June 10, 2013
Here are thoughts and nuggets and items regarding Sun Devil hoops this year...
8 (AS IN NOV. 8): The Sun Devils will open the 2013-14 season on Nov. 8 in the earliest game in school history, take on NCAA Tournament teams UNLV (Nov. 19 in Las Vegas) and Marquette (Nov. 25 in Tempe) within the first six games, play a school where Herb Sendek got his head coaching start (Miami of Ohio), travel to the Wooden Legacy in Fullerton and Anaheim with a field that includes Miami (Fla.), Creighton and San Diego State.
"I THOUGHT I knew how good Jahii Carson was. But seeing him play in person gave me a whole new perspective/appreciation. #wow"
THIS IS HOW GOOD MARQUETTE IS: One of the best teams in the nation the past eight seasons visits Wells Fargo Arena on Nov. 25, and the Marquette Golden Eagles have been a consistent member of summer top-25 for next season. ASU will return the trip to Milwaukee in 2014-15. Marquette has been a top-30 RPI team in six of the past eight seasons, including No. 12 in 2012-13 when it reached the Elite Eight, and has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in each of the past three seasons.
It has made made eight straight NCAA Tournaments, the sixth-best current streak in the nation. Only Kansas (24), Duke (18), Michigan State (16), Gonzaga (15) and Wisconsin (15) have better current marks. The Golden Eagles also have posted eight straight 20-win seasons.
MARQUETTE PAST 8 SEASONS: RPI/OVERALL RECORD
WE WELCOME A NCAA CHAMPION COACH:Tubby Smith and the Texas Tech Red Raiders as part of its 14-game non-conference slate in 2013-14. They visit Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, Dec. 21. Smith and Coach Sendek were on the same staff at Kentucky under Rick Pitino which also included Billy Donovan in the early 1990s.
JORDAN: Senior Jordan Bachynski, who set the Pac-12 and Sun Devil season record with 120 blocks last year, will anchor the front line.
Pumped that Jahii Carson is coming back to Arizona State. One of my favorite players to watch in college basketball. Entertaining, talented.-- Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 10, 2013
20 WINS: The Sun Devils (22-13 and 9-9, tied for sixth in Pac-12) notched their fourth 20-win season under Coach Sendek in his seven years in 2012-13, something that ASU did just three times in the prior 25 seasons to his arrival in spring of 2006.
HOME WINS: The Sun Devils tied the school record with 16 home wins in 2012-13.
GOSEEEJAHII: Jahii Carson, the Pac-12's co-Freshman of the Year in 2012-13 and a Mesa Native, returns in 2013-14 and his play in the final six games had heads turning with these numbers: 22.5 ppg., 6.0 rpg., 5.0 apg., .551 from the field, .500 from the three-point stripe and .800 from the free throw line.
ONE OF ONLY THREE: Jahii is one of only three All-Pac-12 first-team players returning next season (Dwight Powell of Stanford and Spencer Dinwiddie of Colorado are the others).
FIRST TIME IN 20 SEASONS: Jahii averaged 18.5 points and 5.1 assists last season, the first freshman to do that since Chris McGuthrie of Mount St. Mary's notched the feat in 1992-93 (19.8/.5.1).
IT WILL BE HERE SOON: The Sun Devils will open the season against Maryland-Baltimore County on Friday, Nov. 8, in what will be the earliest start date in school history. Twice the Sun Devils have opened on Nov. 10, but Nov. 8 will be the earliest the school has opened a season and also the earliest Coach Sendek has opened a season. How much has the college basketball season schedule changed? In Coach Sendek's first season at Miami of Ohio in 1993-94, his opener was on Nov. 27. ASU will have played six games by Nov. 27. His Miami squad didn't play its second game until Dec. 3. ASU will have played nine games by Dec. 3 in 2013-14.
WE WELCOME THE CRADLE OF COACHES: ASU will welcome Miami of Ohio on Nov. 12, the school where Herb Sendek earned his first head coaching position. From 1993-96 he compiled a 63-26 (.708) mark and three postseason appearances, including a NCAA second-round appearance in 1995 when Miami upset Arizona in the first round in Dayton. ASU then welcomes Idaho State on Nov. 15.
