Men's Basketball Announces Two Big Ten Opponents In 2005 And 2006

Feb. 11, 2005

The Arizona State University men's basketball program has announced two home-and-home series for the next two seasons with Big Ten opponents.

Arizona State will play host to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, and then will return the game with a trip to Minneapolis on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006.

The Sun Devils are scheduled to go to Iowa on Saturday, December 17, 2005, while the Hawkeyes will return the trip on Saturday, November 25, 2006.

Minnesota is 16-7 and 6-4 in the Big Ten this season and leads the ASU series 2-1, with last meeting a 69-37 Gopher win in the 1991 Maui Invitational. ASU won a 98-79 contest in Tempe on Dec. 22, 1963, while Minnesota won the first meeting 70-68 in Minneapolis on Dec. 20, 1961. Its last NCAA Tournament appearance came in 1999, and it also went to the Final Four in 1997.

Iowa, 15-7 and 3-6 in the Big Ten this season, and Arizona State have met just once, a 96-88 Sun Devil win over 12th-ranked Hawkeyes on Dec. 6, 1980, in the finals of ASU's holiday tournament. Its last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2001.

ASU is 15-13 against the Big Ten in its history.

It defeated Northwestern 90-55 on Dec. 20, 2004, in Tempe and fell at Evanston 63-61 on Dec. 17, 2003, in its most recent meetings. It also defeated Purdue 70-53 on Dec. 21, 2002, in the Las Vegas Shootout.

ASU vs. Big TenTeam (ASU Record), Last Meeting

Illinois (1-2), @Illinois 80, ASU 74 on Dec. 18, 1976

Indiana (0-1), @Indiana 94, ASU 88 on Dec. 18, 1961

Iowa (1-0), @ASU 96, #12 Iowa 88 on Dec. 6, 1980

Michigan (3-0), ASU 79, #13 Michigan 62 on November 22, 1994 at Maui Invitational

Michigan State (0-1), Michigan State 83, ASU 74 on Dec. 30, 1972 at Kodak Classic in Rochester, N.Y.

Minnesota (1-2), Minnesota 69, #25 ASU 37 on November 27, 1991 at Maui Invitational

Northwestern (4-2), @ASU 90, Northwestern 55 on Dec. 20, 2004

Ohio State (1-2), @Ohio State 88, ASU 77 on Dec. 18, 1982

Penn State (2-0), @ASU 95, Penn State 88 on Dec. 29, 1999

Purdue (2-3), ASU 70, Purdue 53 on Dec. 21, 2002 at Las Vegas Shootout

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