Devil’s Country – ASU Sports Report

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)

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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