BRADLEY COMES TO TEMPE: After a Tuesday night (Nov. 19) tilt at UNLV, ASU returns to Tempe to host Missouri Valley Conference member Bradley, who has appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments.
DON'T SLEEP ON UC IRVINE: ASU will then host UC Irvine in its final non-conference game on Saturday, Dec. 28, before Pac-12 play begins the week of Jan. 1st (Wednesday) through the 5th (Sunday). UC Irvine's 2012-13 season included a 21-16 record (11-7 Big West) and the program's first postseason appearance in 11 years as the 'Eaters advanced to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). The 21 wins were the most for the program in the last 11 years and tied for third-most in a season in the 48-year history of the university. The 11 conference victories were the most in 10 years for UCI. The 'Eaters advanced to the championship game of the Big West Conference Tournament for the fourth time in history and the first time in the last five years. UCI topped Hawai'i and No. 1 seed Long Beach State before falling to Pacific in the final.
SUN DEVIL MEN'S HOOPS 2013-14 NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Nov. 8 vs. Maryland-Baltimore County
Nov. 12 vs. Miami (Ohio)
Nov. 15 vs. Idaho State
Nov. 19 at UNLV
Nov. 22 vs. Bradley
Nov. 25 vs. Marquette
Nov. 28 at Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)
Nov. 29 at Wooden Legacy (Fullerton , Calif.)
Nov. 30 at Wooden Legacy (Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.)
Dec. 6 at DePaul
Dec. 14 vs. Grambling
Dec. 21 vs. Texas Tech
Dec. 28 vs. UC-Irvine
REMEMBER THIS ABOUT JORDAN: Jordan Bachynski earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honors in 2012-13 after setting the league record with 120 blocks. z has 181 career blocks and the Sun Devil career record is 191, held by Mario Bennett from 1991-95. The Pac-12 career record is 278 held by Arizona's Anthony Cook from 1986-89. Jordan shot .583 from the field last year, the second-best mark in the league behind Arsalan senior Kazemi of Oregon (.595).
After not playing his senior year in high school (2007-08) due to an injury and then taking two years off from hoops for LDS Mission to Miami (2008-10), Jordan (ba-CHIN-ski) has developed into a solid post presence. One thing to keep in mind about his development is how two of ASU's past big men developed, as in his senior year (2008-09) Jeff Pendergraph led the nation in field goal percentage (.660) en route to become the first pick of the second round in the 2009 NBA Draft, while Eric Boateng, who played for the 2012 Great Britain Olympic team, led the Pac-10 in field goal percentage in his senior season of 2009-10 (.665). In the past 48 games, his scoring has reached near double-digits and his field goal percentage is near 60 percent.
JORDAN'S FIRST 41 GAMES COMPARED TO PAST 48
FIRST 41 GAMES
PAST 48 GAMES
His 13 points, 12 boards and school-record 12 blocks vs. Cal State Northridge on Dec. 8 is the only triple-double in Sun Devil history. It marked first triple-double by a Pac-10/12 player since Daniel Hackett had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 dimes vs. South Carolina on Nov. 17, 2007. The 12 blocks is tied for the second-most by a Pac-10/12 player along with Stanford's Brook Lopez, who had a dozen vs. USC on Jan. 25, 2007.
PAC-12 CAREER BLOCKED SHOTS
1. 278 - Anthony Cook (Arizona), '85-89
2. 253 - Taj Gibson (USC), '06-09
3. 258 - Channing Fry (Arizona), '01-05
4. 207 - Michael Stewart (California), '93-97
5. 196 - Sam Clancy (USC), '98-02
6. 191 - Mario Bennett (Arizona State), '91-95
7. 188 - Jelani McCoy (UCLA), '95-98
8. 186 - Chris Welp (Washington), '83-87
8. 196 - Loren Woods (Arizona), '99-00
10. 185 - Dan Gadzuric (UCLA), '98-02
181 - Jordan Bachynski (Arizona State), '10-present