Arizona State’s tremendous start to the 2017-18 season keeps reaching new heights, with Sunday’s win at Kansas serving as the springboard for a major jump in the Associated Press Top 25.
Sun Devils No. 5 in AP poll since the 1980-81 season. Back when Fat, Byron and Alton were dropping buckets and styling @Mike_Yam @jmarshallap @ChrisKarpman @doug987FM @Gambo987 pic.twitter.com/kDfhxzlhz4
— Doug Tammaro (@DougTammaro) December 11, 2017
The Sun Devils (9-0) moved up 11 spots from 16th after a week in which they beat St. John’s 82-70 in Los Angeles on Friday and then knocked off then-No. 2 Kansas in Lawrence. It was ASU’s first road win over a Top 5 team since beating No. 4 Stanford in 1998.
Arizona State's Bobby Hurley to ESPN on being ranked No. 5: "I'm still processing the rapid rise. We have a very connected, talented group and when you have guards like Shannon Evans, Tra Holder, Kodi Justice and Remy Martin it puts major pressure on your opponent."
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) December 11, 2017
ASU received five first-place votes while the others went to No. 1 Villanova (41) and No. 2 Michigan State (19).
The Sun Devils will try to start 10-0 for the first time in school history on Sunday at home against Vanderbilt.