NCAA tournament preview: No. 11 Arizona State

NCAA tournament preview: No. 11 Arizona State

In the end though - the Arizona State Sun Devils are going to grab this one.

Arizona State and Syracuse look, on paper, like the best matchup of the First Four play-in games for the NCAA Tournament. They are really a good team.

When the Arizona State logo popped up on the tournament selection show, players celebrated by jumping into the swimming pool at Hurley's house.

Arizona State made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014, although guard Shannon Evans II was there with coach Bobby Hurley and Buffalo in 2015. "So, we took advantage of the weather and the lovely place that we live in to celebrate quickly and jump around, and then jump in the pool quick", said Hurley, who was the first one to jump in the pool.

One thing that is consistent throughout the years is that no matter who does or doesn't make it into the NCAA tournament, it's always exciting.

All college basketball odds and betting trends courtesy of Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. A year ago, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin had been outspoken that the AAC tournament championship on Sunday didn't mean as much since the Bearcats and SMU both received No. 6 seeds.

The Syracuse basketball team is dancing, but how far can they tango?


The Arizona State Sun Devils come into the game with a 20-11 record on the season.

Much is made about Syracuse's defense, but Arizona State will not be fazed by the pressure of the tournament stage in Dayton.

Nevada has the best assist to turnover ratio in Division I to go with a No. 30 BPI ranking.

The Bulls are 0-2 in the NCAA Tournament.

Heading up the scoring for the Orange this season is Tyus Battle with 19.8 PPG, while Frank Howard has 15.0 PPG and 5.0 APG.

On the season, Buffalo basketball averages 84.8 points, 39.0 rebounds and 16.9 assists per game.

The Cuse have done a very nice job defensively throughout this season, if they can keep this game in the 50's-60's, they should be able to win this one as comfortably as a Syracuse team can. The Tigers haven't lost in almost a month, and enter the Big Dance on a seven game winning streak. Honestly, going into it, I wasn't really sure, it could have gone either way. "She responded by saying just wait, we still have time. But this year no matter who it is we have guys who can play and they don't fear anybody". North Carolina Central marched into the Big Dance for the second straight season Saturday, upsetting top-seeded Hampton to secure the league's automatic berth. Sometimes an FBI investigation can totally tear a team apart and send them in the wrong direction, but I believe it is sending this team in the complete opposite direction.

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