TRYING FOR 8-1: ASU will try and go 8-1 for just the sixth time in 36 seasons and for just the fourth time in 22 seasons. It started 8-1 last season. Other top one-loss starts since it joined the Pac-10 in 1978-79 include 12-1 in 2008-09, 11-1 in 2004-05, 9-1 in 1990-91 and 8-1 in 1980-81.
MARRIOTT POINTS: Jahii Carson is averaging 22.5 ppg. in 18 games away from home (12 road games/six neutral) and is shooting .534 from the field (155-of-290). The Mesa, Ariz., native has 12 20+ point games away from home.
RETURN OF THE MAC GUYS: Jim Larranaga and Herb Sendek have been doing this for while, as the two matched up eight times in a three-year span when Coach Sendek was at Miami of Ohio (1993-96) and Coach Larranaga was at Bowling Green. Coach Sendek’s teams went 7-1 vs. Bowling Green as the teams met twice annually and twice in the MAC Tournament. Here is a note on how much college hoops scheduling has changed from those days. On Dec. 1, 1993, the year Coach Sendek started at Miami of Ohio, his team had played a grand total of one game (Nov. 27 was the opener). Today marks ASU’s ninth game.
JORDAN BLOCK-CHYNSKI: Jordan Bachynski with 214 blocks is ASU's career leader. Next up on the Pac-12 list is Taj Gibson of USC who had 253 from 2006-09 and stands third on the Pac-12 list. 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 13.0 ppg., 9.5 rpg and 4.2 bpg. Jordan had a double-double in the first six games, after entering the season with five in his first three seasons (89 games). He needs 65 blocks to set the Pac-12 career record. Jordan started career 133-of-243 (.547) from the free throw line, but has made 34-of-50 (.680) since.
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. 214 – Jordan Bachynski (Arizona State), ’10-present
VS. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: ASU led by six at the half and then outscored College of Charleston 44-28 in the second half to notch an 80-58 win on Friday. Jahii Carson led the way with 21 points and seven assists and ASU had just five turnovers and shot .537 (29-of-54) from the field. Jordan Bachynski added 16 points, Jon Gilling had 15 (5-of-8 three pointers) and Egor Koulechov had a season-high 12 points. Chance Murray added seven points and five boards and made all five of his free throws in 16 quality minutes.
HE'S A MAN, HE DROPPED 40: Jahii Carson became fourth Sun Devil to drop 40 (seven times) when he went 16-of-25 from the floor with 26 second-half points in the 86-80 Nov. 19 win at UNLV. Only Eddie House (four times), Paul Williams (second-round NBA pick of the Phoenix Suns in 1983) and The Beard did same.
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
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.
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).
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) and shot .759 from the free throw line (107-of-141). He has 994 career points, 128 three pointers and has knocked down 203-of-271 (.752) free throws.
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 11 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) and 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 at UNLV (11/19/13) (4 other times)
QUICK SUN DEVIL NOTES
#1 JAHII CARSON (JAH-HEE)--Is 15-of-29 from three-point stripe after going 33-of-103 last year.
#3 CHANCE MURRAY--Easily the youngest player on the team, as he turned 18 in mid-November.
#4 BO BARNES--Made 57 threes at Hawaii in 2010-11, setting a school freshman record.
#5 RICHIE EDWARDS--9.7 points per game and 12 double-figure scoring games at Valparaiso in 2011-12.
#11 CALAEN ROBINSON (CAY-LEN)--Southpaw is crafty and a jet. Played at nearby Corona del Sol HS.
#13 JORDAN BACHYNSKI (BA-CHIN-SKI)--Oldest Sun Devil (born in September of 1989)
#15 EGOR KOULECHOV (KOOL-EH-CHOV)--Played this summer in Israel, Russia, Ukraine, China and Estonia.
#21 ERIC JACOBSEN--Up to 250 pounds from 230 a year ago.
#24 SAI TUMMALA (SIGH TOO-MALLA)--Pre-med major and sister plays hoops at Harvard.
#31 JON GILLING--His 84 three-pointers last year was tops in the Pac-12 and fourth-most in the Pac-12.
#32 BRANDAN KEARNEY (CAR-NEY)--Midyear transfer from Michigan State last year eligible this December.
#34 JERMAINE MARSHALL--Top three scoring games in career were against ranked teams.
#40 SHAQUIELLE McKISSIC (SHA-KEEL)--Edmonds C.C. product one year to play/18 assists and 1 TO on year.