Now things start to get interesting in Pac-12 hoops, as teams start to play each other for the second time. After losing to ASU at the Huntsman Center just a few weeks ago, the Utes are hoping to return the favor down in Tempe. After a terrible start at home against the Devils, Utah rallied and only lost the game by 3, after many chances to win the game.
So what does Utah need to do in this game? First of all, not start slow. Utah doesn’t have the offensive firepower to crawl out of a deficit, espcially on the road. The Utes need to take care of the ball, because ASU can put up points fast, and the Utes can’t help them out. Rebound, Utah was out rebounded in the last game, and they gave up too many second chances to ASU. Containing Tra Holder will be big too, which Utah did well in the previous game by holding him to 11 points on 3 of 10 shooting. Lastly, Bibbins needs to show up, but who is going to show up with him? Collette needs to stay out of foul trouble, and will Tyler Rawson show up on the road? It’ll be an interesting game to watch, and to see how Coach K adjusts.
More on the Devils from the official release:
The Sun Devils are coming off an 81-73 win at California this past Saturday, but has dropped four of its previous seven games after going 12-0 in non-conference play. Arizona State currently ranks No. 21in the AP Poll, but were ranked as high as No. 3 back on Dec. 25. ASU is 15-4 overall, but all four of its losses have come in league play. The Sun Devils are 3-4 in the Pac-12 standings. Tra Holder leads a quintet of players scoring in double figures as he averages 19.0 points per game. Shannon Evans II (16.7), Kodi Justice (13.5), Romello White (12.1) and Remy Martin (10.2) all follow Holdrer’s lead. Martin is the only player out of the group that has not started a game on the season. White leads the team on the boards with 7.6 rebounds per game. Evans has a team-high 83 assists and Holder also leads the squad with 29 steals on the season. The Sun Devils lead the Pac-12 and rank among the nation’s top-30 teams giving up just 11.4 turnovers per game. They also rank as the best team in the league getting to the free throw line (525 attempts) and knocking down those attempts (387 made). ASU averages a league-best 86.7 points per game, but rank eighth in the conference giving up 74.8 points to opposing teams.
How to watch:
GAME 20 | Utah (12-7, 4-4) at #21/20 Arizona State (15-4, 3-4)
Date/Tipoff: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. MT
Location: Tempe, Ariz. (Wells Fargo Arena)
Television: Pac-12 Networks // pac-12.com/live // Pac-12 Now mobile app
TALENT: J.B. Long (PxP), Bill Walton (Color)
Radio: ESPN700AM // espn700sports.com // ESPN700 mobile app