#103 Arizona State Sun Devils: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Arizona State Sun Devils have fallen on hard times in recent years.  They are a combined 10-30 in Pac-12 play the past two seasons.  Herb Sendek once again lost several players to transfer during the off-season but does get Jahii Carson eligible.

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Pac-12 Basketball Preview and Predictions

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It’s still weird to write “Pac-12” but in the ever changing college sports landscape, the conference expanded with the additions of Colorado and Utah.  Those two schools won’t help the Pac-12 become a stronger conference during the 2011-2012 season, but the league should be slightly more competitive as a whole.

Here are my Pac-12 predictions for the 2011-2012 season.  Click on the school”s name for an in-depth breakdown of each team.

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#90 Arizona State Sun Devils: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

2010-2011 was a rough season for the Arizona State Sun Devils but not as terrible as Herb Sendek’s first year at ASU when the team won just two Pac-10 games.  This season should not be as miserable for the Sun Devils but they still figure to struggle even with the addition of highly-touted freshman Jahii Carson.

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99 in 99: #59 Arizona State Sun Devils

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The Pac-10 was so weak last season that Arizona State finished second in conference play but failed to the make the NCAA Tournament.  That finish was surprising for the Sun Devils who were expected to struggle after the losses of James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph to the NBA.  Can Herb Sendek once again turn ASU into a conference contender?

The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99” runs down the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  Click here if you missed teams #60-#99.

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Gophers Dominate Penn State, Dominoes Begin to Fall

By Mike Gallagher

After an up and down end to the regular season, no one really knew what to expect heading into a match-up with Penn State that posed a few problems for the Minnesota Gophers basketball team. [Read more…]

2009-2010 Pac 10 Hoops Preview: Part 1 of 4

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by: David Kay

One down, five major conferences to go.  Our 2009-2010 college basketball previews tipped-off last week with the Big East (to check those out click on the links at the bottom of the page.)  Now, we head west to check in on the Pac-10 Conference, which should be down for a second straight season.

Part one of our four part series begins with the teams that are in re-building mode.  Washington State loses their head coach and three starters.  Coming off a trip to the NCAA Tournament, Arizona State will be without their top two players and counting on a bevy of role players to step up.  The re-loading process continues at Stanford under second year head coach Johnny Dawkins.  These teams should struggle in the Pac-10 as they all have some major shoes to fill with relatively inexperienced rosters.

8. Washington State (7th in P-10, 8-10 in P-10, 17-16 overall, NIT)

klay-thompson2009-2010 Outlook:
Tony Bennett’s stay in Pullman was a brief one as the Cougars head coach bolted for Virginia and the lure of coaching in ACC.  Ken Bone comes from Portland State, who he led to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, to replace Benentt.  The cupboard isn’t completely bare for Bone, but it sure it young and inexperienced.  This team will go through some growing pains this season, but could be a year or two away from being seriously talked about as a Pac 10 contender.

Projected Depth Chart
F/C: DeAngelo Casto (So)/Charlie Enquist (So)/Steven Bjornstad (Fr)
F: Nikola Koprivica (So)/ Brock Motum (Fr)/James Watson (Fr)
G/F: Klay Thompson (Sr)/Abe Lodwick (So)
SG: Marcus Capers (So)/Mike Harthun (So)/Anthony Brown (Fr)
PG: Xavier Thames (Fr)/Reggie Moore (Fr)

Gone: PG-Taylor Rochestie, C-Aaron Baynes, F-Caleb Forrest, F-Daven Harmeling

Player to watch: Thompson- The 6’6 swingman started all 33 games a year ago for Wazzu.  He has a smooth stroke from the outside and should be one of the top scorers in the conference this season.  NBA potential is there if he can add some muscle to his fairly thin 200 pound frame.

9. Arizona State (T-3rd, 11-7, 25-10, NCAA Second Round)

pendergraph-harden2009-2010 Outlook:
From conference title contenders to cellar dwellers in just one year; that’s how badly the Sun Devils will miss James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph.  Harden was the team’s only playmaker last year while Pendergraph was their lone true low post presence.  Both are now playing at the next level and I don’t see any of the returning role players from last season being able to step up into either of those spots this season.

Projected Depth Chart
C: Eric Boateng (Sr)/Alex English (Jr)/Ruslan Pateev (Fr)
F: Rihards Kuksiks (Jr)/Taylor Rohde (So)/Victor Rudd (Fr)
G: Jerren Shipp (Jr)/Trent Lockett (Fr)/Demetrius Walker (Fr)
G: Ty Abbot (Jr)/Brandon Thompson (Fr)
PG: Derek Glasser (Sr)/Jamelle McMillen (Jr)

Gone: SG-James Harden, PF-Jeff Pendergraph

Player to Watch: Kuksiks- The Sun Devils’ top returning scorer at just 10.3 points per game, Kuksiks will likely be the “go-to” scorer.  He lives on the perimeter as 93 of 118 field goals last season came from beyond the three-point line.  If he can show some dribble penetration ability, it would be a major plus for ASU.

10. Stanford  (9th, 6-12, 20-14, CBI)

2009-2010 Outlook:
Johnny Dawkins is in re-building mode at Stanford.  The Cardinal loses their top two scorers and starting point guard from last season in which they went 11-0 in non-conference play, but 6-12 in the Pac-10.  Landry Fields is the only returnee who averaged more than seven points per game a year ago.

Projected Depth Chart
F/C: Josh Owens (Jr)/Elliott Bullock (So)/Matei Daian (So)
PF: Andrew Zimmerman (So)/Jack Trotter (So)/Andy Brown (Fr)
G/F: Landry Fields (Sr)
SG: Jeremy Green (So)/Jarrett Mann (So)/Da’Veed Dildy (So)
PG: Drew Shiller (Sr)/Gabriel Harris (Fr)

dawkins1Gone: F-Lawrence Hill, G-Anthony Goods, PG-Mitch Johnson, PG-Kenny Brown, C-Will Paul (suspended)

Player to Watch: Green- Dude can light it up from deep, shooting almost 46% from three last season earning him a spot on the All-Freshman Team.  With a new starting backcourt, Green will likely be asked to pick up the scoring load left behind by Anthony Goods.

Pac 10 Preview Continues:
Wednesday: Teams 5-7
Thursday: Teams 1-4
Friday: Post-season Awards Predictions

Sportsbank.net Big East Previews/Power Rankings
Teams 13-16 (Rutgers, South Florida, Providence, DePaul)
Teams 9-12 (Notre Dame, Pitt, Marquette, St. John’s)
Teams 5-8 (Syracuse, Louisville, Cincinnati, Seton Hall)
Teams 1-4 (Villanova, West Virginia, UConn, Georgetown)