Tipoff is 3:00 and can be seen on FoxSports NW.">
Tipoff is 3:00 and can be seen on FoxSports NW.">

Arizona State Sun Devil Preview

Oregon State travels to Tempe to try and pick up a "W" to stay above five hundred. <br><br> Tipoff is 3:00 and can be seen on FoxSports NW.

Oregon State (13-13, 0-0) at Arizona State (18-10, 10-7)
Saturday, March 8 - 3:00 PM (Fox Sports NW)
Wells Fargo Arena - Tempe, AZ
Series All-time: Oregon State leads 35-24.
Last meeting: ASU 67, OSU 47



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: 18-10, 10-7 in the Pac-10
  • 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, 18.8 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Ike Diogu, 7.6 rpg
Leading Assist Man: Kyle Dodd, 3.9 apg
Blocked shots leader:
Tommy Smith, 2.3 bpg
Minutes played per game: Curtis Millage, 33.3 mpg
Most steals per game: Curtis Millage, 1.5 spg

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

Starting Five

PG 1 Jason Braxton (6-2, 190) - very athletic versatile player who is very tough and is not afraid to take it inside...shooting .373 from the field, .176 from three point range, and .469 from the charity stripe...averages 21.3 minutes per game, 4.5 points and 2.6 rebounds...has started 25 of 28 games this year.

G 14 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 position...is second on the team in scoring with an average of 15.8 pgg...shooting .470 from the field, .344 from three point range, and .707 from the line...top returning scorer (13.5) and leading assist man (2.5 pg) in 2001-02...transfered from Los Angeles Southwest College in 2001...has started 25 games this season.

Curtis Millage scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and stole two passes in Corvallis.
Curtis Millage scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and stole two passes in Corvallis.

F 4 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 11.0 ppg...leads in the team in blocks with 63 (2.3 bpg)...tied with Ike Diogu for the most turnovers on the team with 81...started all 28 games this season...shooting .506 from the field, .294 from downtown, and .569 from the line.

F/C 5 Ike Diogu (6-8, 250) - Pac-10 player of the year candidate...hard working big man who could become one of the best low post players in the Pac-10...started all 28 games this season...averages 32.1 minutes per game...is shooting .599 from the field and .333 from three point range, and .742 from the line...leds the team in free throw attempts where he averages 8.2 attempts per game...averages 18.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and one block per game.

F 21 Donnell Knight (6-7, 200) - has started 24 games this season...hard worker who does what the coaches ask of him...averaging 21.9 minutes per game, 5.7 points, 1.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds...shooting .500 from the field, .150 from downtown, and .638 from the charity stripe.


The Bench

F 22 Jamal Hill (6-5, 190) - ability to get the rim and finish...an impact player and great outside shooter...has played in all 28 games this season, started four...averages 19.9 minutes per game, 7.0 points and 2.0 rebounds...shooting .419 from the field, .360 from downtown, and .741 from the free throw line...transfer from San Jose City College.

G 3 Kyle Dodd (6-0, 175) - leads the team in assists with 89 (3.9 apg)...shooting .500 from the field, .429 from three point range, and .632 from the free throw line...has played in all 28 games this season...played 18.3 minutes per game.

F 42 Shawn Redhage (6-8, 225) - defensive minded player who gives 110% when he is on the court...great free throw shooter...unselfish...averages 16.5 minutes, 7.7 points and 3.5 rebounds...shooting .490 from the field, .421 from three point range, and .702 from the line.

G 12 Kenny Crandall (6-3, 200) - back from a two year Mormon Mission in Eugene, OR...great shooter...in 8.5 minutes per game Crandall is averaging 2.6 points and one rebound...is shooting .327 from the field, .327 from three point land and a team best .889 from the free throw line.


