ASU Basketball: Sun Devils look to rebound against Colorado

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 19: Tra Holder
TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 19: Tra Holder /

Coming off its first loss of the season, ASU basketball is back on the court against Colorado for the second of three road games to open Pac-12 play.

Arizona State (12-1, 0-1) showed its early season success was no fluke and went toe-to-toe with in-state rival Arizona at the McKale Center. Despite losing their first game of the year, the Sun Devils fell one spot to No. 4 in the AP poll.

Now, Bobby Hurley and his team will look to respond against Colorado.

The Buffaloes (8-6, 0-2) reeled off six straight wins to open the season but are 2-6 since, including losses to Oregon State and Oregon since the calendar turned to conference play.

Head coach Tad Boyle lost four of his five starters from a year ago, forcing senior George King into a leadership role. Additionally, freshman guard McKinley Wright IV leads CU in scoring and will be tested against the depth of the ASU backcourt.

The matchup between ASU and CU also features the debut of highly-touted freshman Kimani Lawrence. The four-star prospect headlined the Arizona State recruiting class but missed the first 13 games of the year due to a stress fracture in his foot.

Lawrence serves as a viable option on the wing who can defend multiple positions and score from all three levels.

Now nine players deep, Hurley can experiment with additional lineups and ways to keep the Sun Devils playing at a breakneck pace and scoring at a high frequency. ASU is averaging just under 91 points per game, good for fourth in the country.

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Tip-off between the Sun Devils and Buffaloes is at 8:30 p.m. ET from the Coors Events Center. The game is available on Pac-12 Networks.