Devil’s Country – ASU Sports Report

February 5, 2008

Dennis Green on Basketball???

Filed under: Basketball — Matt Sawyer @ 9:40 am

“Arizona State is who we thought they would be. Fans who do not follow the Pac-10 closely, or just look at conference standings, without drilling through the records, thought they were a top 25 team at some point. Not so! As we all know now, Xavier is one of the top 10 craziest teams this year, so blowing them out like that was not such a big deal.”  (http://ncaahoopstoday.blogspot.com/2008/02/arizona-state-at-usc.html)

Is that Dennis Green talking about ASU basketball?  Blowing out Xavier was a BIG game for the Devils.  Getting that win gave them the confidence to start the Pac-10 (4-0) with a bang.  What has knocked them out of the top 25 was not having front court depth against Stanford’s twin towers, not getting the call on the last second drive by Harden against Washington State, and not hitting any shots at all against Washington.  You can’t just watch one game where ASU lost to USC and say the Devils aren’t a top 25 team.  I guess we will see in the end, but I really do like the Devil’s chance of getting a spot in the NCAA tournament.  Even with the 5 game losing streak.  It starts Sunday with Arizona on the road. 
 

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8 Comments »

  1. How the heck does the idiot who wrote that know what they were. No one had any idea what they were, and still don’t. We need to also understand that people do not want ASU crashing their party.

    Comment by Paul — February 5, 2008 @ 4:10 pm

  2. How the heck does the idiot who wrote that know what they were. No one had any idea what they were, and still don’t. We need to also understand that people do not want ASU crashing their party.

    Comment by Paul — February 5, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

  3. I’ll have to disagree. I pretty much determined that ASU was not a Top 25 team after the “one” game blow out. Sorry. It was pretty bad…

    Comment by vanitylicenseplates — February 6, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

  4. It’s hard to argue with fans, but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to look at the ASU schedule and see that that was never the resume of a top 25 team. The AP/Coaches polls are a beauty contest and take a predictable life of their own that mechanically move teams up and down. Most of the people who vote just look at conference standings, and they don’t even bother to see who played who and where, let alone watch the games 🙂

    The record speaks for itself: http://kenpom.com/sked.php?team=Arizona%20St.

    Comment by naahoopstoday — February 7, 2008 @ 12:45 am

  5. Looking at the schedule, if ASU can win 4 games and 2 in the tournament or 5 games and 1 in the tournament, you have to mention them as a tournament bound team. (Quite possibly a top 25 team as well) The Pac-10 is the toughest conference in college basketball. Ending .500 is a huge accompishment for any team playing the best competition day in and day out.

    Comment by Matt — February 7, 2008 @ 8:38 am

  6. They are still on the bubble, and considering the freshmen laden team, we should all be happy about it. Next year, may be a different story, but enjoy the bonus of this year’s team even fighting for a spot.

    Comment by Paul — February 8, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

  7. Next year we will have so much more depth. Just the additions of Johnny Coy and Taylor Rohde will make a huge difference. Coy will strech the defense and give us another outside weapon, and Rohde will give us the depth we are so desperately needing down low this year.

    Comment by Matt — February 8, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

  8. FIRST SWEEP IN 13 YEARS! UN-F***ING BELIEVABLE. Especially after starting down 16 (22-6). LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Paul — February 10, 2008 @ 2:49 pm


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