SUN DEVIL DATA: Fresh off the top home win in school history, ASU gets back to the reality of the Pac-12 this week when it travels to Colorado and Utah, where the teams are a combined 31-2 at home this year. Colorado is 59-8 (.881) at home under coach Tad Boyle, but one of the losses was an overtime tilt to the Sun Devils last year. ASU meets the Buffs at 9 p.m. MT on Wednesday (Feb. 19) and then take on Utah on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. Both games are on ESPNU. The Sun Devils have won six of seven. Tim Healey and Kyle Dodd have the local call on 860 AM. In ASU's 6-1 stretch, Jahii Carson is averaging 20.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Jermaine Marshall has been huge in his six road games, averaging 19.8 points per contest.
THE BLOCK STAT: Jordan Bachynski with 115 blocks is blocking one of every 13.2 opponent shots. Since he has not blocked a three-pointer, that means he has blocked one of every 9.56 two-point attempts.
BEST ARIZONA FREE AGENT SIGNING SINCE STEVE NASH?: All senior graduate transfer Jermaine Marshall seems to do is hit big shots and come up big when the Sun Devils need it most. He is averaging 22 points in his past five games, and his game vs. Arizona on Valentine's Day was epic and earned him Pac-12 Player of the Week. In leading ASU to its highest win over a ranked opponent at home in school history, Marshall had 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting (4-of-8 from the three-point stripe). He kept ASU in it early with 12 first-half points and then was rock solid in the second overtime with eight points. He made a three-pointer with 1:34 left and ASU down four, then tied it with a three-pointer with 58 seconds left. With ASU down one he made a driving layup with 14 seconds left that would be the game winner in the 69-66 double overtime victory.
MARRIOTT POINTS: Games in opposing arenas have been a good thing for Jahii Carson, who has averaged 21.9 points in 18 true road games. His top six scoring games are all away from Tempe and he has averaged 21.5 points in 23 road/neutral games.
JAHII CARSON'S TOP SCORING GAMES (YES, ALL OF THEM AWAY FROM TEMPE)
40 at UNLV (11/19/13)
34 vs. Stanford at Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas (3/13/13)
32 at Washington (2/2/13)
30 vs. #14 Creighton in Las Vegas (11/24/12)
29 at California (1/29/14)
25 at Washington State (1/31/13)
BLOCK----CHYNSKI!: Jordan Bachynski, the nation's leading shot blocker with 115 (4.6 pg), is blocking one of every 13.2 opponent FGAs. 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., 9.0 rpg and 4.6 bpg. Jordan has a double-double in 11 games, after entering the season with five (89 games). With 296 career blocks he is now the Pac-12 record holder, topping Anthony Cook of Arizona (278 from 1985-89). His 115 blocks is more than 269 DI teams and he needs just six blocks to break his own Pac-12 season record of 120 blocks set last year.
BLOCK-WIN-SKI: Three times this season Jordan Bachynski has blocked a potential shot near the buzzer to prevent an overtime or win. Against No. 25 Marquette on Nov. 25, his walk-off block gave ASU the 79-77 win. On Feb. 8 vs. Oregon, he swatted away Joseph Young's layup at the buzzer that would have tied it in the 74-72 win. On Feb. 14, he blocked T.J. McConnell's runner in the lane with ASU up one that led to a Jahii Carson runout dunk and the 69-66 win.PAC-12 SINGLE SEASON BLOCKS
1. 120, Jordan Bachynski, ASU, 2012-13
2. 115, Jordan Bachynski, ASU, 2013-14
2. 115, Mario Bennett, ASU, 1994-95
RPI: ASU enters this week No. 29 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 six 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 UW) again, ASU’s opponents and their RPIs are at CU (28), at Utah (94), Stanford (48), Cal (46), at Oregon (44) and at OSU (82). The combined home records of ASU's four remaining road opponents is just...52-7 (.881). CU is 15-1, Utah is 16-1, Oregon 11-3 and OSU 10-3.
JORDAN AT THE LINE: In his first three seasons of Pac-12 play, Jordan Bachynski was 88-of-160 (.550) from the free throw line. This season, he is 55-of-70 (.786).
BIT OF HOME HISTORY: ASU's 69-66 overtime over No. Arizona was the highest ranked team the Sun Devils have ever beaten at home. ASU now has defeated a team in the top five 10 times, but only three at home in Wells Fargo Arena as it opened in 1974-75. ASU's previous 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 now has four 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 prior to the UA win 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, OT (Jan. 31, 1998)
ASU 69, #2 Arizona 66, 2 OT (Feb. 14, 2014)
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.
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 has held CU to 64-of-172 (.372) from the field and 10-of-50 (.200) from the three-point stripe its modest three-game win streak vs. the Buffs…ASU won both games last year despite CU going 22-of-26 (.846) from the free throw line and outrebounding the Sun Devils by 16 (81-65)…Jordan Bachynski has 15 blocks in the three games and averaged 12.3 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.
