Jan. 25, 2013
Carrick Felix, after committing seven turnovers last Saturday against Arizona, goes 44 minutes without committing one against USC.-- Doug Haller (@DougHaller) January 25, 2013
SUN DEVILS HOST UCLA
The Sun Devil men's hoops team (15-4; 4-2) hosts super-hot UCLA on Saturday (Jan. 26) at 2 p.m. MT on FOX Sports Net (620 AM/Sirius 94/XM 190). ASU won a wild 98-93 overtime track meet Thursday that ended around 11 p.m. that saw USC make 15-of-28 three-pointers, tied for the second-most by an ASU opponent in history, as the Sun Devils won their third straight vs. USC for the first time since it won four straight vs. the Trojans during 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons (yes, that is right, around 30 years).
Looking at Evan Gordon's numbers from last night. The ASU junior -- who scored 28 points -- didnt miss a shot from inside the arc. 6 of 6.-- Doug Haller (@DougHaller) January 25, 2013
MANUFACTURED STAT OF THE DAY
Only one other player in the nation is averaging what Jahii Carson is in minutes (36.4), points (17.5) and assists (5.3)...senior Nate Wolters of South Dakota State (37.4/20.7/5.8).
MOST POINTS BY ASU UNDER COACH SENDEK
ASU 104, San Francisco 65 (Nov. 20, 2009)
ASU 99, @California 90, 2 OT (Jan. 17, 2008)
ASU 98, USC 93, OT (Jan. 24, 2013)
SOME QUICK SIMPLE NOTES
Jahii Carson is averaging 20.8 points and five assists and nearly shooting 50 percent from field in the past four games (32-of-66)...Evan Gordon is averaging 19.7 points and 39.7 minutes in the past three games and is 21-of-38 (.553) from the field in that time...Carson is averaging a Pac-12 best 36.4 minutes per game, the best mark by a freshman in Sun Devil history (dude with the Beard lighting up the NBA averaged 34.1 in 2007-08) and most by a Pac-12 frosh since O.J. Mayo averaged 36.9 in 2007-08...ASU is 53-8 (.869) under Herb Sendekwhen it shoots 50 percent from the field...ASU is now 30-23 (.566) in games of six points or less under Coach Sendek in past six years and 8-4 in overtime in his seven years...ASU has outshot the opponent in eight of the past nine games. ASU is 100-22 (.820) under Coach Sendek when it outshoots the opponent.
Two guys in the country avg > 36 mins/17 points/5 dimes. Nate Wolters (37.4/20.7/5.8) and Jahii Carson (36.4/17.5/5.3)— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) January 25, 2013
With 17 points at Oregon on Jan. 14 Evan Gordon(brother of NBA guard Eric) reached the 1,000-point mark in his college career. He averaged 14.4 points per game in 2010-11 (460 points) and 12.0 points in his freshman year of 2009-10 (372 points) and has 182 points this year (10.1 per game). He is averaging 12.7 points per game in 82 career games. After starting the year 7-of-34 (.206) from the three-point stripe in first six games he has made 30-of-74 (.405) in past 13. He had 17 points at Oregon, 14 vs. Arizona and 21 vs. USC in his past three games. His 29-point effort vs. Sacramento State on Dec. 1 is a career high including his two years at Liberty as he has 11 20-point games. He averaged 14.4 points as a sophomore at Liberty in 2010-11 and made 112 three-pointers in his two-year career. Evan led Liberty in scoring (14.4 ppg., eighth in Big South) in his sophomore year (2010-11) before transferring to ASU. He has 1,042 career points.
MOST POINTS BY A SUN DEVIL IN PAC-10/12 GAME UNDER HERB
36, James Harden at Oregon (Feb. 5, 2009)
31, Jeff Pendergraph at Stanford (Jan. 2, 2009)
30, Ty Abbott vs. California (Feb. 16, 2008)
29, Ty Abbott vs. Stanford (Jan. 30, 2010)
29, Jeff Pendergraph at Arizona (Feb. 10, 2008)
28, Evan Gordon vs. USC (Jan. 24, 2013)
28, Ty Abbott at Arizona (Feb. 21, 2010)
Jahii is second in the nation in minutes per game by a freshman, trailing only Harvard's Siyani Chambers (37.3)...notched his ninth 20-point game of the season with 21 points vs. USC. James Harden set ASU freshmen record with 16 in 2007-08, while Ike Diogu had 12 in 2002-03...just the second ASU freshman to notch four straight 20-point games as James Hardenhad five straight from Dec. 29, 2007 to Jan. 17, 2008...averaging 20.8 points and five assists and nearly shooting 50 percent from field in the past four games (32-of-66)...averaging 10.4 points in the second half including 64-of-83 (.771) from the free throw line.
