Arizona State Sun Devils Hurt their NCAA Tournament At-Large Chances

By Joseph Nardone
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The Arizona State Sun Devils (20-9, 9-7 Pac-12) sure could have used a win over a team such as the UCLA Bruins (21-7, 11-4 Pac-12). It is hard to say if the Sun Devils are on the NCAA Tournament bubble or if they are just a team no one talks about. Either way, losing to the Bruins Wednesday night, albeit in overtime, won’t help improve upon their tourney resume.

No matter which side of the bubble we felt the Sun Devils were on, the members of the team felt that they needed a win against the Bruins to sure-up a spot in the big dance. Not many were as disappointed in the Sun Devils loss than forward Jonathan Gilling:

“This is a game that we should have won and we could have won, especially if you want to go to the (NCAA) tournament on a bid”

This was a big loss for the Sun Devils, who were looking to add some much needed impressive wins to the resume. Arizona State hasn’t beaten a ranked team(at the time) all season long. On top of that, they have one of the worst losses a team could have possibly have, falling to the DePaul Blue Demons way back in December.

Luckily for Arizona State they still have two regular season games remaining(One against the ranked Arizona Wildcats, an almost must win) and the Pac 12 conference tournament. A combination of things need to happen to help guarantee the Sun Devils a spot in March postseason play. A strong finish in the regular season(Mostly, beat Arizona) and don’t get bounced early in the conference tournament.

But really, how can we take a team who lost to DePaul seriously? Shame on you Sun Devils, shame on you.

Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone

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