Devil’s Country – ASU Sports Report

February 21, 2008

Round 2 vs. Washington St.

The Cougars might have given the Devils a shot to the mouth in the final seconds at Wells Fargo Arena the last time these two met, but this time (hopefully) they won’t have the worst referee crew in the nation working the game.  I hate to use the ref excuse, but how do you not call a foul on the last second drive, at home, to win the game, when Harden goes flying to the ground after getting mugged?

 Lets just hope this one is decided by the players and not the officials. 

A few things to watch for: 

  • Ty Abbott – How will he follow up his 30 point game?  Can he stay hot?
  • Jeff Pendergraph – Can he stay out of foul trouble and be a contributor in this one?
  • James Harden – Can he get back on track as a player of the year candid

This is one of those games that could really spring board the Devils into the Tournament spot light.  They already have good wins of the likes of Xavier, Stanford, and Arizona (twice).  Adding Washington St. and USC or UCLA, would put us in a great position to get to the big dance.

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February 15, 2008

First Win Over a Top 10 School in 10 Years

Filed under: Basketball — Matt Sawyer @ 8:13 am
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Rihards Kuksiks and Eric Boateng deserve some big props.  Watching Kuk play last night makes me wonder why he didn’t see the court earlier in the season.   He looked like the missing piece we have been needing.  He matches up size-wise better than Shipp down low, and he give us an outside shot that we desperately have needed.   Also, how about that board by Boateng?  I didn’t know he had it in him.

With that said, Harden quietly did it again.  What more can you say about the youngest player in the Pac-10?  He deserves all the praise that the national media can give him. 

Can a home sweep of Cal and Stanford be in the crystal ball?  I sure like our chances. 

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