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@SunDevilHoops To Play At UNLV, Host Marquette And Make Jaunts To Chicago And Southern California In Non-Conference Slate
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Release: 06/06/2013
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June 6, 2013

Arizona State men's basketball will open the 2013-14 season on Nov. 8 in the earliest game in school history, take on NCAA Tournament teams UNLV (Nov. 19 in Las Vegas) and Marquette (Nov. 25 in Tempe) within the first six games, play a school where Herb Sendek got his head coaching start (Miami of Ohio), travel to the Wooden Legacy in Fullerton and Anaheim with a field that includes Miami (Fla.), Creighton and San Diego State and host Tubby Smith and the Texas Tech Red Raiders as part of its 14-game non-conference slate in 2013-14.

The Sun Devils (22-13 and 9-9, tied for sixth in Pac-12) notched their fourth 20-win season under Coach Sendek in his seven years in 2012-13, something that ASU did just three times in the prior 25 seasons to his arrival in spring of 2006. Jahii Carson, the Pac-12's co-Freshman of the Year in 2012-13, returns in 2013-14 and his play in the final six games had heads turning with these numbers: 22.5 ppg., 6.0 rpg., 5.0 apg., .551 from the field, .500 from the three-point stripe and .800 from the free throw line. Jahii is one of only three All-Pac-12 first-team players returning next season (Dwight Powell of Stanford and Spencer Dinwiddie of Colorado are the others).

Jahii averaged 18.5 points and 5.1 assists last season, the first freshman to do that since Chris McGuthrie of Mount St. Mary's notched the feat in 1992-93 (19.8/.5.1). Senior Jordan Bachynski, who set the Pac-12 and Sun Devil season record with 120 blocks last year, will anchor the front line.

Less than 300 miles from Tempe, UNLV played in its fourth straight NCAA Tournament in 2012-13 and their sixth in the last seven years, one of just a dozen programs nationally have matched that and it is tops in the Mountain West over that span. Head coach Dave Rice led UNLV to another 25-win season in 2012-13 and the 51 wins by the program over the last two seasons is the most by a UNLV coach after his first two years leading the program (Jerry Tarkanian had 44 wins in his first two years). UNLV won four games over ranked teams last year and returns two starters and six players overall from that team. Three additional players redshirted last year and five newcomers will be welcomed for 2013-14. ASU will then host the Runnin' Rebels in 2014-15.

The Sun Devils will open the season against Maryland-Baltimore County on Friday, Nov. 8, in what will be the earliest start date in school history. Twice the Sun Devils have opened on Nov. 10, but Nov. 8 will be the earliest the school has opened a season and also the earliest Coach Sendek has opened a season. How much has the college basketball season schedule changed? In Coach Sendek's first season at Miami of Ohio in 1993-94, his opener was on Nov. 27. ASU will have played six games by Nov. 27. His Miami squad didn't play its second game until Dec. 3. ASU will have played nine games by Dec. 3 in 2013-14.

ASU will welcome Miami of Ohio on Nov. 12, the school where Herb Sendek earned his first head coaching position. From 1993-96 he compiled a 63-26 (.708) mark and three postseason appearances, including a NCAA second-round appearance in 1995 when Miami upset Arizona in the first round in Dayton. ASU then welcomes Idaho State on Nov. 15.

After its Tuesday night tilt at UNLV, ASU returns to Tempe to host Missouri Valley Conference member Bradley, who has appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments.

One of the best teams in the nation the past eight seasons visits Wells Fargo Arena on Nov. 25, and the Marquette Golden Eagles have been a consistent member of summer top-25 for next season. ASU will return the trip to Milwaukee in 2014-15. Marquette has been a top-30 RPI team in six of the past eight seasons, including No. 12 in 2012-13 when it reached the Elite Eight, and has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in each of the past three seasons.

It has made made eight straight NCAA Tournaments, the sixth-best current streak in the nation. Only Kansas (24), Duke (18), Michigan State (16), Gonzaga (15) and Wisconsin (15) have better current marks. The Golden Eagles also have posted eight straight 20-win seasons.

2012-13: 12/26-9
2011-12: 17/27-8
2010-11: 30/22-15
2009-01: 40/22-12
2008-09: 48/25-10
2007-08: 21/25-10
2006-07: 17/24-10
2005-06: 22/20-11

ASU and Marquette also will be a part of The Wooden Legacy, an all-new multi-team collegiate basketball tournament, during the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday in Orange County. The tournament was formed with the former John R. Wooden Classic and the Anaheim Classic, the eight-team, three-day, 12-game bracketed event that has been staged the past six years in Anaheim, one that ASU took part in November of 2008. With the expansion, the 2013 Wooden Legacy will be held at two sites. The opening two rounds will be played at Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29. The games then move to Honda Center with four placement contests including the championship game between the remaining unbeaten schools on Sunday, Dec. 1.

The 12 games will air across ESPN networks. Joining Arizona State in the 2013 Wooden Legacy will be NCAA Championship participants Creighton (28-8 with Doug McDermott returning), ACC champion Miami (Fla.) (29-7) and San Diego State (23-11). Cal State Fullerton, College of Charleston (24-10 in 2012-13) and George Washington are also in the field. Cal State Fullerton is coached by seven-year Sun Devil assistant coach Dedrique Taylor, who is the tenth former Coach Sendek assistant to earn a Division I head coaching job, including eight currently.

After returning from southern California, ASU will head to Chicago to take on DePaul on Friday, Dec. 6, in a state that is full of Sun Devils. More than 7,100 Sun Devil alumni call Illinois home, the fourth-largest Sun Devil following outside Arizona, behind only California (35,000+), Texas (10,000+) and Colorado (8,200+).

After playing its first nine games in a 23-day span, ASU takes some time off for final exams and plays just once in the next 13 days, facing Grambling in Tempe on Dec. 14, before it hosts the Tubby Smith-led Texas Tech Red Raiders on Dec. 21. Smith and Coach Sendek were on the same staff at Kentucky under Rick Pitino which also included Billy Donovan in the early 1990s.

ASU will then host UC Irvine in its final non-conference game on Saturday, Dec. 28, before Pac-12 play begins the week of Jan. 1st (Wednesday) through the 5th (Sunday). UC Irvine's 2012-13 season included a 21-16 record (11-7 Big West) and the program's first postseason appearance in 11 years as the 'Eaters advanced to the second round of the Tournament (CIT). The 21 wins were the most for the program in the last 11 years and tied for third-most in a season in the 48-year history of the university. The 11 conference victories were the most in 10 years for UCI. The 'Eaters advanced to the championship game of the Big West Conference Tournament for the fourth time in history and the first time in the last five years. UCI topped Hawai'i and No. 1 seed Long Beach State before falling to Pacific in the final.

Nov. 8 vs. Maryland-Baltimore County
Nov. 12 vs. Miami (Ohio)
Nov. 15 vs. Idaho State
Nov. 19 at UNLV
Nov. 22 vs. Bradley
Nov. 25 vs. Marquette
Nov. 28 at Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)
Nov. 29 at Wooden Legacy (Fullerton , Calif.)
Nov. 30 at Wooden Legacy (Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.)
Dec. 6 at DePaul
Dec. 14 vs. Grambling
Dec. 21 vs. Texas Tech
Dec. 28 vs. UC-Irvine

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