Cats-Sun Devils rivalry most compelling between alternating stretches of dominance

2013-03-07T22:00:00Z Cats-Sun Devils rivalry most compelling between alternating stretches of dominanceBy Greg Hansen Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 07, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

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.

Picture this scene: three days before they were to complete the ’65 basketball season with a game at Bear Down Gym, the Wildcats and Sun Devils were unwittingly booked on the same flight from Salt Lake City to Phoenix.

“That plane got awfully small in a hurry,” UA coach Bruce Larson told me. “There wasn’t any chit-chat.”

You might say there was some bad blood: the Sun Devils were working on a 15-game winning streak against Arizona.

The Sun Devils of the early ‘60s were a glamour program, having gone 23-6, 23-4 and 26-3 in successive seasons. Arizona hadn’t had a winning season since 1951.

But because it was a rivalry of such depth, the game sold out in advance which enabled TV stations in Phoenix and Tucson to pool a $3,800 in right’s fees to broadcast the game live.

It would be the first time Arizona was favored to beat ASU since 1957.

Oh, how times have changed.

Read more about the Territorial Cup rivalry in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 2 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 2 1 0 0.667
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 2 1 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 2 2 0 0.500
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 1 2 0 0.333

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Colorado at
Wyoming
11/22 33-56
Duke at
Stanford
11/22 33-56
@Penn State, @USC 11/23 33-56
Long Beach State at
UCLA
11/23 8:00 pm
Missouri at
Arizona
11/24 3:00 pm
@Arizona State, @Maryland 11/24 5:00 pm
@Oklahoma State, @Oregon State 11/24 6:30 pm
@Michigan, @Oregon 11/24 7:30 pm
Cal State-Fullerton at
USC
11/25 9:00 pm
Delaware at
Stanford
11/25 9:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Cal Poly at
California
11/26 8:00 pm
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