Arizona State to open Pac-12 tournament against Oregon State

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

The Arizona State Sun Devils will have to play the first day of the Pac-12 tournament, which begins on Wednesday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and they’re going to have a long wait that day since they’ll be taking the court against Oregon State (11-20, 5-15) in the last of four first-round games at 9:30 p.m.

The game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.

Going into the weekend the Sun Devils (20-11, 11-9) could have finished as high as fourth, which would have meant a first round bye, or they could have finished as low as seventh. But coach Bobby Hurley’s team had the misfortune of playing a tough set of games to round out the season with games at UCLA and USC, both of which ASU lost.

Oregon, which ended up the No. 4 season, played the three worst teams in the conference in its last three games in Oregon State, Stanford and California.

Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Bobby Hurley watches game action against the UCLA Bruins during the first half at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, on March 2, 2023.

ASU ended up tied for fifth but lost the tiebreaker to suddenly surging Washington State, which has won its last six games.

The Sun Devils defeated Oregon State both meetings this season but they were competitive contests. The first came on Jan. 14 with ASU winning 74-69 in Corvallis. It went down to the wire and wasn’t secured until sophomore guard Frankie Collins got a steal in the closing seconds with the Sun Devils up by three points.

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