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Afternoon Scoop: ASU Hoops Notes


*ASU has won four straight Pac-10 road games for the first time since the 1980-81 team won five straight and is 6-2 on the road overall. The 1980-81 team had three starters eventually become NBA first round draft picks in Alton Lister (21st overall pick in 1981), Fat Lever (11th overall pick in 1982) and Byron Scott (fourth overall pick in 1983). ASU has top-100 RPI road wins over UCLA (26), San Diego State (47), Arizona (53) and Stanford (82). ASU also has top 100 wins over #34 BYU and #87 UTEP at neutral sites and vs. #66 Nebraska in Tempe.

*Jeff Pendergraph is shooting 69-of-99 (.697) from the field in Pac-10 games and 67.6 (127-of-188) overall. The 67.6 is one of the top marks in the nation (updated NCAA statistics come out later this afternoon).

*After going 8-22 (.267) in Coach Sendek's first year, the Sun Devils are 39-18 (.684) since and giving up just 61.0 points per game in his 87 games and are second in Pac-10 in points allowed this year at 58.4 per game, best by a Sun Devil team since 1948-49 (47.6).

*ASU has won five Pac-10 road games for just the fifth time in its 31-year history. It went 8-1 in 1980-81, seven in 1979-80 and five in 1994-94 and 1982-83.

*ASU’s road sweep at Oregon was its first Pac-10 road sweep since it swept the Bay Area in 2004-2005 and just its second in the past six seasons. It held Oregon State to 38 points in both meetings this year, the fewest points by an ASU Pac-10 opponent in its 31 years in the league.

*ASU is 13-7 in the past two seasons in 10 points or less games after going 4-17 in Herb Sendek's first year.

*Coach Herb Sendek will coach is 500th game Thursday against UCLA (7 p.m. MT on ESPN). He is 301-198 (.603) overall. The 45-year-old Sendek is the second-youngest active coach with 300 Division I wins, behind only Billy Donovan.

*ASU shot .739 from the free throw line last year, the fifth-best mark in ASU history and second-best in past 21 seasons, and is shooting just above that pace this year (.741). ASU made 16-of-17 (.914) free throws at Oregon, the third-best percentage in school history with a minimum of 15 attempts.

*James Harden’s 36 points at Oregon on Thursday (Feb. 5) is the third-most in school history in a road game.

*ASU is shooting 78.2 percent from the foul line (104-of-133) in its eight road games.

*ASU held Oregon State to 13 first-half points on Saturday (Feb. 7), ASU's best first-half defensive effort since it led Oregon State 33-13 on Feb. 25, 1995.

*ASU is averaging just 9.3 turnovers in its past six contests.

*ASU swept Oregon for the first time since 2004-2005 and for the 10th time in its 31-year Pac-10 history with the win Thursday. ASU swept Oregon State for the second straight year and for the ninth time overall with its win Saturday.