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@SunDevilHoops (12-3; 1-1) Off To LA This Weekend
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Release: 01/07/2014
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SUN DEVIL DIGITS: The Sun Devil men's hoops team, averaging 77.5 points in its 12-3 start, travels to Los Angeles this weekend for pair of  7 p.m. PT games vs. USC (Thurs., Jan. 9/Pac-12 Network) and UCLA (Sunday, Jan. 12/ESPNU). ASU split a pair last weekend, shooting poorly in a 76-65 loss to Washington on Jan. 2 and then bouncing back with a 66-47 win over Washington State on Sunday. These games are the only matchup of the year against the LA schools for ASU, the only Pac-12 school to play all three ranked league teams twice (No. 1 Arizona, No. 15 Colorado, No. 17 Oregon).

CARSON SHOW TRAVELS WELL: Games in opposing arenas have been a good thing for Jahii Carson, who has averaged 22.5 points in 13 true road games. His top four scoring games are all away from Tempe and he has averaged 21.8 points in 20 road/neutral games. Last year he averaged 20.8 points in 38.4 minutes, shot .514 (75-of-146) from the floor and had six 20-point games in nine Pac-12 road tilts.

40 at UNLV (11/19/13)
34 vs. Stanford at Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas (3/13/13)
32 at Washington (2/2/13)
30 vs. #14 Creighton in Las Vegas (11/24/12)

BLOCK-CHYNSKI!: As of close of business Thursday, Jordan Bachynski's NCAA-best 74 blocks was more than 298  Division I teams and 13 more than current silver medal blocks guy Michale  Kyser of Louisiana Tech. He is blocking one of every 12.2 opponent shots.

SHAQ IN PAST SIX: Senior transfer Shaquielle McKissic has one year to play and is making the most of it in an efficient manner. In the past six games, he is averaging 13.5 points (third on squad) and 5.8 rebounds (second on the team) while shooting a team-best .563 from the field (27-of-48). In those six tilts he is 7-of-17 (.412) from three, 20-of-27 (.741) from the free throw line and has 15 assists and just three turnovers. On the year he has 33 assists and just four turnovers and leads the team with 15 steals.

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 12.1 ppg., 9.3 rpg and 4.9 bpg. Jordan has a double-double in eight games, after entering the season with five in his first three seasons. He also needs 35 blocks to set the Pac-12 career mark held by Anthony Cook of Arizona (278 from 1985-89).

2010-13 (89 GAMES): FG%: .570; 6.6 PPG.; 4.3 RPG; 2.0 BPG
2013-14 (15 GAMES): FG%: .602; 12.1 PPG; 9.3 RPG; 4.9 BPG

1. 278 – Anthony Cook (Arizona), ’85-89
2. 258 – Channing Frye (Arizona), ’01-05
3. 255 – Jordan Bachynski (Arizona State), ’10-present

GREAT ONES 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 in 1992-93 (19.8/.5.1). Those numbers are without equal in the history of the Pac-10/12 for a freshman as well.

USC SERIES: USC leads the ASU series 52-36 as the contest had been predictable under Herb Sendek, as each team has gone 1-6 on the other team's home court. ASU has averaged 69.9 ppg. in seven home games vs. USC under Coach Sendek (6-1) but 50.3 in the seven games at Galen Center (1-6).

GREAT ONES 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 in 1992-93 (19.8/.5.1). Those numbers are without equal in the history of the Pac-10/12 for a freshman as well.

MANY SHOTS, MANY MAKES: Heading into Pac-12 play this week, 23 league players have taken at least 48 three-pointers. Jermaine Marshall's .453 (39-of-86) shooting is the best by any of them. Marshall also ranks fifth in the league in three-point percentage, but none of the top four have taken more than 46 three pointers.

ASU 66, WSU 47 (1/5/14): The 47 points by WSU was fewest by an ASU Pac-12 opponent since a 56-46 win over UCLA on March 6, 2010...Jermaine Marshall had 18 points in the second half and 26 for the game...ASU held WSU to just 9-of-29 (.310) from the field in the first half....Jahii Carson added 14 points and Shaquielle McKissic added 12 points and nine boards.

WASHINGTON 76, ASU 65 (1/2/14): ASU struggled on Jan. 2 vs. UW in a 76-65 loss with season-lows in first half points (23), assists (eight) and three-pointers made (two)...ASU made seven of its first nine shots in the first five minutes, then made 2-of-22 to end the half.

QUICK NUMBERS: ASU has jumped out to an 12-3 start behind the expected numbers of Jahii Carson (18.7 ppg./21-of-41 from three) and Jordan Bachynski (74 blocks/12.1 ppg./9.3 rpg.), but its one-year transfer combo of wings Jermaine Marshall (15.4 ppg./39-of-86 from three) and Shaquielle McKissic (13.5 points per game in past six games as well as 33 assists and just four turnovers on the year) has been efficient...ASU is 25-5 in the past two seasons at home (9-1 this year) including wins over 2013 NCAA Tournament teams Colorado, UCLA, Marquette and California...Jordan Bachynski has 255 blocks in his career, just 23 short of the Pac-12 record of 278 held by Anthony Cook of Arizona (1985-89)...ASU opened its Pac-12 season at home for the second time in the past six years and for just the 15th time in 36 Pac-10/12 seasons this year.

CONFERENCE PLAY IS A GRINDER: In the 18 Pac-12 regular season games last year, ASU's scoring margin was exactly 0.1 per game as the Sun Devils averaged 66.7 points per game and the opponents 66.6.

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 1,111 career points and 147 career three-pointers in 105 career games.

HE'S A MAN, HE DROPPED 40: Jahii Carson became the fourth Sun Devil to drop 40 (seven times) when he went 16-of-25 from the floor and had 26 second-half points in the Nov. 19 86-80 win at UNLV. Eddie House (four times), Paul Williams (a second-round NBA pick of the Phoenix Suns in 1983) and The Beard did the same in a Sun Devil uniform.

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

DON'T BLAME US: Scoring 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.

INTERNATIONAL: Jordan Bachynski (Canada), Jon Gilling (Denmark), Richie Edwards (New Zealand) and Egor Koulechov (born in Russa and raised in Israel) are four of the 45 international student-athletes from 16 countries competing for Sun Devil Athletics. Canada has 16 Sun Devils in 11 sports. Edwards was born in New York, but moved to New Zealand at 21 months. He gained his New Zealand citizenship at age 15 and has represented New Zealand in the U-16 Australia County Cup, U-19 World Cup and the University Games in China.

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 1,085 career points, 143 three pointers and has knocked down 218-of-293 (.744) free throws. He has posted 13 20-point games (nine at PSU), and three of his top scoring games were against ranked teams.

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

29 vs. #18 Michigan State (1/16/13)
27 (2)  vs. Texas Tech (12/21/13); vs. #13 Michigan (3/4/12)
26 vs. Washington State (1/5/14)
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)

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.

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:

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

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