Bubble Watch: Arizona State On Outside Looking In, Yet Opportunities Await
Record: 20-10 (9-8) RPI: 93 SOS: 133
If there ever is an epitome of a bubble team Arizona State is it.
The Sun Devils are on the very fringe of the bubble but frankly they don’t really deserve to be. Their numbers are nowhere near a typical NCAA Tournament team’s numbers should be and their quality wins lack prestige. A sweep of Colorado and beating UCLA and Cal at home helps but they aren’t marque wins that can put them over the top.
This year’s bubble is extremely soft and that’s why the Sun Devils are still being considered but they if they want to jump on the right side of the bubble they will have to make a run in the final week. First up is that chance to earn a marque win as they travel to Tucson to take on rival Arizona. It wasn’t much of a contest the first time around, even with ASU being at home, so they will have to use that revenge factor and play with a sense of urgency.
If they can’t pull off the upset their only hope of making the NCAA Tournament field will be to make a run through the Pac 12 Tournament next week in Las Vegas. To do so they will need to win four games in four days and pull off something similar to what Colorado did last season. There is practically no other way for the Sun Devils to make the field of 68 unless they win out and they receive some help along the way.
It’s been a solid season for Herb Sendek and his team but it probably won’t be enough and they will likely have to settle for the NIT.