Schedule Update: Sun Devils To Face 2021 NCAA Champion Baylor in Atlantis
Sun Devil basketball under Bobby Hurley has had some solid success in the exempt tournaments in his six seasons, with a pair of Las Vegas championships and quality wins each season.
The program will get its chance again in November of 2021, with a game against the defending NCAA Champion Baylor Bears slated for a 7:30 p.m. ET tip on ESPN2 in the Bahamas.
Tournament tickets and reservations are available now at atlantisbahamas.com/battle4atlantis.
Atlantis Paradise Island is resuming the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis this year for a tenth time as ASU will be a part of it for the first time. It will be held Nov. 24-26 including a full schedule on Thanksgiving (Nov. 25). ASU and Baylor join Auburn, UCONN, Loyola-Chicago, Michigan State, Syracuse and VCU in the field.
ASU VS. BAYLOR (BAYLOR LEADS 6-2)
at Baylor 89, ASU 86 (Mar. 22, 2013/NIT)
at #11 Baylor 68, ASU 54 (Dec. 2, 2010)
Baylor 64, ASU 61 (Dec. 3, 2009)
Baylor 87, #14 ASU 78 (Nov. 28, 2008 at Anaheim)
ASU 89, Baylor 73 (Nov. 26, 1988 at Richmond)
ASU 90, Baylor 87 (Dec. 17, 1965)
Baylor 44, ASU 31 (1938-39 at Oklahoma City)
The Sun Devils have been super good in November under Coach Hurley -- 18-3 (.857) the past four seasons -- as they have jumped out of the gates as well as anyone in college hoops the past few years. The program captured titles in Las Vegas at the 2017 Continental Tire Invitational and at the 2018 MGM Resorts Main Event. It also has posted wins vs. Rhode Island and St. John's in Connecticut, Utah State, Mississippi State, Xavier and Kansas State in Las Vegas, Tulane in Orlando and North Carolina State in Brooklyn.
ASU IN NOVEMBER PAST THREE SEASONS (18-3)
ASU 100, Houston Baptist 77 (Nov. 29, 2020)
#3 Villanova 83, ASU 74 at Uncasville, CT (Nov. 26, 2020)
ASU 94, Rhode Island 88 at Uncasville, CT (Nov. 25, 2020)
ASU 67, at Princeton 65 (Nov. 26, 2019)
#7 Virginia 48, ASU 45 at Uncasville, CT (Nov. 24, 2019)/defending NCAA champion
ASU 80, St. John's 67 at Uncasville, CT (Nov. 23, 2019)
ASU 92, Rider 55 (Nov. 17, 2019)
ASU 90, Central Connecticut State 49 (Nov. 14, 2019)
Colorado 81, ASU 71 at Shanghai, China (Nov. 6, 2019)
ASU 89, Omaha 71 (Nov. 28, 2018)
ASU 87, Utah State 82 at Las Vegas (Nov. 21, 2018)/MWC Champ and NCAA Team
ASU 72, #16 Mississippi State 67 at Las Vegas (Nov. 19, 2018)/NCAA Team
ASU 90, Long Beach State 58 (Nov. 12, 2018)
ASU 80, McNeese State 52 (Nov. 9, 2018)
ASU 102, Cal State Fullerton 94, 2 OT (Nov. 6, 2018)
ASU 102, #15 Xavier 86 at Las Vegas (Nov. 24, 2017)/Eventual No. 1 seed
ASU 92, Kansas State 90 at Las Vegas (Nov. 23, 2017)/Elite Eight
ASU 99, UC Irvine 78 (Nov. 19, 2017)
ASU 97, NAU 62 (Nov. 17, 2017)
ASU 90, San Diego State 68 (Nov. 14, 2017)/NCAA
ASU 94, Idaho State 74 (Nov. 10, 2017)
ASU IN NEUTRAL SITE EXEMPT GAMES UNDER BOBBY HURLEY
#3 Villanova 83, #18 ASU 74 (Nov. 26, 2020 at at Mohegan Sun Arena) -- 2K Empire Classic
#18 ASU 94, Rhode Island 88 (Nov. 25, 2020 at Mohegan Sun Arena) -- 2K Empire Classic
#7 Virginia 48, ASU 45 (Nov. 24, 2019 at Mohegan Sun Arena) -- Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament
ASU 80, St. John's 67 (Nov. 23, 2019 at Mohegan Sun Arena) -- Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament
