Arizona State Basketball came into Saturday’s game against Creighton badly needing to turn things around after being destroyed by Saint Mary’s on Wednesday.
They managed to put in a much better performance against Creighton, but it unfortunately wasn’t enough as they lost their second consecutive game and 4th of the season. The loss puts Arizona State Basketball in a tough spot as they are heading toward conference play with only one strong win (that Saint John’s win over U of A really helps ASU’s resume) and a daunting conference schedule ahead of them.
First, they’ll get a home game against Texas Southern that will hopefully get them back in the win column. It certainly isn’t going to be easy with the way the offense is playing right now and with the trouble that Texas Southern gave Oregon on Saturday night.
For Creighton, the 67-60 win on the road was a nice resume builder that should have them riding high into their game against Midland that should set them up to enter conference play on a nice win streak.
At this point, it would be absolutely criminal if the rankings come out on Monday and we don’t see Creighton’s name in the top 25. They’ve gone on a six-game win streak since losing to SDSU, who gets more and more impressive by the week. That win streak includes a win over a ranked Texas Tech team and wins over two good power-five opponents in Oklahoma and ASU.
Here are three things ASU can take away from their close loss against a team who should find themselves ranked shortly.