Men’s Basketball | March 16, 2023
DENVER – Sun Devil Men’s Basketball faces No. 6 seed TCU in the NCAA Tournament First Round on Friday at Ball Arena.
Winners of three of their last four including a resounding 98-73 victory over Nevada in the NCAA First Four yesterday, Arizona State (23-12) looks to continue their recent success in a matchup with a talented TCU squad. The winner will play the winner of the No. 3 Gonzaga/No. 14 Grand Canyon first round contest.
HOW TO FOLLOW
ASU’s game against TCU in the NCAA Tournament will be broadcasted on TruTV, scheduled for a 7:05 PM MST tip-off. Lisa Byington (play-by-play), Steve Smith (analyst) Avery Johnson (analyst), and Andy Katz (sideline) will be on the call. Every NCAA Tournament game will air on the Turner family of networks, which includes CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. Make sure to listen to Tim Healey and Kyle Dodd on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM (KMVP). The action can also be tracked via live stats available here.
TAKING ON TCU
This will be the fifth meeting all-time between Arizona State and TCU, with the two sides splitting the previous matchups. This will be the second time the game comes in the postseason, as the programs squared off in the 1983 NIT Second Round. The Sun Devils won the most recent battle, taking down the Horned Frogs 52-49 in Tempe back in 2010. Bobby Hurley is 3-1 in his ASU career against the Big 12. All three of his wins have come against Kansas teams, including two victories over the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks in back-to-back years.
LAST TIME OUT
ASU shot 64% from the floor in a 98-73 victory over Nevada on Wednesday. It’s the highest shooting percentage a Sun Devil team has had under Head Coach Bobby Hurley and the second highest in an NCAA Tournament Opening Round/First Four game. In the 133 NCAA Tournament games played at Dayton Arena, ASU’s shooting percentage was the best ever. In fact, it is the best shooting percentage for any ASU men’s basketball tournament game on record. Additionally, it is the best field goal percentage by a Pac-12 team in an NCAA Tournament game since Arizona shot 66.0% against Oklahoma State in the 2005 Sweet 16. The Sun Devils have shot over 60% from the floor twice this season, both coming on neutral courts. The Maroon and Gold shot 32-53 (.604) in the early-season win over Michigan at…
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