ASU Men's Hoops Opens Pac-10 Season With Three Straight At Home
Aug. 17, 2007
(Note: A complete list of game times will be published upon FSN completing its national schedule and then FSN Arizona and ASU completing the local television schedule in September.)
The ASU men's basketball season will open in the Maui Invitational on Nov. 19 against Illinois, as ASU is scheduled to play at least 14 games against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. Coach Herb Sendek's Sun Devils have 17 regular season home games in Wells Fargo Arena, seven of them against 2007 NCAA Tournament teams including a December 15 contest with Atlantic 10 co-Champion Xavier, the Pac-10 opener against 2007 Elite Eight participant Oregon (Jan. 3) and a visit by 2007 Pac-10 champion UCLA on Feb. 28.
'My first season in the Pac-10 confirmed my belief the conference is as good as any in the country,' says Coach Sendek. 'We feature outstanding academic institutions, future NBA players and rich basketball traditions. Pac-10 basketball is awesome and we look forward to the upcoming season. Our staff and players are determined to demonstrate continued improvement in a league that will be as good as ever. It should be an exciting season.'
Announced last week by the Maui Invitational, ASU's opening game is against Illinios, as the Illini went 23-11 last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth straight season. The Sun Devils are 7-5 in the Maui Invitational and won the 1994 title with wins over Texas A&M, Michigan and Maryland. ASU will either play play Princeton or Duke in the second round, and LSU, Marquette, Oklahoma State and host Chaminade round out the field. All games will be televised by an ESPN partner, with the Illinois game on ESPN2 at 9:30 p.m. MT (6:30 in Maui).
ASU will open with three straight home games to start the Pac-10 season as it hosts the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament champion Oregon Ducks on Thursday, Jan. 3, and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, Jan. 5. Oregon (29-8) advanced to the Elite Eight last year. The Pac-10 has seven teams ranked in the summer CBS Sportline Top-25 and six ranked in the ESPN rankings (see links above). ASU will open the Pac-10 season at home for just the fourth time in 10 seasons and plays five Pac-10 home games between Jan. 3-26.
ASU then hosts rival Arizona on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the first meeting of the schools. ASU returns the trip with a Sunday, Feb. 10, game in Tucson on FSN.
ASU plays host to 2007 Atlantic 10 co-champion Xavier on Dec. 15, as the Musketeers (24-8 in 2006-2007) are ranked 22nd in the ESPN summer rankings. The game will also match Herb Sendek against a former NC State and Miami (Ohio) assistant coach of his, as Sean Miller is one of six former Sendek aides to be a head coach on the Division I level.
The Sun Devils will play at Big 12 member Nebraska on Sunday, Dec. 2, as part of the Pac-10/Big 12 Challenge. Nebraska will play in Tempe in 2008-2009.
ASU plays two exhibition games against local colleges, as it plays Grand Canyon on Nov. 3 and Western New Mexico on Nov. 7.
2007-2008 ARIZONA STATE MEN'S TENTATIVE BASKETBALL SCHEDULESat. Nov. 3 Grand Canyon (EXH)Wed. Nov. 7 Western New Mexico (EXH)
MAUI INVITATIONALMon. Nov. 19 vs. IllinoisTue. Nov. 20 vs. Duke/PrincetonWed. Nov. 21 TBD
Mon. Nov. 26 Cal Poly SLOWed. Nov. 28 Florida Gulf CoastSun. Dec. 2 @NebraskaWed. Dec. 5 Delaware StateSat. Dec. 8 Coppin StateSat. Dec. 15 XavierTue. Dec. 18 Montana StateSat. Dec. 22 IdahoSat. Dec. 29 St. Francis (Pa.)
Thur. Jan. 3 OregonSat. Jan. 5 Oregon State
Wed. Jan. 9 Arizona
Thur. Jan. 17 @CaliforniaSat. Jan. 19 @Stanford
Thur. Jan. 24 WashingtonSat. Jan. 26 Washington State
Thur. Jan. 31 @UCLASat. Feb. 2 @USC
Sun. Feb. 10 @Arizona
Thur. Feb. 14 StanfordSat. Feb. 16 California
Thur. Feb. 21 @Washington StateSat. Feb. 23 @Washington
Thur. Feb. 28 UCLASat. Mar. 1 USC
Thur. Mar. 6 @OregonSat. Mar. 8 @Oregon State
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT AT STAPLES CENTERWed.-Sat. Mar. 12-15 @Los Angeles