IN THE NCAAS: This is ASU’s 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and they’re now 14-16 in the Big Dance. (Note: ASU lost in a regional consolation game which is why it already has 16 losses in 16 appearances). It reached the final eight on three occasions (1961, 1963 and 1975) under Ned Wulk. It last reached the Sweet Sixteen under Bill Frieder in 1995. In 2014, it fell to Texas on a buzzer beater in Milwaukee while in 2009, sixth-seeded ASU beat Temple 66-57 in Miami before falling to Syracuse 78-67 in James Harden’s second and final season. Last year ASU fell in the First Four to Syracuse 60-56, as ASU led 49-42 with 7:05 left before it was outscored 18-7.
ALL-PAC-12: Luguentz Dort earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, second-team All-Pac-12 and All-Defense team, Zylan Cheatham earned first-team and All-Defense and Remy Martin earned second-team All-Pac-12 in a vote of the league’s coaches. Dort joins Jahii Carson (Co-Freshman of the Year in 2012-13), Ike Diogu (2002-03), Jamal Faulkner (1990-91) and Byron Scott (1979-80) as Sun Devils to win FOY. Cheatham and Dort become just the third and fourth Sun Devils to earn a spot on the All-Defense team since it was created in 2007-08, as Jordan Bachynski (2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year along with 2012-13 selection) did it twice along with Carrick Felix in 2012-13.
KEY STAT?: ASU is 6-1 when Rob Edwards scores 15, with wins over Kansas, Arizona, at Utah, Stanford, California and UCLA (Pac-12).
REBOUNDING: ASU is outrebounding its opponents by +4.5 boards per game (40.0/35.5), which is a 7.4 rebounds per game turnaround from two seasons ago. ASU only grabbed 32.6 boards per game in 2016-17, Coach Hurley’s second season at ASU, and was outrebounded by 7.1 per game, dead last in the league by nearly three boards per tilt. ASU has outrebounded 22 of 33 opponents this year after doing so just 14 times in 32 games last year. Cheatham’s 19 double-figure rebounding games is second in Pac-12. He averaged 10.6 rebounds in Pac-12 play, best in the league.