Arizona surges past Arizona State in Pac-12 semifinal, now Sun Devils wait and hope

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Now the Arizona State Sun Devils will sit and wait to see if their body of work warrants more games.

Coach Bobby Hurley’s team was making its first appearance in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals since 2019 but it couldn’t add to its resume and was dealt a 78-59 loss by rival and No. 2 seed Arizona in semifinal play Friday night at T-Mobile Arena.

The Wildcats (27-6), ranked eighth nationally, advance to meet No. 1 UCLA, which defeated No. 4 Oregon 75-56 in the the earlier semifinal.

ASU (22-12) had earned a spot in the semifinal with a pair of wins earlier this week, first a 63-57 win over No. 11 Oregon State in the opening round, then a notable 77-72 upset of No. 3 USC. Before that game the Sun Devils had been listed as among “the first four out” in most NCAA postseason projections but that victory moved ASU to the right side of the bubble.

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