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Some @SunDevilHoops Digits From 2013-14...
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 06/17/2014
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We crunched the numbers and came up with some numbers, facts and figures from the 2013-14.

Did you know the 16-1 home record last year was the best in 40 years?

Did you know that the win over No. 2 Arizona on Valentine's Day was the highest ranked team ASU has ever beaten at home?

That and more are below...

DANG GOOD HOME SEASON: ASU posted one of the best home seasons...if not the best...in 40-year history of Wells Fargo Arena in 2013-14, as it finished 16-1 on Ned Wulk Court and won eight straight Pac-12 home games after dropping the opener vs. Washington back on Jan. 2. Since the building opened in 1974-75, ASU had just two seasons with one or no losses prior to this season. It opened the building with 14 straight wins in 1974-75 and in 1980-81 it went 14-1 at home led by Byron Scott, Fat Lever and Alton Lister. The Sun Devils also tied the school record for home wins (16) with the 2009-10 and 2012-13  teams also coached by Herb Sendek.

SUN DEVIL BEST HOME SEASONS AT WELLS FARGO ARENA (1974-75 TO PRESENT)
1974-75: 14-0
2013-14: 16-1
1980-81: 14-1

BIT OF HOME HISTORY: ASU's 69-66 overtime over No. 2 UA was the highest ranked team the Sun Devils have ever beaten at home.
ASU WINS VS. TOP-5 TEAMS
#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) (AT WELLS FARGO ARENA)
#5 ASU 87, @#1 Oregon State 67 (March 7, 1981)
ASU 68, #4 Oregon State 60 (March 6, 1982) (AT WELLS FARGO ARENA)
ASU 78, @#4 UCLA 76 (March 12, 1983)
ASU 77, #5 Arizona 74 (Feb. 20, 1992) (AT WELLS FARGO ARENA)
ASU 90, @#4 Stanford 87, OT (Jan. 31, 1998)
ASU 69, #2 Arizona 66, 2 OT (Feb. 14, 2014) (AT WELLS FARGO ARENA)

THIRD: ASU finished 10-8 and tied for third in the Pac-12 and earned the No. 3 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament, marking the third time it has finished third or better in Herb Sendek's eight seasons. ASU tied for third in 2008-09 and finished second in 2009-10, ASU's best back-to-back finishes in the loop since Ned Wulk finished second in both 1979-80 and 1980-81. ASU has finished third or higher nine times, Herb Sendek has done it three of those times.

BEST PAC-10/12 FINISHES BY ARIZONA STATE
2009-10/2nd (Herb Sendek)
1980-81/2nd (Ned Wulk)
1979-80/2nd (Ned Wulk)
2013-14/T-3rd (Herb Sendek)
2008-09/T-3rd (Herb Sendek)
1994-95/3rd (Bill Frieder)
1992-93/T-3rd (Bill Frieder)
1990-91/T-3rd (Bill Frieder)
1982-83/T-3rd (Bob Weinhauer)

20 AND COUNTING: ASU has its fifth 20-win season under Coach Sendek in his eight years. In the previous 25 seasons (1981-82 to 2005-06) it had three (20-10 in 1989-90 and 24-9 in 1994-95 under Bill Frieder and 20-12 in 2002-03 under Rob Evans).

ONE OF JUST NINE: ASU was one of just nine teams to have 16 home wins and no more than one loss in its home arena in 2013-14. The others are a rather impressive list: Arizona (18-0), Florida (17-0), Wichita State (17-0), Duke (17-0), Creighton (16-0), Mercer (17-1), SMU (18-1) and Cincinnati (18-1).

EIGHT TOP 100 WINS: ASU finished at No. 44 in the NCAA official RPI, had strength of schedule of 52, posted four top-50 wins, eight top-100 wins and another three wins right near the top 100. ASU only played the two teams at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings (USC and WSU) once and had top-100 wins over Arizona (1), Oregon (28), Colorado (33), Stanford (41), California (63 2x), Utah (70) and Marquette (91). ASU also had wins over near top-100 Oregon State (101), UNLV (108) and Big West regular season champion UC Irvine (111).

ABOUT THAT PAC-12 SCHEDULE: Taking a look at the Pac-12 unbalanced schedule leads you to believe not many teams had a tougher road than ASU in terms of conference play. If you take into the equation the top eight RPI teams (top eight seeds at Pac-12 Tournament), ASU’s 7-6 mark was third-best behind only Arizona (10-3) and UCLA (8-4). ASU’s 13 games vs. those teams is matched only by Arizona’s 13. The difference in schedules was that ASU and UA only played the bottom two teams in the Pac-12 once (USC and WSU) and each went 2-0. Stanford, Oregon and Colorado all went 4-0.

BAY AREA: ASU swept Cal for the ninth time in its 36 Pac-12 seasons this year, but it marked the first time since 1999-2000. ASU swept the Bay Area homestand for the first time since 1994-95.

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