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ASU beefs up security for basketball game against UofA

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Every seat will be filled at the Wells Fargo Arena Friday night for the ASU basketball game versus the University of Arizona.

Assistant Athletic Director Doug Tammaro said the increase in security is not because of last week's incident after the University of Oregon game.

"Regardless of what happened the week before, the year before or ten years before, you'd have more security at this game because you have more people," explained Tammaro.

Hours before the game, security officials could be seen patrolling the area on foot and bike. Two officers with K-9s scoured the grounds.

After ASU's clenching win versus Oregon, a student spit on an Oregon coach. Though that coach did not decide to press charges, he has said there are security problems at Wells Fargo Arena since the opposing team's entrance is surrounded by the ASU fan section.

"Personally, I think (Oregon's concern) is where (ASU students are) sitting. Part of the issue is now there is a lot more of them and they're making a lot of noise, and they're a lot more fired up. I think that's starting to get on some people's nerves," said Tammaro.

Arizona Sports 98.7 FM's Dave Burns and John Gambo said they believe last week's incident is isolated.

"It was one moron -- one jerk who got out of hand and spit on a (coach)," Gambo said.

"I think that student section quite frankly is one of the best things in Phoenix sports. It was an isolated incident," Burns said.

Students who are lining up to fill the section for Friday night's game were disappointed with what happened last week, but think Friday night will go smoothly.

"I think tempers might fare a little bit because that's the nature of the rivalry. But you know we're going to keep it clean and keep it fun and have fun tonight," said ASU freshman Austin Richelle.

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