Scouting report: Arizona State
Game info: 8 p.m. Thursday at Edmundson Pavilion (10,000 capacity).
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson).
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Record: 8-17, 4-9.
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: Washington leads 37-36 in a series that began in 1978. The Huskies have won the past three games in Seattle and they’ve dominated the series recently. UW is 17-3 in the last 20 meetings. Lorenzo Romar is 17-5, against ASU, which is his highest winning percentage against any Pac-12 team.
Last meeting: Washington took control in the second half and won 60-54. The Huskies trailed 24-22 at halftime, but surged ahead 43-33 with 9:30 remaining. ASU closed to within four points (55-51) with 37 seconds left before Washington closed the game and made five of six free throws. Freshman Tony Wroten Jr. played arguably his best game of the season. He finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-for-12 shooting, including a vicious dunk (above) in the second half. Wroten also finished with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and block in 34 minutes to offset two turnovers. Terrence Ross added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Last outing: Arizona State lost 63-49 against Colorado.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Freshman Jonathan Gilling (far right) scored a career-high 20 points on 6-for-16 shooting the last time he faced Washington. He connected on 5 of 12 three-pointers and collected five rebounds. Gilling is a long-range gunner. In conference games, he’s taken 73 shots behind the arc which is more than anyone else on the team. He’s shooting 39.7 percent on three-pointers in league play. Gilling was bench player in nonconference games, but has started 12 of 13 games against Pac-12 opponents. He averaged 8.8 minutes in the first eight games and is up to 29.9 minutes in the past 16 games.
— Trent Lockett didn’t play against the Huskies in January and returned last week after missing six games due to a right ankle injury. The Sun Devils were 1-5 without their star guard. It’s been a topsy-turvy season for the 6-4, 210-pound junior after being chosen to the second team all-Pac-10 squad last season. ASU’s inability to find a point guard has forced Lockett to assume the duties of directing the offense. He leads the team in scoring (13.6 points per game), rebounding (6.3), minutes per game (34.9), field goals made (86), three-point percentage (.447), free throws made (69) and attempted (98), steals (29), career starts (63) and games played (75). He’s also third in assists (42).
Last week, Lockett scored 12 points on 2-for-4 shooting during his comeback to lead ASU to a 57-52 win over Utah. He made 7 of 11 free throws and had six rebounds. Lockett also tallied 10 points on 3-for-8 shooting and had four rebounds in his last outing.
— Junior wing Carrick Felix teamed with Washington center Aziz N’Diaye at the College of Southern Idaho. He’s capable of big scoring nights and had 20 points this season against Washington State. His career high is 22. Still, Felix had just seven points on seven shots in 37 minutes against Washington. He is the only ASU player who has started every game and second on the team with a 10.2 scoring average.
— Sophomore center Jordan Bachynski is hitting his stride lately. In the past seven games, he’s averaging 9.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and shooting 67.6 percent from the field and 62.9 percent from the line. In the first 18 games, he was averaging 2.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 35.3 percent at the line.
— Sophomore forward Kyle Cain came off the bench and played eight scoreless minutes against Washington. He’s starting again and averaged 5 points and 4.5 rebounds in two games last week.
— Arizona State is 1-6 on the road, including a 62-53 win at USC.
— The Sun Devils are last in the Pac-12 averaging 16.6 turnovers per game.
— ASU averages 55.7 points in conference games, which ranks 10th in the league.
— The Sun Devils are one of nine schools among 338 Division I teams without a senior.
— Since Sendek arrived, ASU has played a stingy matchup zone that has frustrated Washington in the past.
— The Sun Devils are playing without sophomore guard Keala King who was dismissed after violating team rules. He was ASU’s leading scorer when he was kicked off the team.
— 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 nine different lineups this season. The lineup (below) is 1-1.
C – Jordan Bachynski, 7-2, 257, So., 4.8 ppg., 3.7 rpg., 1.2 bpg.
F – Jonathan Gilling, 6-7, 219, Fr., 6.1, 1.5, 1.8 apg.
F – Kyle Cain, 6-7, 213, So., 8.4, 5.9, 47.1 FG%
G – Carrick Felix, 6-6, 197, Jr., 10.2, 4.4, 1.4 apg.
G – Trent Lockett 6-4, 210, Jr., 13.6, 6.3, 2.2 apg.
— Arizona State is one of the biggest teams in the Pac-12, but it’s also one of the slowest teams in the conference. It’s not often when you get a chance to see two seven footers battle beneath the basket and N’Diaye will have a difficult time against Bachynski, who came off the bench and had 13 rebounds and nine points in 23 minutes in their first encounter. N’Diaye finished with eight rebounds and five points in 22 minutes.
In the first game, Washington never got a good read on Gilling. That’s likely to change tonight. Gilling got many open looks and it’s safe to say, he’ll be higher on the Huskies’ scouting report than he was last month.
Still the key to the game for UW is Lockett. He’s the only ASU player who can get his own shot off the dribble and he creates scoring opportunities for others.