ASU Basketball Now 6-1, Led Once Again By James Harden

James Harden continues to make his case to be an All-American. With 22 points last night against Jackson State, Harden has now led the Sun Devils in scoring in 31 of his 41 career games. Pretty impressive, huh?

Now that the Sun Devils are 6-1, there is a lot of optimism in the valley. This is a team that is bound for March Madness, and hopefully by then they gel as a unit and can pull off some big victories.

Winning twice on the neutral court in Anaheim helps improve our road game mentality. Honing that skill is an essential piece of tournament success. Well, that and having a player as good as James Harden.


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
James Harden 7 32.1 8.1 14.0 58.2 2.3 4.6 50.0 7.7 9.4 81.8 2.0 5.0 7.0 4.0 3.4 1.9 0.0 3.0 26.3
Jeff Pendergraph 7 29.7 4.6 6.4 71.1 0.0 0.1 0.0 4.0 5.0 80.0 1.6 4.6 6.1 0.7 1.1 0.6 1.0 2.6 13.1
Ty Abbott 7 32.9 3.9 8.6 45.0 1.1 5.0 22.9 1.6 2.3 68.8 0.6 5.0 5.6 2.7 2.1 0.9 0.9 2.4 10.4
Rihards Kuksiks 7 27.9 3.0 6.3 47.7 2.4 5.1 47.2 0.4 0.7 60.0 0.3 2.1 2.4 1.0 1.7 0.6 0.1 2.9 8.9
Jerren Shipp 7 18.9 2.0 3.4 58.3 1.0 1.9 53.8 0.7 1.1 62.5 1.1 1.7 2.9 1.1 0.4 0.6 0.0 1.6 5.7
Derek Glasser 7 27.9 1.0 3.6 28.0 0.4 2.1 20.0 2.1 2.6 83.3 0.3 2.4 2.7 5.1 2.0 1.0 0.0 1.3 4.6
Jamelle McMillan 7 14.4 1.3 3.6 36.0 0.9 2.4 35.3 0.6 0.6 100.0 0.1 1.9 2.0 1.7 1.4 0.7 0.0 1.6 4.0
Eric Boateng 7 8.9 0.7 1.4 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.6 0.9 1.4 0.3 0.6 0.4 0.1 1.0 1.4
Taylor Rohde 7 5.9 0.6 1.4 40.0 0.1 0.4 33.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.4 0.3 0.7 0.4 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.9 1.3
Kraidon Woods 4 2.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.5 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.3
Nico Fricchione 1 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

As you can clearly see in this statistics table, coach Herb Sendek has been employing a 9 man rotation, getting Eric Boateng and Taylor Rohde in to give Pendergraph a rest.

This is also an indication of early season foul trouble giving way to bench players. It is good to see our bench getting experience, as an injury would force these players to step up and play even more minutes.

On another note, the ASU football team is playing Arizona tomorrow!

ASUBoyd and I will be at the game, so you can bet you will be subjected to a picture essay or two on Sunday. This game is so signficant to both teams. A win puts ASU into a bowl, and gives ASU another season of superiority over Arizona.

If UA pulls off the win, they finish with a mildly respectable 7-5 record, and can finally quell the inferiority complex they must be feeling lately.

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