Vandy, ASU seek offense in Vegas 3rd-place game

Vanderbilt and Arizona State, two teams that were ineffective with their offensive execution in the opening night of the Vegas Showdown on Thursday in Las Vegas, will face each other in the third-place game on Friday. Vanderbilt (3-2) committed 19 turnovers in an 84-78 loss to North Carolina State in the first Thursday game. Arizona State (2-2) shot 33.3 percent from the field, including 2 of 20 from 3-point range, in its 77-49 defeat against

Streaking BYU faces next obstacle in Arizona State

BYU seeks its second 5-0 start in the past three seasons when it faces Arizona State on Thursday night in the opening round of the Vegas Showdown at Las Vegas. It isn’t hard to pinpoint the most impressive of the Cougars’ four straight wins. They took down then-No. 17 San Diego State, a national finalist last season, 74-65 on Nov. 10 in Provo, Utah. BYU will be the toughest foe the Sun Devils (2-1) have

Freshman QB, No. 15 Arizona focus on ASU, still in Pac-12 hunt

No. 15 Arizona continues to ride its surprising surge seeking a sixth consecutive victory when it plays the Territorial Cup rivalry game at Arizona State on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. The Wildcats (8-3, 6-2) haven’t won six in a row since they won their 2013 bowl game against Boston College and then ripped off five consecutive victories to begin the 2014 regular season. Four victories in the current winning streak came against ranked teams, including

Arizona State searches for improvement vs. UMass Lowell

Arizona State is coming off a bounce-back win over visiting Texas Southern after losing decisively to Mississippi State in the season opener at a neutral court in Chicago, but coach Bobby Hurley is not pleased. The Sun Devils (1-1) will try to improve against UMass Lowell (3-0) on Thursday night in Tempe, Ariz. The River Hawks will seek a second straight upset of a power-conference opponent after winning 74-71 at Georgia Tech on Tuesday. Arizona

Arizona State looks to get even vs. Texas Southern

Arizona State will try to rebound from a 15-point loss in its season opener to Mississippi State when it hosts Texas Southern on Saturday at Tempe, Ariz. The Sun Devils (0-1), in Bobby Hurley’s ninth season as the head coach, struggled from 3-point range (shooting 5 of 21) and shot 32.1 percent from the field overall in the 71-56 loss to the Bulldogs in Chicago. Hurley’s team includes only three returnees from last season and

UCLA, Arizona State meet amid quarterback scrambles

UCLA is bowl eligible, although any chance to make the Pac-12 Conference title game is most likely gone as a result of an anemic offense. The Bruins (6-3, 3-3) get a chance to regroup after a loss to Arizona last Saturday, and play host to Arizona State (2-7, 1-5) Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. UCLA fell behind 14-0 in the first half against Arizona last Saturday despite its elite defense and

Arizona St., Mississippi St. missing pieces for season opener

Arizona State and Mississippi State both reached the NCAA Tournament last season, so both should get a good test when they meet for their season opener in the Barstool Sports Invitational on Wednesday night in Chicago. “I don’t know too many schools that are starting as difficult as we are with playing Mississippi State,” Sun Devils coach Bobby Hurley said. ASU went 23-13 a season ago and won a play-in game against Nevada (98-73) before

No. 18 Utah looks to rebound at home vs. Arizona State

Utah will attempt to start another winning streak at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday when Arizona State visits after having its 18-game run ended last week in a 35-6 drubbing by Oregon. The Utes (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) are rated No. 18 in the first College Football Playoffs rankings revealed Tuesday. They did not score an offensive touchdown against the Ducks — the first time that has happened since 2018. Utah finished with

Washington State, Arizona State move on from heartbreaks

Washington State and Arizona State are both coming off competitive losses last week on the road against two of the Pac-12’s best teams, Oregon and Washington, respectively. The struggling teams will meet on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. The Cougars (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) fell 38-24 to the then-No. 9 Ducks after trailing by only a touchdown until 3:56 remained in the third quarter. The Sun Devils (1-6, 0-4) took the No. 5 Huskies down to the