Devil’s Country – ASU Sports Report

March 12, 2008

Validating a Season of Surprise

Devils v Trojans, for a shot at the tournament and validating a season of surprise.  If the Devils can pull out this monumental victory over USC, it will definitely symbolize the changing of the guard here in Arizona.  The magnitude will be doubled if U of A happens to not get in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in basically forever. 

What would the effect be for the Devils?  Can you imagine all the big time prospects of the past, such as Mike Bibby, Sean Elliott, Andre Iguidala, Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye, ect…, snubbing the U of A for a chance to don the maroon and gold of Arizona State?  Wouldn’t that be a site.  And just think…Jarryd Bayless did give the Devils a thought before he re-committed to the Wildcats.  We can make that a big regret with an ASU win over USC and a Uof A loss.  The change has already started by the Devils sweeping the new mild-cats this year in just about everything! 

I don’t know how I’m going to sneak off and watch the game tomorrow, but I’m sure I’ll find a way.

March 10, 2008

Are We In Yet?

Saturday’s victory over Oregon State has put the Devils right on the bubble to get into the NCAA Tournament.  It was a historic afternoon for the Beavers who finished of the Pac-10 regular season without a single conference win.  It was a career night for two different Devils, McMillen and Boateng both had career highs in points.  All in all, it was a must win and they got it done. 

Now turning ahead to the Pac-10 Tournament, ASU will face off against USC on Thursday.  Here is the rematch for all the Trojan whiners.  Last meeting the USC thugs hacked the Devils up and down the court then cried about the difference in the number of fouls called on each team.  I hope ASU goes into this game, that is basically a home game for the Trojans, with the same game plan of attacking the hoop and making the officials give us the calls. 

One win, according to ESPN, is all the Devils need to have their place locked up in the NCAA Tournament.  I’d like to think they are already in, but one more would give us 20 wins on the year and beef up our resume.  I’ve never been so jacked about March Madness as this year. 

March 7, 2008

Oregon State Has a Fitting Name

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I just received a comment that stated Oregon St. has three conference wins in the last two years, and two of the three wins are against ASU. 

I can’t imagine ASU not pulling this one off.  Oregon State is really bad this year.  Not to mention, ASU is playing the best they have in a decade.  With this victory the Devils should sail on into the NCAA Tournament with something to prove.  Just like this doubter above, they have some convincing to do to the voters and the national public. 

What a great time to be a Devil’s fan!  How are those Beavers again?

March 6, 2008

Quack Off Oregon

Now that the USC fans are finally about done crying about the officiating, it time to hit the hardwood once again.  Tonight the Devils have the first of two in Oregon.  The Ducks are easily beatable and this game falls under the should win category for ASU, but you can never rule out a team, playing at home, at the end of a season, with NCAA Tournament hopes.  The Devils can basically clinch a spot in the big dance with a win tonight, while the Ducks need to capture the voters attention with a sweep this weekend and a run in the Pac-10 Tournament. 

 Devils’ Keys to the Game:  Get Pendergraph involved early…the longer it takes to get him going, the less likely he will contribute.  Harden, Harden, and Harden…can we get him to take more shots this game?  He rarely shoots more than he has to, but it wouldn’t hurt my feelings to see him take 15 to 18 shots tonight.  Lastly, get someone else to contribute from the outside…I don’t care who it is.  It could be Glasser, Abbott, Kuksiks, Shipp, McMillen, or Polk, just someone needs to be the third option and sink a few open shots. 

I still can’t believe this one isn’t on TV in Arizona. 

March 5, 2008

March Madness Awaits

According to Espn.com – Bracketology, currently the Devils are slotted as the 10 seed in the west facing off against BYU.  A second round match-up against Kansas awaits them next.  If the miracle on ice repeats itself, but with ASU and a basketball, they would then likely face off against the likes of Georgetown or Clemson.  Following two upsets, Cinderella, aka the Sun Devils, would have a rematch shot at UCLA.  Why stop there?  I might be dreaming by now, but the Final Four match-up would slot the Devils in a showdown with one of either Memphis, Texas, or Wisconsin, who headline the South region.  On to the championship I say…lets see…there is Duke, Tennessee, North Carolina and perhaps Xavier.  Wait a tick, didn’t we already handle them quite easily this year?

My point is that ASU is tested and primed to make a historic run.  Why not the Devils?  It all starts with a couple wins this weekend in Oregon to ensure not just a spot in the NCAA tournament, but a seed that elevates our chances of making the “Run heard ’round the world.” (or so I will call it)

March 3, 2008

Tournament Bound?

The Sun Devils made their case a little bit stronger with last weekends convincing win over USC.  OJ Mayo looked like the superstar he is, but James Harden and company for the Devils played another solid defensive game.  Not to mention the offense had some shining moments for the Devils.  They got a few shots to fall in a row that helped pull out a 20 point lead at one point.  Give credit to the Trojans (aka OJ Mayo) for the comeback attempt, but ASU put them in too deep of a hole. 

Harden continues to amaze me with the nonchalant approach that somehow turns into around 20 each game.  How many other freshmen out there are shooting above 50%? 

Two games are all that remain in the regular season.  Oregon and Oregon State on the road is all that stands in the way for the Devils and a trip to the big dance.  If they win both, they will be tournament bound for the first time since Ike Diogu donned the maroon and gold.  If they stumble at all in the next two, they are going to have to make a loud splash in the Pac-10 Tournament, perhaps having to win it all. 

It seems like forever since I have felt confident about getting to the big show.  A duck and a beaver are all that stands in our way.  Two wins this weekend gives us a nice little win streak going into the post-season.  Anything can happen once you get there.

February 28, 2008

Maybe We Can Get The Two Wins Out Of The Way Now

Everyone knows the Devils need two more wins to control their own destiny for the NCAA Tournament.  How about a sweep of the LA schools this week at home?(UCLA tonight and USC on Saturday)  Then we can just go off and celebrate the next few weeks rather than bite down our fingernails in anticipation.  Well, I like the sound of it.

 The Sun Devils would have to play a nearly flawless game for the unthinkable to happen, but I still like our chances tonight against UCLA.  This is a great test to see if we are anywhere near the talent level of the top tiered teams in the country.   Harden and Pendergraph are going to have to be on tonight, along with Kuksiks and Abbott, who must have the deep shots falling for the Devils to be in this one.  If we are in it late, who knows, we just might have a chance. 

I just really hope Kevin Love gets shut down, at least a little.  They should send the Boat in to pick up his five fouls all on Love.  That ought to slow him down.   

February 25, 2008

Devils Get the “Must Win” Game Saturday

I felt going into Saturday’s game, that the Devils had to win in order to stay alive with the NCAA Tournament committee.  Not only did they win, but they looked good doing it.  It has been a while since the Devils have had a nice convincing win. 

As I have said all year, when the outside shots fall, we are one tough team to beat.  Glasser, Abbott, Kuk, and Shipp got it going against the Huskies.  We can always count on Harden putting up some numbers.  Pendergraph has been hit and miss this year, so the focus going into the last four games has to be the outside shot. 

Next on the list of big time upsets for the Devils, UCLA.  Thursday at home is a game that can put us into an elite category in terms of big time wins against top tier opponents.  It might be a long shot in wishing for a win like that.  Then Saturday the Devils will host USC before finishing up the Pac-10 with the Oregon schools. 

Just two out of the next four should stamp our resume into the NCAA tournament.  Regardless of what happens, Herb has done a masterful job with this team and has put Sun Devil basketball back on the map.

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