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January 2, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Coach Herb Sendek and ASU players after Washington’s 76-65 win

Arizona State coach Herb Sendek

(Opening statement) “In the first half I thought our inability to convert some of the good shots we had, coupled with the fact that we had arguably our worst shot selection of the year, really made it difficult for us to score. On the other end, the poor shots resulted in us being on our heels with our transition defense. In other cases, we were just burned in transition. The shot selection and the transition defense, to me, is what stood out in this basketball game. I thought we also had a tough time containing them off the dribble, especially early on.”

(On the team’s shot selection heading into tonight) “It has been arguably our greatest strength and something that we have praised the guys for throughout the early season, but tonight was just terrible. I wish I had an explanation and wish I could tell you why it happened. It seemed like it got contagious, perhaps once we found ourselves down, some guys tried to have 10 point possessions and maybe did some things out of character, but it’s still not a great way to play. When you take bad shots, you don’t get 10 points per possession, you usually miss them and dig the hole deeper. Poor shot selection was a big part of the story here this evening and, quite frankly, we had a difficult time defending Washington. Off the dribble, certainly stands out, transition stands out, and (C.J) Wilcox makes you pay almost every time, and obviously we just didn’t play very well.”

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February 2, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Video: Arizona State’s Jahii Carson

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2137666590001″/] Here’s video (above) of Arizona State redshirt freshman Jahii Carson who scored a career-high 32 points. (On the ASU’s comeback at the end) “I was just trying to take what the defense was giving me. They were looking for John because he was catching on fire the bigs were getting boards and they were…

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February 2, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Scouting report: Arizona State

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Video credit: Pac-12 Networks

Scouting report: Arizona State
Game info: 6 p.m. Saturday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity).

TV: ESPNU (Dave Fleming and Sean Farnham).
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 17-4, 6-2 Pac-12.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Arizona State and Washington.

Coach: Herb Sendek is 115-100 (.535) in his seventh season with the Sun Devils and 369-258 (.589) 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 38-36 in a series that began Nov. 28, 1977. The Huskies have won the past five games and they’re 21-14 in Seattle. UW coach Lorenzo Romar is 18-5 against the Sun Devils. Sendek is 3-9 against UW and 1-5 in Seattle.

Last meeting: Washington led by 18 points at halftime and 24 early in the second half when Arizona State closed to within 11 with just over 11 minutes left. The Huskies never allowed the Sun Devils to get any closer and cruised to a 77-69 win to win the season series. Terrence Ross finished with a game-high 18 points.

Previous game: Arizona State defeated Washington State 63-59 Thursday in Pullman.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Jahii Carson (right) was worth the wait. 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.

Many questioned if ASU was the right fit for the explosive guard who thrives in transition and with the ball in his hands. In the past, the Sun Devils had been a low-scoring, half-court oriented squad that dabbled with the Princeton offense.

Carson changed all of that.

He’s one of two players in the nation averaging at least 36.5 minutes, 17.6 points and 5.3 assists. The other is South Dakota State senior Nate Wolters.

Carson has scored at least 20 points in 10 games. The only Sun Devil freshmen with more are James Harden  (16 in 2007-08) and Ike Diogu (12 in 2002-03).

Normally it’s tough for freshman to play away from home, but Carson is averaging 22 points, 4.5 assists, 37.5 minutes and is shooting 51 percent from the field (49-of-96) in six road games. In the three Pac-12 road games, he’s averaging 21.7 points, 38.0 minutes and is shooting .500 (27-of-54) from the field.

— Senior wing Carrick 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. Carson gets the press, but Felix has picked up the awards. Three times he’s been named the Pac-12 player of the week, which makes him a MVP candidate.

Felix 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. The 6-6 guard/forward has a league best five double doubles against Pac-12 competition and 11 overall this season. He’s averaging 14.9 points and 8.3 rebounds.

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