BYU basketball added a quality opponent to its 2020 non-conference slate, as the Cougars will reportedly play Arizona State on a neutral floor December 19 in Phoenix. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports first reported the news.
Sources: Arizona State will play BYU on December 19th at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 3, 2020
The game looks like it may be part of a doubleheader with Gonzaga-Texas Tech.
BYU-Arizona State last played in Arizona in December 2008 when Charles Abouo’s buzzer beater was waived off, resulting in a 1-point ASU win. James Harden finished with 30 points for the Sun Devils.
The Sun Devils had an up-and-down year this past season, finishing 21-10 and #63 in the KenPom rankings. They had made the NCAA Tournament the previous two seasons under head coach Bobby Hurley.
Along with Arizona State, BYU has non-conference games with Utah, Utah State, UVU, Weber State, Boise State, and the Junkanoo Jam versus Boston College, Tulsa, and George Mason. BYU still has multiple slots to fill over the coming months.