UA’s Territorial Cup Series hopes becoming problematic

ASU right now holds the tie-breaker in a tight race for this year’s cup.

UA may need an upset to win Cup Series

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - ASU blanked Arizona 4-0 in Tempe on Saturday to take the women’s tennis Territorial Cup Series point for a fifth consecutive year.

The Wildcats currently lead the annual rivalry battle 9.5-to-8.5 over the Sun Devils.

UA edged ASU by five shots last week at the Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championship. The Wildcats and Sun Devils took second and third overall at the event with ASU’s Olivia Mehaffey winning the individual conference title.

The men’s golf teams will battle starting Monday at the Pac-12 Championship in Eugene, Oregon. The Sun Devils enter the event ranked 2nd in the country and are the favorite to beat Arizona as well as win the conference title.

A victory in men’s golf for Arizona State would even the Territorial Cup Series with just two events remaining (women’s and men’s track and field).

In the event of a tie, where the two athletic program rank in the annual Learfield Directors’ Cup will determine the winner. Right now ASU (27th) sits atop UA (55th) in the Directors’ Cup.

Arizona State posted a huge overall athletic showing in the winter sports. Both Sun Devil basketball teams made the NCAA Tournament where the Wildcats were shutout in that category. Winning the WNIT did nothing to help UA in this standing. ASU also profited over Arizona in two sports the Wildcats don’t play (men’s hockey and wrestling).

Schools are allowed to count 19 sports toward their final total In the Learfield Directors’ Cup, four of those sports must be Baseball, Women’s Volleyball and Women’s and Men’s Basketball.

If the Wildcats don’t get several deep NCAA Tournament runs from their spring sports team they could be in danger of finishing outside of the Top 40 nationally in athletics for a third consecutive year (42nd-2017 and 51st-2018).

Here’s how the series shakes out to this point:

Arizona

  • Volleyball
  • Men’s Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Women’s Indoor Track
  • Men’s Indoor Track
  • Men’s Swimming and Diving
  • Softball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Women’s Golf
Showdown Saturday in the Territory

Arizona State

  • Football
  • Women’s Cross Country
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Women’s Swimming and Diving
  • Gymnastics
  • Men’s Tennis
  • Baseball
  • Women’s Tennis

Split

  • Women’s Basketball

To be determined

  • Men’s Golf
  • Women’s Track and Field
  • Men’s Track and Field

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