The Sun Devils are off to a good start this week, defeating the Washington State Cougars and earning their 20th win of the season last night in Tempe. With four games to go in the regular season, ASU has positioned themselves nicely for a run at the NCAA Tournament.
None of this will matter if Arizona State cannot beat Washington on Saturday night. We've been saying that the Sun Devils need to win 24 games to make it to March Madness, and that allows for one regular season loss and at least one win in the Pac-12 Tournament. Truly an attainable goal, but UW must fall.
First up: ESPN's Joe Lunardi. He has projected the Sun Devils as a First Four entrant, facing off against Villanova for the right to call themselves an 11 seed in the South bracket. The winner would play Notre Dame.
Palm, CBS Sports' bracketology guru, has kept the Sun Devils out of the bracket. ASU is now the 'first team out' for Palm.
Finally, Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation has Arizona State in the First Four as well, playing Virginia to determine the 12th seed in the South. The winner would play Oklahoma State. Very consistent opinions on the Sun Devils have formed as a team that is firmly on the bubble, and ASU needs to win big and often down the stretch to make the NCAA Tournament.