SUN DEVIL DATA: The regular season finish line is within sight as the Arizona State men's hoops, 8-3 in its past 11, team hits the road twice this week, as it travels to Oregon for a rare Tuesday (March 4) Pac-12 game when it meets the Ducks at 8 p.m. PT/9 p.m. MT on FOX Sports 1, comes back to Tempe, then travels to Corvallis for a Saturday (March 8) matinee at 1:30 p.m. PT vs. the Oregon State Beavers. ASU is coming off a home sweep of the Bay Area schools and with a win Tuesday would clinch a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tourament. Tim Healey and Kyle Dodd have the local radio call this week on 92.3 FM back in dry heat land, while Sirius/XM antennas are 92/190 for Oregon and 113/193 for Oregon State.
RPI: ASU enters this week No. 28 in the NCAA official RPI and has nine top-50 wins and will have a chance for 13 by the time the regular season ends. ASU only played the two teams at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings (USC and UW) once and has nine top-100 wins over Arizona (1), Colorado (30), Oregon (33), Stanford (42), California (53 twice), Marquette (70), Utah (82) and at UNLV (99). ASU also has wins over top-100 striking distance teams Oregon State (102) and UC Irvine (107). If Oregon State and UC Irvine jump into the top 100 and ASU sweeps this weekend, 13 top-100 wins could happen.
20 AND COUNTING: ASU has its fifth 20-win season under Coach Sendek in his eight years. In the previous 25 seasons (1981-82 to 2005-06) it had three (20-10 in 1989-90 and 24-9 in 1994-95 under Bill Frieder and 20-12 in 2002-03 under Rob Evans).
BLOCK----CHYNSKI!: Jordan Bachynski, the nation's leading shot blocker with 123 (4.24 pg), is blocking one of every 14.07 opponent FGAs. In the first three seasons of his career (89 games), he averaged 6.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.03 blocks. This season he is at 11.2 ppg., 8.4 rpg and 4.2 bpg. Jordan has a double-double in 11 games, after entering the season with five (89 games). With 304 career blocks he is now the Pac-12 record holder, topping Anthony Cook of Arizona (278 from 1985-89) and his 123 blocks broke his Pac-12-season record from last year of 120.
MARRIOTT POINTS: Games in opposing arenas have been a good thing for Jahii Carson, who has averaged 21.0 points in 20 true road games. His top five scoring games are all away from Tempe and he has averaged 20.8 points in 25 road/neutral games.
JAHII CARSON'S TOP FIVE SCORING GAMES (YES, ALL OF THEM AWAY FROM TEMPE)
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)
29 at California (1/29/14)
THE BLOCK STAT: Jordan Bachynski with his Pac-12 record 123 blocks is blocking one of every 14.07 opponent shots and one of every 10.20 two-point attempts.
DANG GOOD HOME SEASON: ASU closed one of the best home seasons in 40-year history of Wells Fargo Arena last weekend, as ASU finished 16-1 on Ned Wulk Court and won eight straight Pac-12 home games after dropping the opener vs. Washington back on Jan. 2. Since the building opened in 1974-75, ASU had just two seasons with one or no losses prior to this season. It opened the building with 14 straight wins in 1974-75 and in 1980-81 it went 14-1 at home with dudes named Byron Scott, Fat Lever and Alton Lister. The Sun Devils also tied the school record for home wins with 2009-10 and 2012-13 (16-4).
REVISITING JERMAINE VS. UA: All senior graduate transfer Jermaine Marshall seems to do is hit big shots and come up big when the Sun Devils need it most, and his game vs. Arizona on Valentine's Day was epic and earned him Pac-12 Player of the Week. In leading ASU to its highest win over a ranked opponent at home in school history, Marshall had 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting (4-of-8 from the three-point stripe). He kept ASU in it early with 12 first-half points and then was rock solid in the second overtime with eight points. He made a three-pointer with 1:34 left and ASU down four, then tied it with a three-pointer with 58 seconds left. With ASU down one he made a driving layup with 14 seconds left that would be the game winner in the 69-66 double overtime victory.
VS. DUCKS: ASU is 7-3 vs. the Ducks in the past 10 games...ASU has swept the Ducks 12 times in its 35 Pac-10 seasons.. ASU is 8-6 against UO under Coach Sendek, including 3-3 in Eugene, 5-2 in Tempe and 0-1 in the Pac-10 Tournament...ASU is 42-33 against the Ducks all-time.
ASU 74, OREGON 72 (FEB. 8, 2014): It was your same-old, boring, routine grab 21-point second half lead, fall behind by two, allow another player to score 29 points....IN THE SECOND HALF...have your best player miss a triple-double by just a rebound and a get another walk-off block 74-72 Sun Devil win over Oregon on Feb. 8...Jordan Bachynski had 26 points, nine rebounds and nine blocks in 38 minutes...ASU shot 15-of-22 (.682) in the first half and 6-of-24 (.250) in the second half...Oregon was 9-of-36 (.350) in the first half from the field...Shaq McKissic had 15 points in 38 minutes...ASU was just 3-of-15 (.200) from the three-point stripe...ASU won the game despite Jahii Carson (2-of-10) and Jermaine Marshall (3-of-11) having off nights.
SUN DEVIL SINGLE-GAME BLOCKS
12-Jordan Bachynski vs. Cal State Northridge, Dec. 8, 2012
9-Jordan Bachynski vs. Oregon (2/8/14)
9-Jordan Bachynski vs. Colorado (1/6/13)
9-Jordan Bachynski vs. Central Arkansas (11/10/12)
JORDAN AT THE LINE: Jordan Bachynski entered the Pac-12 season 180-of-318 (.567) from the free throw line. Since Pac-12 tipped, he is 58-of-74 (.783) at the charity stripe.
