The Arizona State Sun Devils will kick off Pac-12 play this week when they visit Stanford on Friday, Dec. 30.
The non-conference slate revealed plenty about Bobby Hurley’s group, and much of it can be understood by looking at the numbers. Below, we take a look at some of those key statistics.
Living by the 3
The Sun Devils have relied heavily upon their 3-point shooting this season, and to this point are shooting 35.9 percent from behind the arc overall.
In non-conference wins, the Sun Devils’ 3-point attempt rate is 47.8. In losses, it drops to 37.7.
In wins, ASU buried an average of 42.2 percent of its treys, but shot a combined average of 27.1 percent from deep during non-conference losses.
Opponent success along the perimeter has also been a telling statistic, as well.
The Sun Devils are holding their opposition to shooting 3s at an average of 28.9 percent in wins, while allowing them to make an average of 43.2 percent during losses.
It’s clear why freshman center Jethro Tshisumpa’s teammates and coaches are quick to acknowledge the former four-star recruit’s potential.
At 6-foot-10 and possessing a 7-foot-5 wingspan, Tshisumpa’s presence enables him to be a potent shot-blocker, averaging 1.3 blocks in 8.2 minutes per game. (Averaging 6.4 every 40 possessions.)
The problem, however, has been Tshisumpa’s inability to stay on the floor due to foul trouble.
In 107 career minutes, Tshisumpa has drawn 32 personal fouls, meaning he is called for a foul roughly every three minutes he’s on the floor.
Obinna Oleka may be known for his highlight-reel dunks, but the senior forward has been a constant figure for ASU, statistically.
Oleka has logged eight total double-doubles this season, recording four straight to close non-conference play.
He leads the Pac-12 in total rebounds (141) and rebounds per game (10.8), offensive rebounds (45), and is tied for the conference lead in defensive rebound percentage (25.8).
As He Goes
The success of the Sun Devils’ offense often hinges on the production of junior guard Shannon Evans II.
In non-conference wins, Evans shot 49.9 percent overall from the field, and 47.1 percent from 3-point range.
In losses, the junior guard made 33.8 percent of his shots and 29 percent of his 3s.
The Sun Devils have tied the program single-game record for 3-pointers twice through 13 games, connecting on 18 3s in wins over UNLV and Central Arkansas.
In Good Hands
Senior guard Torian Graham’s turnover percentage of 5.3 leads the Pac-12, and ranks 10th nationally.
In his first season with ASU, he is leading the team in points per game with 17.8. His 36 3s is tied for the league lead.
Nothing Neutral About It
The Sun Devils went 1-4 in neutral-site games during their non-conference slate.
In those games, ASU shot 30.8 percent from the field. In comparison, the Sun Devils are shooting a combined 47.9 percent from the field in their eight true home-away contests this year.
The Sun Devils are shooting 75 percent from the charity stripe this year, up from a 68.7-percent clip last season.
In victories, ASU is taking 26.3 attempts per game, and making 76.6 percent of them. Conversely, ASU is taking just 16 attempts per game in losses, making 71.9 percent.
Since You’ve Been Gone
Since Sam Cunliffe’s departure, the Sun Devils are 1-2.
In each of the two losses, they conceded an average of 88.5 points per game, and scored an average of 77.5 points.
ASU is averaging 82 points per game this season.
The final score hasn’t been close too often for the Sun Devils thus far.
Winning margins: 18, 22, 9, 17, 24, 11, 36
Losing margins: 19, 8, 46, 33, 11, 11
In its non-conference victories, ASU won by an average margin of 19.6. The biggest winning margin is a 36-point win over Central Arkansas.
In its non-conference losses, ASU was defeated by an average margin of 21.3. The biggest losing margin is a 46-point loss to then-No. 1 Kentucky.