Arizona State Scouting Report II

The Pac-10's bottom two teams face off in a must win situation for each club. Whoever wins on Thursday still has a shot at making the Pac-10 Tournament in March. <br><br> Tipoff is at 7:00. The contest will not be televised.

Arizona State (9-13, 3-10) at Oregon State (9-13, 3-9)
Thursday, February 19 - 7:00 PM PST (No TV)
Gill Coliseum - Corvallis, OR
Series All-time: Oregon State leads 35-26
Last meeting: ASU 83, OSU 79

Series Records | The Players | Numbers Don't Lie | Strengths/Concerns | Last Time... | News and Notes | Prediction | Roster


The Nitty Gritty on the Sundevils

  • Home court: Wells Fargo Arena (14,088)
  • All-time record: 1043-925 (87 years)
  • Joined Pac-10: 1978-79

  • Current record: 9-13, 3-10 in conference play
  • Standing in Pac-10 and rankings: Tenth
    Arizona State was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 by the media.
  • Head coach: Rob Evans is in his sixth year as head coach at Arizona State.
    Career record: 166-153 (11 years); ASU record: 80-72 (5 years); Pac-10 record: 39-51 (5 years)
  • 2002-03 record: 20-12; 11-7 in Pac-10 play
  • Pac-10 tournament: Lost to Oregon in the first round, 83-82.  Recap
  • Postseason: Defeated by Kansas, 108-76, in the second round of the tournament.  Recap


Series Records

Most points (OSU): 108, Feb. 28, 1983 in Gill Coliseum
Most points (ASU): 93, Jan. 27, 1996 and Feb. 28, 1983 in Gill Coliseum

Longest OSU streak: 9 wins (1986-90)
Longest ASU streak: 5 wins (3 times)

Margin of victory (OSU): 31 (74-43), Jan. 2, 1982 in Gill Coliseum
Margin of victory (ASU): 38 (82-44), Feb. 25, 1995 in Wells Fargo Arena

Overtime games: 6 (tied 3-3)



Notes from the Temple contest

  • David Lucas scored, at the time, a career-high 27 points.  He shot 10 of 16 from the field while hitting 7 of 8 from the free throw line.
  • Jim Hanchett led the Beavers in rebounding with 9 boards.  Ike Diogu led ASU with 15.
  • Lamar Hurd led all players with nine assists.
  • Ike Diogu shot 22 free throw attempts with many touch fouls being called.
  • Oregon State had ten more personal fouls then Arizona State (23-23).
  • ASU shot over 60-percent in the first half and just over 30-percent in the second half.
  • The Sundevils led by nine at the half.



The Players
(Full Roster | Game by Game Stats | Team Stats)

Leading Scorer: Ike Diogu, 22.7 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Ike Diogu, 8.8 rpg
Leading Assist Man: Jason Braxton, 4.9 apg
Blocked shots leader:
Ike Diogu, 1.8 bpg
Minutes played per game: Ike Diogu, 36.6 mpg
Most steals per game: Jason Braxton, 2.1 spg

Returning starters: guard Jason Braxton and forward/center Ike Diogu


Starting Five

PG 1 Jason Braxton (6-2, 190) - very athletic, versatile player who is tough and is not afraid to take it inside...superb leaper...not a very good free throw shooter...averaging 7.9 point, 3.8 rebounds, a team leading 2.1 steals (second in the conference) and a team leading 4.9 assists per game (fourth in the conference) in 30.0 minutes...shooting .485 from the field, .269 from the three-point line, and .507 from the line...has the most personal fouls with 67...has started 21 games, played in all 22...scored 12 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out six assists, and stole three balls in 40 minutes in Wells Fargo Arena versus the Beavers.

G 21 Stevie Moore (6-4, 190) - southpaw with a silky touch from outside...likes to shoot the three...has started all 22 games this season...has hit a team high 43 three point 30.0 minutes is averaging 13.5 points (13 in the conference), 3.8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists...shooting .366 from the field, .321 from three-point range, and a team best .833 from the line (seventh in the conference) 37 minutes versus OSU, shot just 1 of 10 from the field for five points...added four rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 37 minutes...has scored 20 or more points three times this year.

