Utah has had the best of Arizona State as of late, winning seven of the last 10 meetings between the two programs. However, the Sun Devils and Utes have split the last four meetings with the road team winning each time.
The Utes are back on the court today as they try to break a three game losing streak as they play the Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe. After two straight blowout losses, the Utes are reeling, and beating the Devils would go a long way to get some confidence back. The Utes fell to Arizona the other night, and trailed most of that game by 20+ points, and was down 24 points almost right away.
For the Utes, they aren’t playing bad on the offensive side of the ball. They do go through some rough stretches, but generally they shoot the ball pretty well, and have been taking care of the ball. The biggest issue right now is holding on on the defensive side of the ball, especially when they do go through some droughts. Timmy Allen has been struggling the last few games, especially now that he’s the top of the scouting report for the other team. We need to see him and Both Gach bounce back.
The Utes have had ASU’s number over the last handful of years, especially on the road. This is not a great ASU team, but one that has the ability to beat you if you don’t play well.
Here’s the scouting report for the Devils from the official press release from the press release:
ASU enters the game 10-7 overall on the year and 1-3 in Pac-12 play after Thursday night’s loss against No. 20/21 Colorado at home, 68-61. Junior Remy Martin paces the Sun Devils, averaging 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals. The 6-0 guard led the team in scoring in 13-of-17 games this season. Alonzo Verge Jr. is second on the team in scoring, checking in at 12.4 points per game with a 3.6 rebounding average. Romello White, the team’s leading rebounder with 9.6 boards per game, is averaging 11.1 points for the Sun Devils and also shooting .663 from the field with a team-high 19 blocks. White has led the team in rebounding in 14-of-17 games this season – including five-straight games with 12-plus boards.
Martin has elevated his play since the start of conference action, averaging 24.5 points, 4.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds with a .371 (13-of-35) shooting clip from beyond the arc. Edwards and White are right at the cusp of averaging in double-figures for ASU, checking in at 9.8 points per game and 9.5 points per game, respectively.
ASU opened the year with a couple win-streaks, first a three-game streak that saw the Sun Devils take down a good St. John’s team 80-67. After a near 48-45 loss to Virginia, Arizona State reeled off five-straight wins – including a 79-59 victory over Georgia. Pac-12 play started with a 75-47 loss to in-state rival Arizona before sandwiching a road win at Oregon State (82-76) with a 79-69 loss to then No. 4 Oregon.
Here’s how to watch:
TV: Pac-12 Network