[caption id=”attachment_12252″ align=”aligncenter” width=”576″] Arizona State’s Shaquielle McKissic, who played at Kentridge High, makes his final trip to Seattle with the Sun Devils. (Photo credit: Ethan Miller – Getty Images)[/caption]
Scouting report: Arizona State.
Game info: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000).
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Jim Watson and Don MacLean).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
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Coach: Herb Sendek is 153-133 (.535) in his ninth with the Sun Devils and 407-291 (.583) in 22 years a Division I head coach. Prior to joining Arizona on April 6, 2006, he spent 10 seasons (1996-06) at North Carolina State where he had a 191-132 (.591) record and made five straight NCAA tournament appearances. Sendek was 63-26 (.708) three years (1993-96) at Miami (OH).
Prediction: The Sun Devils were picked ninth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.
Series: Washington leads 41-36 in a series that began Nov. 28, 1977. The Huskies have an eight-game win streak against the Sun Devils. Lorenzo Romar is 20-6 against ASU and his .769 winning percentage is the best versus any Pac-12 team. Sendek is 4-11 against UW.
Last meeting: Washington won 76-65 on Jan. 2, 2014 at Wells Fargo Arena.
Previous game: Arizona State lost 74-71 at Washington State on Friday. C.J. Wilcox poured in a game-high 17 points. The Huskies also received 10 points apiece from Darin Johnson and Perris Blackwell, who added seven rebounds.
Odds: Arizona State is a 2-point favorite.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Gerry Blakes, a transfer from San Bernardino Valley College, leads Arizona State with an 11.0 scoring average. It’s taken him a little time to get adjusted to Pac-12 play. However, the 6-4 junior guard has proven he’s capable of big scoring performances. He’s had four 20-point outings, including a season high 24 on Friday at Washington State.
— Former Kentridge High standout Shaquielle McKissic, who played at Edmonds Community College, received an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA. It’s his second season with the Sun Devils and he’s become a mainstay for a team in transition. He’s averaging 10.9 points and 4.3 rebounds. His journey on and off the basketball court has been a redemptive tale.
— Sophomore guard Savon Goodman is averaging 11.5 points and 11.5 rebounds over his last two games. He had a career-high 14 rebounds Friday at Washington State.
— Arizona State reserve forward Jonathan Gilling of Denmark leads the Pac-12 in three-point shooting (47.5 percent). His sister Mathilde plays for the Washington’s women’s basketball team.
— The much improved junior forward Eric Jacobsen is second in the conference in field goal percentage (.648). Coming into the season he averaged 8.8 minutes, 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds. This season he’s averaging 29.8 minutes, 9.5 points, 6.2 boards. He’s foul prone and has been disqualified in two of the past three games.
— Arizona State is 1-9 on the road. It’s been pretty much a ho-hum season for the Sun Devils. They started 6-3 and showed promise before losing five of the next seven games. Before Friday’s loss at Washington State, ASU had a 4-2 stretch, which included a highlight 81-78 win last Sunday over then-No. 6 Arizona and two blowout victories over California (79-44) and Oregon State (73-55).
— It’s been a transition season for the Sun Devils, which reached the NCAA tournament last year for the first time since 2009. They lost leading scorers Jahii Carson, who opted to go pro. They’re also without record-setting shot blocker Jordan Bachynski and talented scorer Jermaine Marshall, who were both seniors and departed. The trio were the leading scorers for ASU last season. Making matters worse, Egor Koulechov decided to a transfer. Those four players accounted for 64 percent of Arizona State’s scoring last season.
— The Sun Devils replaced its departing stars with what looks to be a handful of role players who are still trying to figure out a winning formula. Four starters average between 11 and 9.5 points per game.
— ASU has had eight players lead it in scoring this year (Bo Barnes, McKissic, Jacobsen, Chance Murray, Gilling, Blakes, Tra Holder and Goodman).
— Barnes (6.9 ppg) is doubtful after spraining his ankle Friday at Washington State. Arizona State has lost freshmen Kodi Justice (foot) and Connor MacDougall for the season with injuries.
— In Pac-12 games, the Sun Devils have a 47.7 defensive field-goal percentage, which ranks last in the conference. They’re also last in defensive three-point-point field goal percentage (38.8).
— Arizona State is a poor free-throw shooting team that’s shooting 66.4 percent in conference games, which ranks 11th in the league.
— Sendek has five junior-college transfers on the roster. It’s an interesting recruiting strategy.
— ASU has used six lineups this season. The lineup (below) is 4-2.