Pac-12 Basketball Preview: #9 Arizona State Sun Devils

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a facelift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference, breaking down each team beginning with the Pac-12. In losing Jahii Carson, Jermaine Marshall, and Jordan Bachynski; the Arizona State Sun Devils have some major holes to fill from last year’s NCAA Tournament...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona State extends Sendek's deal through 2018-19 season

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Herb Sendek has led the Arizona State basketball program to five 20-victory seasons in eight years, and he will given ample time to add on.  Sendek is to receive a three-year extension on his current contract, which expires on June 30, 2016, pending the approval of the Arizona Board of Regents, athletic director Ray Anderson indicated in a radio interview Wednesday...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU's Carson and Bachynski go undrafted

PHOENIX -- Jahii Carson was considered a mid- to late-first round prospect following his redshirt freshman season at Arizona State and decided to return for one more season in Tempe. A year later, Carson went undrafted. Neither Carson nor fellow ASU product Jordan Bachynski were rafted Thursday, meaning both will likely have to earn an NBA opportunity in the Summer League. Carson...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Carson makes his point for Suns

PHOENIX -- Jahii Carson learned to quit sweatin' the small stuff years ago. While tearing up the club-ball circuit as an East Valley grade-school phenom, it was posited he'd never be big enough. He wouldn't be big enough to dominate at the high-school level. By the time he finished at Mesa High, Jahii was best player in Arizona, hitting opponents for 32 points per game...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU's Carson makes NBA intentions official

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State sophomore guard Jahii Carson made official Wednesday what has been known for the better part of a year -- he will forego the remainder of his college basketball career to make himself eligible for the NBA Draft. Carson was a two-time All-Pac-12 First Team selection who helped the Sun Devils end a five-year NCAA Tournament drought in 2014. He averaged...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

3 players leaving Arizona State basketball program

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Guards Calaen Robinson and Egor Koulechov and forward Brandan Kearney are leaving the Arizona State basketball program. All three were reserves for an ASU team that went 21-12 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years. The Sun Devils are scheduled to lose four starters -- seniors Jordan Bachynski, Jermaine Marshall and Shaquielle McKissic...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Up next for ASU basketball: Major reconstruction

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Although the last few weeks left a sour taste, Arizona State had a remarkable season while making the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years.  Jordan Bachynski set school and Pac-12 records for blocked shots that may not soon be surpassed. Jahii Carson was the only player in the Pac-12 to average 18 points and 4.5 assists per game this season, his second...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Texas hits buzzer-beater to beat Arizona State

Texas has advanced in March Madness by breaking Arizona State's heart. The Longhorns scored on a game-winning buzzer-beater to defeat the Sun Devils 87-85.
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Carson leads ASU onto the NCAA stage

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Former Connecticut ringleader Kemba Walker, who knows a thing or two about long NCAA tournament runs, reached out with a gentle nudge to old friend Jahii Carson on Sunday after Arizona State was named to the NCAA field. "He said, 'On the big stage, big players shine and show up, so what are you going to do?'" Carson said. Carson's response included...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Sun Devils headed to the Big Dance

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State fulfilled a season goal by making the NCAA Tournament, an emotional moment for many in the Sun Devils locker room, even as some were able to celebrate a split-second sooner than others on Sunday afternoon. "It was weird, because there was a wall between" two groups of the ASU viewing party, "and one side had a faster (TV) feed than us...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU's Vegas mission: Eliminate any doubts

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State refuses to enter the Pac-12 tournament in "safe" mode as it pertains to the school's impending NCAA tournament appearance, results notwithstanding, and that might be the safest approach. ASU seems to play better when the down-side risk is great, as a double-overtime victory over then-No. 1 Arizona and double-digit victories over Stanford...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU's Bachynski, Carson honored by Pac-12

TEMPE, Ariz. -- ASU senior center Jordan Bachynski, who set Pac-12 season and career records for blocked shots this year, was named the conference's defensive player of the year Monday, while sophomore guard Jahii Carson was named to the 10-man All-Pac-12 first team. Bachynski leads Division I with 131 blocked shots this season and has 312 in his career. His broke his own Pac...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU can't dig out of deep hole at Oregon

Arizona State did nothing to help itself Tuesday, when it gave up the first 15 points and never recovered against Oregon. At the same time,  the 85-78 late night loss in Eugene should do nothing to harm the Sun Devils' NCAA tournament standing, and they still have one more chance to get what they went on the road for, the No. 3 seed in the Pac-12 tournament. ASU (21-9, 10-7...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona State's Jahii Carson to enter NBA Draft

