February 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM
Scouting report: Arizona State
Video credit: Pac-12 Networks
Scouting report: Arizona State
Game info: 8 p.m. Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena (10,734 capacity).
TV: ESPNU (Dave Fleming and Sean Farnham).
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Coach: Herb Sendek is 118-103 (.532) in his seventh season with the Sun Devils and 372-261 (.588) in 20 years a Division I head coach. Prior to joining Arizona on April 6, 2006, he spent 10 seasons (1996-06) at North Carolina State where he had a 191-132 (.591) record and made five straight NCAA tournament appearances. Sendek was 63-26 (.708) three years (1993-96) at Miami (OH).
Prediction: Picked to finish 11th in a preseason poll in the Pac-12 by media who cover the conference.
Series: Washington leads 38-37 in a series that began Nov. 28, 1977. The Huskies have won five of the past six games and they’14-21 all-time in Tempe, Ariz. UW coach Lorenzo Romar is 18-6 against the Sun Devils. Sendek is 4-9 against UW.
Last meeting: Washington scored more points than any game this season and won 96-92 on Feb. 2 at Alaska Airlines Arena. Led by Andrew Andrews’ career high 20 points, six Huskies scored in double figures including Shawn Kemp Jr. (18), who notched a personal best.
Previous game: Arizona State defeated Washington State 69-57 Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena. (Highlights above.)
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Senior Carrick Felix (far right) is being touted as a candidate for the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year award. He’s the only one to receive the conference’s player of the week honors three times.
Felix tallied 23 points – one shy of his career best – and 11 rebounds on Thursday. It was the 10th time he’s scored at least 20 points and the 11th time he’s registered a double double.
The 6-6 wing had a minimal impact in the first meeting against Washington scoring 10 points in 29 minutes due to foul trouble. Still, Felix helped limit C.J. Wilcox to just 10 points on 2-for-11 shooting.
Felix was the third-leading scorer for ASU last year and often he got lost in the melodrama that was the Sun Devils season. His emergence this season has been symbolic of the changes in Tempe. He’s always had the talent – he initially signed with Duke as a junior college transfer – but the new offense has given him a platform to display his athleticism.
He’s averaging 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds. Felix will play his last game at Wells Fargo Arena tonight.
— Jahii Carson put on a show the last time he played Washington. He scored a game-high 32 points on 13-for-19 shooting. He also had five assists and two steals.
Carson is averaging 17.8 points, which is tied for third in the Pac-12. He’s scored at least 20 points 12 times, which tied with Wilcox for the second most by a Pac-12 player. Carson is also averaging 4.9 assists.
Carson is also a candidate for several post-season awards including the Freshman of the Year award and the Player of the Year award.
The dynamic point guard was forced to redshirt last season after being ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA. As a recruit, the 5-10 star at Mesa High in Phoenix originally committed to Oregon State. He had scholarship offers to Arizona, Memphis, Marquette, UCLA and Washington, but chose to stay close to home and resuscitate a struggling program.
—It’s Senior Day at Wells Fargo Arena and the last home game for Arizona State, which finishes the regular season with three games on the road. ASU is 15-3 at home and needs a win tonight to tie the school record for most home wins set in the 2009-10 season.
— It was believed Sendek began the season on the hot seat following two losing seasons and a four-year NCAA tournament drought. The Sun Devils lost 12 scholarship players in the past four years and assistants Lamont Smith (Washington) and Scott Pera (Penn) also left the program before the season.
— Sendek needed to integrate six new scholarship players and two assistants Eric Musselman and Larry Greer with NBA experience.
— Turnovers were a big problem for ASU last season. It averaged 16.3, which ranked last in the Pac-12. This season, ASU averages 12.4, which is fourth in the conference.
— The Sun Devils are first in Pac-12 games with a .447 field goal shooting percentage.
— ASU’s RPI is 72.
– ASU has a school-record 177 blocks in 27 games (6.6 per game), and is tied for fourth in the nation. Thanks in large part to 7-2 junior center Jordan Bachynski who has 103 this season. His 3.8 blocks per game average is fourth in the nation. The Pac-12 record is 115. UCLA holds Pac-12 record for blocks with 199 in 2010-11.
— Bachynski is also emerging as a versatile threat. During ASU’s 78-60 win on Jan. 26, he posted career highs in points (22), rebounds (15), field goals made (10) and attempted (12) and added six blocks. Surprisingly, it may not have been his best game. Earlier this year, he finished with 13 points, 12 points and 12 blocks against Cal-State Northridge. It was the first triple double in ASU history.
— Sophomore forward Jonathan Gilling has been a matchup problem for Washington. He scored 22 points in their last game while shooting 8 of 10 from the field, including six three-pointers. He also has a 20-point game against UW in last year’s meeting at Wells Fargo Arena. Gilling was also on the receiving end of Tony Wroten Jr.’s monster slam.
— Liberty transfer Evan Gordon has started 25 of 27 games. He’s third on the team averaging 11.0 points. He’s also scored at least 20 points twice this season. Since moving to the bench last week, he’s the top reserve.
— Felix and Carson are averaging 37.9 minutes per game, which is tied for second in the Pac-12.
— ASU has used two lineups this season. The one (below) has started the past two games.
C – Jordan Bachynski, 7-2, 250, Jr., 9.6 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 3.8 bpg.
F – Jonathan Gilling, 6-7, 219, So., 9.6, 6.7, 2.9 apg.
G – Carrick Felix, 6-6, 220, Sr., 14.5, 8.1, 1.1 spg.
G – Chris Colvin, 6-2, 185, Sr., 5.0, 3.1, 1.9 apg.
G – Jahii Carson, 5-10, 175, Fr., 17.8, 3.1, 4.9 apg.