Live webcast: Arizona State vs. UAB, 2 p.m. Saturday
The Arizona State men's basketball team (0-1) opens its home schedule Saturday at 2 p.m. against the UAB Blazers (2-0) in a game that will be webcast live on FOXSportsArizona.com. (Click here to view the webcast)
Saturday's game will be the Sun Devils' only home game in November, as five of the first six games are on the road. It will be the first-ever meeting between Arizona State and UAB and the first game Herb Sendek has coached against the Blazers. ASU is 25-3 in nonconference home games over the past three seasons.
ASU opened the season Tuesday night with a 76-62 loss to New Mexico in Albuquerque. Sophomore guard Trent Lockett led the Devils with a career-high 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds, and seniors Jamelle McMillan and Ty Abbott each chipped in with eight points.
UAB, under coach Mike Davis, has averaged 21.8 wins in the past seven seasons and has finished with an RPI in the top 50 in five of the past seven seasons. Davis is 87-48 (.644) and is in his fifth season at UAB. The Blazers went 25-9 last year but have not reached the NCAA tournament since the 2005-06 season.
Four of UAB's five starters are averaging in double figures so far this season. Junior center Cameron Moore leads the team with an average of 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds, while guard Jamarr Sanders averages 13.5 points, forward Ovie Sokie averages 12 points and point guard Aaron Johnson averages 10 points and eight assists.
The Blazers have allowed opponents to shoot just 39.1 percent from the field but have been outrebounded by an average of 5.5 boards per game.
Following the game, ASU will honor Joe Caldwell by raising his No. 32 into the Wells Fargo Arena rafters. Caldwell, who won a gold as part of the 1964 Olympic team in Tokyo (the only Sun Devil to achieve that honor), played at ASU from 1961-64 and remains the highest-drafted Sun Devil in history, being taken with the second pick overall in the 1964 draft by the Detroit Pistons. He was a third-team All-American in 1962-63. His career numbers of 18.2 points per game (fourth) and 929 rebounds (third) are both among the best in ASU history.
Join play-by-play announcer Mark McClune and guest analyst Derek Glasser, who played at Arizona State from 2006-10, at 2 p.m. for a live webcast of the game on FOXSportsArizona.com.