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January 26, 2012 at 6:55 AM

Scouting report: Arizona State

Scouting report: Arizona State
Game info: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena (10,734 capacity).
TV: ROOT Sports (Tom Glasglow and Francis Williams.)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Record: 6-13, 2-5.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Click here.
Coach: Herb Sendek is 94-86 in his sixth season with the Sun Devils
Prediction: Picked to finish ninth in the Pac-12 by the media.
Series: The series, which began in 1978, is split at 36 games apiece. ASU holds a 21-13 edge in games played in Tempe, Ariz. Lorenzo Romar is 16-5, against ASU, which is his highest winning percentage against any Pac-12 team.
Last meeting: Washington won 79-62 in Tempe, Ariz. on Feb. 17, 2011. Matthew Bryan-Amaning finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds and C.J. Wilcox added 16 points, including four three-pointers.
Last outing: Arizona State lost 64-43 at Utah.
Trent Lockett (above) was chosen to the second team all-Pac-10 squad last season. He was the only Arizona State player given a postseason award. The 6-4, 210-pound guard is the heart and soul of the Sun Devils. He leads the team in scoring (13.9 points per game), minutes (35.0), rebounds (6.4), steals (26), free throws made (60) and attempted (83). Lockett is second in assists (37) and is the only Sun Devil with more than 35 career starts (61) and at least 70 games played (79).
Lockett badly sprained his right ankle Jan. 14 and missed the past two games. He was on track to return Thursday, but reportedly suffered a setback. Sendek said Lockett is questionable.
— There were rumors Carrick Felix would play at Washington when he left the College of Southern Idaho two years ago. He declined a scholarship offer from Duke and many believed he’d join former teammate Aziz N’Diaye at UW. Felix spent his first season at Arizona State as a role player averaging 4.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 14.5 minutes.
This season he’s been one of the most consistent players for the Sun Devils. He’s the only player who has started every game and averages 34.1 minutes per game in Pac-12 contests, which ranks ninth in the conference. He’s averaging 10.7 points and dropped a season-high 22 points on USC to lead ASU in a 62-53 win.
Photo credit: Bruce Yeung

— Arizona State will retire the No. 12 jersey of former great Lafayette ‘Fat’ Lever at halftime.
— The Sun Devils are playing their seventh game since sophomore guard Keala King was kicked off the squad for violating team rules. He was ASU’s leading scorer when he was dismissed.
— Sendek has needed to take several disciplinary actions this season. He suspended junior guard Chris Colvin and sophomore forward Kyle Cain for two games because they also broke team rules.
— After a bumpy start, Colvin has played better recently. He’s averaging 3.6 assists in the past three games. He also scored a season-high 15 points last week at Colorado. Colvin began the year as a starter, but lost the job after committing 14 turnovers in three games.
— Freshman Jonathan Gilling, a Denmark native, has been pressed into duty and has shown improvement lately. In the past seven games, he leads ASU with 24 assists. He’s also averaged 7.6 points during the span. Gilling is also a deadly three-point threat. He’s shooting 42.9 percent behind the arc in conference games, which ranks 12th in the league.
— Arizona State tops the Pac-12 with a 40.4 three-point percentage. However, ASU averages just 57.4 points per game, which ranks 10th.
— The Sun Devils are last in the Pac-12 averaging 16.6 turnovers per game.
— Since Sendek arrived, ASU has played a stingy matchup zone that has frustrated Washington in the past.
— Point guard Jahii Carson was heralded as one of the most promising freshman in the Pac-12, However, he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse and will not play this season.
— ASU is also without two transfers Evan Gordan (Liberty) and Bo Barnes (Hawaii) who are sitting out due to NCAA rules.
— The Sun Devils have used seven different lineups this season. The lineup (below) is 0-2.
C – Ruslan Pateev, 7-0, 250, Jr., 4.8 ppg., 3.4 rpg., 1.3 bpg.
F – Jonathan Gilling, 6-7, 219, Fr., 5.1, 1.3, 1.6 apg.
G/F – Carrick Felix, 6-6, 197, Jr, 10.7, 4.4, 1.2 apg.
G/F – Chanse Creekmur, 6-5, 211, So., 5.4, 2.3, 0.5 spg
G – Chris Colvin 6-2, 200, Jr.., 5.7, 1.5, 3.1
— Lockett is the key. If he returns, then it’s vital for Washington to contain ASU’s do-everything guard. Chances are he won’t be 100 percent if he’s able to play, but Lockett can be dangerous on both ends of the court. If he’s unavailable, Felix will likely carry the scoring responsibilities and may be paired against Terrence Ross.
However, the most important matchup involves Colvin. Washington will likely pressure him to disrupt ASU’s offense. He’s prone to turnovers. He had four in the last outing. Colvin committed a season high seven turnovers and has had at least three in eight games. ASU’s methodical offensive approach and pack-it-in zone doesn’t allow for a fast-paced game so creating turnovers and scoring in transition is essential for Washington.

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