Head coach Bobby Hurley of Arizona State University calls the play in a 77-69 loss to USC on January 21, 2023 at the Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, Arizona. (Arizona Sports/Jeremy Schnell)
(Arizona Sports/Jeremy Schnell)
Arizona State’s men’s basketball has been in a downward skid over the past two weeks after its best start in program history, 15-3 (6-1 Pac-12).
However, after four straight losses to both Los Angeles and Washington, the Sun Devils went 15-7 (6-5), dropping from second to sixth in the conference standings.
ASU has a chance to sweep the season series at Oregon schools this week, with the Beavers coming to Tempe on Thursday and the Ducks coming to Desert Financial Arena on Saturday.
And following the Colorado and Utah gauntlets at home, Arizona, No. 9 UCLA, and USC are all nearing the end of the season. For Bobby Hurley and his Co., we have to start winning now to have hope. Making an NCAA Tournament.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Wildcats (19-3, 8-3) became the fifth-best team in the nation after sweeping schools in LA and Washington, finishing second in the Pac-12.
As it stands, nearly half of all bracketologists nationwide are making ASU dance big, and all of them have Arizona as the top two seed.
With the help of BracketMatrix.com and the NCAA website, take a look at the NCAA tournament résumés for both the Sun Devils and Wildcats ASU and where they’re headed to the road set against the Washington school this week.
Arizona State NCAA Tournament Resume
Total record: 15 wins, 7 losses
Brackets in BracketMatrix.com (out of 81): 38
BracketMatrix.com Composite Seeds (Average Seeds): 11 (10.78)
Max Seed: 9
NET Ranking: 64th
Expected Strength: 62nd
Quadrant 1 Records: 3-3
Quadrant 2 record: 3-3
Quadrant 3 record: 4-0
Quadrant 4 record: 5-1
Arizona NCAA Tournament Resume
Total record: 19 wins, 3 losses
Brackets in BracketMatrix.com (out of 81): 81
BracketMatrix.com Composite Seed (Average Seed): 2 (1.75)
Max Seed: 1
NET ranking: 10th place
Appointment strength: 30 days
Quadrant 1 Records: 7-2
Quadrant 2 record: 3-1
Quadrant 3 record: 3-0
Quadrant 4 result: 6-0