If ASU Mens Basketball coach Herb Sendek thought he had it rough coaching against the big dogs in the Atlantic Coast Conference, or trying to bring the Sun Devils back from the dead in recent years, he didnt know what rough was.
Rough is trying to take the Sun Devils back to the NCAAs without whiz kids James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph. Harden was drafted No. 3 overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder; Pendergraphs now with the Portland Trail Blazers after being taken with the 31st pick.
Thank God for Sendeks mastery of Xs and Os, cause the whiteboard gurus gonna need every trick in the book when his top returning player is gutsy but, well, kinda pasty senior point guard Derek Glasser, who Sendek calls a steady hand at the wheel.
The journey starts at 7 p.m. Friday, November 13, against Western Illinois at Wells Fargo Arena.
Fri., Nov. 13, 7 p.m., 2009
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