After a spectacular sophomore campaign, Arizona State guard Jahii Carson is confident he’s ready for the next level. is reporting that the All Pac-12 guard will forego his final two seasons of eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft. Herb Sendek confirmed the announcement. “He’s not coming back,” Sendek said. No qualifier was added. This season is it — period...
Via Thacover2
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Carson takes over in 'must-win' game

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Jahii Carson likes to let the game come to him. When he is at his best, as he was Wednesday, he then proceeds to swallow it whole. Carson had perhaps his signature game of the Pac-12 season when Arizona State needed it the most, scoring 26 points and efficiently running his team to a 76-64 victory over Stanford at Wells Fargo Arena. The victory should all but seal...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona State seeks to regain energy for final push

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State's signature victory over the Arizona was great for its NCAA tournament resume but not so good for its two-game trip to the Pac-12 mountains last week. "We had too much confidence, and when you have too much confidence sometimes that will bite you in the butt," Jahii Carson said. Consider ASU twice-bitten, but not at all shy. The Sun Devils...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona State Knocks Off No. 2 Arizona with Epic Finish

Anytime you have rivals meet on the court there is a strong chance fans are going to be treated to an epic game. There is just something about beating 'that other team' that tends to get players to lift their game up an extra notch or two--like the Arizona State Sun Devils did against No. 2 Arizona Friday night.Not only did the Sun Devils take it to the Wildcats--they...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU Upsets U Of A In Double OT

(Courtesy of Arizona State upset the #2 team in the country U of A Wildcats 69-66 in double OT Friday night, in dramatic fashion in what was a tenacious defensive affair. This being the first victory for ASU against a top five nationally ranked opponent since they defeated the Wildcats all the way back in 1992. It was most certainly an up and down game both ways in...
Via Pass The Pill
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona State outlasts Oregon 74-72

Jordan Bachynski had a career-high 26 points and blocked Joseph Young's reverse layup at the buzzer, helping Arizona State hold off hard-charging Oregon 74-72 on Saturday. Arizona State (18-6, 7-4 Pac-12) dominated the first half, building a 20-point lead while the Ducks flailed at both ends. Oregon (15-8, 3-8) put together a furious rally behind Young and its press in the...
Via AP on Fox
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Sssssh. ASU students intentionally negate home-court edge

The Arizona State student section usually does a pretty good job of supporting the home team. They dress in costume. Overweight students pinch an inch (or much more) while standing under the basket to distract free-throw shooters. When an opponent fouls out, they have the "left, right, left, right ... sit down" chant down to a science. They might want to rethink, however...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Perseverance pays off for ASU guard Barnes

In team roping, the lead roper is known as the header, and his job is to lasso a steer around the neck and turn it to the left. The other roper on the two-man team, the heeler, then throws his loop around the steer's back legs as it bucks in protest. The heeler's job requires a clear eye, a steady hand and impeccable timing. Arizona State guard Bo Barnes has nicely transferred...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Perseverance pays off for ASU guard Barnes

TEMPE, Ariz. -- In team roping, the lead roper is known as the header, and his job is to lasso a steer around the neck and turn it to the left. The other roper on the two-man team, the heeler, then throws his loop around the steer's back legs as it bucks in protest. The heeler's job requires a clear eye, a steady hand and impeccable timing. Arizona State guard Bo Barnes has...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Resilient ASU stops Cal to avoid second-half collapse

Arizona State guard Jermaine Marshall put his right index finger to his lips to shush the Haas Pavilion crowd after his 3-pointer pulled the Sun Devils even with California in the final 17 seconds of regulation Wednesday night. He was premature. But he was not wrong. ASU scored 14 of the first 16 points in overtime to put away Cal 89-78, a victory that served to reinforce the team...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Sun Devils lose big lead but salvage win in OT

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Jahii Carson scored 11 points in overtime and Arizona State got another big game out of transfer Jermaine Marshall to help the Sun Devils beat California 89-78 on Wednesday. Carson finished with 29 points and seven assists for Arizona State (16-5, 5-3 Pac-12), which won its third straight despite blowing a 16-point lead in the second half. The Sun Devils, who...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Willing Gilling accepts new role as bench scorer

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Jonathan Gilling was an immediate hit when roster changes and injuries ushered him into the Arizona State starting lineup about this time two years ago. He is making an even bigger impression this season in his week-old role as the top reserve. His numbers are good, and his acceptance is even better. "A lot of guys, when they get benched, they think, 'Oh...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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