Arizona State Basketball Preview

The Beavers open up the Pac-10 season at Gill on Thursday against the Arizona State Sundevils. The matchup can be seen on FoxSports Net. Game time is 7:30 PM.

Oregon State (7-2, 0-0) vs Arizona State (8-3, 0-0)
Thursday, January 2 - 7:30 PM (Fox Sports Net)
Gill Coliseum - Corvallis, OR
Series All-time: Oregon State leads 35-23.
Last meeting: OSU 58, ASU 67



The Nitty Gritty on the Sundevils

  • Home Court: Wells Fargo Arena (14,088)
  • All-time Record: 1023-913
  • Joined Pac-10: 1978-79

  • Current Record: 8-3, currently on a 4 game winning streak.
  • Standing in Pac-10 and rankings: Fourth in the Pac-10 and currently not receiving any votes for the top 25. Note: Arizona State was picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 by the media.
  • Head Coach: Rob Evans
    Career Record: 146-141; ASU Record: 60-60; Pac-10 Record: 28-44


  • 2001-02 Record: 14-15; 7-11 in Pac-10 play
  • Notable Pac-10 wins during the 2001-02 season: Defeated no. 10 Arizona at home 88-72; defeated no. 20 UCLA in Los Angeles, 69-68.
  • Postseason: Lost in the first round of the NIT tournament to UNLV.


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
Longest ASU Streak: 5 wins

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 (ASU, 4-2, 3 straight OT wins)


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

Leading Scorer: Ike Diogu, 18.3 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Ike Diogu, 6.5 rpg
Leading Assist Man: Jason Braxton, 3.1 apg
Blocked shots leader:
Tommy Smith, 2.4 bpg
Minutes played per game: Ike Diogu, 29.8 mpg
Most steals per game: Jason Braxton, 1.7 spg

Returning starters: guard Jason Braxton, guard Curtis Millage, and forward Tommy Smith.

Starting Five

PG Jason Braxton (6-2, 190) - very athletic versatile player who is very tough and is not afraid to take it inside...leds the team in steals with 1.7 having a rough start to the season shooting only .300 from the field, .091 from three point range, and .440 from the charity stripe...averages over 25 minutes per game...averages 2.3 turnovers per game.

G Curtis Millage (6-2, 185) - can create his own shot and has the ability to get to the hoop and finish...can play the guard or forward second on the team in scoring with an average of 12.3 pgg...shooting .419 from the field, .231 from three point range, and .556 from the returning scorer (13.5) and leading assist man (2.5 pg) in 2001-02...transfered from Los Angeles Southwest College in 2001.

Curtis Millage is averaging 12.3 ppg for the Sundevils. (Getty Images)

F Tommy Smith (6-10, 215) - big arms and big hands, can alter almost anyone's shot in the paint...a leader of the basketball team...averaging 10.6 ppg...leds in the team in blocks with 26 (2.4 bpg)...leads the team in turnovers with 35 (3.2 pg) and fouls with 37...started all eleven games this season...averaged 11.7 points and 1.17 blocks per game last year...started all 29 games in the 2001-02 season...tied a Pac-10 record when he made all 11 shots against Washington in February in 2001.

F/C Ike Diogu (6-8, 250) - hard working big man who could become one of the best low post players in the Pac-10...has led the Devils in scoring eight times this season...started all eleven games this season...leds the team in overall rebounding, offensive rebounding (2.5 pg), and defensive rebounding (3.9 pg)...averages 29.7 minutes per shooting .561 from the field and .787 from the line...leds the team in free throw attempts where he averages 8.1 attempts per game.

F Donnell Knight (6-7, 200) - has started ten games this season...second on the team in rebounding with 6.3 per game...hard worker who does what the coaches ask of him...averaging 24 minutes per game and 6.7 points per game...shooting .549 from the field.


The Bench

F Jamal Hill (6-5, 190) - ability to get the rim and impact player and great outside shooter...started four games this season...averages 23.9 minutes per game...averaging 8.5 points per game...transfer from San Jose City College.

F Shawn Redhage (6-8, 225) - defensive minded player who gives 110% when he is on the court...great free throw shooter and unselfish...averaging just over 13 minutes per game.

G Kenny Crandall (6-3, 200) - back from a two year Mormon Mission in Eugene, OR...great 9.5 minutes per game Crandall is averaging 2.9 points, 1 rebound, and 1.3 shooting .320 from the field and .875 from the free throw line.

F Justin Allen (6-8, 225) - looking to get back into the swing of things after being treated for Hodgkin's disease.



