Final week The PAC-12 convention introduced that the boys’s basketball packages can be enjoying the first-ever 20 sport season this 12 months.
That is important as a result of the PAC-12 has by no means performed greater than an 18-game convention season. The PAC-12 had introduced in the course of the 2019 offseason that they have been planning to go ahead with a 20-game PAC-12 schedule in 2020-2021, however the coronavirus pandemic put that doubtful.
It’s occurring, although, and this could be very helpful for ASU, who’s subsequent step within the Bobby Hurley period must be dominance versus PAC-12 competitors. Up to now, they’ve sputtered in PAC-12 play no matter how nicely the squad performed in out-of-conference matchups.
It virtually price them a number of NCAA Match appearances in 2018 and 2019.
The Devils have the roster to beat up on virtually each staff, if not each staff, within the PAC. They’re presently projected as one of many convention front-runners as a result of robust recruiting within the 2020 cycle, in addition to little expertise leaving this system this offseason.
Taking part in an extended season versus competitors that they’ve the potential to show superior to is a main alternative to take that subsequent step.
Simply final 12 months, ASU was the third-highest scoring staff within the PAC. The offense will probably be their identification, but once more this season. They’ll even be including to their spectacular offensive numbers this 12 months within the recruiting additions of world-class expertise SG Josh Christopher and one other promising offensive participant in SF Marcus Bagley.
On high of that, SG Alonzo Verge is about to take a giant step ahead this 12 months after exhibiting tons of promise as a deadly scorer within the PAC-12 portion of final 12 months. PG Remy Martin will probably be returning this 12 months after he and Verge initially have been headed to the NBA Draft. Martin was the third-leading scorer within the PAC final 12 months.
Arizona State posted a top-four report in convention play final season. That’s extremely encouraging when contemplating they’ve had an awesome offseason. ASU has upset below excessive expectations earlier than, however the details are that they seem like an actual convention contender on paper. The gamers and coaches needs to be feeling assured, heading into the season.
Particularly once they’ll have much more video games versus a convention that has only a few groups, ASU doesn’t have the potential to place away.