We often attend the Pac-12 men's basketball tournament in Los Angeles. It's a few days in downtown LA, where we always visit the old city library (beautiful), walk everywhere (safer than you think), stay on the cheap (always good as long as the bedbugs don't bite), and watch a whole lot of hoop.G ... More >>
For Arizona State, it's a chance at redemption after a lost season with just ten wins (but one of those was last Sunday's stunner over Arizona). For the Wildcats, it's desperation time, as they have to win at least two games and probably three at the Pac-12 basketball tournament ... More >>
Arizona State's basketball team (the guy's version) has been ranked in the lower realms of all Division I programs this season, and yesterday afternoon's game in Tempe against the Arizona Wildcats had the makings of a butt-whipping--for the Cats. Most of those geeks who study the "B ... More >>
Pierre Newton may have had a "career" game last night up in Boulder, hitting a late three-pointer for the ASU men's basketball team near the end of a Pac-12 contest against Colorado.The problem for the Sun Devils was that Newton was in the game at all. He is a 6-4 walk-on freshman from Laveen, where ... More >>
Arizona State's men's basketball team played well most of the way last night against a pretty tough Oregon team, but ended up on the short end of a 67-58 loss.The Sun Devils hung tough until the last few minutes of their first Pac-12 home game, but simply didn't have the horses to get a much-need ... More >>
There's a very sound reason we don't engage in sports gambling but on the rare occasion: We learned the hard way a long time ago that we come too close too often to striking gold--but almost inevitably lose.Sun Devils surprise Trojans in LA last nightWe wrote yesterday that, in our imaginary ... More >>
At this moment on the cusp of the Sweet 16, it strikes us as flat-out absurd how much big-time college basketball and football coaches continue to rake in, no matter what the economy is doing to most of the rest of us. Former Tennessee men's BB coach Bruce Pearl at a Lady Vols' game ... More >>
The Arizona Wildcats will take the floor in a few hours against the Memphis Tigers in first-round NCAA action.Onetime Arizona Wildcat Josh Pastner about to coach against old teamThe 5th-seeded Cats are favored over a young Tigers team coached by former Arizona player and assistant coach Josh Past ... More >>
This edition of the Arizona Wildcats is unlikely to get too deep into the upcoming NCAA tournament--inexperience at the point guard position and other shortcomings surely will spell their doom, hopefully in the second weekend, not the first. We like Derrick Williams, the Pac-10's best player. ... More >>
Just last week, Arizona State laid a hurtin' on the Oregon Ducks over in Tempe, and the rematch looked favorable for the Sun Devils in the first round of the Pac-10 men's basketball tournament in Los Angeles. Pac-10 Coach of the Year Sean Miller But last night's season-ending 76-69 loss t ... More >>
We first met Mike Bibby when he was a high-school junior at Phoenix Shadow Mountain High, one of the most highly recruited players in the nation. He was the son of onetime NBA player (and coach) Henry Bibby, with whom he was not close at the time. Mike Bibby, one of Arizona's greatest basketb ... More >>
When the Washington State Cougars rushed down the court down by two points with seconds to go on Saturday afternoon, just about everyone in the Wells Fargo Arena probably shared a similar thought: Oh, shit!A win! A win! ASU coach Herb Sendek gets off the snide.The Arizona State Sun Devils ha ... More >>
First, we note that the lowly Cleveland Cavs somehow beat the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers last night in what has to rank as the sports upset of this new year. A real stunner. ASU coach Herb Sendek needs help from the basketball gods For the ASU Sun Devils to beat a ... More >>
One of the very best college basketball games of the season aired on Saturday night, ending with the Arizona Wildcats nipping the Cal Golden Bears 107-105 in three thrilling overtimes.Saturday night's road win made it a rare sweep of the Bay Area schools (Cal and Stanford), and kept the surprisin ... More >>
Momentous happenings in men's Pac-10 basketball as the conference's second half got underway last night with the Arizona teams on the road in the Bay Area.Arizona's Derrick WilliamsFor starters, the Arizona Wildcats took over sole possession of first place by virtue of a tough win over the Stanfo ... More >>
Two men's college basketball teams going in opposite directions at the moment, those being the Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils.Down year continues for ASUWe watched the Cats break open a tight game against the formidable UCLA Bruins last night on ESPN-2, coming away with an 85-7 ... More >>
The Big Dance finally started an hour or so ago, with Florida and BYU going at it in Oklahoma City. We're here at work, occasionally (really) checking the scores on the Internet, just like millions of other March Madness junkies. We already are rethinking our Final Four picks of Ka ... More >>
Picked by the pre-season pundits to finish in seventh place, the Arizona State Sun Devils improbably moved into a virtual first-place tie with Cal on Sunday afternoon as the Pac-10 men's basketball into the homestretch.ASU beat the fading Arizona Wildcats 73-69 in an especially intense game yeste ... More >>
Can Sendeks crew compete sans Harden, Pendergraph?
Devils attempt to continue Beavers dry spell in Tempe
We like Herb Sendek (pictured) and how he's taken a beaten-down ASU men's basketball program up a notch in the past few years, thanks in large part to his now-departed superstar James Harden. Sendek's guys always play hard and, at times last year, well enough to compete with all b ... More >>
We were in Oklahoma City the last time the ASU men's basketball team took the floor in the wonderful event known to all as March Madness. Led by Ike Diogu, the Sun Devils got stomped by a championship-level Kansas team in the second round after upsetting Memphis a few days earlier. That wo ... More >>
The ASU men's basketball team has one last chance at 6 p.m. tonight to beat one of the Washington schools this season, when they meet the Washington Huskies in semi-final action at the Pac-10 basketball tournament here in L.A. The Sun Devils are fresh from completing a trifecta of victories over on ... More >>
Although the ASU men's basketball team didn't win the Pac-10 Conference championship this year, Sun Devils guard James Harden was named Pac-10 Player of the Year today by conference coaches.The 6-foot-5 sophomore led the Pac-10 in scoring with 20.8 points per game. He also averaged 1.7 steals, 4.1 a ... More >>
ASU, UofA get smashmouth at Wells Fargo Arena
It was an unlikely coming-out party for Washington State freshman Klay Thompson at Wells Fargo Arena last night, as the rail-thin guard led the Cougars to a 65-55 upset over the Arizona State Sun Devils. The son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson hit shots from all over the ... More >>
No-name canines have a bite thats worse than their bark
Are we really mentioning ASU and UofA in the same breath? At last?
By Paul Rubin When we named ASU fast-pitch softball pitcher Katie Burkart "Best Female College Athlete" in our Best of Phoenix issue last September, we quietly wondered if it wouldn't be the kiss of death to the team's chance of making it to the College World Series the following June. After all, t ... More >>
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