Arizona State Sun Devils Will Be Ready For Pac-12 Thanks To Non-Conference Schedule

By Trevor Lowry
Arizona State Sun Devils
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The Arizona State Sun Devils will be ready for Pac-12 play in the 2013-14 college basketball season thanks to a tough non-conference schedule.

Arizona State will take on UNLV, Marquette and Creighton in its out-of-conference schedule.

The Rebels will definitely have some questions since they will be losing a number of different players. One of those players is Anthony Bennett, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

However, Creighton and Marquette should both challenge for a Big East title and both will be talented enough to be ranked.

Luckily for the Sun Devils, Jahii Carson will be back for another year. He put up big boy numbers last season, averaging 18.5 points per game and 5.1 assists per game.

The Sun Devils did not make the dance last season and they finished with a conference record of 9-9 (tied for sixth in the standings). Needless to say, they have to have a better record in conference play if they plan on making the tourney in the upcoming season.

However, they will definitely have the team to do so.

Playing teams such as Marquette, Creighton and UNLV will prepare Arizona State for conference play. As usual, the Pac-12 is expected to be competitive, but the Arizona Wildcats will definitely be the team to beat in the conference. Colorado will not be too far behind and UCLA will compete once again.

Arizona State has to jump many teams if it plans on making the tournament, though. With that in mind, it will have plenty of opportunities to get some big wins in both its non-conference schedule and in the Pac-12.

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