Hours before the National Invitation Tournament announced its 32-team field Sunday, the Arizona State men's basketball team huddled at practice.
LOS ANGELES - With the game on the line, Jahii Carson flashed down the court, the final seconds ticking, and pulled up from about 25 feet. The shot felt good.
TEMPE - Herb Sendek insists he does not pay attention to bracketologists or mock NCAA Tournament fields. The Arizona State coach simply focuses on the next game.
TEMPE - Gritty Arizona State won't go away. And as a result, perhaps it's time to view these Sun Devils as Pac-12 contenders.
CORVALLIS, Ore. - When it was over, Arizona State let loose a little. The Sun Devils teased Carrick Felix about getting dunked on. They laughed at Chris Colvin, who tried to bank a short jumper off the glass only to miss the backboard.
SAN FRANCISCO - There are more-prestigious bowls, better matchups with better payouts. But Arizona State has a rare opportunity against Navy in today's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park.
SAN FRANCISCO — There are more-prestigious bowls, better matchups with better payouts. But Arizona State has a rare opportunity against Navy in today’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park.
SAN FRANCISCO - Taylor Kelly knows he can't relax. Not with Michael Eubank and Mike Bercovici still wanting his job as Arizona State's starting quarterback. Not with a talented quarterback from Alpharetta, Ga., committed to the Sun Devils' 2013 recruiting class.
SAN FRANCISCO — Taylor Kelly knows he can’t relax. Not with Michael Eubank and Mike Bercovici still wanting his job as Arizona State’s starting quarterback. Not with a talented quarterback from Alpharetta, Ga., committed to the Sun Devils’ 2013 recruiting class.
Arizona State coach Todd Graham said Sunday the Sun Devils will dedicate Saturday's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl to the memory of Marion Grice's brother.
TEMPE - Through the first 11 games of his college career, Jahii Carson has met the lofty expectations heaped upon him coming out of Mesa High School.
TEMPE - Not long after he arrived as Arizona State's co-defensive coordinator, Paul Randolph watched every game from the previous season, paying particular attention to a passionate defensive tackle wearing No. 90.
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The frustration caught up with Brandon Magee this week, and the Arizona State senior linebacker got it off his chest.
TEMPE - Entering tonight's showdown against Oregon, Todd Graham issued a challenge:
We've heard from manager Kirk Gibson. For almost every day since the season began. He says the Diamondbacks need to keep grinding. He's confident they can reverse course and contend in the National League West.
PHOENIX - The Diamondbacks' recent struggles may not have gotten your attention, but perhaps this will: The home team hasn't won a home series in more than a month. In fact, their last series win at home came the first week of the season.
LAS VEGAS - No one called a team meeting. No one went from
player to player to try to build support.
TEMPE - Arizona State's coaching search, which officially lasted
17 days, produced an unexpected result when Pittsburgh's Todd
Graham was hired Wednesday as the Sun Devils' third football coach
in five years.
TEMPE - As Arizona State launches its third coaching search in
11 years, Lisa Love wants to make one thing clear: "We are not
starting from Ground Zero," the school's vice president of
TEMPE - For Arizona State's 24 seniors, it's hard to imagine
more emotion piled into one game.
PASADENA, Calif. - Entering Saturday, Arizona State was in the
most valued position in sports. The Sun Devils controlled their
destiny. To clinch the Pac-12 South, all they had to do was win
their next two games.
EUGENE, Ore. - On a wet Saturday night at Autzen Stadium,
everything lined up for Arizona State.
SALT LAKE CITY - Forget the past. It no longer matters. Arizona
State is a different team.
TEMPE - Jamal Miles was hard to overshadow, but Cameron Marshall
nearly pulled it off.
Through four games, it's been hard to get a grasp on Arizona
State's defense. Take last week: USC moved the ball easily for most
of the second half. And yet, the Sun Devils made enough plays -
forcing turnovers - to post a significant win.
PHOENIX - Tyler Skaggs has played in all-star games for as long
as he can remember. But today's XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase
Field, the opening baseball event for this week's Phoenix All-Star
festivities, holds special significance.
PHOENIX - The chance for victory presented itself in the eighth
inning. Tie game. Go-ahead run on third. Nobody out. And the
Diamondbacks' best run producers coming to the plate.
PHOENIX - Daniel Hudson hasn't pitched poorly this season; he
just hasn't always been lucky. Perhaps that's starting to
BERKELEY, Calif. - Jorge Gutierrez scored a career-high 34
points, Markhuri Sanders-Frison had 12 points and California held
on to beat UCLA 76-72 in overtime Sunday night to break a four-game
losing streak in thrilling fashion.
Arizona State's bowl hopes, hanging by a thread despite a
thrilling double-overtime win at rival Arizona, flat-lined
TEMPE - By now, the close calls carry no weight with Arizona
State fans. They've seen it too often from a team capable of
competing with the nation's elite, only to see victory slip away
time and time again.
At this point, after all the near misses, Arizona State isn't a
hard team to figure out.
LOS ANGELES - The kick carried left, and the Arizona State Sun
Devils practically collapsed.
LOS ANGELES - Arizona State junior safety Clint Floyd grew up
about five blocks from the Los Angeles Coliseum.
TEMPE - Hello, Sun Devil Stadium. It's been a long time.
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Sun Devils walked off the field in the
rain Saturday, their heads lowered. Receiver Gerell Robinson raised
his hands as if to say, "What just happened?"
BERKELEY, Calif. - Steven Threet insists he has no idea what the
Pac-10 standings look like today. The ASU quarterback knows Oregon
is on top and undefeated.
TEMPE - For the second consecutive week, the Arizona State Sun
Devils stayed with a nationally ranked opponent, showcasing their
potential, only to flat-line at key moments.
TEMPE - Every university could use a few professors like Brandon
MADISON, Wis. - Having just silenced Camp Randall Stadium, a
place that sways - literally - with excitement, quarterback Steven
Threet approached his defense and delivered a message on the
Arizona State sideline.
MADISON, Wis. - Every reversal needs a starting point, a place
the faithful can relive at tailgate parties, telling one another:
That's when the program shifted. That's when the past faded into
TEMPE - Arizona State's opener tonight against Division II
Portland State is significant on several levels.
PHOENIX - Tim Lincecum seems to have had the Diamondbacks'
number throughout his career, and that extends to college.
PHOENIX - Let's face it. The daily dose of Diamondbacks news is
depressing the die-hards. No one goes to bed anymore hoping to wake
up to a miracle.
PHOENIX - Brandon Webb said Saturday that he finally sees a
light at the end of his shoulder recovery, one that has limited him
to four innings the past two seasons.
Throughout the season's struggles, A.J. Hinch has had several
PHOENIX - Not long ago, Amare Stoudemire was praised for setting
aside his ego, raising his game and leading the Suns on a
TEMPE - Yes, the Arizona State men's basketball team is disappointed over its NCAA tournament fate. But, no, coach Herb Sendek doesn't think the emotional fallout will carry over to tonight's first-round game against Jacksonville in the NIT.
TEMPE - Its NCAA tournament hopes dashed, Arizona State might
now face its biggest challenge of the season: letting go of the
Derek Glasser remembers all too well what it was like watching
the NCAA Tournament selection show as a bubble team two years