News, notes and stats: Cats by 20 over ASU

TEMPE, Arizona - The Wildcats felt as if they had something to prove. All week long the Phoenix media was on the ASU bandwagon. Many reporters wrote that the Sun Devils had closed the gap and could beat Arizona for the second straight year. While ASU is indeed improved, the Wildcats proved that there is a huge gap between the No. 1 team in the land and their rivals to the north.

FIRST TIME VISIT
It was the first time a top-ranked team has ever visited Wells Fargo Arena.

IKE DOES IT AGAIN
Freshman Ike Diogu has scored in double figures in all 25 games he's played in.

GOOD CROWD
The sold out crowd was the fourth largest in school history and the second largest for a non-tournament game.

TRIPLE DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Rick Anderson, Luke Walton and Channing Frye each posted a double –double. Lute Olson said he believes it is the first time that has happened since he has coached at Arizona. Basketball Sports Information Director Richard Page does not recall three players accomplishing the feat and confirmed that it has definitely not happened in the last five years.

NEAR MISS
Jason Gardner came up just two points shy of his own double-double. Unlike the Wildcat big men, Gardner had 10 assists, not 10 rebounds.

POST PRESENCE
Anderson, Frye and Walton scored 65 Arizona's 92 points. The three shot 26-40, 65% from the field. Anderson and Walton combined to score 17 of the team's final 21 points.

HUH?
The Cats made 19-of-20 free throws. The lone miss? Courtesy of Salim Stoudamire, an 89% foul shooter.

FREE THROW WOES
Arizona shot better from the floor (57.4%) than ASU did from the stripe (56.5%)

NO NOD TO DODD
Kyle Dodd played just 20 minutes and only eight in the second half. He still led the Sun Devils with six assists and had no turnovers. Despite playing a solid game, ASU coach Rob Evans chose to go with better scorers with the Devils trailing by double figures for almost the entire second half.

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