No. 16 Arizona State at No. 2 Kansas
WHEN/WHERE: 1 p.m. Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence
TV/RADIO: ESPN; WHB (810 AM)
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ABOUT ARIZONA STATE (8-0): Arizona State is 8-0 for the first time since the 1974-75 team led by Lionel Hollins opened 9-0. … The Sun Devils were picked to finish sixth in the Pac-12 in the preseason media poll. … Bobby Hurley is 38-35 in his third season at Arizona State. … The Sun Devils defeated Kansas State (92-90) and Xavier (102-86) at the Las Vegas Invitational. They’ve also beaten St. John’s (82-70), Idaho State (94-74), San Diego State (90-68), Northern Arizona (97-62), UC Irvine (99-78) and San Francisco (75-57). … Arizona State is ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press poll. The school is ranked for the first time since 2008-09. … The Sun Devils to open the season became the first Pac-12 team to score 90 or more points in six straight games since UCLA scored 90 in six straight during Dec. 3-29, 1971. … Senior Tra Holder scored 40 points against No. 15 Xavier. It was the first 40-point performance by a Pac-12 player against a non-conference opponent since Sun Devil Jahii Carson scored 40 against UNLV on Nov. 19, 2013. It is the most points ever scored by a Sun Devil against a ranked team. … Red-shirt sophomore Mickey Mitchell, who transferred from Ohio State, is eligible for this game. … Arizona State has defeated three ranked teams in Hurley’s tenure: No. 15 Xavier this season, No. 23 USC 74-57 on Feb. 12, 2016, and No. 18 Texas A&M 67-54 on Dec. 5, 2015. Xavier was the highest ranked nonconference team Arizona State has defeated since it beat No. 7 Maryland in the 1994 Maui Invitational.
ABOUT KANSAS (7-1): KU coach Bill Self is 83-41 against AP top 25 teams, including 37-4 in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas has won 19 in a row against ranked teams in Allen. … KU is 78-10 following a loss in the Self era, including 43-1 when such games are played in Allen. … The Jayhawks last lost two straight games at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season and the start of the 2016-17 season. KU fell to Villanova in the Elite Eight in 2016, then opened 2016-17 with a loss to Indiana in Hawaii. Last time Kansas lost two straight in the same regular season was at Colorado and at Florida in the 2013-14 season. … KU sophomore Sam Cunliffe played at Arizona State last season. He started the first 10 games before transferring to KU after the fall semester. Cunliffe will become eligible for KU’s Dec. 16 game at Nebraska. He averaged 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds at Arizona State. … Former KU forward Carlton Bragg now attends Arizona State. He is sitting out the season as a transfer and does not travel with the team … KU leads the all-time series vs. Arizona State, 5-4. The last meeting was a 108-76 KU victory in the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma City. KU also prevailed 88-71 in an NCAA Tournament game on March 14, 1981, in Wichita. KU beat Arizona State 90-88 in the 1997 Preseason NIT in New York.