The Sun Devils ended up trailing by as many as nine on the night, but finally shut down Kansas star Dedric Lawson by double teaming him, giving them a chance to jump ahead. They then used a 10-0 run late in regulation to spark the celebration, as the crowd stormed the floor once the buzzer sounded. This is the second consecutive season that Arizona State has taken down Kansas, as they did the same to them on the road last season. Kansas was the second-ranked team at the time, but played a big role in Arizona State making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014.
The Jayhawks led for most of the night, despite playing without star big man Udoka Azibuke for a fourth straight game due to an ankle injury. Lawson got off to a hot start, including 18 points in the first half alone, as he finished with 30 points on 12-of-15 shooting with 14 rebounds on the night. Kansas is expected to drop a few spots from No. 1 in the AP Polls, while the 9-2 Sun Devils should be a top-15 team after this. The also stayed unbeaten on their home floor at 6-0 with the win.
The Jayhawks will look to overcome their first loss when they return home on Saturday afternoon to host Eastern Michigan. Meanwhile, the Sun Devils will remain home to host Princeton that same day.