BLOCK-WIN-SKI: Three times this season Jordan Bachynski has blocked a potential shot near the buzzer to prevent an overtime or win. Against No. 25 Marquette on Nov. 25, his walk-off block gave ASU the 79-77 win. On Feb. 8 vs. Oregon, he swatted away Joseph Young's layup at the buzzer that would have tied it in the 74-72 win. On Feb. 14, he blocked T.J. McConnell's runner in the lane with ASU up one that led to a Jahii Carson runout dunk and the 69-66 win over #2 Arizona.
PAC-12 SINGLE SEASON BLOCKS (YES, SUN DEVILS 1-2-3)
1. 123, Jordan Bachynski, ASU, 2013-14
2. 120, Jordan Bachynski, ASU, 2012-13
3. 115, Mario Bennett, ASU, 1994-95
EJ IMPROVING: Sophomore Eric Jacobsen was 26-of-51 (.509) from the free throw line in his career entering the Arizona game on Jan. 16, but has made 14-of-19 (.737) since. He had a season-high seven points and matched season-highs in minutes (20) and rebounds (six) in the Jan. 29 overtime win at California and posted six boards and five points in 20 minutes vs. Stanford on Feb. 26 in the 76-64 Sun Devil win.
1,000: Jahii Carson enters his 65th game vs. Stanford with 1,180 points (18.4 ppg). Only two Sun Devils reached 1,000 points quicker than Jahii who did it in his 55th game. Ike Diogu reached 1,000 in his 50th game, while James Harden did it in his 52nd. One other Sun Devil scored 1,000 points in his first two years, as Bobby Lazor had 1,077 in 62 career games (17.4 ppg.) in his ASU career (1997-99) after two seasons at Syracuse. Bobby reached his 1,000th point in his 58th Sun Devil tilt.
SUN DEVIL CAREER POINTS LEADERS
1. Eddie House (1996-2000)--2,044
20. Dennis Dairman (1962-65)--1,220
21. Jahii Carson (2012-14)--1,180
22. Chad Prewitt (1998-2002)--1,177
23. Fat Lever (1978-82)--1,137
NCAA LEADERS: Jordan Bachynski current leads the NCAA in blocks per game (4.24). Three Sun Devils have led the NCAA in official categories. Jeff Pendergraph shot 66 percent from the field in 2008-09, Ahlon Lewis averaged 9.19 assists in 1997-98 and Dick Daugherty shot 87.2 percent (75-of-86) from the free throw line in 1953-54. Radio analyst Kyle Dodd can lay claim to an unofficial NCAA record with a 4.73 assist-to-turnover ratio back in 2002-03 (104 assists and 22 turnovers), but the NCAA didn't officially start tracking the statistic until 2007-08. Jordan has 123 blocks in 29 games (4.24 per game), while Rhamel Brown of Manhattan has 110 in 29 games (3.79).
SHAQ: Shaquielle McKissic has one year to play and is making the most of it. In the past 20 games, he is averaging 10.7 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting .507 from the field (70-of-138). In those tilts he has 44 assists and just 16 turnovers. He has 66 assists and just 21 turnovers and leads the team with 37 steals. He is averaging 6.3 rebounds in past 10 games and has 13 double-figure scoring games on the year.
MARSHALL, MARSHALL, MARSHALL: Don't sleep on this. In five high-intensity wins where every bucket was needed (overtime games vs. #2 Arizona, Oregon State and at California, Marquette and at UNLV), Jermaine Marshall was 42-of-81 (.519) from the floor, 19-of-35 (.543) from the three-point stripe and posted 29 vs. Arizona, 25 vs. Oregon Sate, 22 at California, 21 at UNLV and 20 vs. Marquette. Want more? In the second-half of those nail biters he was 27-of-48 (.563) from floor. He has 1,320 career points and 182 career three-pointers in 118 career games. In the three overtime wins this year Jermaine is averaging 25.3 points.
MARSHALL, MARSHALL, MARSHALL PART II: 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 1,320 career points, 182 three pointers and has knocked down 254-of-343 (.741) free throws. He has posted 20 20-point games (11 at ASU), and four of his top scoring games were against ranked teams.
OT: With wins at Cal (Jan. 29), vs. Oregon State (Feb. 6) and #2 Arizona (Feb. 14), ASU is 13-5 under Coach Sendek at ASU and has won seven of the past eight in free basketball games.
BO KNOWS HOW TO HELP: After transferring from Hawaii where he made freshman school record 57 threes in 2010-11, last year Bo Barnes made four shots and had 13 total points in 11 games and 78 minutes. In past 12 games he has played 221 minutes (18.4 pg), is 23-of-51 (.451) from field, 15-of-34 (.441) from three and averaging 6.5 ppg.
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.
ONE MORE HOME NOTE: ASU is one of just seven teams to have 16 home wins and no more than one loss in its home arena. The others are a rather impressive list: Arizona (18-0), Florida (16-0), Wichita State (16-0), Syracuse (16-1), Duke (16-0), Cincinnati (17-1).
COMEBACKS: ASU is 4-6 when trailing at the half, after going 8-50 the previous four seasons. ASU came back from halftime deficits to win at UNLV (38-34), vs. Utah (41-37), vs. Oregon State (29-26) and vs. #2 Arizona (26-21). ASU is 17-2 when it leads at the half, with its only defeats to Miami (30-24) and at Stanford (33-32).