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Arizona State Can’t Afford To Slip Up On The Road At Washington State

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I keep hearing these so-called “experts” saying the Arizona State Sun Devils are now in the NCAA Tournament field. Sure, it’s not even February but these amateur bracketologists are trying to get their collective heads around what March’s field will look like. What they say will no doubt have an impact on public perception which can sway the selection committee. They are human beings after all and can be flipped with a convincing argument. The problem is for Arizona State is it just doesn’t make any sense right now.

Talent isn’t the issue. I love the Carrick Felix, Jahii Carson and Jordan Bachynski trio. The three of them are some of the best players college basketball has to offer. When you throw in Evan Gordon as your fourth option you’ve really got something special brewing in the desert. Problem is you don’t make the tourney by what’s on your roster. You make it by building a resume.

What’s the Sun Devils best win right now? I suppose the UCLA Bruins who are perhaps the most inconsistent team in college hoops right now. They aren’t a lock by any means come season’s end. Oh and Arizona State also has an AWFUL loss to the DePaul Blue Demons at home which will raise a major red flag.

Winning on the road isn’t easy anytime but especially come conference play. However, you can’t just blow games on the road to the Pac 12‘s bottom feeders. I don’t get how college basketball “experts” can just dismiss these games. The Sun Devils needs to take care of business because unless they go on some major roll say against the Arizona Wildcats and Oregon Ducks in the conference tourney, their season will be defined by a large number of total wins with a small amount of bad losses. The marquee victories just aren’t there.

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