California took home their first Pac-10 title in 50 years today, handily beating our Sun Devils 62-46 today in Haas Pavilion.
It was truly a tale of two halves. In the first half, ASU came out shooting a very high percentage inside the arc, taking into the break a 30-29 lead. By the end of the game, however, the Sun Devils shot 40% from the field, including an abysmal 3-22 (13.6%) from long distance.
California is a strong, physical team with a lot of talent. ASU is a system team that needs space to operate on the offensive end. The Devils had no answer for the plethora of offensive options that the Bears threw at them.
If ASU would stop running their screens on offense and actually institute some playcalling, we might have seen a closer game today. I personally think Mike Montgomery outcoached Herb today - but at the same time, we're looking at a sold out crowd, an emotional senior game, and a whole lot of blue and gold confetti.
It just wasn't our day. All the Devils can do now is sweep the LA schools next weekend at home, and hope for the best come Selection Sunday.