Nov. 8 UMBC
Nov. 12 Miami-Ohio
Nov. 15 Idaho State
Nov. 19 @UNLV
Nov. 22 Bradley
Nov. 25 Marquette
Nov. 28 - Dec. 1 John Wooden Legacy Anaheim Tournament (Marquette, Miami (Fla.), San Diego State, Creighton, and Cal State Fullerton). ASU guaranteed to play three games there and could play Marquette again during this tournament.
Dec. 6 at DePaul
Dec. 14 Grambling
Dec. 21 Texas Tech
Dec. 28 Cal Irvine
Sendek stated that devising such a schedule has been a challenge, but it does address an important criteria.
"Coming out of the spring conference meetings" Sendek said. "It seemed to me that the way things were presented your nonconference schedule seems to be growing in importance for NCAA Tournament selection. One could argue that it's almost disproportionately weighted in some cases. With that in mind we tried to construct a schedule that would be very pleasing for the committee, if we were one of those teams on the bubble. Looking at our schedule, it's very competitive.
"You want a schedule to give yourself the best chance of going to the tournament, which is really tricky. It's like trying to hit a moving target. It's hard to predict how good all the teams are going to be. And just because you want to play someone doesn't mean they want to play you. There are so many variables. The committee is saying if you play a conference schedule like we do, you still better have a good nonconference schedule or you will be penalized."
Sendek added that losing to a very high RPI team is being viewed more favorably than winning versus a low RPI team. He felt that teams such as Bradley, Miami-Ohio and Cal Irvine, while not being known as household names in college basketball, still have a high RPI value that will address the schedule's overall goal.
Sendek addressed additional team items in this Thursday morning media gathering. Click here to read more.