Arizona State looks to shake off rust against Colorado

Arizona State is scheduled to play for only the second time in 27 days due to COVID-19 protocol when it hosts Colorado on Saturday.The only game in that span for the Sun Devils (5-8, 1-2 Pac-12) was a 74-50 loss at California on Jan. 2.Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley and his team have also experienced difficulty scheduling practices because he has joined his players in COVID-19 protocol.”It’s been a rough stretch for sure,” Hurley said. “We had a substantial number of positives, including myself, which was a tough period of time. Had a couple of days where I was really not feeling well. This is my first experience with it. To get a taste with that, I would not recommend it.”Hurley was isolated for 10 days before returning to practice Wednesday.In regards to having his team make progress on the court, Hurley said, “It’s just been pretty tough to put it all together.”Colorado (11-4, 3-2) had its five-game winning streak snapped at Arizona in a 76-55 loss Thursday.The Buffaloes have managed to play three games in the last week after a stretch of not playing because of COVID-19 protocol between Dec. 18 and Jan. 6.K.J. Simpson led Colorado with 17 points, 14 in the first half, against Arizona. He also had four assists, three rebounds and three steals. Evan Battey had nine points and seven rebounds.