Arizona State will face an opponent in the opening round of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic on Monday, Nov. 24, that brings back great memories of an early season tournament.
The Sun Devils will face Maryland at 7 p.m. ET/5 p.m. MT on ESPNU at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. ASU will then face either Iowa State or Alabama the next night.
Arizona State and the Terrapins have met just twice, but the most recent meeting was a great one in Arizona State history. Unranked Arizona State entered the 1994 Maui Invitational under Bill Frieder and beat Texas A&M 103-73 and upset No. 13 Michigan 79-62 in the first two rounds. The Sun Devils then topped seventh-ranked and Joe Smith-led Maryland 97-90 in the final on Nov. 23. The Sun Devils shot .604 from the field, while Mario Bennett earned Maui Invitational MVP honors. It marked ASU’s first tournament title outside Arizona since the 1970-71 season, and shot the Sun Devils to 12th in the Associated Press rankings the next week. ASU won seven games against ranked opponents that year en route to a Sweet Sixteen appearance for the first time since the 1974-75 season. Bill Frieder also became first coach to win three Maui Invitational titles, as he won it in 1985 and 1988 at Michigan.
Maryland beat ASU 65-50 in the other meeting in the 1953-54 season. Sun Devil head coach Herb Sendek posted seven wins vs. Maryland in his time at Arizona State.
PRESEASON TOURNAMENTS UNDER COACH SENDEK
ASU has played in Anaheim (Wooden Legacy in November of 2013 and 76 Classic in 2008), Las Vegas Invitational (2012), Orland (Old Spice Classic in 2011), Anchorage (Great Alaska Shootout in 2010), New York City (Preseason NIT in 2009) and the Maui Invitational November of 2007) under Coach Sendek in his eight years.
Semifinal Doubleheader/Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.
Monday, November 24
Arizona State vs. Maryland (ESPNU)/7 p.m. ET/5 p.m. MT
Alabama vs. Iowa State (ESPN2)/9:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. MT
Championship Doubleheader/Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.
Tuesday, November 25
Consolation Game (ESPN3)/7 p.m. ET/5 p.m. MT
Championship Game (ESPNU)/9:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. MT
CBE Hall of Fame Classic
The event is named after the College Basketball Experience, the award-winning and highly interactive college basketball fan facility adjacent to Sprint Center, which also features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Opened in October 2007, the College Basketball Experience is the nation's only facility that celebrates, in its entirety, the sport of men's collegiate basketball. The tournament, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was initially established in 2001 as the Guardians Classic.
@SunDevilHoops To Face Maryland Nov. 24 In CBE Hall of Fame Classic
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics