SUN DEVIL DIGITS: The Sun Devil men's hoops team, averaging 78.4 points in its 8-2 start, hosts Grambling on Saturday, Dec. 14 at noon on the Pac-12 Network. After playing its first nine games in 24 days and completing a 10-game/29-day stretch to begin the season, ASU has a college football-like schedule with three straight Saturday afternoon games before Pac-12 play begins Thursday, Jan. 2 vs. Washington. ASU's next five games are at home, where it is 21-4 in the past two seasons including wins over 2013 NCAA Tournament teams Colorado, UCLA, Marquette and California.
SOLID NOTE: As of Thursday morning, Jahii Carson was the only player in college hoops averaging 20.5 points, five assists and shooting 50 percent from the floor. Two other players are super close, as Keifer Sykes of Wisconsin-Green Bay is at 21.4/4.6/.500 and Youngstown State's Kendrick Perry is at 20.7/4.9/.514.
Jahii ranked No. 10 in Gary Parrish’s updated National Player of the Year ranking...
DEFENSE: ASU won at DePaul 78-56 on Friday, Dec. 6, in its last outing, blocking 12 shots (second-most in the Coach Sendek-era) and holding DePaul to .292 shooting (19-of-65), its best defensive effort since it held Oregon State to .246 (14-of-57) on Feb. 11, 2010, a span of 116 games.
THIS IS A GOOD THING: In the first three seasons of his career (89 games), Jordan Bachynski averaged 6.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.03 blocks. This season he is at 12.7 ppg., 9.6 rpg and 4.5 bpg. Jordan has a double-double in seven games, after entering the season with five in his first three seasons (89 games). The seven double-doubles was tied for most in the nation at the beginning of the week. He also needed 53 blocks to set the Pac-12 career mark held by Anthony Cook of Arizona (278 from 1985-89).
FEATURE: ASU basketball's big man Bachynski builds a better game (by Doug Haller, azcentral.com/Nov. 27, 2013)
JORDAN’S FIRST THREE SEASONS (89 GAMES): .570 FG%, 6.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.0 BPG
JORDAN IN 2013-14 (10 GAMES): .654 FG%, 12.7 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 4.5 BPG
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. 226 – Jordan Bachynski (Arizona State), ’10-present
5 DAYS BEFORE GAME: The Sun Devils are 19-10 (.655) in the past six years when Herb Sendek's staff has 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. Most notable recently was an 87-80 win over NCAA-bubble worthy Arizona in the 2011-12 regular season finale on March 4. Wins in 2009-10 included MWC Tournament champion San Diego State (five-game win streak at the time), a home win over Pac-10 Tournament champ and No. 24 Washington and a win at Arizona. In 2008-09 the five-day layoff wins included ASU's first NCAA Tournament win since 2003 (over Temple), a win over Arizona (entered the game on seven-game win streak) and a neutral site win over a 10-0 BYU team that had a guy named Jimmer. In 2007-08, the wins included ASU's first win in Tucson in 13 seasons, an overtime win at California in which ASU was playing as a ranked team for the first time in 13 seasons and a 22-point win over #17 Xavier in December of 2007 that is ASU's largest victory margin over a ranked opponent.
MARSHALL, MARSHALL, MARSHALL: Later in notes you will read about Jermaine Marshall's career stats and some great scoring numbers, but don't sleep on this note as competition begins to heat up. In two high-intensity wins where every bucket was needed (UNLV and Marquette), he was 15-of-28 (.535) from the floor, 6-of-13 (.462) from the three-point stripe and posted 21 at UNLV and 20 vs. Marquette. Want more? In the second-half of those nail biters he was 10-of-14 (.714) from floor. He has 1,028 career points in 100 career games.
HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS: Jahii Carson is known as a student of the game, and it shows in his halftime adjustments. In his career he is shooting .498 from the field (162-of-325), .431 from the three-point stripe (25-of-58) and .774 (130-of-168) from the free throw line. He is averaging 10.6 points in the second half of games in his 45-game career.
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.
KEEPING EYE ON THIS: Jordan Bachynski started career 133-of-243 (.547) from the free throw line, but has made 39-of-59 (.661) since.
ASU 78, @DEPAUL 56 (12/6/13): Playing in its 10th game in 29 days to start the year, ASU led 28-25 at the half but outscored DePaul early and often in the second half as it cruised to a 78-56 road win. ASU shot 16-of-26 (.615) from the floor in the win, led by Jahii Carson's 23 and Jermaine Marshall's 20. Jordan Bachynski added eight blocks while Jon Gilling had 12 points six assists and four three-pointers.
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 1,028 career points, 133 three pointers and has knocked down 211-of-285 (.740) free throws. He has posted 12 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 12 20-POINT GAMES
29 vs. #18 Michigan State (1/16/13)
27 vs. #13 Michigan (3/4/12)
25 (2) vs. #4 Michigan (2/27/13); vs. Boston College (11/28/12)
23 vs. #22 Wisconsin (3/10/13)
22 at Boston College (11/30/11)
21 vs. #25 Marquette (11/25/13)
20 (5) at DePaul (12/6/13); at UNLV (11/19/13); at Illinois (2/21/13);
vs. #12 Indiana (1/8/12); 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