1,000: Jahii Carson enters the 61st game of his career vs. Arizona with 1,119 points (18.7 ppg). Only two Sun Devils reached 1,000 points quicker than Jahii, who did it in his 55th game. 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 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.
SHAQ: Senior transfer Shaquielle McKissic has one year to play and is making the most of it. In the past 16 games, he is averaging 10.8 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting .509 from the field (55-of-108). In those tilts he has 36 assists and just 14 turnovers. On the year he has 54 assists and just 15 turnovers and leads the team with 34 steals. He is averaging 6.3 rebounds in the past six games and has 11 double-figure scoring games on the year.
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 a 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
BIG WINS: Coach Sendek now has eight wins vs. AP top-25 teams in his career with the Feb. 14 win over second-ranked Arizona.
COACH SENDEK'S SEVEN WINS VS. AP TOP-FIVE TEAMS
ASU 69, #2 Arizona 66, 2 OT (Feb. 14, 2014)
NC State 81, #3 Wake Forest 65 (March 11, 2005/ACC Tournament)
NC State 78, #1 Duke 74 (Feb. 15, 2004)
NC State 80, #3 Duke 71 (Jan. 22, 2003)
NC State 86, #2 Maryland 82 (Mar. 9, 2002/ACC Tournament)
NC State 81, @#4 Virginia 74 (Jan. 5, 2002)
NC State 86, @#1 North Carolina 71 (Feb. 21, 1998)
NC State 60, #4 Wake Forest 59, OT (Feb. 17, 1997)
THREE-POINTERS: ASU leads the Pac-12 in three-pointers made per game at 8.0 per game. The good thing is this isn't a jack-a-lot-of-them-up-deal...Sun Devils connect at a .392 clip (199-of-508), third in the Pac-12.
BO KNOWS HOW TO HELP: After transferring from Hawaii where he made 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 past eight games he has played 138 minutes (17.3 pg), is 15-of-29 (.517) from field, 10-of-20 (.500) from three and averaging 6.1 ppg.
MARSHALL, MARSHALL, MARSHALL: Don't sleep on this. In five high-intensity wins where every bucket was needed (overtime games vs. #2 Arizona, Oregon State and at California, Marquette and at UNLV), Jermaine Marshall was 42-of-81 (.519) from the floor, 19-of-35 (.543) from the three-point stripe and posted 29 vs. Arizona, 25 vs. Oregon Sate, 22 at California, 21 at UNLV and 20 vs. Marquette. Want more? In the second-half of those nail biters he was 27-of-48 (.563) from floor. He has 1,268 career points and 172 career three-pointers in 114 career games. In the three overtime wins this year Jermaine is averaging 25.3 points.
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 1,268 career points, 172 three pointers and has knocked down 250-of-338 (.740) free throws. He has posted 19 20-point games (nine at ASU), and four of his top scoring games were against ranked teams.
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 19 20-POINT GAMES (10 AS A SUN DEVIL)
29 (2) vs. #2 Arizona (2/14/14); 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 (4) vs. Oregon State (2/6/14); 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 (12/7/11)
OVERTIME: With wins at Cal (Jan. 29) and vs. Oregon State (Feb. 6) and #2 Arizona (Feb. 14), ASU is now 13-5 under Coach Sendek in his eight seasons and has won seven of the past eight in free basketball games.
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). Those numbers are without equal in the history of the Pac-10/12 for a freshman as well.
HALFTIME COMEBACKS: ASU is a solid 4-4 when trailing at the half this year, after going 8-50 in that category the previous four seasons. ASU came back from halftime deficits to win at UNLV (38-34), vs. Utah (41-37), vs. Oregon State (29-26) and vs. #2 Arizona (26-21). ASU is 15-2 when it leads at the half, with its only defeats to Miami (30-24) and at Stanford (33-32).
ASU 72, COLORADO 51 (JAN. 25, 2014): ASU led by as many 25 in the second half and won its third straight in the series vs. Colorado, holding the Buffaloes to just 2-of-11 from the three-point stripe and forcing 19 CU turnovers, including 11 in the first half...Jahii Carson led ASU with 18 points and six rebounds...Jonathing Gilling had 12 points off the bench as seven Sun Devils scored at least seven points...ASU was 17-of-21 from the free throw line.
BIGGEST VICTORY MARGIN IN PAC-12 GAME UNDER HERB SENDEK
31 (69-38) vs. Oregon State (Jan. 8, 2009)
30 (90-60) at Stanford (Jan. 2, 2009)
25 (71-46) vs. Washington State (Jan. 10, 2010)
21 (72-51) vs. Colorado (Jan. 25, 2014)