The 2016-17 Arizona State basketball season is just a little over two months away, and today we learned what the team’s full schedule for the upcoming season will look like. Complete with dates, start times, and television assignments, the release of the schedule means winter is right around the corner (just kidding, it’s 95 degrees in Tempe today).
The first two games of the season, both at home, will start at 7:00 p.m. and be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. Those will be played Nov. 11 against Portland Stare and Nov. 13 against Cal Poly.
It’s then time to travel abroad, where the Sun Devils will play three big games in four days in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The tournament will start with a showdown with Northern Iowa, to be played on Nov. 13 at 2:30 on ESPNU. The team will then face either Oklahoma or Tulane the following afternoon on ESPNU, before playing their final game on the Island on Nov. 20 against one of four possible opponents.
After the trip to paradise, the maroon and gold will return to Wells Fargo Arena to play the first of five remaining home non-conference games.
Four of them (Nov. 23 vs. Citadel, Dec. 3 vs. UNLV, Dec. 17 vs. New Mexico State, and Dec. 22 vs. Central Arkansas) will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks, while ESPN2 will be in town for the Dec. 20 meeting with Creighton. That game is slated for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off on “Super Tuesday”.
Away from Tempe, Bobby Hurley’s team will play three non-conference games in addition to the ones in Puerto Rico. That bunch is headlined by a trip to The Bahamas to face Kentucky on Nov. 28, a game that will start at 5:00 p.m. on ESPN2.
Racking up the airline miles, Arizona State will be in New York City on Dec. 6 to face Purdue. Also a 5:00 p.m. tip, that game will be televised by ESPN.
The lone true road non-conference game - and lone CBSSN game - will come on Dec. 10 at 5:00 p.m. when the Sun Devils venture into the always-dangerous Viejas Arena to face San Diego State.
Arizona State will open Pac-12 play at Stanford on Dec. 30 in a contest that will be carried by the Pac-12 Networks. Half of the team’s conference games will be televised by the conference’s own network.
The first battle with Arizona will be played on Jan. 12 in Tucson, with either ESPN or ESPN2 showing the late 9:00 p.m. game. The Wildcats’ return trip to Tempe will come on Senior Day (Mar. 4) for the Sun Devils, with CBS on hand for the 2:00 p.m. start.
Four other Pac-12 games (Jan. 22 at USC, Jan. 25 vs. Washington, Feb. 8 vs. California, and Feb. 23 vs. UCLA) will be shown on the ESPN Family of Networks.
The remaining contests - Jan. 19 at UCLA, Feb. 2 at Oregon, and Feb. 16 at Washington - will be carried by Fox Sports 1.
The Sun Devils only have one “Wednesday-Sunday” Pac-12 set this season, coming on Jan. 25 and Jan. 29 against Washington and Washington State in Tempe.
Six games will tip-off at 9:00 p.m. MDT for the maroon and gold, double the amount the team played in the regular season a year ago. Only one of those, however, will be played in Tempe.
The schedule in full can be found here. All times listed in this story are MDT.