Dec. 29, 2012
THREES AND FREES AND MORE...
ASU attempted a season-high 30 three-pointers, and allowed Coppin State to go just 2-of-4 from the free throw line, which were season lows in both categories. The 30 three-point attempts is the most since ASU had 40 vs. Oregon on March 5, 2011...ASU is 10-0 this year and 83-21 when it outrebounds its opponent, as it beat Coppin State 41-29 on the boards...one year after going 7-10 at home ASU is 9-1 at home.
AT LEAST FIVE DAYS TO PREPARE
The Sun Devils are now 19-8 (.704) in past six years when Herb Sendek and his staff have at least five full days in between games, and seven of the wins have been against teams that would make the NCAA Tournament in that season (3-0 this season).
STARTING LINEUP CHATTER
For the 13th straight game, ASU started Jordan Bachynski, Jahii Carson, Carrick Felix, Jonathan Gilling and Evan Gordon. Last year ASU used 12 starting lineups, the most since the 2003-04 team also started 12.
In the first 197 games of Coach Sendek's ASU tenure, ASU had nine blocks in a game four times. It has had at least nine blocks seven times this season, including 10 vs. Coppin State.
MOST BLOCKS BY ASU IN COACH SENDEK ERA
13 vs. Cal State Northridge (Dec. 8, 2012)
11 vs. Cornell (Nov. 20, 2012)
11 vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 18, 2012)
11 vs. Central Arkansas (Nov. 10, 2012)
11 vs. Southern Illinois (Mar. 20, 2008)
10 vs. Coppin State (Dec. 29, 2012)
9 vs. Dartmouth (Dec. 15, 2012)
9 vs. Arkansas-Bluff (Nov. 28, 2012)
9 vs. Arizona (Mar. 4, 2012)
9 vs. Pepperdine (Nov. 15, 2011)
9 vs. #15 Arizona (Feb. 13, 2011)
Senior Carrick Felix is averaging 9.1 rebounds per game in the past seven games and in the past 10 games he is averaging 16.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, has 17 blocks and is shooting 62-of-103 (.602) from the field and 13-of-33 (.394) from the three-point stripe.
Freshman Jahii Carson is averaging 17.7 points and 5.7 assists per game. According to ESPN Stats, no freshman has averaged 17 points and five assists in a season since Shaheen Holloway of Seton Hall in 1996-97 when he averaged 17.3 and 6.3. Jahii has led or shared the team lead in scoring in nine of 12 games this season. He has 74 assists through 12 games, just about halfway to 150 which has been done by just 11 freshmen at current Pac-12 schools.
FRESHMEN WITH 150 ASSISTS AT PAC-12 SCHOOLS
229, Gary Payton, Oregon State (1986-87)
222, Jason Kidd, California (1992-93)
197, Russell Brown, Arizona (1977-78)
179, Pooh Richardson, UCLA (1985-86)
178, Mike Bibby, Arizona (1996-97)
175, Jelani Gardner, California (1994-95)
175, Kenya Wilkins, Oregon (1993-94)
162, Jason Gardner, Arizona (1999-2000)
161, Baron Davis, UCLA (1997-98)
153, Jordan Farmar, UCLA (2004-05)
150, Brevin Knight, Stanford (1993-94)
Junior Jordan Bachynski is one of the top shot-blockers in the nation with 59 through 13 games after notching five vs. Coppin State, but an overlooked block statistic is keeping it in play. Of his 59 blocks, more than 60 percent (37) have resulted in direct possessions for ASU, and only six have gone out of bounds. He has now 120 career blocks, seventh in Sun Devil history. The Sun Devil career record is 191 (Mario Bennett from 1991-95). Next up is Jeff Pendergraph, who had 131 from 2005-09. Also, in the first 41 games of his ASU career Jordan shot 42-of-88 (.478) from the field, but in the past 26 games he is 94-147 (.640).
TURNOVERS BACK TO NORMAL
ASU has had less turnovers than its opponent in five of the past six games and in the past seven games is averaging just 12.0 turnovers per tilt. In the first six games they were at 15.5 turnovers per game.
GILLING AND ABLE
Sophomore Jonathan Gilling has 93 rebounds (7.2 per game) after posting 54 all of last season. He also is 10-of-21 (.476) from the three-point stripe in the past two games. His past two games are his best scoring games of the season, as he had 18 at Texas Tech on Dec. 22 and 14 vs. Coppin State on Dec. 29.
EVAN HEATING UP
Evan Gordon started the year 7-of-34 (.205) from the three-point stripe, but he is 21-of-46 (.457) in his past seven games from long distance.