Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Bobby Hurley knows how brutal college basketball could be. It’s why he spent some time, following a loss to Princeton on Saturday, explaining why the non-conference docket his guys just went through might not matter.
Well, especially not if the Sun Devils are going to defeat great teams, but lose against other ones they should easily beat.
“There’s no positives to this at all really, that I can think of at the moment,” Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley said. “Just the kind of nonconference that we had and the level of wins that we’ve had, this is a step back. But if we’re going to play like this, then the resume isn’t going to mean a whole lot. … You can’t be one team against the No. 1 team in the country and then play this way.”
This loss isn’t just about Arizona State. In the grand scheme of things, the Sun Devils should be fine. For the Pac-12, however, this is less than ideal, as some have already speculated the conference is a one-bid NCAA Tournament league this season (with the Sun Devils being the one team).
Nevertheless, the college basketball season is relatively long. It’s somewhat natural to have a down game here and there.
With the loss, ASU falls to 9-3 on the season.
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