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For the past 41 years of Jim Boeheim's coaching tenure, Syracuse men's basketball has had a reputation of playing one of the toughest 2-3 zone defenses in college basketball. In a stacked ACC conference that includes Virginia, Duke and North Carolina, the Orange finished second in scoring defense – holding teams to 64.5 points per game (15th in the country).
ASU men’s basketball was in search of its Las Vegas magic during the Pac-12 tournament after a disappointing 8-10 finish in conference play during the regular season. The Sun Devils upset then-No. 15 Xavier to win the Continental Tire Invitational tournament in November in Las Vegas to shape the team’s impressive 12-0 non-conference record.
After suffering its only three-game losing streak of the season, ASU men’s basketball bounced back in blowout fashion by beating California at Wells Fargo Arena 84-53 on Thursday evening.
Since ASU head coach Bobby Hurley took over the men’s basketball program in 2015, the formula to beat the Sun Devils has been simple – dominate the paint. Arizona did it last week, Oregon did it on Thursday and Oregon State did it Saturday night, defeating the Sun Devils 79-75.
No. 25 ASU men’s basketball had a sold out crowd and even had its starting lineup introduced by legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer before Thursday night's game against rival No. 17 UA, but it wasn't enough, as the Wildcats, led by freshman sensation Deandre Ayton, beat the Sun Devils 77-70.
UA head coach Sean Miller found himself in unfamiliar territory before his then-No.17 Wildcats team took on then-No.3 ASU on Dec. 30, saying it’s one of the best offensive teams he has faced throughout his coaching tenure.
After the final buzzer went off Thursday night, senior guard duo Tra Holder and Shannon Evans II climbed unto the scorer’s table to electrify the crowd after ASU’s 80-78 comeback win against USC in the final seconds of the game.
Looking to avoid a second consecutive road loss, No. 25 ASU men's basketball pulled out an 88-78 victory over the Washington State Cougars at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Washington on Sunday afternoon to split yet another weekend series.
No. 21 ASU men’s basketball used a flurry of six-straight threes and an 18-2 run in the second half to separate itself from the University of Colorado Buffaloes and pull off a desperate conference victory, 80-66, Saturday night.
No. 21 ASU men’s basketball has exceeded expectations this season, and many critics believe they are a year ahead of schedule. The Sun Devils have been ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation, while receiving a few first-place votes, and the hype surrounding the team includes the meticulous play of their three senior leaders – Shannon Evans II, Kodi Justice and Tra Holder – who anchor the team’s success. Or do they?
Coming into Wednesday’s matchup against No. 16 ASU men’s basketball, unranked Stanford had a 12-game losing streak against ranked opponents. But an unsung hero off the bench, and another inconsistent game by ASU leading scorer Tra Holder contributed to the Cardinal's 86-77 win over the Sun Devils.
ASU drew its largest crowd since 2010, but it was the visiting Oregon Ducks (12-5, 2-2 Pac-12), however, who found a way to get the crowd out of the game, defeating the Sun Devils 76-72 on Thursday night.
Road trips come with a number of downsides for any team – unfamiliar beds, airports and repetitive meals. The No. 11 ASU men's basketball team is coming home to Tempe after a long three-game road trip in which it notched only one win.
Coming off a tough loss to No. 14 Arizona, the feeling was that No. 4 ASU would bounce back against an average Colorado team. However, that was not the case Thursday night in Boulder.
The matchup between No. 3 ASU vs No. 17 Arizona lived up to the hype and expectation Saturday night in Tucson, giving fans a combination of frustration, excitement and nervousness. However, it was the Wildcats who were able to outlast the Sun Devils and win 84-78 to give them their first loss of the season.
It could be argued that senior guard Shannon Evans II resembles what it means to be an underdog. He had only one division I scholarship offer coming out of high school, his No. 3 Sun Devils had a three percent chance to beat Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse earlier this month and the ASU backcourt garners little media attention despite leading its team to a 12-0 start for the first time in program history.
The No. 3 Sun Devils finished their non-conference schedule and continued their win streak after beating Pacific (5-8) with ease, 104-65, on Friday afternoon.
A slow start, once again, did not prevent No. 3 ASU (11-0) from winning as the Sun Devils pulled away from Longwood, 95-61, in its non-conference home finale on Tuesday night.
No. 5 ASU got off to a slow start but used defense and a typical performance from senior point guard Tra Holder to help beat Vanderbilt (3-7), 76-64. The Sun Devils remain one of four undefeated teams in college basketball as of Sunday afternoon.
An unexpected performance by freshman guard Remy Martin helped No. 16 ASU stun No. 2 Kansas in Lawrence, 95-85, making it only the second time in ASU school history to begin the season 9-0.