SUN DEVIL DIGITS: The Sun Devil men's hoops team, averaging 76.8 points in its 14-5 start, hosts Colorado on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network and 620 AM/98.7 FM locally. ASU is 26-5 in the past two seasons at home (10-1 this year) including wins over 2013 NCAA Tournament teams Colorado, UCLA, Marquette and California.
THIS IS AN EYE OPENER: According to the NCAA updated stats yesterday and its "toughest schedule" chart, ASU's future opponents are currently 95-32 (.748), which is the third-best percentage in the nation. Michigan's future opponents are 126-42 (.750), while Texas Tech's are 104-30 (.748).
WORTH A MENTION EARLY: Jordan Bachynski entered Pac-12 play this season a career .566 free throw shooter (180-of-318). In Pac-12 games this year he is shooting 27-of-34 (.794) from the line.
JORDAN'S FIRST THREE SEASONS COMPARED TO THIS YEAR
2010-13 (89 GAMES): FG%: .570; 6.6 PPG.; 4.3 RPG; 2.0 BPG
2013-14 (19 GAMES): FG%: .582; 12.1 PPG; 9.3 RPG; 4.5 BPG
DUDE DROPPED 61: Saturday ASU honors the jersey of No. 5 Eddie House, the school's all-time leading scorer, the 1999-2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a 2008 NBA World Champion with the Boston Celtics. His best moment? He tied Lew Alcindor's Pac-10 record on Jan. 8, 2000, with 61 points in a 111-108 double-overtime win at California.
SO MANY BIG GAMES LEFT: One peek at the Sun Devil schedule shows tons of big opportunities, as ASU has 12 conference games left including RPI heavy teams Arizona (2), Colorado (18), Oregon (35) and California (42). The Sun Devils are the only Pac-12 school with those four on their schedule twice, and no one else even has UA, UO and CU twice. ASU does not play the Washingtons or the LA schools again.
JAHII CLOSING IN ON 1,000 QUICKLY: Jahii Carson enters the 55th game of his career Saturday vs. Colorado with 997 career points (18.5 points per game). Only two other Sun Devils have reached 1,000 points quicker than Jahii, and they are familiar names. Ike Diogu reached 1,000 in his 50th game, while James Harden did it in his 52nd. Only one other Sun Devil scored 1,000 points in his first two years, and that was Bobby Lazor. He had 1,077 career points in 62 career games (17.4 points per game) in his two-year Sun Devil career (1997-99) after two seasons at Syracuse. Bobby reached his 1,000th point in his 58th Sun Devil tilt.
BLOCK-CHYNSKI!: Jordan Bachynski's NCAA-best 85 blocks is more than 256 Division I teams and 14 more than current silver medal blocks guy Michale Kyser of Louisiana Tech. He needs just 36 blocks to break his own Pac-12 season record of 120 blocks set last year. With one more block he will move into seventh place on the Pac-12 season list. Next up and sixth on the chart is Taj Gibson who had 100 in 2008-09.
PAC-12 CAREER BLOCKED SHOTS
1. 278 – Anthony Cook (Arizona), ’85-89
2. 266 – Jordan Bachynski (Arizona State), ’10-present
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 4.5 bpg. Jordan has a double-double in 10 games, after entering the season with five in his first three seasons. He also needs 13 blocks to set the Pac-12 career mark held by Anthony Cook of Arizona (278 from 1985-89).
NCAA LEADERS: Jordan Bachynski has a chance to lead the NCAA in blocks. 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 the 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.
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).
SHAQ IN PAST 10: Senior transfer Shaquielle McKissic has one year to play and is making the most of it in an efficient manner. In the past 10 games, he is averaging 11.9 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting .528 from the field (38-of-72). In those tilts he is 35-of-47 (.745) from the free throw line and has 19 assists and just seven turnovers. On the year he has 37 assists and just eight turnovers and leads the team with 25 steals.
MARSHALL, MARSHALL, MARSHALL: Don't sleep on this. In two high-intensity wins where every bucket was needed (UNLV and Marquette), Jermaine Marshall 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 1,150 career points and 154 career three-pointers in 108 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.
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
VS. UTAH: Utah led by nine midway through the first half, but ASU shot .591 from the field (13-of-22) in the second half and held Utah to just 12-of-31 (.387) in notching a 79-75 win over the Utes Thursday..Jahii Carson had 23 points and eight rebounds, while Jon Gilling had 13 off the bench and made all five of his field goal attempts…ASU’s bench outscored the Ute bench 26-9, led by Gilling’s 13 while Bo Barnes added nine.
BO STAT: After transferring from Hawaii where he made a 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 the past two games he has played 45 minutes, is 6-of-11 from the field, 5-of-9 from three and has 22 points.
VS. CU: ASU was the only team to sweep CU last year, as ASU won 65-56 in Tempe on Jan. 6 and then topped CU in Boulder 63-62 in overtime…ASU held CU to just 44-of-125 (.352) from the field and 8-of-39 (.205) from the three-point stripe in the two games…ASU won both games despite CU going 22-of-26 (.846) from the free throw line and outrebounding the Sun Devils by 16 (81-65)…Jordan Bachynski had 12 blocks in the two games and averaged 14 points…ASU held CU to just 18-of-65 (.277) from the field and 3-of-22 (.136) from three in the second half of the two games last year.