Arizona State (10-16, 6-10) at Colorado (18-9, 10-7)
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, February 24, Colorado University Events Center, Boulder.
TV: Pac-12 network. Radio: 620AM/98.7FM
The last time they played: The teams played Jan. 15 in Tempe with Colorado winning 75-57 with sophomore forward Jabari Walker scoring 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. It was a game in which ASU was outshot 46-31. The Sun Devils have lost the last six games to Colorado, dating back to the 2018-19 season.
About Sun Devils: ASU is playing the second of a three-game series in six days in three different states. The Sun Devils are coming off a 66-52 loss to UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Monday. Senior forward Kimani Lawrence (10.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg) will tie the career high for games played with his participation tonight. It will be his 132nd game, tied with Jon Gilling (2011-2015). ASU ranks 11th in the Pac 12 in scoring (64.5 ppg) ahead of only California and ninth in defense (68.7 ppg). Sophomore guard DJ Horne (12.4 ppg) is the team’s top scorer, but Jalen Graham (9.6 ppg, 4.6 rounds per game) was the player most stable lately. The Mountain Pointe product has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 13 games after making s in just two of the first 11 games. Senior guard Marreon Jackson (10 ppg, 3.9 apg) is averaging 13.1 over the last 12 games with five games of 15 or more points.
About buffaloes: Colorado is fifth, a half game behind Oregon, so it’s still looking for a first-round bye in the conference tournament. He ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in offense (70.3 points per game) and fifth in defense (66 points per game). Walker (14.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg) leads the conference in rebounding and is sixth in scoring. Senior forward Evan Battey (11.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg), the team’s most veteran player, and second-year goaltender Keesawn Barthelemy (11 ppg) also have double-digit averages. Senior guard Eli Parquet (6.9 ppg), who had started 17 games, has a foot injury while 7-foot-1 center Lawson Lovering has a knee injury. Tad Boyle is in his 12th year in charge of the Buffaloes and his 251 wins rank second all-time in program history. Colorado has won five straight games, although four of them were against teams at the bottom of the conference standings.
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