career with 22 points vs. USC on Jan. 27, and ASU is 6-3 in those games.
— Sendek has eight former assistants who are Division I head coaches, which is the most of any coach in the country. His coaching tree includes: Sean Miller (Arizona), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Mark Phelps (Drake), John Groce (Ohio), Jim Christian (TCU), Charlie Cross (Miami (OH)), Larry Hunter (Western Carolina) and Ron Hunter (IUPUI).
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Rihards Kuksiks, 6-6, 210, Sr., 9.6 ppg., 2.7 rpg.
F – Kyle Cain, 6-7, 210, Fr., 5.9, 5.6
G – Trent Lockett, 6-4, 211, So., 13.9, 5.4
G – Ty Abbott, 6-3, 207, Sr., 12.9, 3.7
G – Jamelle McMillan, 6-2, 180, Sr., 7.2, 3.9 apg.
KEY MATCHUP:
— The Sun Devils didn’t have anyone to stop Bryan-Amaning in their first meeting and not sure if anything has changed in the past four weeks. Cain is a solid player, but the freshman lacks the experience to contend with a player like Bryan-Amaning who is playing at an all-conference level. The key for Washington is containing ASU’s shooters. Abbott and Kuksiks are dangerous and that job will fall on Justin Holiday and Scott Suggs. The Sun Devils connected on nine of 15 three-pointers in the first game against UW.

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