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Quick Takes: What’s next for Arizona State?

Dave2015It was an ugly night in Tempe.  There’s no other way to put it.  Arizona State lost at home to Washington State, a team that until Thursday hadn’t won a true road game, had only won a single Pac-12 game, and had a NET Rating of 230 when it arrived on ASU’s campus.

By itself, it would simply be a bad loss.  Those things happen.  The trouble for ASU is this: it wasn’t their first such hiccup.  Added together, the Sun Devils have dropped three home games to non-NCAA contenders: WSU, Utah, and Princeton.  They also have road losses to Vanderbilt and Stanford.

What’s next for Arizona State?  It’s an interesting question.  As is this: Are the Sun Devils’ wins over Kansas, Mississippi State and Utah State (in particular, as Quad 1 wins) enough to offset those warts?

The answer is a bit foggy but could well depend upon how ASU manages its remaining schedule:  League-leading Washington arrives on Saturday, which brings another chance for a Quad 1 win.  After that? ASU closes with five of seven on the road, concluding with a road swing through Oregon and a trip to Tucson.  This much we know: Arizona State’s margin for error is dissipating.

Additional Quick Takes: 

  • Houston took down UCF on the road – a missed opportunity for the Knights who have three remaining games with Houston and Cincinnati.  They may need two of those.
  • Iowa dumped Indiana in Bloomington.  A good road win for the Hawkeyes and a potentially momentum-killing loss for the Hoosiers, fresh off that upset in East Lansing.  IU now has the same number of Big Ten wins (4) as Rutgers and Illinois.
  • Gonzaga throttled San Francisco, all but ending the Dons’ realistic at-large hopes.
  • Wofford, meanwhile, is emerging as a legitimate at-large candidate.  The Terriers won a tough road game at East Tennessee State to improve to 12-0 in the Southern Conference.  They have remaining Top 100 NET games against UNC-Greensboro and Furman, a 5-4 mark vs. Quad 1/2 teams, and a road win at South Carolina.

Enjoy your Friday.  It’s a hefty college weekend ahead.

 

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