Men's hoops notes after win in Tucson

<p>The ASU men's basketball team edged the Wildcats 73-69 in Tucson last Sunday. The Sun Devils (19-8, 9-5) have won three in a row and five of six while Arizona (13-13, 7-7) dropped its second straight at home and its fourth of five overall.</p><separator></separator><p>Arizona State Sun Devil quick notes (19-8; 9-5)</p><separator></separator><p>• ASU won Sunday in Tucson for the third straight season, just the third time a team has won three straight times in the past 27 seasons at Arizona. Mike Montgomery's Stanford squad won four straight from 2001-2004 while Ben Howland's UCLA squads won three straight from 2006-08.</p><separator></separator><p>• ASU is now 3-1 under <a href="">He… Sendek</a> in Tucson, it was 1-22 (.179) in the 23 previous trips.</p><separator></separator><p>• ASU is now 29-21 (.580) in Pac-10 games the past three seasons, the second-best record in that time. UCLA is 36-14 (.720) in that time to lead the way, while Washington is 29-22 (.569) and USC (28-22/.560).</p><separator></separator><p>• The Sun Devils are tied with UCLA for the best Pac-10 road record in the past two seasons as it is 9-7 (.563) with two wins at Arizona, Oregon and Oregon State and single wins at UCLA, Stanford and Washington State. Other Pac-10 road records in past two seasons are Cal at 8-9, UW at 7-8, WSU at 6-10, UA and OSU at 5-11, USC 4-12, UO 2-14 and Stanford 2-16. After losing its first eight Pac-10 road games under <a href="">He… Sendek</a>, ASU is 14-12 since. ASU will try and win its fifth Pac-10 road game for just the sixth time in school history this weekend. It was 8-1 in 1980-81, 7-2 in 1979-80 and 5-4 in 1994-95, 1982-83 and 2008-09.</p><separator></separator><p>• With the win over Arizona ASU is now 12-3 (.800) in the past three years when <a href="">He… Sendek</a> has five full days in between games.</p><separator></separator><p>• ASU was one of just seven schools to have two draft picks in the top 35 last year (<a href="">J… Harden</a> was the third pick and <a href="… Pendergraph</a> 31st), joining North Carolina (three), USC, Louisville, Wake Forest and UCLA.</p><separator></separator><p>• This years marks the first time ASU has posted three straight winning seasons since Bill Frieder led ASU to five straight from 1990-91 to 1994-95 (worth noting last year was the first time ASU had posted back-to-back winning seasons since those same five seasons). ASU has posted at least 18 wins in three straight seasons (ASU was 25-10 last year and 21-13 in 2007-08) for the first time since the 1991-93 seasons.</p><separator></separator><p>• ASU has produced 65 wins in the past two-plus seasons, just the third time in school history a three-year period has produced 65 wins. ASU is trying to reach 20 wins for the third straight season after reaching 20 wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1979-80 and 1980-81. ASU has not had three straight 20-win seasons since the 1960-61 (23-6), 1961-62 (23-4) and 1962-63 (26-3) teams racked up 73 victories. Entering this season UCLA, Stanford, USC and ASU were the only Pac-10 schools to notch 20 wins in each of the past two seasons.</p><separator></separator><p>Most wins over a three-year period in ASU history<br /> 1960-61 TO 1962-63 (73-13/.849)<br /> 1961-62 TO 1963-64 (66-18/.892)<br /> 2007-08 TO 2009-10 (65-31/.677)</p><separator></separator><p>In the past 12 games ASU is scoring 33.3 points in the first half while allowing just 26.6 and is holding its opponents to just 35.5 percent field goal shooting (117-330) in the opening 20 minutes. ASU is 9-3 in that stretch.</p><separator></separator><p>Most improved<br />The Pac-10 last season started a Most Improved Player Award and the inaugural honor went to Washington's Justin Dentmon. This year's first-half leader might/could/should be Sun Devil junior <a href="">Ty Abbott</a>...he is averaging 17.8 points and 6.5 boards in the past 12 games and is 46-of-99 (.465) from the three-point stripe in that time...averaging 6.3 boards per game in Pac-10 play...and why the most improved tag? Abbott is 73-of-153 (.477) from the floor, 46-of-99 (.465) from the three-point stripe and is averaging 17.8 points and 6.5 boards per game in Pac-10 play. Last year he shot 19-of-86 (.221) from the floor, 8-of-59 (.136) from the three-point stripe and averaged 2.9 points and 3.7 rebounds in Pac-10 play...has played in 95 games in his three-year career and started in 84...when Abbott scores in double digits, ASU is 36-10 (.783) and 24-6 (.800) the past two seasons.</p><separator></separator><p><a href="">Ty Abbott</a> Career 20-point gamesAREER 20-POINT GAMES<br /> 30 vs. California (Feb. 18, 2008)<br /> 29 vs. Stanford (Jan. 30, 2010)<br /> 28 at Arizona (Feb. 21, 2010)<br /> 25 at California, 2OT (Jan. 17, 2008)<br /> 21 at Oregon State (Jan. 16, 2010)<br /> 20 vs. California (Jan. 28, 2010)<br /> 20 vs. #13 Syracuse, NCAA @Miami (March 22, 2009)</p><separator></separator><p>Derek Glasser continues to climb up the ASU career minutes list. <a href="">Ed… House</a> has the career mark, playing in 124 games from 1996-2000 while notching 4,164 minutes (33.6 minutes per game).</p><separator></separator><p>ASU career minutes<br /> 1. <a href="">Ed… House</a> (1999-2000)--4,164/124 games/33.6<br /> 2. <a href="">Je… Veal</a> (1994-98)--3,980/122 games/32.5<br /> 3. <a href="… Pendergraph</a> (2005-09)--3,801/126 games/30.2<br /> 4. <a href="">… Glasser</a> (2006-10)--3,738/125 games/29.9</p><separator></separator><p>ASU is 6-1 against Arizona in its past seven meetings after UA had won 24 of the previous 25.</p><separator></separator><p>Derek Glasser now has 42 assists and just 13 turnovers in eight career games against Arizona.</p><separator></separator><p>ASU has held the Wildcats to just 62.4 points per game in nine games under Coach Sendek and is 6-3, while in the 39 games prior (1987-88 season through 2005-06), UA had averaged 86.6 points and went 34-5.</p><separator></separator><p>Sunday marked the 20th turnover-free game in <a href="">… Glasser's</a> 125-game career.</p>