SUN DEVIL DIGITS: The Sun Devil men's hoops team (18-6/7-4 in Pac-12) gets a chance to beat one of the best teams on the planet Friday when it hosts No. 2 Arizona (23-1/10-1) at Wells Fargo Arena for a 7 p.m. MT ESPN tip, with Dave Pasch and Bill Walton on the call. The Sun Devils have won five of six and are 13-1 at home this year and 29-5 in the past two seasons at Ned Wulk Court. Sirius National Radio for this week is channel 85.
BLOCK----CHYNSKI!: Jordan Bachynski, the nation's leading shot blocker with 91 (4.14 per game), is blocking one of every 13.6 opponent field goal attempts. In the first three seasons of his career (89 games), he averaged 6.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.03 blocks. This season he is at 12.2 ppg., 9.1 rpg and 4.5 bpg. Jordan has a double-double in 11 games, after entering the season with five in his first three seasons. With 288 career blocks he is now the Pac-12 record holder, topping Anthony Cook of Arizona (278 from 1985-89). His 107 blocks is more than 264 DI teams and he needs just 14 blocks to break his own Pac-12 season record of 120 blocks set last year.
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 48-of-59 (.814).
PAC-12 SINGLE SEASON BLOCKS
1. 120, Jordan Bachynski, ASU, 2012-13
2. 115, Mario Bennett, ASU, 1994-95
3. 113, Rodger Farrington, ASU, 1996-97
4. 107, Jordan Bachynski, ASU, 2013-14
SUN DEVIL SINGLE-GAME BLOCKS
12-Jordan Bachynski vs. Cal State Northridge, Dec. 8, 2012
9-Jordan Bachynski vs. Oregon, Feb. 8, 2014
9-Jordan Bachynski vs. Colorado, Jan. 6, 2013
9-Jordan Bachynski vs. Central Arkansas, Nov. 10, 2012
OPPORTUNITIES: ASU enters this week No. 40 in the NCAA official RPI and to say it has opportunities in front of it is an understatement, as it has all of its final seven games are against teams in the top 105. Because it does not play the two teams at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings (USC and Washington) again, ASU’s opponents and the RPIs are Arizona (2), at Colorado (25), at Utah (105), Stanford (44), California (51), at Oregon (42) and at Oregon State (81). Oh and the combined home records of ASU's four remaining road opponents is just...51-7 (.879). Colorado is 15-1, Utah is 16-1, Oregon 10-3 and Oregon State 10-3.
LOOKING FOR A BIT OF HOME HISTORY: It might be tough but at tip-off Arizona State has a chance to defeat the highest ranked opponent at home in school history when it plays No. 2 Arizona. ASU has defeated a team in the top five nine times, but only twice at home in Wells Fargo Arena as it opened in 1974-75. ASU's best win over a ranked opponent at home came on Dec. 1, 1971, when it beat third-ranked USC 95-78. Since the building opened, ASU has three top-five wins as it beat No. 5 San Francisco 89-70 on Dec. 3, 1977 and then beat No. 4 Oregon State 68-60 on March 6, 1982. ASU's last home win over a top-five team was Feb. 20, 1992 when it beat fifth-ranked Arizona 77-74.
ASU WINS VS. TOP -5 TEAMS (BOLD AT WELLS FARGO ARENA)
#6 ASU 93, #5 Wichita State 87 (Dec. 7, 1963)
ASU 89, #3 Michigan 87 (Dec. 1, 1965 in Portland)
ASU 95, #3 USC 78 (Dec. 1, 1971)
ASU 89, #5 San Francisco 70 (Dec. 3, 1977)
#5 ASU 87, @#1 Oregon State 67 (March 7, 1981)
ASU 68, #4 Oregon State 60 (March 6, 1982)
ASU 78, @#4 UCLA 76 (March 12, 1983)
ASU 77, #5 Arizona 74 (Feb. 20, 1992)
ASU 90, @#4 Stanford 87 in OT (Jan. 31, 1998)
EJ IMPROVING: Sophomore Eric Jacobsen was 26-of-51 (.509) from the free throw line in his career entering the Arizona game on Jan. 16, but has made 11-of-14 (.786) since. He had a season-high seven points and matched season-highs in minutes (20) and rebounds (six) in the Jan. 29 overtime win at California.
REMEMBER THIS NOTE NEXT WEEK: Jermaine Marshall has been huge in his six road games, averaging 19.8 points per contest.
BO KNOWS HOW TO HELP: 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 seven games he has played 117 minutes (16.7 pg, is 14-of-26 (.538) from the field, 9-of-18 (.500) from three and averaging 6.3 points.
EYE OPENER: According to the NCAA updated stats and its "toughest schedule" chart, as of Sunday night ASU's future opponents are 111-42 (.725) against all D-I teams other than ASU, the second-best percentage in the nation. ASU's opponents are OSU (13-10), UO (15-8), UA (23-1), CU (18-6), CAL (15-8), Stanford (15-7) and Utah (16-7). ASU does not play the two Pac-12 teams that are under .500, WSU (9-14) and USC (10-13). Only Texas Tech (112-732/.745) has a tougher finishing stretch than ASU according to the NCAA formula.