G 23 Tron Smith (6-2, 195) - Missed the first half of the season after breaking his nose in practice during the holiday break...explosive player who can play either guard position...has worked his way into the starting lineup during the second half of the season...loves to dunk and is a good leaper...solid three point shooter...has a scorers' mentality, but is still adjusting the pace of college basketball...has started 10 games, played in 13...averaging 4.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 18.9 minutes...shooting .309 from the field, a team worst .174 from the three point line, and .667 from the free throw line...did not play against OSU in Tempe.

F 34 Wilfried Fameni (6-7, 231) - decent strength inside...good  touch around the key...has a nose for the ball...has started in ten, played in 21 games this year...shooting .442 from the field, .667 from downtown (4 of 6), and .606 from the free throw 16.0 minutes is averaging 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds.

F/C 5 Ike Diogu (6-8, 250) - Pac-10 player of the year candidate...hard working big man who is one of the best low post players in the country with a variety of post season moves...soft hands and deadly around the basketball...has a talent for making the basket and drawing the foul...excellent free throw shooter...extremely tough in the paint...can also shoot from behind the arc...has scored in double digits in all 54 games of his career...has five thirty point games this year...has started all 22 games this 36.6 minutes is averaging a team and conference leading 22.7 points, a team leading 8.8 rebounds (second in the conference), and a team leading and conference leading 1.8 blocks per game (second in the conference)...shooting .520 from the field, .419 from three point range, and .827 from the free throw line (eighth in the conference)...has fouled out to three games this season...2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year...scored 24 points (16 of 22 from the free throw line), grabbed 15 rebounds, and blocked two shots in 38 minutes in Tempe versus OSU...averages over 11 free throw attempts per game.


The Bench

F 22 Jamal Hill (6-5, 190) - has the ability to get to the rim and impact player and great outside shooter...has played in all 22 games this season, started two, in 23.1 minutes is shooting .413 from the field, .400 from three-point range (ninth in the conference), and .788 from the charity stripe...averaging 8.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game...just sixteen turnovers this season....scored 17 points, including 3 of 4 from three point range against OSU...added one rebound and three assists in 33 minutes.

C 2 Keith Wooden (6-8, 220) - lanky, athletic...has long arms...still learning to play college ball...huge upside...shooting a team best .544 from the field and .450 from the line in 10.1 minutes a game...has started nine games, played in 20...averaging 3.5 points and 2.2 rebounds...scored 12 points on 6 of 11 shooting while also adding seven boards in 19 minutes against OSU in January...20 of 32 from the field the last nine games.

F 00 Allen Morill (6-7, 233) - strong, physical player who likes to mix it up inside....solid jump shooter from 15 in...decent passer...averaging 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 13.9 minutes per game...shooting .429 from the field and .676 from the free throw line...hit three of three from the field for nine points versus Oregon State.

G/F 24 Justin Allen (6-8, 250) - solid shooter...has battled Hodgkin's Disease since his sophomore year...started two games, played in 9.1 minutes is shooting .421 from the field, .263 from three point range, and .462 from the line...averaging 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds.

G 13 Kevin Kruger (6-2, 186) - struggled the first half of the season, but is improving nicely in the second half...good leadership skills...good court vision...shooting .304 from the field, .312 from downtown, and .815 from the 12.6 minutes is averaging 3.2 points and 1.5 rebounds...hit two free throws to seal the victory versus the Beavers in January...grabbed on rebound in three minutes versus the the past four games coming off the bench is averaging 23.3 minutes and 10.3 points.

G 12 Kenny Crandall (6-3, 200) - plagued by injuries throughout his career at ASU...good shooter...automatic from the free throw 4.8 minutes per game is averaging 1.0 shooting .429 from the field and .417 from three point land...did not play against OSU at Arizona State.



Numbers Don't Lie

TEAM STATISTICS                         ASU          OPP
SCORING.......................         1630         1640
  Points per game.............         74.1         74.5
  Scoring margin..............         -0.5            -
FIELD GOALS-ATT...............     527-1224     570-1282
  Field goal pct..............         .431         .445
3 POINT FG-ATT................      131-393      134-374
  3-point FG pct..............         .333         .358
  3-pt FG made per game.......          6.0          6.1
FREE THROWS-ATT...............      445-602      366-534
  Free throw pct..............         .739         .685
REBOUNDS......................          790          783
  Rebounds per game...........         35.9         35.6
  Rebounding margin...........         +0.3            -
ASSISTS.......................          347          362
  Assists per game............         15.8         16.5
TURNOVERS.....................          325          313
  Turnovers per game..........         14.8         14.2
  Turnover margin.............         -0.5            -
  Assist/turnover ratio.......          1.1          1.2
STEALS........................          121          158
  Steals per game.............          5.5          7.2
BLOCKS........................           76           77
  Blocks per game.............          3.5          3.5
WINNING STREAK................            0            -
  Home win streak.............            0            -
ATTENDANCE....................       119369        65646
  Home games-Avg/Game.........      13-9182       8-7180
  Neutral site-Avg/Game.......            -       1-8209

