Devil’s Country – ASU Sports Report

March 13, 2008

Pac-10 Officiating Needs to be Reviewed

Filed under: Basketball — Matt Sawyer @ 3:02 pm
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This game between USC and ASU was decided by one bad call. 

Go figure, all the USC fans are thinking its justice for the last meeting in Tempe when ASU was given several more calls than USC was.  This time is a little different.  The refs just decided to pop ASU’s bubble hopes on a phantom  over the back call.  I sure hope the voters get to look at the tape and determine this one wasn’t really a loss. 

I sure hope this off-season that the Pac-10 focuses on the terrible officiating.  Way too many games were decided by whistles and not players. 

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 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 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.

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