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Harden: Devils just have to play their game

February 17, 2009

Despite the fact ASU is facing its biggest rival, James Harden says the Sun Devils just have to focus on the basics - and maybe their beards.

Harden and the No. 14/11 ASU men's hoops team, 20-5 and 9-4 in the Pac-10,  will take on rival Arizona, winners of seven straight, on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.

Harden enters this week 15th in the nation in scoring at 21.3 points per game and is one of only seven players to average 20 points and shoot 50 percent from the field. He is also sporting a beard, one that despite the pleas of his coach, he is unwilling to shave while the Devils are on a roll.

Harden talked about the game, and his teammates grooming habits, at his weekly meeting with the local media.