Numbers Don't Lie

TEAM STATISTICS                    ASU          OPP
 SCORING..................          808          724
   Points per game........         73.5         65.8
   Scoring margin.........         +7.6            -
 FIELD GOALS-ATT..........      291-615      258-613
   Field goal pct.........         .473         .421
 3 POINT FG-ATT...........       37-129       57-197
   3-point FG pct.........         .287         .289
   3-pt FG made per game..          3.4          5.2
 FREE THROWS-ATT..........      189-294      151-227
   Free throw pct.........         .643         .665
 REBOUNDS.................          403          378
   Rebounds per game......         36.6         34.4
   Rebounding margin......         +2.3            -
 ASSISTS..................          170          135
   Assists per game.......         15.5         12.3
 TURNOVERS................          152          184
   Turnovers per game.....         13.8         16.7
   Turnover margin........         +2.9            -
   Assist/turnover ratio..          1.1          0.7
 STEALS...................           71           67
   Steals per game........          6.5          6.1
 BLOCKS...................           48           34
   Blocks per game........          4.4          3.1
 WINNING STREAK...........            4            -
   Home win streak........            3            -
 ATTENDANCE...............        39558        30082
   Home games-Avg/Game....       6-6593      1-10604
   Neutral site-Avg/Game..            -       4-4870

 SCORE BY PERIODS:                1st  2nd   OT    Total
 ------------------------------  ---- ---- ----     ----
 Arizona State.................   404  392   12  -   808
 Opponents.....................   312  404    8  -   724



Team Preview

6-10 Tommy Smith helps ASU dominate in the paint. (Getty Images)


  • Leadership - Seven seniors lead the basketball team. Their experience could boost the Sundevils into postseason play.

  • Post presence - ASU has three players that are 6-6 or taller and average 234 pounds.

  • Unselfish - Finished second in the Pac-10 in assists with 16.4 a game.

  • Second chance opportunities - Finished second in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounding with 14.3 a game.


  • Lost two All-Pac-10 players - Forward Chad Prewitt and Awvee Storey graduated in 2001. Prewitt provided a valuable offensive weapon averaging 17 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Storey provided the rebounding and toughness inside that the Sundevils needed.

  • Free throws - Currently 9th in the Pac-10 with a .627 team average...finished last in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage in 2001.

  • Three pointers - Last in the Pac-10 in three point field goal percentage (.2910) and three point field goals made (30)...finished in the bottom half of the Pac-10 in three point percentage.



Last Time the Sundevils Played Oregon State...

in Corvallis...
Adam Masten scored 15 points including six free throws in the final 33 second as Oregon St. defeated Arizona St. 62-57. Philip Ricci added 14 points as Oregon State snapped a five game losing streak to the Sun Devils. Recap | Box Score


in Tempe...
Chad Prewitt had a career-high 25 points and Tommy Smith scored 18 as Arizona State defeated the Beavers 67-58. The Sundevils snapped the Beavers three game winning streak that began by defeating the Sundevils in Corvallis in December. Philip Ricci led the Beavers with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Recap | Box Score



News from the Latest Sundevil Game

Ike Diogu scored 21 points and neutralized Nebraska's strength inside as Arizona State beat the Cornhuskers 75-63 Saturday night to win its holiday tournament for the 11th time in 14 years. Bucknell beat UC Santa Barbara 67-60 in the consolation game of the ASU/ Hoops Classic. Tommy Smith had a season-high 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Arizona State (8-3), which won its fourth straight. The Sun Devils committed only seven turnovers - tying the lowest in that category in Rob Evans' 298 games as a head coach at Mississippi and Arizona State...Sundevils take Hoops Classic with Win Over Cornhuskers | Box Score



News and Notes

  • The Sundevils split the 2002 season series with the Beavers. Each team won at home. ASU lost on December 22 to the Beavers 62-57 in Corvallis and defeated the Beavers on January 4, 67-58 in Tempe.

  • 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.

  • Oregon State leads the series 35-23.


Full Roster

Allen Morill F 6-6 226 Fr. Arlington, TX
Jason Braxton G 6-2 180 So. Moreno Valley, CA
Kyle Dodd G 6-0 175 Sr. Bera, CA
Tommy Smith F 6-10 215 Sr. Phoenix, AZ
Ike Diogu F/C 6-8 250 Fr. Garland, TX
DeWy DeWitt F 6-8 220 Fr. Show Low, AZ
Kenny Crandall G 6-3 195 Jr. Mesa, AZ
Kevin Kruger G 6-1 185 Fr. Marietta, GA
Curtis Millage G 6-2 175 Sr. Los Angeles, CA
Donnell Knight F 6-7 200 Sr. Tempe, AZ
Jamal Hill F 6-5 200 Jr. Oakland, CA
Justin Allen G/F 6-7 225 Jr. Malta, IL
Jamie Andrisevic F 6-9 215 Jr. Lee's Summit, MO
Brandon Goldman G 5-9 165 Sr. Northbrook, IL
Chris Osborne F 6-9 240 Sr. Los Angeles, CA
Shawn Redhage F 6-7 225 Sr. Lincoln, NB
Serge Angounou F 6-7 226 Fr. Albuquerque, NM


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