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@SunDevilHoops Hosts Oregon State Thursday Night
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Release: 02/03/2014
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SUN DEVIL DIGITS: The Sun Devil men's hoops team (16-6/5-4 in Pac-12) makes the turn at the Pac-12 conference schedule with a winning record in the league, five home games left and a boatload of big-time games ahead on the way. ASU hosts trending upward Oregon State on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 9 p.m. MT followed by a tilt with speedy Oregon on Saturday at 3 p.m., when ASU will honor the No. 53 and Alton Lister at halftime. Both games are on FOX Sports 1 and on the radio at 620 AM/98.7 FM. Sirius National Radio for this week is channel 91 for the Oregon State game and 92/190 for Oregon.

SUN DEVIL DATA:
ASU is 11-1 at home this year and 27-5 (.844) in the past two seasons...Sun Devils entered this week 12th in the nation in three-point percentage (.404) and 24th in three-pointers made per game (8.4) and the percentage is a shade hire in Pac-12 play (70-of-171/.409)...Jahii Carson is averaging 23.5 points in past four games and 22.8 in past five and has led ASU in scoring in the past five games. After going 33-of-103 (.320) from the three-point stripe last year, he is 28-of-66 (.424) this year...sophomore Eric Jacobsen is was 26-of-51 (.509) from the free throw line in his career entering the Arizona game on Jan. 16, but has made 9-of-10 since. He had a season-high seven points and matched season-highs in minutes (20) and rebounds (six) in the Jan. 29 win at California...ASU is averaging 8.5 three-pointers made in past eight games.


JORDAN AT THE FREE THROW LINE:
In his first three seasons of Pac-12 play, Jordan Bachynski was 88-of-160 (.550) from the free throw line. This season through nine Pac-12 games, he is 35-of-43 (.814).


OPPORTUNITIES
: ASU enters this week No. 47 in the NCAA official RPI and to say it has opportunities in front of it is an understatement, as it has eight of its final nine games are against teams in the top 100. Because it does not play the two teams at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings (USC and Washington) again, ASU’s opponents have RPIs of 2 (Arizona), 25 (at Colorado) 43 (California), 46 (Oregon twice), 50 (Stanford), 88 (Oregon State twice) and Utah (118). Utah certainly isn’t a picnic in Salt Lake City either, with the Utes being 12-1 at home and a win over UCLA already.

QUALITY AND QUANTITY
: Jermaine Marshall's 57-of-120 (.475) three-point clip is really impressive, but when it gets broken down like this it is even more impressive. Here are the top five three-point shooters in the nation who also put up the three-ball a lot (we set the bar at 120 three-point attempts in the chart below). He is 11-of-17 ( (.647) from beyond the arc in his last three games. Jermaine has been huge in his six road games, averaging 19.8 points per contes
t.

NATION'S TOP THREE-POINT SHOOTERS (MINIMUM 120 ATTEMP
TS)
Ethan Wragge, Creighton, 78-157 (.497)
Phil Forte, III, Oklahoma State, 60-125 (.480)
Jabari Brown, Missouri 62-130 (.477)
Jermaine Marshall, Arizona State 57-120 (.475)
Brady Heslip, Baylor, 62-131 (.473
)

THIS IS AN EYE OPEN
ER: According to the NCAA updated stats and its "toughest schedule" chart, as of Sunday night ASU's future opponents are 104-39 (.727) against all D-I teams other than ASU, which is the second-best percentage in the nation. ASU's opponents are Oregon State (13-8), Oregon (15-6), Arizona (21-1), Colorado (16-6), California (15-7) and at 14-7 both Utah and Stanford. ASU does not play the two Pac-12 teams that have under .500 records, Washington State (9-12) and USC (10-12). Only Texas Tech (105-36/.745) has a tougher finishing stretch than ASU according to the NCAA formula.

BO KNOWS HOOPS LAST FIVE GAM
ES: 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 five games he has played 93 minutes, is 13-of-23 (.565) from the field, 9-of-17 (.529) from three and averaging 8.4 points.

1,000 QUICK
LY: Jahii Carson enters the 58th game of his career vs. Oregon State with 1,068 career points (18.7 ppg). Only two other Sun Devils reached 1,000 points quicker than Jahii, who did it in his 55th game, 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.

NCAA LEADE
RS: 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.

SHAQ IN PAST
13: Senior transfer Shaquielle McKissic has one year to play and is making the most of it. In the past 13 games, he is averaging 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting .513 from the field (40-of-78). In those tilts he is 43-of-65 (.662) from the free throw line and has 30 assists and just nine turnovers. On the year he has 48 assists and just 10 turnovers and leads the team with 30 steals.

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 UN
LV.

SUN DEVIL TOP SCORING GA
MES
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, 200
0

MARSHALL, MARSHALL, MARSHA
LL: Don't sleep on this. In three high-intensity wins where every bucket was needed (at Califronia, Marquette and at UNLV), Jermaine Marshall was 23-of-41 (.561) from the floor, 9-of-18 (.500) from the three-point stripe and posted 22 at California, 21 at UNLV and 20 vs. Marquette. Want more? In the second-half of those nail biters he was 15-of-21 (.714) from floor. He has 1,202 career points and 165 career three-pointers in 111 career games.

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 1,202 career points, 165 three pointers and has knocked down 235-of-316 (.744) free throws. He has posted 17 20-point games (eight at ASU), and four of his top scoring games were against ranked tea
ms.

BIG TEN TOP SCORERS IN 201
2-13
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 17 20-POINT GAMES (8 AS A SUN DE
VIL)
29 vs. #18 Michigan State (1/16/13)
27 (2)  vs. Texas Tech (12/21/13); vs. #13 Michigan (3/4/12)
26 vs. Washington State (1/5/14)
25 (3) at UCLA (1/12/14); vs. #4 Michigan (2/27/13); vs. Boston College (11/28/12)
23 vs. #22 Wisconsin (3/10/13)
22 (3) at Stanford (2/1/14); at California (1/29/14); 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 (12/7/1
1)

GREAT ONES DIDN'T DO T
HIS: 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.

WISH IT WAS THAT SIM
PLE: Prior to the Feb. 1 game at Stanford ASU had never lost (16-0) when it outshot the opponent and was 0-5 when the opponent shot better than it. It also was 9-0 when it held opponents to under 40 percent from the field. ASU shot .412 (21-of-51) and held Stanford to .393 (24-of-61) but fell 76-70, mainly because Stanford had 15 offensive rebounds which resulted in 15 second-chance points.

THREE-POINT
ERS: ASU leads the Pac-12 in three-pointers made per game through 22 contests at 8.4 per game. The good thing is this isn't a jack-a-lot-of-them-up-deal...Sun Devils connect at a .404 clip (185-of-458), second in the Pac-12 to Oregon State (119-of-293/.406).

DON'T BLAME
US: Scoring 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.

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