Teams like UCLA, Arizona and Colorado are going to have an edge over the Sun Devils for the simple fact that they will be better. California, Stanford and Oregon will also be a few of the more competitive teams in the conference, but Arizona State will not be too far behind.
Luckily for this team, Jahii Carson decided to return to the school. As a freshman, he averaged 18.5 points per game. With many great players no longer being part of the conference, you can bet that Carson will be one of the best players. Heck, he is talented enough to be one of the best players in the nation.
There were many teams that were over .500 in the Pac-12 this past season and the 2013-14 season should be very similar. The Pac-12 is going to be filled with a lot of talent, coming from both returning players and incoming players.
I doubt that this team will be good enough to finish in the top three of the standings, but the season still is pretty far away, so you never know. Still, making the NCAA tournament will be the goal and as long as Arizona State can be in the top five of the standings–winning some good games along the way–it very well could be booking a flight to the Big Dance in March.
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