Feb. 20, 2012
SUN DEVILS TAKE ON UCLA THURSDAY AND USC SATURDAY
The Arizona State men's hoops team (8-19/4-11) takes on UCLA on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. and then hosts USC on Saturday (Feb. 25) at 6 p.m. Thursday's game will be webcast on FoxSportsArizona.com while Saturday's tilt will be broadcast by Fox Sports Arizona.
Junior guard Chris Colvin in the past 11 games is averaging nine points per game (third on the team) and has a team-best 44 assists in 29.3 minutes per game. He has five double-figure scoring games in that time, including a career-best 18 at Washington State (Feb. 18), 16 vs. Washington State on Jan. 28 and 15 at Colorado on Jan. 19...played all 40 minutes vs. Washington State on Jan. 28 for the first time in his career and notched 16 points and six rebounds in the Sun Devil win...against Oregon State on Jan. 14 after Trent Lockettwent down with an ankle injury, Colvin played 13 minutes (10 in the second-half). In those 10 minutes he was 6-of-8 from the free throw line (sealing the win) and had five assists and just one turnover...on Jan. 19 at Colorado in his first start since Nov. 27 Colvin was 6-of-11 from the floor and had 15 points in 31 minutes...had seven assists and 10 points vs. Washington (Jan. 26).
GILLING PAC-12 MINUTES/OVERALL THREES
Freshman Jonathan Gillingis averaging 31.4 minutes in Pac-12 play. That ranks seventh in Sun Devil freshmen history and there are some big names in front of him. Gilling also has made 40 three-pointers on the year, already tied for eighth-best by an ASU freshman in school history.
SUN DEVIL FRESHMEN MINUTES PER GAME PAC-10/12 GAMES
1. James Harden, 2007-08 (35.9)
2. Ty Abbott, 2007-08 (34.8)
3. Byron Scott, 1979-80 (34.2)
4. Ike Diogu, 2002-03 (33.3)
5. Derek Glasser, 2006-07 (32.2)
6. Jamal Faulkner, 1990-91 (32.1)
7. Jonathan Gilling, 2011-12 (31.4)
SUN DEVIL FRESHMEN THREE-POINTERS MADE
1. Ty Abbott, 2007-08, 76
2. Ron Riley, 1992-93, 66
3. Christian Polk, 2006-07, 64
4. Eddie House, 1996-97, 57
T5. James Harden, 2007-08, 44
T5. Gee Gervin, 1996-97, 44
T5. Jeremy Veal, 1994-95, 44
T8. Stevin Smith, 1990-91, 40
T8. Jonathan Gilling, 2011-12, 40
10. Kenny Crandall, 1998-99, 39
NEXT MAN UP
ASU has used 10 starting lineups this year and has used 21 in the past two seasons as 14 Sun Devils have made starts in the past 58 games.
Of the 338 D-I schools, ASU is one of just nine without a senior. The others: Albany, Binghamton, UC Irvine, Illinois St., St. John's, St. Joseph's, Savannah St. and Toledo.
THIS ISN'T NORMAL
ASU is averaging a Pac-12 high 16.6 turnovers per game, and that is unusual for a Coach Sendek team. ASU finished tied for second in the Pac-10 in fewest turnovers per game at 12.2 last year (USC was best at 11.4) and averaged 11.6 turnovers in final 15 games. It averaged 11.9 in 2009-10 (first in the league). ASU took a step vs. Tulsa as it had just 14 for the victory. It had a season-low 10 vs. Fresno State, but Fresno committed just nine. The Sun Devils forced a season-high 18 turnovers vs. Washington State on Jan. 28 in a 71-67 Sun Devil win, and also had less turnovers than their opponent for the only time this season, as it had had 16 turnovers.
SUN DEVIL TURNOVERS PER GAME UNDER COACH SENDEK
2010-11: 12.2 (t2nd for fewest in Pac-10)
2009-10: 11.9 (1st in Pac-10)
2008-09: 11.5 (2nd in Pac-10/15th in nation)
2007-08: 12.6 (t3rd in Pac-10)
2006-07: 14.5 (7th in Pac-10)