College Basketball Nation: Derek Glasser

LOS ANGELES – Maybe this is why some have pegged the Pac-10 as a one-bid conference this season. Arizona State is a bubble team needing to win at least two games to secure a bid in the NCAA tournament and the Sun Devils find themselves trailing Stanford, 29-28 at halftime. Arizona State has never led while Stanford has led by as many as 10.

Stanford finished tied for eighth in a dismal Pac-10 and yet the Cardinal have dominated the Sun Devils in the paint, outscoring them 14-to-6 while getting 12 points off turnovers.

Rihards Kuksiks seems to be the only active player on the court for Arizona State as he has 15 points and four rebounds. No other Sun Devil outside of Derek Glasser has more than seven points. Meanwhile seven players have scored for Stanford and their balanced attack.

If the Sun Devils, who swept the Cardinals this season, are to win this game they will have to stop settling for bad 3-point shots and get Ty Abbott, who is 1-of-5 and only has two points, more involved in the game.

Arizona State 30, Cal 29 at halftime

February, 27, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. -- If Arizona State is going to ruin Senior Day at Cal and take first place in the Pac-10, it's getting off to a great start.

Derek Glasser and Ty Abbott are doing an excellent job defending the perimeter and pestering Cal's Jerome Randle, who made only one of his first six field goal attempts.

Those 3-pointers from way downtown just aren't there right now.

But Randle, always difficult to stop, scored Cal's final five points of the half to cut the Sun Devil lead to a point.

He has seven on the game after getting emotional during Senior Day ceremonies, and for good reason. Check out Andy Katz's feature on the diminutive guard from Chicago.

Two other Bears seniors, Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson, have seven points apiece as well.

The Sun Devils were led by Jerren Shipp, who had 10 points off the bench. Shipp's brother, Joe, starred at Cal, a program that desperately wants what would be a historic win.

Bad blood between the Arizona schools

February, 22, 2010
Arizona freshman Kevin Parrom has now ruffled feathers at Arizona State in his first two rivalry games. Last month, there was the hard intentional foul Parrom committed on Ty Abbott, who was going up for a layup.

In the rematch tonight, Parrom made his presence felt again, according to the East Valley Tribune:
As the final buzzer was about to sound in Arizona State’s 73-69 victory on Sunday, ASU senior point guard Derek Glasser was dribbling out the clock and threw the ball into the air. Parrom appeared to put a forearm into Glasser’s chest.

Glasser went after Parrom while both team formed the postgame hand-shake line, but was restrained by ASU coaches. Arizona coach Sean Miller immediately sent Parrom to the locker room while the two team’s shook hands.

After the game, Miller apologized to Glasser and ASU coach Herb Sendek.

Arizona State is now only a half-game out behind first-place Cal in the standings, and the Sun Devils could turn into Wildcat fans for a day on Thursday. An Arizona win at Cal combined with an Arizona State win at Stanford would give the Sun Devils sole possession atop the Pac-10 heading into a potential showdown between the Sun Devils and Golden Bears on Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion.

Who's your Pac-10 coach of the year?

February, 18, 2010
With the Pac-10 season (mercifully?) winding down, Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News and Bob Clark of the The Register-Guard are calling Arizona State's Herb Sendek the frontrunner for the conference's coach of the year.

Yeah, you heard that right, NC State.

Since Ned Wulk took home that honor for the Sun Devils in 1980, every Pac-10 school has had a coach of the year except Arizona State.

This year's team is 18-8 and only a game out of first place going into Sunday's rivalry game at Arizona.

Sendek after tinkering with his offense has gotten big contributions out of Ty Abbott and Duke transfer Eric Boateng.

School assists leader Derek Glasser is also starting to heat up again after being benched earlier in the season.

Arizona State might have lost NBA draft picks James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph and gotten picked seventh in the preseason media poll, but Sendek has his team right in the race.

Leftover Valentine's candy

February, 16, 2010
Would you ever discuss your first kiss on television?

Players from around the Pac-10 did for this Fox Sports clip in which everything is mentioned from Arizona State's Derek Glasser and his game of spin the bottle to Stanford's Landry Fields getting a kiss in a closet.

The memories resulted in sheepish grins all around, but unfortunately for the conference, most of these guys will be sitting it out for the Big Dance.