The Sun Devil men's basketball team (10-2) hosts UC Irvine Saturday (Dec. 28) at noon on the Pac-12 Network to conclude its 2013-14 non-conference schedule. ASU opens Pac-12 play on Thursday, Jan. 2, vs. Washington on ESPNU at 6 p.m. MT.
BLOCK-CHYNSKI: Jordan Bachynski's 57 blocks leads the nation as of Dec. 26 and is more than 273 teams.
LAST TIME OUT: Jermaine Marshall scored a season-high 27 points, including seven three-pointers, to lead ASU past Texas Tech, 76-62 on Dec. 21...Marshall’s seven three-pointers was the most by a Sun Devil since both Ty Abbott and Rihards Kuksiks hit seven in the 2010-11 season...Jahii Carson finished with a double-double, recording 16 points and a career-high 13 assists, which the most by an ASU player since Ahlon Lewis had 14 in 1998...Carson found Marshall for six of his seven threes...Jordan Bachynski finished with 12 points, and led ASU with eight boards and seven blocks...Bachynski now has 238 blocks in his career, just 40 short of the Pac-12 record of 278 held by Anthony Cook of Arizona (1985-89).
ASSISTS: Jahii Carson's 13 assists vs. Texas Tech is the most by a Sun Devil since Ahlon Lewis had 14 vs. USC on Jan. 14 1998. Jahii is just the fifth Sun Devil to notch 13 assists in a game, joining Lewis, Marcell Capers, Lynn Collins and Fat Lever.
MOST ASSISTS BY A SUN DEVIL
16-Ahlon Lewis vs. Northern Arizona, Dec. 3, 1997
14-Ahlon Lewis vs. USC, Jan. 3, 1998
14-Marcell Capers vs. California, Feb. 9, 1995
14-Marcell Capers vs. USC, Jan. 19, 1995
14-Lynn Collins vs. Montana St., Dec. 22, 1990
13-Jahii Carson vs. Texas Tech, Dec. 21, 2013
13-Ahlon Lewis vs. Wagner, Nov.19,1997
13-Lafayette Lever vs. Iowa, Dec. 6, 1980
13-Lynn Collins vs. NAU, Nov. 29, 1990
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. 238 – Jordan Bachynski (Arizona State), ’10-present
SERIES: ASU and UC Irvine have met just twice, with ASU winning an 88-73 decision on Dec. 28, 1981, in the Milwaukee Classic and also winning an 87-58 game on Dec. 17, 1994, in Tempe.
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 12.8 ppg., 9.8 rpg and 4.8 bpg. Jordan has a double-double in eight games, after entering the season with five in his first three seasons. He also needs 41 blocks to set the Pac-12 career mark held by Anthony Cook of Arizona (278 from 1985-89).
JORDAN'S FIRST THREE SEASONS COMPARED TO THIS YEAR
2010-13 (89 GAMES): .570 FG%; 6.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.0 BPG
2013-14 (12 GAMES): .633 FG%, 12.8 PPG; 9.8 RPG; 4.8 BPG
5 DAYS BEFORE GAME: The Sun Devils are 21-10 (.677) in the past seven 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.
JERMAINE MARSHALL'S 12 20-POINT GAMES
29 vs. #18 Michigan State (1/16/13)
27 vs. Texas Tech (12/21/13); 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)