SUN DEVIL DIGITS: The Sun Devil men's hoops team, averaging 90.0 points in its 4-0 start, hosts Bradley on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network (92.3 FM). The Sun Devils are 4-0 for just the sixth time in the past 29 seasons and will try and go 5-0 for the first time since 1985-86. ASU is coming off a fast-paced 86-80 road win vs. UNLV when Jahii Carson dropped 40 points as ASU fought back from a seven-point second-half deficit for the win. Since Jahii put on a Sparky uniform ASU is 26-13 and averaging 73.5 ppg in 39 games. In the 39 games prior to Jahii, ASU was 13-26 and averaged 61.5 points per game.
SUN DEVIL TOP SCORING GAMES
61-Eddie House at California (2 OT), Jan. 8, 2000
46-Eddie House vs. San Diego State, Dec. 18, 1999
45-Paul Williams at USC, Mar. 10, 1983
42-Eddie House vs. Penn State, Dec. 29, 1999
40-Jahii Carson at UNLV, Nov. 19, 2013
40-James Harden vs. UTEP, Nov. 30, 2008
40-Eddie House vs. UCLA, Feb. 17, 2000
40-Eddie House vs. UCLA, Feb. 17, 2000
JORDAN BLOCK-CHYNSKI: Jordan Bachynski with 198 blocks is ASU's career leader, topping the Sun Devil career record of 191 held by Mario Bennett (1991-95). Next up on the Pac-12 list is Michael Stewart of Cal who had 207 from 1993-2007 and stands fourth on the Pac-12 list. Jordan has a double-double in all four games this year, after entering the season with five in first 89 games.
PAC-12 CAREER BLOCKED SHOTS
1. 278 – Anthony Cook (Arizona), ’85-89
2. 258 – Channing Frye (Arizona), ’01-05
3. 253 – Taj Gibson (USC), ’06-09
4. 207 – Michael Stewart (California), ’93-97
5. 198 – Jordan Bachynski (Arizona State), ’10-present
UNLV GAME QUICK RECAP: Everyone will talk about Jahii's 40 points and seven assists, but several Sun Devils got the job done in the 86-80 win at UNLV on Nov. 19...Jon Gilling struggled shooting, but in 30 minutes had six assists, eight rebounds and zero turnovers...Jordan Bachynski tied a career-high with 15 rebounds and had 17 points for his fourth straight double-double. He added four blocks while matching a career-high with 37 minutes...Jermaine Marshall had 20 points, his tenth career 20-point game and the first at ASU, that included 14 second-half points and also had three blocks...the bench got a huge lift from freshman Egor Koulechov, who had 10 rebounds in 34 minutesand added four assists...ASU shot .556 (20-of-36) from the floor in the second half and outrebounded the Rebels 24-19 in the second stanza.
DON'T BLAME US: Scoring in D-I men's basketball was at its lowest since 1951-52 last year (67.5 ppg). Meanwhile in Tempe, ASU went from averaging 61.0 ppg. in 2011-12 to 71.8 ppg. in 2012-13.
HERB WESTHEAD: Runnin' Devils had 90 in back-to-back tilts -- 96 vs. UMBC on Nov. 8 and 90 vs. Miami (OH) on Nov. 12 -- for first time since February 17 (104 vs. UCLA) and 19 (93 vs. USC) of 2000 when Eddie House was doing his thing.
MANY GREAT NAMES DIDN'T DO THIS: Jahii Carson averaged 18.5 points and 5.1 assists last season, the first freshman to do that since Chris McGuthrie of Mount St. Mary's notched the feat in 1992-93 (19.8/.5.1).
MARSHALL, MARSHALL, MARSHALL: ASU welcomes a proven scorer in 2013-14, as graduate transfer JERMAINE MARSHALL joined the program in August after playing three years at Penn State. Last year he averaged 15.3 points (sixth in Big Ten), 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists and shot .759 from the free throw line (107-of-141). Marshall has 954 career points, 121 three pointers and has knocked down 197-of-263 (.749) free throws. He has posted 10 20-point games (nine) at PSU, and his top three scoring scoring games were against ranked teams.
BIG TEN TOP SCORERS IN 2012-13
DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State, 19.8
Trey Burke, Michigan, 18.6
Brandon Paul, Illinois, 16.6
Cody Zeller, Indiana, 16.5
DJ Newbill, Penn State, 16.3
Jermaine Marshall, Penn State, 15.3
JERMAINE MARSHALL'S 10 20-POINT GAMES
29 vs. #18 Michigan State (1/16/13)
27 vs. #13 Michigan (3/4/12)
25 vs. #4 Michigan (2/27/13)
25 vs. Boston College (11/28/12)
23 vs. #22 Wisconsin (3/10/13)
22 at Boston College (11/30/11)
20 at UNLV (11/19/13)
20 at Illinois (2/21/13)
20 vs. #12 Indiana (1/8/12)
20 vs. Lafayette (12/7/11)
SO WHERE WOULD 15.3 PPG STAND IN THE PAC-12?: How big of an addition is Jermaine Marshall from a statistical point of view? Well, he would be tied for the fifth-leading returning scorer in the Pac-12. Take a peek at the top "returning" scorers in the Pac-12 this coming season:
TOP "RETURNING" SCORERS IN PAC-12 THIS YEAR
Jahii Carson, Arizona State, 18.5
Joseph Young, Oregon/Houston, 18.0
Roberto Nelson, OSU, 17.8
C.J. Wilcox, UW, 16.8
Jermaine Marshall, Arizona State/Penn State, 15.3
Jordan Adams, UCLA, 15.3
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado, 15.3
BEST NON-CONFERENCE GAMES AT PAC-12 COURT: If you go by Associated Press preseason rankings, the Sun Devils host the second-best non-conference game in the Pac-12 this season. Looking at schools visiting Pac-12 home courts (toss out neutral sites), only fifth-ranked Kansas at Colorado on Dec. 7 is better than No. 17 Marquette at ASU on Nov. 25. Washington is the only other Pac-12 school to host a ranked non-conference team on its home floor, when No. 18 UCONN comes to town on Dec. 22.
HIGHEST RANKED AP PRESEASON TEAMS TO VISIT PAC-12 HOME COURT
Colorado: #5 Kansas, Dec. 7
ASU: #17 Marquette, Nov. 25
Washington: #18 Connecticut, Dec. 22