Wells Fargo Arena at ASU is going ‘green’ tonight. And hopes that it has purchased enough solar and wind energy that it doesn’t go dark before the game against USC is over.
The university has purchased 2,000 kilowatt-hours of solar and wind energy from Arizona Public Service and figures that should be enough to power the arena for tonight’s 6:30 game.
The Sun Devils are trying to stay on the bubble, hoping to get an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Unless, of course, they win the Pac-10 tournament and get an automatic bid. Last weekend’s loss to conference leader California may have diminished their chances somewhat. They need to sweep the next two games, which are at home against USC and UCLA.
On the other hand, USC has nothing at stake other than pride – and having a chance to play a spoiler role in keeping ASU home this year. Or perhaps having to settle for an NIT tournament bid. The Trojans are under a post-season ban that was imposed by the university in anticipation of NCAA action regarding violations when Tim Floyd was the head coach. So they won’t be going anywhere, even though they were in a position to challenge for the Pac-10 title until just last week.
Both ASU and USC have been over-achievers this year. ASU was picked to finish seventh in the conference, and USC wasn’t expected to do even that well, picked to finish as low as ninth. The Sun Devils can still finish the season 22-9 and12-6 in conference.
The Trojans have lost their last three games, averaging just 45 points per game over that span. But ASU coach Herb Sendek isn’t going to get caught looking past them. And senior guard Derek Glass is just nine points from becoming the first ASU player to get 1,000 points and 500 assists – so you know he’s going to be out front leading the charge.
Fans tonight are going to get a great show – and some of them a little more. APS is planning to give away compact fluorescent lights to one section of the arena during the game.
ASU is home to the Global Institute of Sustainability and is among area sports teams, including the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks, that have bought green power from APS for their games.
During the game, tips on saving energy will be flashed on the scoreboard.
Guess that means Sendek will be using his infamous match-up zone, a little less strenuous than man defense. The Devils rank seventh nationally in defense, so it has served them well.
And USC, which is weak on the perimeter, hates it.
Let the sweep begin.