ASU 87, Utah State 82 (Nov. 21, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas) -- MGM Resorts Main Event
ASU 72, #15 Mississippi State 67 (Nov. 20, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas) -- MGM Resorts Main Event
ASU 102, #15 Xavier 86 (Nov. 24, 2017 at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas) -- Continental Tire Invitational
ASU 92, Kansas State 90 (Nov. 23, 2017 at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas) -- Continental Tire Invitational
Davidson 68, ASU 60 (Nov. 19, 2016 at Orlando) -- Tire Pros Invitational
ASU 80, Tulane 71 (Nov. 18, 2016 at Orlando) -- Tire Pros Invitational
Northern Iowa 82, ASU 63 (Nov. 17, 2016 at Orlando) -- Tire Pros Invitational
Marquette 78, ASU 73, OT (Nov. 24, 2015 at Barclays Center) -- CBE Classic
ASU 79, NC State 76 (Nov. 23, 2015 at Barclays Center) -- CBE Classic
GONNA' PLAY FOLKS: Bobby Hurley is going to play some folks. In his first year after looking at a schedule he inherited that included tilts against NC State in Brooklyn, at Creighton, at UNLV and against eventual No. 18 Texas A&M, he put the wheels in motion to play at Kentucky and filled a holiday break hole that could have been a yawner with Stephen F. Austin. In 2016-17, the squad played No. 1 Kentucky in the Bahamas, Purdue in New York City, at San Diego State, and finished a series with No. 9 Creighton. Kansas returned a trip to Tempe in December of 2018 after ASU's win on Dec. 10, 2017. Villanova last year was the seventh top-10 non-conference opponent Bobby Hurley played in his six years, after ASU faced one in the previous 17 seasons.
ASU REGULAR SEASON OOC GAMES VS. TOP-10 TEAMS (SINCE JOINING PAC-10)
7 UNDER BOBBY HURLEY (SIX SEASONS)
#3 Villanova 83, ASU 74 at Uncasville, CT (Nov. 26, 2020)
#7 Virginia 48, ASU 45 (Nov. 24, 2019)
#18 ASU 80, #1 Kansas 76 (Dec. 22, 2018)
#16 ASU 95 @#2 Kansas 85 (Dec. 10, 2017)
#9 Creighton 96, ASU 85 (Dec. 20, 2016)
#1 Kentucky 115, ASU 69 (Nov. 28, 2016 at Bahamas)
@#5 Kentucky 72, ASU 58 (Dec. 12, 2015)
PRIOR TO BOBBY HURLEY (8)
#7 Duke 64, ASU 53 (Nov. 25, 2009 at MSG)
#2 Kansas 90, ASU 88, OT (Nov. 26, 1997 at MSG)
ASU 97, #7 Maryland 90 (November 23, 1994 at Maui)
@#8 Oklahoma St. 87, ASU 69 (December 2, 1993)
@#9 Kentucky 94, ASU 68 (December 14, 1991)
@#2 Kansas 90, ASU 67 (December 22, 1989)
#10 North Carolina 85, ASU 66 (December 23, 1984 at Tokyo)
#6 Missouri 48, ASU 47 (December 27, 1982 at Honolulu)
The tournament schedule, tickets and reservations are available at: atlantisbahamas.com/battle4atlantis.
LET'S GET THOSE PEOPLE BACK: Everyone knows the 2019-20 and 2020-21 hit the Sun Devil program hard in terms of momentum. In addition to a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance getting canceled in 2020 -- which would have been a first for the program since the early 1960s -- the Sun Devils had turned the corner on attendance. Desert Financial Arena had averaged 10,140 fans in the past three years starting with the 2017-18 season, with 496,872 fans attending 49 Sun Devil home games, as ASU racked up a 39-10 record. In the three previous seasons in 51 home games ASU averaged 6,087 fans (310,459).
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