ASU Men’s Basketball: Sun Devils aim for 7-0 against Dons

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 24: Tra Holder /

The Sun Devils look to continue their red-hot start and stay undefeated against the University of San Francisco Dons.

Fresh off of a Continental Tire Invitational win, the Arizona State men’s basketball team returns to the hardwood to take on the San Francisco Dons.

After cracking the AP Poll for the first time since 2009, the No. 20 Sun Devils are receiving attention in the national spotlight. Entering the game against the Dons, ASU is averaging 96 points per game with five players scoring double digits.

For the Dons, it has been a season around building off of progress a season ago. USF mustered together an impressive 20-13 record in head coach Kyle Smith’s first year at the helm.

This season has seen the Dons start off 3-2 with a trio of double-digit victories behind the play of Souley Boum, Chase Foster, and Jordan Ratinho. Together the trio are averaging 39 of the team’s 73 points per game, and providing quality minutes.

Foster, the only upperclassman of the three, has been the most consistent. He has scored at least 14 points in four of five games.

Buom stands at 6-foot-3 but with a small frame of 145 pounds. Both Tra Holder and Shannon Evans II should have their way with the inexperienced guard.

The Sun Devils will yet again have a chance to showcase their offensive firepower against the Dons. For USF, stopping the senior guard duo will be no easy task.

Look for Holder, coming off a second Pac-12 Player of the Week Award, to continue his hot start.

Despite the Dons playing in the West Coast Conference, they are not a team to be underestimated. They have accumulated a .500 record or better in five of their past nine seasons and are headed in the right direction.

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As for ASU, head coach Bobby Hurley has his team on the national radar and will look to keep things rolling against San Francisco. Tip-off between the Sun Devils and Dons is at 7 p.m. MT and can be seen on Pac-12 Network.