BY PERIOD     1st  2nd  OT     Total
------------ ---- ---- ----     ----
Team........  729  877   24  -  1630
Opponents...  797  822   21  -  1640





  • Diogu - In just his sophomore year, Ike is almost unstoppable averaging 22.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.
  • The ratio - Third in the conference in assist/turnover ratio with a 1.07 mark.
  • Free throws - Third in the conference in free throw percentage at 73.9 percent.



  • Experience - With just seven upperclassmen on the roster, ASU lacks veteran leadership.
  • Bulk in the paint - Despite Diogu putting up big numbers, the rest of the ASU big man have been struggling.
  • Picks - The Sun Devils are eighth in the conference in steals with 5.5 a game.



Last Time the Sundevils Played Oregon State...

in Corvallis...
After only one conference game, the signs of progress are obvious for the Arizona State men's basketball program. Two years ago, the Sun Devils started the Pac-10 season with seven straight losses en route to a 13-16 record. Last year, they dropped back-to-back road games to the Oregon schools, but managed to finish the season .500 and later earned a National Invitation Tournament berth. Recap

in Tempe...
Ike Diogu had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Stevie Moore and Jamal Hill made crucial free throws near the end to lift Arizona State to an 83-79 win over Oregon State on Saturday night.  Hill had 17 points in the victory, only the Sun Devils' second in eight games. Keith Wooden and Jason Braxton had 12 apiece for Arizona State (8-8, 2-5 Pac-10), which won its sixth straight against the Beavers in Tempe...Beavers turned away in Tempe, 83-79



News from the Latest Sundevil Game

Southern California squandered a 12-point, second-half deficit, but Desmon Farmer picked up the slack in overtime and the Trojans hung to beat Arizona State 93-84 on Saturday night.

Farmer scored 10 of his 25 points in the extra period, negating the loss of Errick Craven, who tallied a season-high 26 points before fouling out in the first minute of overtime...Sun Devils Fall to USC in Overtime


News and Notes

  • Arizona State will play just two home games in the next 32 days.
  • ASU has used ten starting lineups with ten players getting starts through 22 games.
  • Arizona State has won nine of the past ten contests between OSU and ASU.
  • The last time ASU went to the NCAA tournament was during the 1994-95 season when they went 24-9 overall and 12-6 in conference play.
  • Before coming to Arizona State, head coach Rob Evans, coached at the University of Mississippi where he lead the Rebels to two NCAA appearances. In 1998 he was named SEC Coach of the Year.


Norz's Humble Prediction

Oregon State needs this game in a major way.  Lucas will have another big game and if the Pac-10 officials don't give Diogu star treatment, OSU will come away with the "W."  Beavers by five.



Full Roster

Allen Morill F 6-7 233 SO Arlington, TX
Jason Braxton G 6-2 190 JR Moreno Valley, CA
Keith Wooden C/F 6-8 220 FR Lawrence, KA
Chris Low F 6-8 220 FR Tyler, TX
Ike Diogu F/C 6-8 250 SO Garland, TX
Kenny Crandall G 6-3 195 SR Mesa, AZ
Kevin Kruger G 6-2 186 FR Marietta, GA
Robby Alridge G 6-1 197 FR Katy, TX
Stevie Moore G 6-4 190 JR Los Angeles, CA
Jamal Hill F 6-5 190 SR Oakland, CA
Tron Smith G 6-2 195 FR Moreno Valley, CA
Justin Allen G/F 6-8 250 SR Malta, IL
Jamie Andrisevic F 6-9 221 JR Lee's Summit, MO
Brandon Goldman G 5-9 180 SR Northbrook, IL
Wilfried Fameni F 6-7 231 FR Amelia, VA
Brad Dedrick F 6-5 220 FR Tempe, AZ
Serge Angounou F 6-8 235 FR Albuquerque, NM


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