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Arizona State Athletic Rewind And Look Ahead

Arizona State has had a busy week in athletics as the football team lost its fourth game in a row and earlier this week fired head coach Dennis Erickson. ASU men's basketball went 1-2 in the Old Spice Classic. Keala King went off in the tournament and got our ASU Player of the Week honors. The ASU volleyball team wrapped up its season with a victory over Arizona.

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Arizona State athletics has hit a rough spot over the past four weeks. The two biggest sports on campus have had disappointing months, and now a head coach has been fired. Dennis Erickson was relieved of his duties on Monday after going 31-30 in five seasons as head coach. Herb Sendek's team hasn't exactly turned heads as they are 2-4 on the season and have losses against: Pepperdine, New Mexico and Fairfield. 

The Arizona State Football team lost its fourth straight game last Saturday as they fell 47-38 to the University of California on Senior Night. Cameron Marshall continued his superb season as he rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Brock Osweiler threw for three touchdowns but also threw two interceptions. The ASU defense allowed 484 yards and Arizona State committed 11 penalties. ASU is bowl eligible for the first time since 2007 and will find out which bowl they will attend this weekend.

The Arizona State Football team had nine players that received All-Pac-12 Honors. Junior Jamal Miles and seniors Garth Gerhart and Clint Floyd earned second team All-Pac-12. Miles is the only player in the nation to score a touchdown reception, a touchdown on a kickoff return and punt return, and throw a touchdown pass. Garth Gerhart anchored the Sun Devil offensive line, starting 38 games over his Sun Devil career and Floyd led ASU in total takeaways. Jamaar Jarrett, Dan Knapp, Cameron Marshall, Bo Moos, Colin Parker, and Gerell Robinson received honorable mention Pac-12 honors. 

The Arizona State Men's Basketball team went 1-2 in the Old Spice Classic last week in Orlando, Florida. ASU lost its opener 55-44 to Fairfield. ASU shot 2-13 from 3-point land and was down by 19 at one point. ASU then blew out Wake Forest 84-56 behind Keala Kings' 25 points and Trent Lockett's 10 rebounds. The devils then fell 68-64 to DePaul in the fifth place game. King once again led the team in points with 22 and Kyle Cain had 15 rebounds. This week, ASU travels to Oklahoma to face the University of Tulsa on December 3. 

The Arizona State Women's Basketball team went 1-1 in their trip to Puerto Rico. ASU beat Illinois 51-50 and then fell to No. 13 Rutgers 59-52. Deja Mann scored a career high 11 points in the loss to Rutgers.  ASU is now 4-1 on the season and hosts the ASU classic this weekend at Wells Fargo Arena. Arizona State is competing in a four team field that includes Eastern Washington, Illinois State and Arkansas State. The tournament begins on December 2.

The Arizona State Wrestling team went 2-2 in their duels last weekend in Troy, NY. ASU defeated Army and Penn. ASU lost to Binghamton and No. 10 Lehigh. Levi Cooper was the top performer for the devils as he went 4-0 and defeated top-ranked and and returning NCAA champion Zach Rey of Lehigh. ASU will head to Las Vegas this weekend to compete in the Las Vegas Invite.

The Arizona State Volleyball team wrapped up its season with a victory over the Arizona Wildcats. The Sun Devils won in four sets (20-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-23). ASU finished the season 9-22 overall and 5-17 in conference. Ashley Kastl had 18 kills and senior Malia Bachynski notched 10 of her own in her final game in the maroon and gold. It was the first time ASU had beaten U of A since 2008. ASU volleyball has concluded their season.

Player of the Week: Sophomore guard Keala King- King had the best games of his Sun Devil career in succession at the Old Spice Classic. King had 25 points in a victory against Wake Forrest and 22 in a losing effort against DePaul. King shot 8-10 from the field against Wake Forrest and he made 7-8 free throws in that game. King is averaging 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds a game on the season.

Must Watch of the Week: The ASU men's basketball team will play its first true road game this Saturday as the travel to play Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane are 4-3 this season and have been competitive against good teams all year. A win would put ASU one game below .500 but a loss may put them in a difficult hole to dig out of. Game time is 2 PM and TV coverage is on CBS Sports Network.