Men's College Basketball Notebook: Syracuse rallies to top Arizona State

Men's College Basketball Notebook: Syracuse rallies to top Arizona State

The Orange are 4-1 ATS in their last five NCAA Tournament games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight neutral-site games.

This game will be a battle of styles, with the Sun Devils' 14th-ranked offense going head-to-head with Syracuse's 16th-ranked defense.

In mid-December, Arizona State climbed to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 after beating tournament No. 1 seed Xavier and Kansas.

But although you can wipe the slate clean, the things that dirtied it can't be erased.

The Arizona State men's basketball team is getting ready for their big game on Wednesday against Syracuse as part of the First Four in the NCAA Tournament. It was the end of an era. Seniors Tra Holder, Shannon Evans and Kodi Justice stood wide apart, looking to create separation for one last shot.

The victor of the Buffalo vs Arizona game will take on the victor of the No. 5 Kentucky vs No. 12 Davidson game in the Second Round on Saturday, March 17.

So, it had to be asked. However, his game is much more comparable to the classic style popularized in college basketball during the Golden Age for centers, the 1980s, when superstars like Robinson, Olajuwon, Ewing and Ralph Sampson dominated the paint.

Evans, fighting back tears, took a second and finally replied.

"They made a big impact on me", Martin said.

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"They do a really good job of having nearly a wing player playing the four", Miller said. "I have such a connection with them". I have never knowingly violated NCAA rules while serving as coach of this great program. And I hope I can continue to find guys like them. "I just talked to him and told him 'You just need to relax and play your game". If Syracuse wins, a classic coaching rivalry would be renewed between Jim Boeheim and former Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon. He can create his own shot and even though he struggled to score in three of the last four games, he's a guy that will make a difference. "I'm telling you, when you're in that zone, there's a pass that's open. We had a couple of those work against us as well".

Arizona State enters this one with a 20-11 record overall. At that point, the Orange led 21-16 in a game it would eventually win 60-56.

The individual scoring numbers hide the Sun Devils' downfall: inconsistent offense.

The Sun Devils have four players in their rotation making at least 37% of their three-pointers on the season.

And in close games, eyes nearly always go to free throw shooting.

The Sun Devils would trail for the remainder of the game.

ASU's loss to Colorado and Wednesday, its final two games of the season, were the two worst free throw shooting games of the season by percentage, at 57.1 and 30 percent.

"It was a rock fight", Hurley said. Also, star guard Allonzo Trier was ruled ineligible by the NCAA after a trace amount of a banned substance was found in his system. "So, you know, I think we're all due for some good here, and hopefully we can just continue to build on the season we've had so far".

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