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OSU men's basketball: Opponent preview — Arizona State

OSU men's basketball: Opponent preview — Arizona State


Here's a look at Arizona State, the Beavers' opponent Saturday afternoon for a Pac-12 game at Gill Coliseum

The Sun Devils (10-13, 3-7) pushed Oregon to the wire Thursday night before falling 71-71 in Eugene.

ASU junior guard Shannon Evans II had 28 points 10 of 16 from the floor.

The Sun Devils are 1-6 in Pac-12 games since a 2-1 start. Their last three losses have come by a combined 12 points. ASU has wins at home against Colorado and Washington and at Stanford. 

Senior guard Torian Graham leads the team, averaging 18.4 points and 4.2 rebounds.  Junior guard Tra Holder averages 17.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists; Evans 16 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and senior forward Obinna Oleka 12.7 points, 10.6 rebounds.

Graham and Holder and second and third, respectively, in the Pac-12 in scoring. Holder has 11 20-points games, Graham eight and Evans seven.

Graham is second in 3-pointers per game at 3.0. Graham and Evans have each scored 30 points in a game this season.

Evans, a transfer from Buffalo who sat out last season, is the Pac-12's top free throw shooter at 87 percent.

Oleka is second in the conference in rebounding and tied for second in offensive rebounds at 3.0. He has 12 double-double this season, one off the conference lead.

Freshman wing Sam Cunliffe decided in mid-December to transfer after starting the first 10 games, averaging 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds. Cunliffe enrolled at Kansas.

The Sun Devils start a small lineup with four guards and Oleka, who is 6-foot 8.

ASU's 81.2 points per game average is the program's best in 19 years.

The Sun Devils are first in the conference in fewest turnovers (10.7) and turnover margin (2.57); second in conference in scoring (81.2) and 3-pointers made (9.9); 11th in 3-point percentage defense (38.3) and defensive rebounds (24.4); and 12th in scoring defense (83.2), field goal percentage defense (48.2) and rebounds allowed (38.0).

The Sun Devils are playing their seventh road game in their first 11 Pac-12 contests, leaving them with five of their remaining seven at home.


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