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FSN picks men's hoops games including Xavier on Dec. 15

September 25, 2007

(Note: A complete list of game times will be published upon FSN Arizona and ASU completing the local television schedule.)

The men's basketball team will have at least five games broadcast on Fox Sports Net and four on an ESPN network, as game times and television options for the 2007-2008 season are starting to take shape. FSN has selected five games to be broadcast, with the possibility of additional games to be added at the end of the year.

ASU first game on Fox Sports Net will be when it plays host to 2007 Atlantic 10 co-champion Xavier on Dec. 15, as the Musketeers (24-8 in 2006-2007) are ranked 22nd in the ESPN summer rankings. The game will also match Herb Sendek against a former NC State and Miami (Ohio) assistant coach of his, as Sean Miller is one of six former Sendek aides to be a head coach on the Division I level. The game will tip at 2 p.m.

ASU will open with three straight home games to start the Pac-10 season as it hosts the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament champion Oregon Ducks on Thursday, Jan. 3 (7 p.m.), and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, Jan. 5 (2 p.m. on FSN). Oregon (29-8) advanced to the Elite Eight last year. The Pac-10 has seven teams ranked in the summer CBS Sportline Top-25 and six ranked in the ESPN rankings (see links above). ASU will open the Pac-10 season at home for just the fourth time in 10 seasons and plays five Pac-10 home games between Jan. 3-26.

ASU then hosts rival Arizona on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the first meeting of the schools at 7:30 p.m. (TV TBD). ASU returns the trip with a Sunday, Feb. 10, game in Tucson on FSN at 12:30 p.m.

In addition to the Xavier, Oregon State and Arizona games, FSN will broadcast the Stanford home game on Feb. 14 at 8:30 p.m. and the contest at Washington on Feb. 23 (3 p.m. PT/4 p.m. MT).

Announced by the Maui Invitational in August, ASU's opening game is against Illinios, as the Illini went 23-11 last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth straight season. The Sun Devils are 7-5 in the Maui Invitational and won the 1994 title with wins over Texas A&M, Michigan and Maryland. ASU will either play play Princeton or Duke in the second round, and LSU, Marquette, Oklahoma State and host Chaminade round out the field. All games will be televised by an ESPN partner, with the Illinois game on ESPN2 at 9:30 p.m. MT (6:30 in Maui).

The Sun Devils will play at Big 12 member Nebraska on Sunday, Dec. 2, as part of the Pac-10/Big 12 Challenge at 1 p.m. CT/Noon MT on ESPNU. Nebraska will play in Tempe in 2008-2009.

ASU is scheduled to play at least 14 games against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. Coach Herb Sendek's Sun Devils have 17 regular season home games in Wells Fargo Arena, seven of them against 2007 NCAA Tournament teams including the December 15 2 p.m. contest with Atlantic 10 co-Champion Xavier, the Pac-10 opener against 2007 Elite Eight participant Oregon (Jan. 3 at 7 p.m.) and a visit by 2007 Pac-10 champion UCLA on Feb. 28 (8:30 p.m.).

ASU plays two exhibition games against local colleges, as it plays Grand Canyon on Nov. 3 at noon and Western New Mexico on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

All games in the Pac-10 Tournament will be on FSN, with the championship set for CBS.

Sat. Nov. 3 Grand Canyon, noon (EXH)
Wed. Nov. 7 Western New Mexico, 7 p.m. (EXH)

Mon. Nov. 19 vs. Illinois, 6:30 HT/9:30 Arizona Time
Tue. Nov. 20 vs. Duke/Princeton
Wed. Nov. 21 TBD

Mon. Nov. 26 Cal Poly SLO, 7 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 28 Florida Gulf Coast, 7 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 2 @Nebraska, 1 p.m. CT/Noon MT, (ESPNU)
Wed. Dec. 5 Delaware State, 7 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 8 Coppin State, 2 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 15 Xavier, 2 p.m., FSN
Tue. Dec. 18 Montana State, 7 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 22 Idaho, 2 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 29 Saint Francis (Pa.), 2 p.m.

Thur. Jan. 3 Oregon, 7 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 5 Oregon State, 2 p.m. (FSN)

Wed. Jan. 9 Arizona, 7:30 p.m.

Thur. Jan. 17 @California
Sat. Jan. 19 @Stanford

Thur. Jan. 24 Washington, 7 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 26 Washington State, 5 p.m.

Thur. Jan. 31 @UCLA
Sat. Feb. 2 @USC

Sun. Feb. 10 @Arizona, 12:30 p.m. (FSN)

Thur. Feb. 14 Stanford, 8:30 p.m. (FSN)
Sat. Feb. 16 California, 4 p.m.

Thur. Feb. 21 @Washington State
Sat. Feb. 23 @Washington, 3 p.m. PT/4 p.m. MT (FSN)

Thur. Feb. 28 UCLA, 8:30 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 1 USC, 2 p.m. OR 4 p.m.

Thur. Mar. 6 @Oregon
Sat. Mar. 8 @Oregon State

Wed.-Sat. Mar. 12-15 @Los Angeles, FSN and CBS