- Matt Kemp injury: Dodgers OF feeling strong after minor league game
- Phil Jackson rumors: Ex-Lakers coach gets offers from Knicks
- Portland Trail Blazers’ GM eyes ‘elite’ status as goal
- Watch out for the Houston Rockets
- Brandon Browner reinstated by the NFL
- Corey Brewer reflects on his annihilation of Derek Fisher
- 2014 NFL Draft: 5 Pac-12 standouts who could make an immediate impact
- NFL Draft 2014: Jadeveon Clowney should be No. 1 pick, says Marcus Lattimore
- Seahawks choose not to use franchise tag on Steven Hauschka
- Donald Butler signs contract extension with Chargers
Selection Sunday 2013: Arizona State is Pac-12′s only bubble team
- Updated: March 17, 2013
Arizona State will likely be the only team sweating on Selection Sunday when the 68 teams in the field for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are announced.
The Sun Devils are part of a highly-competetive conference that according to ESPN.com’s Eamonn Brennan, should see at five teams in as locks to enter the big dance. Oregon won the Pac-12 tournament with a convincing win over injury-hobbled UCLA and the Bruins, Arizona, Colorado, and Cal are each almost assured to be punching their tickets based on ranking.
But the Sun Devils’ resume is one worth examining prior to the committee’s selections being announced. They’re a long shot, but at 21-12 and 9-9 in conference, they have enough quality wins to be considered in the conversation. If they could have managed to defeat UCLA in the Pac-12 Tournament earlier in the week, then their chances would have been exponentially greater, but they fell just short after having the Bruins on the ropes.
ASU was only 6-8 against the top-100, and their strength of schedule is ranked No. 114. Those aren’t ideal numbers for a team trying to get into the top-68.
So why even consider ASU? They beat UCLA on Jan. 26 and played them tough in Westwood but fell in overtime on Feb. 27 in two regular season matchups. They defeated Cal on Feb. 7, so they’ve shown they can play with anyone. The computers won’t like the numbers, but the committee may like what they saw in those key games.
It’s unlikely that they’ll make it in because the numbers are against them, but this would be an exciting team to watch come tournament time, especially behind the strong play of freshman sensation Jahii Carson.
Latest posts by Michael C. Jones (see all)
- Matt Kemp injury: Dodgers OF feeling strong after minor league game - March 9, 2014
- VIDEO: Blake Griffin feeds DeAndre Jordan vs. Hawks - March 8, 2014
- VIDEO: Ty Lawson breaks Jodie Meeks’ ankles, adds insult to Lakers’ woes - March 7, 2014