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 13 2 0 0.867 25 3 0 0.893
Utah 12 3 0 0.800 22 5 0 0.815
Oregon 10 5 0 0.667 20 8 0 0.714
Stanford 9 6 0 0.600 18 9 0 0.667
UCLA 9 7 0 0.563 17 12 0 0.586
Oregon State 8 8 0 0.500 16 11 0 0.593
Arizona State 7 8 0 0.467 16 13 0 0.552
Washington State 6 9 0 0.400 12 15 0 0.444
Colorado 5 9 0 0.357 12 13 0 0.480
California 5 9 0 0.357 15 12 0 0.556
Washington 4 11 0 0.267 15 12 0 0.556
USC 2 13 0 0.133 10 17 0 0.370

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Arizona at
Colorado
2/26 82-54
Arizona State at
Utah
2/26 41-83
Oregon State at
Stanford
2/26 48-75
Arizona at
Utah
2/28 7:00 pm
Washington at
USC
2/28 8:00 pm
Oregon State at
California
3/1 1:00 pm
Oregon at
Stanford
3/1 5:00 pm
Arizona State at
Colorado
3/1 6:30 pm
Washington State at
UCLA
3/1 7:30 pm
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