ASU Basketball Season Ends With Rout At Hands Of Tree

Stick a pitchfork in the Arizona State men's basketball team, which got thumped last night by Stanford in a first-round Pac-12 Conference tournament game.

The 85-65 loss at LA's Staples Center in front of about as many folks as watched the Sun Devils this year in Tempe at the Wells Fargo Arena (not many) mercifully ended ASU's season.

ASU finished with just ten wins in 31 games.

Stanford freshman Chasson Randle (whom we raved about in a pre-game blog yesterday) scored 24 first-half points as the Tree put up 50 points to take a 20-point lead at the break.

The Devils made a decent run at the start of the second-half, but Coach Herb Sendek's squad hardly had the horses this year to fall that far behind and have a chance.  

When a one-dimensional player (a shooter, except he couldn't convert for much of the season) like Chanse Creekmur is your leading scorer with thirteen points, you've got issues. 

ASU's assist-to-turnover numbers, which many consider a decent barometer of how a team will fare in a given game, was ten and fourteen. Stanford had 19 assists to only ten turnovers.

Game, set, match, season.

We really like Herb Sendek and how he comports himself on and off the court--and he proved his mettle in marshaling his troops to last weekend's big home win over Arizona.

But, jeez. This team was brutal from start to finish.

The Arizona WIldcats, who are still alive, but barely, play the UCLA Bruins this afternoon in a second-round tourney game. UCLA got by USC yesterday afternoon as the Cats awaited the winner after earning a bye with a fourth-place regular season finish.

The game is scheduled to start at 3:40 p.m. and will air on Channel 34.

Most NCAA watchers are convinced that Arizona will have to win three games in three days to get into the upcoming March Madness event, which starts next week.

But the already-thin Wildcats lost another player yesterday, starting freshman Josiah Turner, who was suspended from the team indefinitely for some serious shit. Kidding about the last part, as Coach Sean Miller wasn't saying what led to the boot, Turner's second of the season.

Arizona will be hard-pressed to beat the Bruins today.

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