The Sun Devils and Wildcats didn't like one another any more in 1955 or 1965 than they do today, perhaps less, if that's possible.
UA senior Kevin Parrom, right, knows his departed mother will be watching Saturday's game against ASU. "She hates losing," he said.
The Arizona Daily Star's sports cover on March 3, 1955, the day after an epic Arizona-ASU basketball game won by the Sun Devils 104-103 in overtime.
When Arizona Wildcats forward Kevin Parrom was asked what members of his family would be on hand for Saturday's Senior Day ceremony, this was how he responded:
Colorado's Sabatino Chen drives to the basket against John Gage. The Buffaloes improved to 3-4 in the Pac-12 by beating Stanford for the first time in five meetings covering 22 seasons.
TEMPE, Ariz. - Jahii Carson had 21 points and eight assists as Arizona State held off Southern California in overtime, 98-93 Thursday night in Pac-12 play.
TEMPE - Jahii Carson's first foul came 20 seconds into Arizona State's rivalry game on Saturday.
UA's Nick Johnson drives on fellow Phoenix-area product Jahii Carson in the second half. "With Jahii in foul trouble, I tried to attack him," Johnson said.
TEMPE - The remnant of a class project remained stuck to Jahii Carson's chest earlier this week - "Hello My Name is … Jahii."
ASU point guard Jahii Carson averages 17.1 points and 5.2 assists per game and "has a knack for making big plays," UA coach Sean Miller says.
Jahii Carson has known Carrick Felix for eight years or so, dating to when they were kids playing in Phoenix. "I haven't seen him in this state," Carson said. That state, in advance of Saturday's rivalry game against the Arizona Wildcats: smothering, focused, intense.
Carrick Felix says "emotions are going to be in the air" when ASU meets UA on Saturday. "I can't control myself sometimes during this game."
ASU's Jahii Carson, a freshman from Mesa, has lived up to his lofty expectations so far; he is the nation's third-highest scoring freshman.
TEMPE - Through the first 11 games of his college career, Jahii Carson has met the lofty expectations heaped upon him coming out of Mesa High School.