In a game former Arizona State and Alabama great Jamal Faulkner is probably having a hard time picking sides, we have a chance for a quality win. Losing to Iowa State is acceptable, but I believe we need this one for confidence going forward. ASU lost to Maryland 78-73 yesterday.
The last time we played the Sun Devils was 1989. you might remember Arizona State's HC Herb Sendek from his previous gig at NC State where they pushed him out for only making the NCAAT. they replaced him with their 18th choice (Sidney Lowe) who was AUful and was replaced by our pal Mark Gottfried (who has taken NC State to 3 straight NCAATs).
Season stats (minus the Maryland game)
Coming into the Maryland game they were giving up a ridiculously low 44 PPG while putting up 68 albeit vs really bad opponents. They are a perimeter centric team taking 60/131 shots from beyond the arc. Keep them at bay out there and we should win.
No TV for this one, but ESPN3 is the way to watch it. Like I said, we NEED this game (3 point favorite according to Vegas) if we are to start dreaming about making the NCAAT (as an at large team).