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Harden hopes Devils back to full strength

February 11, 2009

After playing without a pair of starters, ASU's James Harden hopes his team will be back to full strength as the Sun Devils face a pair of tough upcoming games.

The No. 18 ASU men's hoops team will take on the three-time defending Pac-10 champion and No. 11 UCLA Feb. 12 as part of a weekend series with the Los Angeles Schools. ASU will face USC Feb. 15.

Harden enters this week 14th in the nation in scoring at 21.9 points per game is one of only seven players to average 20 points and shoot 50 percent from the field. His 36 points at Oregon on Thursday (Feb. 5) is the third-most in school history in a road game.

He currently leads the Pac-10 in scoring (21.9) and steals (1.8). Only four players have notched the offense/defense duo in the 30-year history of the league (no one in the past nine years), the last being Jason Terry of Arizona in 1998-99 with 21.9 points per game and 2.8 steals per game.