Arizona State Sun Devils: NCAA Tournament Team Preview

Arizona state sun devils

Arizona State University Sun Devils (10 Seed, Midwest Bracket)

Record: 21-11 (10-8 in Pac-12)

Coach: Herb Sendek

Tournament Berth: At Large Bid

Big Wins: Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, Stanford

Big Losses: Washington, Miami, Oregon State, Utah

The Arizona State Sun Devils come into the NCAA Tournament on a three-game losing streak. They will face a tough challenge in the 7th seeded Texas Longhorns, a young and talented group. However, this is a winnable game because the Sun Devils match up well on paper against the Longhorns.

In being a team that is known for consistently being on the bubble, the Sun Devils were finally able to break through to get into the NCAA Tournament. For the most part, they had a solid year that was one of the best seasons in Tempe for some time. Arizona State was able to pull out some big wins against their in-conference opponents and out-of-conference opponents, which helped build their resume.

In the first half of the season, Arizona State started off quite well by winning 11 of their first 13 games. When the conference play began in their schedule is when the team began to somewhat struggle. They finished with an average but respectable record of 10-8 in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils finished the season 2-5, which was a disappointing end to a good season.

The signature win of the season for the Sun Devils came against their in-state foe and arch rival, Arizona. Arizona State was able to narrowly pull out an upset win in a game that was an instant classic, which took two overtimes to complete. Other significant victories include wins against Creighton, Oregon, Colorado, and Stanford.

Top Players

POINTS

PPG

FG%

FT%

3PT%

Jahii Carson

18.6

.435

.716

.391

Jermaine Marshall

15.0

.447 .721 .400
REBOUNDS

REB

OFF

DEF

BPG

Jordan Bachynski

8.3

2.1

6.2

4.1

Shaquielle McKissic

5.4

1.2

4.2

0.0

ASSISTS

APG

SPG

TO

AST/TO

Jahii Carson

4.5

0.7

3.4

1.3

Jonathan Gilling

2.7

0.6

1.4

2.0

Starting Five

C – Jordan Bachynski

F – Eric Jacobsen

F – Shaquielle McKissic

G – Jermaine Marshall

G – Jahii Carson

Who’s Hot: Jahii Carson has been a scoring machine all season long. In averaging a very impressive 18.6 points per game, he has become the offensive leader for the Sun Devils. Highlights of his season include a 40-point game against UNLV and a 29-point game to go along with seven assists against California; both performances resulted in wins. If Arizona State is to advance far into the NCAA Tournament, Carson will need to be at the top of his game, because the team’s leader is crucial to their success.

Who’s Not: Jermaine Marshall is one of the team leaders in scoring for the Sun Devils, but his past two games have been very disappointing. Against Stanford and Oregon State, Marshall only scored nine combined points – along with shooting a poor 1-13 in three-pointers – in these two crucial games. Marshall will need to quickly get his groove back if Arizona State is to have any shot in the tournament.

Outlook: Arizona State has lost their last three games, and they are not a team that is going into the tournament with an ample amount of momentum or confidence. But they look to match up well with Texas, and hope to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Commentary by Glen Parris

Sources:
Arizona Sports
ESPN

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