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Get To Know: Arizona State

After a lengthy (and newsworthy) layoff for finals, the Golden Eagles get back on the horse tonight in a return bout from last season.

Sparky's eyes appear to be on fire.
Sparky's eyes appear to be on fire.
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Name: Arizona State University

Location: Tempe, Arizona

Nickname: Sun Devils

Why "Sun Devils?" No one knows. Arizona State is on its third name as a school, and they're on their third nickname as well.  When they were Arizona State Teachers' College, they were the Bulldogs, but somewhere along the way, someone started referring to them as the Sun Devils.  It became a big enough deal that the student body voted and the nickname was officially changed in 1946.

Notable Alumni: Fashion designer Kate Spade; legendary comedian Steve Allen; author Amanda Brown; actress Lynda Carter, most famous for her role as Wonder Woman; director John Hughes; comedian Jimmy Kimmel; every member of the band Kongos; sportscaster Al Michaels; actor Nick Nolte; singer Linda Ronstadt; comedian David Spade; golfer Phil Mickelson; mixed martial arts legend Dan Severn; Cain Velazquez, current UFC Heavyweight Champion; and Doug Ducey, governor-elect of Arizona and founder of Coldstone Creamery.

Last Season: 21-12, with a 10-8 record in Pac-12 play.  They lost their first round games in both the Pac-12 and NCAA tournaments.  Tuesday's game will make their second trip to Milwaukee in 2014, as that's where they played Texas in the NCAA tourney.

This Season: 6-3, with all six wins at home and all three losses to top 100 KenPom teams.

KenPom Ranking: #69

Points Leader: Gerry Blakes, 6'4", 195 lb., 12.2 ppg

Rebounds Leader: Eric Jacobsen, 6'10", 255 lb., 8.0 rpg

Assists Leader: Tra Holder, 6'1", 180 lb., m2.6 apg

Head Coach: Herb Sendek, who picked up his 400th career win against Pepperdine on Saturday.  He's in his ninth season at ASU, where he has a record of 146-122.  Including previous stops at North Carolina State and Miami (OH), he's 400-280.

All Time Series: Marquette leads, 2-1

Last Meeting: November 25, 2013.  Arizona State won, 79-77, when Jordan Bachynski blocked a Derrick Wilson layup at the buzzer.  Marquette got into a hole early, but dug out, largely thanks to Jake Thomas going bananas (5-12) behind the three point line.