Feb. 1, 2013
ABOUT THAT 17-4 RECORD AND THE 6-2 IN THE PAC-12
With six wins in its first eight Pac-12 games, ASU will have a winning record at the halfway mark of the Pac-12 season for just the fourth time in the past 18 seasons (5-4 in 2002-03, 2008-09 and 2009-10)...ASU is 6-2 in the Pac-12 for the first time since 1993-94 (when Coach Sendek was in his first year...at Miami of Ohio)...ASU is 17-4 for the first time since Sun Devils named Byron, Fat and Alton were 19-2 in 1980-81.
JAHII NOTES...AND THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM --Jahii (25 points in 36 minutes and no turnovers) notched his 10th 20-point game . The only Sun Devil freshmen with more are James Harden (16 in 2007-08) and Ike Diogu (12 in 2002-03).
--Jahii is averaging 20 points and five assists in the past six games and is averaging 10.8 points in the second half of all games including 71-of-93 (.763) from the free throw line and 72-of-145 (.497).
--Jahii needs just four assists to break the school freshman mark for assists of 114 held by Bobby Thompson in 1983-84.
--Carson is averaging a Pac-12 best 36.5 minutes per game, the best mark by a freshman in Sun Devil history (dude with the Beard lighting up the NBA averaged 34.1 in 2007-08) and most by a Pac-12 frosh since O.J. Mayo averaged 36.9 in 2007-08.
SUN DEVIL FRESHMEN TOP MINUTES PER GAME
1. 36.5 - Jahii Carson, 2012-13 (leads Pac-12 in minutes per game)
2. 34.1 - James Harden, 2007-08
3. 32.7 - Ty Abbott, 2007-08
4. 32.3 - Byron Scott, 1979-80
5. 32.2 - Ike Diogu, 2002-03
SUN DEVIL FRESHMEN TOP ASSISTS
114 - Bobby Thompson, 1984
111 - Jahii Carson, 2012-13
JAHII'S 10 20-POINT GAMES
30 vs. #14 Creighton @Las Vegas (11/24/12)
25 at Washington State (1/13/13)
22 vs. #7 Arizona (1/19/13)
21 vs. USC (1/24/13)
21 vs. Cal State Northridge (12/8/12)
21 vs. Cornell (11/20/12)
20 at Oregon (1/13/13)
20 at Oregon State (1/10/13)
20 vs. Hartford (12/5/12)
20 vs. Florida A&M (11/18/12)
Carrick Felix is playing at a ridiculously high-level as he now has league-best five double-doubles in eight Pac-12 games...has posted a double-double in past three games with 11/11 at Washington State, 16/10 vs. USC and 23/11 vs. UCLA. The most impressive stat might be he has played 116 minutes in past three games and committed one turnover...did not commit a turnover in the 44-minute overtime 98-93 track meet vs. USC...earned his third Pac-12 Player of the Week award this year for those efforts.
GET MORE SHOTS AND BETTER SHOTS
ASU has cleaned up early turnover issues (15.5 first six games but 11.2 in past 15) and has outshot the opponent in nine of the past 11 games. It is averaging just 10.5 turnovers per game in its eight Pac-12 games.
The win gave ASU 22 wins when it trailed at the half in Coach Sendek's seven seasons (out of 115 wins), as ASU was down 28-26 at the half. The Sun Devils are 3-4 this year when it trails at the half, also beating Colorado (down 33-30 but won 65-56) and Cornell (down 25-22 but came back and won 64-53).
ABOUT THOSE TURNOVERS
ASU committed just four turnovers, tied for the fewest in a game in the past 26 seasons (1987-88 to the present) and it is the fewest in a road game in that time. ASU had four turnovers vs. USC on Feb. 15, 2009 (a James Harden vs. O.J. Mayo shootout) which is the only other time it had just four turnovers in a game under Coach Sendek. In the past 26 seasons it also had just four turnovers vs. Oregon State on March 9, 1991, and vs. Washington on March 8, 1990. Both the Washington State and Oregon State games were in the Pac-10 Tournament.
CLOSE GAME WINS
ASU is 31-23 (.574) in two-possession games in the past six years, including a 3-1 mark this year. ASU beat Utah 55-54 in overtime on Jan. 2, fell at Oregon 68-65 on Jan. 14, beat USC 98-93 in overtime on Jan. 24 and then topped Washington State tonight 63-59.
Jordan Bachynski blocked four shots vs. Washington State and became just the sixth Pac-12 player to notch 90 blocks. He is 25 blocks short of matching the Pac-12 record of 115 set by Sun Devil Mario Bennett in 1994-95.
PAC-12 SINGLE SEASON BLOCKED SHOTS LEADERS
1. 115 - Mario Bennett, Arizona State, 1994-95
2. 113 - Rodger Farrington, Arizona State, 1996-97
3. 102 - Jelani McCoy, UCLA, 1995-96
3. 102 - Loren Woods, Arizona, 1999-2000
5. 100 - Taj Gibson, USC, 2008-09
6. 90 - Jordan Bachynski, Arizona State, 2012-13
GORDON HEATING UP
Evan Gordon is averaging 16.8 points and 39.2 minutes in the past five games and is 31-of-63 (.492) from the field in that time.