Idaho State (1-0) at Arizona State (2-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 15, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Wells Fargo Arena (16,110) -- Tempe, Arizona. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Idaho State 1-0, ASU 2-0. Away Record: Idaho State 0-0, ASU 0-0. Neutral Record: Idaho State 0-0, ASU 0-0. Conference Record: Idaho State 0-0, ASU 0-0. Series Record: Arizona State leads, 2-1.
GAMES NOTES: Jahii Carson and the Arizona State Sun Devils look to remain perfect on the season when they host the Idaho State Bengals in a non- conference duel at Wells Fargo Arena.
The Bengals are also trying to keep away from taking their first loss of the season. In their only other matchup the Bengals were able to easily get past Evergreen State (99-62). Last year the Bengals had only six wins in 30 tries, with five coming against fellow teams from the Big Sky Conference. Their only non-conference win a year ago also came against an NAIA foe (Montana Western). Idaho State had just a single win in 15 matchups away from home.
Arizona State has passed its first two tests of the year with resounding victories over UMBC (96-61) and Miami-Ohio (90-54). Carson tied for a team- high with 18 points in the most recent victory over the RedHawks, while Jordan Bachynski recorded a double-double. Those first two triumphs both came at Wells Fargo Arena, where the Sun Devils were especially successful a year ago. Arizona State went 16-4 on its home floor, with just one of those losses coming in non-conference play.
The last time these teams met, former Sun Devil James Harden netted 18 points and handed out five assists to lead Arizona State to a 90-55 victory during the 2008-09 season. The win broke a tie in the short-lived all-time series, which the Sun Devils now lead 2-1.
The Bengals were able to find success on the offensive end against Evergreen State. Idaho State shot just above 50 percent from the floor and also netted 8-of-14 shots from beyond the arc. Last season the Bengals averaged just 57 points per game, while having dismal percentages both from 3-point range (.317) and the field overall (.407). Jeffrey Solarin and Chris Hansen each had double-doubles against Evergreen State. Solarin was responsible for a game- high 23 points, while also pulling down 10 rebounds. Solarin didn't waste his shot attempts en route to his first career double-double in his first career game with the Bengals. The junior college transfer connected on 10-of-11 shots from the floor. Hansen added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tomas Sanchez was another member of that group and he managed 15 points on 4-of-11 shooting in the opener.
Carson's much anticipated sophomore season has gotten off to a strong start. Carson netted 19 points in the season opener before tallying 18 against the RedHawks all while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor. The 5- foot-10 guard is also making sure to keep his teammates involved, averaging 6.5 assists per game. Bachynski is one of those teammates. The 7-foot center has had a double-double in each of the first two games, with a season-high 16 points and 10 rebounds against Miami-Ohio. Bachynski has also been dominating on the defensive end with seven blocked shots in the first two games. Last year he led the Pac-12 in blocks (3.5 bpg). Jermaine Marshall scored 18 points and knocked down 4-of-8 shots from beyond the arc in the win over Miami-Ohio. He has matched Carson in points this year, while providing a threat from beyond the arc. Jonathan Gilling (9.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg) is another consistent contributor.
The Bengals looked strong against Evergreen State. However, Arizona State is a team that has much more talent than the Geoducks. With Carson and Bachynski running the floor, the Sun Devils should have no problem moving to 3-0.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Arizona State 98, Idaho State 68
11/15 10:33:11 ET