Numbers Don't Lie

TEAM STATISTICS                    ASU          OPP
 SCORING..................         2148         1931
   Points per game........         76.7         69.0
   Scoring margin.........         +7.8            -
 FIELD GOALS-ATT..........     767-1585     693-1575
   Field goal pct.........         .484         .440
 3 POINT FG-ATT...........      113-350      151-453
   3-point FG pct.........         .323         .333
   3-pt FG made per game..          4.0          5.4
 FREE THROWS-ATT..........      501-747      394-572
   Free throw pct.........         .671         .689
 REBOUNDS.................         1018          901
   Rebounds per game......         36.4         32.2
   Rebounding margin......         +4.2            -
 ASSISTS..................          445          385
   Assists per game.......         15.9         13.8
 TURNOVERS................          387          436
   Turnovers per game.....         13.8         15.6
   Turnover margin........         +1.8            -
   Assist/turnover ratio..          1.1          0.9
 STEALS...................          149          165
   Steals per game........          5.3          5.9
 BLOCKS...................          127          111
   Blocks per game........          4.5          4.0
 ATTENDANCE...............       116518       100489
   Home games-Avg/Game....      14-8323      10-8101
   Neutral site-Avg/Game..            -       4-4870

 SCORE BY PERIODS:                1st  2nd   OT    Total
 ------------------------------  ---- ---- ----     ----
 Arizona State.................  1053 1071   24  -  2148
 Opponents.....................   907 1006   18  -  1931



Team Preview

Tommy Smith tallied three blocks, grabbed 8 rebounds and scored 8 points on Ralph Miller Court.
Tommy Smith tallied three blocks, grabbed 8 rebounds and scored 8 points on Ralph Miller Court.


  • Post presence - ASU has three players that are 6-6 or taller and average 234 pounds...first in the conference in rebounding defense with 32.2 per game...number on in the conference in blocked shots with 4.5 a game.

  • Offensive weapons - The Sundevils are third in the Pac-10 in scoring offense with a 76.7 average...first in the conference in field goal percentages with a .484 average.

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


  • Free throws - Ninth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentages with a .671 average.

  • Three-pointers - Ninth in the Pac-10 in three point field goal percentages with a .323 average...last in the conference in three point field goals made.

  • 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.



Notes from the Corvallis game

  • ASU had a eight point halftime lead.

  • Arizona State outscored the Beavers 30-18 in the second half.

  • The Beavers shot 33.3% from the field, 30.8% from downtown and 75% from the free throw line. OSU did not make a three point shot in the second half.

  • The Sundevils shot 44.3% from the field, 37.5% from long range, and 71.4% from the charity stripe.

  • Ike Diogu had a team high and game high 10 rebounds. Curtis Millage had a team high 16 points. Donnell Knight had a team high three assists. Tommy Smith had a team high three blocks.

  • Brian Jackson, Philip Ricci, and Jimmie Haywood shot 13 of 39 (.333) from the field. Jimmie Haywood had a team high 14 points and 9 rebounds. Brian Jackson had a team high and game high four blocks.

  • ASU out rebounded the Beavers 42-27.

  • ASU held OSU to just 17-of-51 (.333) from the field, including 7-of-30 (.233) in the second half,

  • ASU allowed just 18 second-half points and out rebounded the Beavers 42-27.

  • ASU had just 11 turnovers and its bench outscored the Beaver subs 16-6.

  • ASU had a season-low 15 fouls and posted defensive bests in opponents points (47), field goals (17) and second-half points (18).



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 | 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

After getting victimized by big runs in two of its past three games, the Arizona State men's basketball team went on a series of its own scoring spurts Thursday night when it mattered most. The Sun Devils overcame a four-point halftime deficit on the strength of a 12-2 run in the opening three minutes of the second half and they later fended off an array of attacks before mustering enough energy for one last push. Their late drive not only paved the way for a 91-77 victory over Oregon at Wells Fargo Arena that snapped a season-long three-game losing streak, but it also put in place one of the last pieces of the puzzle that forms a probable trip to the NCAA Tournament...Sundevils Crush Ducks | 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.

  • ASU is trying to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995, the second time in the past 12 seasons and for the third time in the past 22 seasons.

  • 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 35-24.


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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