SUN DEVIL FRESHMEN TOP MINUTES PER GAME
1. 36.4 - Jahii Carson, 2012-13 (leads Pac-12 in minutes per game)
2. 34.1 - James Harden, 2007-08
3. 32.7 - Ty Abbott, 2007-08
4. 32.3 - Byron Scott, 1979-80
5. 32.2 - Ike Diogu, 2002-03
JAHII'S 20-POINT GAMES
30 vs. #14 Creighton @Las Vegas (11/24/12)
22 vs. #7 Arizona (1/19/13)
21 vs. USC (1/24/13)
21 vs. Cal State Northridge (12/8/12)
21 vs. Cornell (11/20/12)
20 at Oregon (1/13/13)
20 at Oregon State (1/10/13)
20 vs. Hartford (12/5/12)
20 vs. Florida A&M (11/18/12)
THREE-DOT DEVIL DATA
ASU has 138 blocks in 19 games (7.26 per game) which enters this week as fourth in the nation and opponents have taken 1,169 shots so that means every 8.5 field goal attempt gets blocked by a Sun Devil...junior Jordan Bachynski has 80 blocks (4.2 PG) which is more than last year's Pac-12 leader, Eric Moreland of Oregon State, had all season (69/1.9 bpg)...in the first 41 games of his career Jordan Bachynskishot 42-of-88 (.478) from field. In the past 32 games he is 118-193 (.612)...ASU has 138 blocks on the year, the most by a Sun Devil squad since the 2002-03 NCAA Tournament team had 139, which is sixth in Sun Devil history.
ASU is 3-5 against UCLA in past eight after losing eight straight...Sun Devils and Bruins split a pair in 2009-10 and UCLA swept ASU the past two seasons...ASU swept Bruins in 2008-09 for the first time since 2002-03 and for just the third time in the program's history.
Jahii Carson, with 20 points at Oregon State (Jan. 10) and at Oregon (Jan. 13), became the first Sun Devil freshman to get back-to-back 20-point games on a Pac-12 road trip since Steve Beck in the Bay Area on March 1-3, 1984. Beck had four 20-point games in Pac-12 road games, as did James Harden (2007-08), Ike Diogu(2002-03) and Jamal Faulkner (1990-91), but none of that trio did it on the same Pac-12 road weekend.
GILLING AND ABLE
Sophomore Jonathan Gillinghas 134 rebounds (7.1 per game) after posting 54 all of last season. He has made 19 three-pointers in the past eight games. He had had 18 points at Texas Tech on Dec. 22 and 14 at Oregon State on Jan. 10 and vs. Coppin State on Dec. 29. He also has three double-doubles on the year with 13/11 vs. USC on Jan. 24, 12/10 against Colorado on Jan. 6 and 13/15 vs. Florida A&M on Nov. 18.
SHOOT THEN DEFEND
ASU has outshot the opponent in eight of the past nine games. ASU is 100-22 (.818) under Coach Sendek when it outshoots the opponent, with the Oregon game the first loss of the year (14-1).
In the first six seasons (197 games) of Coach Sendek's ASU tenure, ASU had nine blocks in a game four times. It has had at least nine blocks eight times this season. An overlooked block statistic for Jordan is keeping it in play. Of his 80 blocks, 47 have resulted in direct possessions for ASU. He has now 141 career blocks. The Sun Devil career record is 191 (Mario Bennett from 1991-95).
PAC-12 SINGLE SEASON BLOCKED SHOTS LEADERS
1. 115 - Mario Bennett, Arizona State, 1994-95
2. 113 - Rodger Farrington, Arizona State, 1996-97
3. 102 - Jelani McCoy, UCLA, 1995-96
3. 102 - Loren Woods, Arizona, 1999-2000
5. 100 - Taj Gibson, USC, 2008-09
6. 85 - Channing Frye, Arizona, 2004-05
7. 84 - Taj Gibson, USC, 2007-08
7. 84 -Loren Woods, Arizona, 2000-01
7. 84 - Anthony Cook, Arizona, 1988-89
10. 83 - Robin Lopez, Stanford, 2007-08
10. 83 - Curtis Borchardt, Stanford, 2001-02
80 - Jordan Bachynski, Arizona State, 2012-13
CLOSE GAME STATS
ASU is now 8-4 in overtime under Coach Sendek after its 55-54 win over Utah on Jan. 2 and its 98-93 track meet win vs. USC on Jan. 24. Many say that a two-possession game (six points) is a close game, and if you go by that ASU is 30-23 (.566) in those contests in the past six seasons.
Carrick Felix (B.S., Communications 2012) is averaging 15.4 points and 8.4 rebounds in past 14 games and has scored in double digits 17 out of 19 games on the year..nine 20-point games and four this year (24 vs. Arkansas, 21 vs. Sacramento St. and vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff and 20 vs. Colorado)...after not having a double-double in the first 65 career games he posted them in back-to-back games with 11 points and 11 boards vs. Hartford (Dec. 5) and 21 points/12 boards vs. Sacramento St. (Dec. 1) and now has six in past 13 games...earned Pac-12 Player of the Week after home sweep of Utah (Jan. 2) and Colorado (Jan. 6), his second such honor of the year.