The Sun Devils are 13-15 in their history in the tournament, but have never been to the NCAA Final Four. "We weren't included. There are arguments in terms of what their process was, why they did it". At one point this season Arizona State was ranked inside the Top 5 nationally, but they really fell on some hard times and somehow found a way back into the tournament field.
This year there are a smaller number of mid-major "Davids" who fit the profile of being able to slay a high-ranked "Goliath". A year ago, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin had been outspoken that the AAC tournament championship on Sunday didn't mean as much since the Bearcats and SMU both received No. 6 seeds.
Although the Eagles boast All-MEAC second-team center Raasean Davis (team-high marks of 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds), almost 40 percent of their scoring comes from their bench as 12 players average at least 10 minutes per game.
The No. 4 Arizona Wildcats will take on the Buffalo Bulls in one of the NCAA Tournament March Madness games on Thursday, start tim eat 8:40 PM ET, at Taco Bell Arena, Boise, ID. Remember, this is a team that beat Villanova this season so there's no team in the field it can't beat on its best day.
"They have outstanding guards and they're a lot like the teams in our conference".
That's quite the fall from grace mainly because nine of their 11 losses are to teams who didn't make the tournament. They are the embodiment of all the knocks against the other bubble teams.
"The message sent is that we look at games in November and December as much as February and March if they are against the same caliber of teams", tournament selection committee chair and Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen told NCAA.com. Lower even, like they played against Clemson in a win recently (55-52). Another thing that is consistent is the selection committee's inconsistency, as shown by their sudden switch from using a variety of metrics to seemingly only judging teams by their quad 1 wins.
Asked if the criteria should be revised to include the order of finish in conference, Swann said, "I think it should have some bearing on what you do, especially when you're picking teams that come in further down the line in your own conference". Arizona State likes to run a 4-guard offense with Bobby Hurley, it's one of the reasons they dropped a ton of games the second half of the season. The Sun Devils have lost five of their last six games, including last Wednesday's defeat by Colorado.
Allonzo Trier could be the best players in college basketball in 2018. "So, one way I want to try to separate myself is the rebounding".
After two seasons without postseason basketball in Tempe, Kodi Justice has helped revive the program he grew up watching as a fan.
To which we say: Well done. "We felt we were deserving of a place in the tournament, but others who actually make the decision didn't feel the same".