Arizona State Sun Devils
The wackiness that’s been the Pac-12 has created some unique results. The most surprising has to be the Sun Devils, who entered league play with a 6-5 record, including a road loss to San Diego. They simply didn’t look anywhere near NCAA Tournament-caliber at the time.
But after coming back from down 16+ points to beat both Stanford and Cal on the road, Arizona State was 2-0 in the Pac-12. This past week, they were at home against two current projected tournament teams in Utah and Colorado. The first was the Utes, a game in which the Sun Devils were in full control, winning 82-70. Jose Perez led all scorers with 26 points.
On Saturday, ASU hosted the Buffaloes, who were without freshman wing Cody Williams once again. The underdogs took advantage, winning 76-73 to move to 4-0 in league play. Jamiya Neal led the team with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Adam Miller had 18 points.
There’s no question that Arizona State dug itself a big hole in the non-con and still has a NET ranking of around 100. But now, they’re 5-4 against Quad 1/2 opponents, something many teams can’t say. They need to keep the winning going and have a Quad 1 opportunity coming, taking on Washington on the road.