I was first surprised the Sun Devils had to go to overtime to beat Utah on Thursday. Now I’m surprised they beat Colorado despite Jahii Carson‘s worst game as a Sun Devil. Carson, the team’s scoring leader at 17.5 ppg, finished with a season-low five points and didn’t score until 5:27 left in the second half. The Sun Devils’ frontcourt outplayed Colorado, led by Carrick Felix (20 pts) and Jordan Bachynski (16 pts, 9 blocks).
I didn’t see that coming since I figured Colorado would be amped up to prove their loss to Arizona wasn’t a fluky performance. Yet you can argue they probably were a bit affected by Thursday’s controversy and despite keeping Carson in check, they were off their game.
So where do we stand now? At this point you can argue the Sun Devils are the third best team in the conference behind Arizona and UCLA. Yet most of us will agree Colorado is a close No. 4 since they came within a tenth of a second of beating Arizona.
Speaking of the Wildcats, what do we make of their two close wins to start Pac-12 play? At this point, they’re the masters of winning ugly and demanding teams either play hard 40 minutes or get caught from behind. Not exactly dominant but not a team to be overlooked or underrated either.
Throw in USC nearly beating California and this first weekend proved why many observers thought the Pac-12 was stronger. Only three teams remain undefeated and chances are next week will further complicate things.