Men's Hoops Opens Regular Season Nov. 13 Against Northern Arizona

Sept. 22, 2006

ASU men's basketball will have its first regular season contest under Herb Sendek against Northern Arizona on Monday, Nov. 13, in the ASU Hispanic College Fund Classic, the first of 18 regular season home games in 2006-07.

'We look forward to a competitive schedule that includes great road tests outside the league with Xavier and Minnesota as well as a marquee home game against the defending Big Ten Tournament Champion, Iowa,' says Sun Devil head coach Herb Sendek, the 2003-2004 ACC Coach of the Year. 'Our Pac-10 home schedule starts early on Dec. 28 against Stanford. In all, we have 19 home game opportunities for Sun Devil fans to support us in our first year and we look forward to the challenge of playing well on Ned Wulk Court.'

After opening with an exhibition game on Tues, Nov. 7 in Tempe, ASU will open its home regular season against NAU on Monday, Nov. 13. It will mark the 136th meeting between the state schools, with ASU holding a 78-57 lead in the series that began in 1911-12 and includes a 72-55 Sun Devil win last season on Dec. 22, 2005. That game marks the first of six home games to start the season for ASU, who will play 18 regular season games and one exhibition game (Nov. 7) at Wells Fargo Arena. Cal State San Bernardino also is part of the Hispanic College Fund Classic, as ASU was able to add two games late in the season as part of the NCAA's August rules changes on scheduling.

ASU will play host to 2006 Big Ten Tournament champion Iowa on Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. Iowa will make just its second trip to Tempe, as the Hawkeyes visited Wells Fargo Arena on Dec. 6, 1980. The Hawkeyes have advanced to the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons and have posted six straight winning seasons under Steve Alford.

ASU then plays at Big Ten member Minnesota, as the Golden Gophers handed ASU an 85-79 overtime loss in Tempe last season on Dec. 5. It will be ASU's third road game at a Big Ten school in the past four seasons, as it played at Northwestern (Dec. 17, 2003) and at Iowa (Dec. 17, 2005).

After a two-week break for final exams, ASU travels to 2006 Atlantic 10 Tournament champion Xavier on Dec. 16, as the Musketeers have been picked to win the league title by Athlon Sports. The game will match Herb Sendek against a former NC State assistant coach of his, as Sean Miller is one of six former Sendek aides to be a head coach on the Division I level. Miller's brother, Archie, is an assistant at Arizona State and also played for Sendek at North Carolina State.

In addition to Iowa, ASU will have five other home games on Fox Sports Net. ASU's games against Oregon (8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11), Washington State (Saturday, Feb. 3 at 5:30 p.m.), NCAA runner-up and defending Pac-10 champion UCLA (Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.), USC (Sunday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.) and Arizona (Sunday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.) all will be broadcast by Fox Sports Net, with the USC (Feb. 18) and Arizona (Feb. 25) games part of the Sunday night national package.

Davidson, which earned the Southern Conference NCAA bid last year, Ohio and North Carolina A&T make up the field for ASU's Sleep America Classic, to be held Dec. 21-22.

ASU will open the Pac-10 season at home for just the second time in the past six years and for just the third time in the past nine seasons when it hosts Stanford on Dec. 28 and California on Dec. 30.

The Sun Devils will have just two home games in 32 days from Dec. 31 to Jan. 31, but will then play five homes games in 25 days from Feb. 1-Feb. 25.

Pac-10 foes UCLA, Arizona, California and Washington all made the NCAA Tournament last year as well as Xavier, Iowa and Davidson.

2006-2007 ARIZONA STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE*NOTE: A complete list of game times will be publishedupon FSN Arizona and ASUcompleting the television schedule.

Day, Date, OpponentTues., Nov. 7 Basketball Travelers (EX)

ASU HISPANIC COLLEGE FUND CLASSICMon., Nov. 13 Northern ArizonaWed., Nov. 15 Cal State-San Bernardino

Sat., Nov. 18 Portland StateTue., Nov. 21 San Jose StateSat., Nov. 25 Iowa, 7:30, FSNTue., Nov. 28 Northern Colorado

Sat., Dec. 2 at Minnesota, Noon CT/11 a.m. MTSat., Dec. 16 at XavierTue., Dec. 19 Colgate

SLEEP AMERICA ASU HOOPS CLASSICThu., Dec. 21 Davidson vs. Ohio North Carolina A&T vs. ASUFri., Dec. 22 Tournament Finals/Consolation

Thu., Dec. 28 StanfordSat., Dec. 30 California

Thu., Jan. 4 at Washington StateSat., Jan. 6 at WashingtonThu., Jan. 11 Oregon, 8:30, FSNSat., Jan. 13 Oregon StateThu., Jan. 18 at UCLASat., Jan. 20 at USCWed., Jan. 24 at Arizona

Thu., Feb. 1 WashingtonSat., Feb. 3 Washington State, 5:30 p.m., FSNThu., Feb. 8 at OregonSat., Feb. 10 at Oregon StateThu., Feb. 15 UCLA, 6:30, FSNSun., Feb. 18 USC, 6:00, FSNSun., Feb. 25 Arizona, 6:00, FSN

Thu., Mar. 1 at StanfordSat., Mar. 3 at California

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT AT STAPLES CENTERWed.-Sat., Mar. 7-10 in Los Angeles, Calif.

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