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Footprint Center to play host to ASU, Arizona men’s and women’s teams on Dec. 20

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The Jerry Colangelo Hall of Fame Series is officially set for Dec. 20, and the Arizona and Arizona State men’s and women’s teams will all be participating in the event at Footprint Center.

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The event will be the first time that all four teams have played in the same place on the same day.

In the first session of games, the ASU women’s team will be playing Fresno State, and the Arizona women will be facing off against Gonzaga.

To start off the second session, the ASU men’s team will be taking on a 2022-23 NCAA tournament team, Northwestern, in their matchup adding to what could be a strong out-of-conference schedule.

The event will be ASU’s second confirmed neutral site game, as the Sun Devils are set to play in the Vegas Showdown on Thanksgiving Weekend alongside NC State, Vanderbilt and BYU.

In a press release, Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley said: “Arizona State Men’s Basketball is thrilled to be able to compete in the Colangelo Classic. We always enjoy competing in Phoenix where our fans have a chance to support us. Jerry Colangelo has done so much for the game or basketball, so it’s a honor to participate in an event supporting his legacy.”


The final matchup of the event will probably end up being the game of the day in Arizona vs. Alabama, both respective No. 2 and No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament in March. To further the storyline, the Wildcats also added guard Jaden Bradley from the Crimson Tide squad this offseason.

Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd said in a press release: “Jerry Colangelo’s Hall of Fame Phoenix promises to be a fun day for basketball in the state of Arizona and we are thrilled to be part of it. We have tremendous fans and alumni in the Phoenix area and we know Tucson travels, so we look forward to seeing them in the Footprint Center. And taking on a high-level team like Alabama to close out our non-conference schedule will prepare us even more for the Pac-12 schedule after the holidays.”

Also according to the ASU press release: “Both the Arizona State and Arizona men’s teams will both play in Phoenix on the same day for the first time since the Southwest Showdown on December 4, 2001. At what was then known as America West Arena, Arizona State knocked off Utah while Arizona defeated Illinois.”

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Tickets for the event will go on sale in July, and the start times will be announced at a later date.

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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on Twitter via @Brendan_Mau

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