Coming off two spirit-crushing overtime losses last weekend in Washington, the Arizona State Sun Devils try to regroup tonight against Stanford in a 6:30 game in Tempe.
ASU's Pac-10 championship hopes went out the window with the back-to-back defeats, and now the team is playing for a decent seed at the upcoming NCAA tourney.
Two wins over the No-Cal schools (Stanford and Cal), and maybe a win or two at the Pac-10 tourney next week will go a long way toward solidifying the Devils' highest seed at the Big Dance in years.
This weekend will be the last chance for the ASU faithful to watch four-year letterman Jeff Pendergraph at Wells Fargo Arena. A 6-9 center, Pendergraph is a fine player who may find a place on the next leve -- rofessional ball -- because of his superior work ethic and ability to bang with the big boys underneath.
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Saturday's game against Cal also will be James Harden's final home game in an ASU uniform. Though he's only a junior, Harden (in the photo) is very likely to stick his name into the upcoming NBA draft, where scouts currently are billing him as a high first-round pick.
Mr. Harden really is one of the best college players in the country, and is a blast to watch.
Tonight's game is on Fox Sports Arizona, Channel 34, and on KTAR 620.
Saturday's tipoff against Cal is at noon.