When the Sun Devils started Pac-12 play 2-3, everybody knew the challenge that Herb Sendek and company faced if they wanted to make the NCAA tournament.
Even with Arizona State's three-game conference winning streak, the Sun Devils still face an uphill battle if they want to hear their name called on selection Sunday according to an NCAA report.
According to stats compiled on the NCAA's official website, the Sun Devils have the toughest remaining schedule of any team in the country.
Arizona State's final 10 opponents have a combined record of 100-37 (.730), that is the highest opponent's winning percentage of any team in the nation.
Of Arizona State's remaining ten regular season games, seven are against teams in the RPI top 51. The lowest ranked opponent Arizona State will face this season is Oregon State, who has an RPI of 105. The Beavers are 4-4 in conference and already have wins over Oregon and Stanford.
These statistics shows just how balanced and deep the Pac-12 is this year. Of the teams with the toughest 50 remaining schedules, eight of them are Pac-12 schools, including Arizona (8), Oregon State (17), Stanford (24), Cal (28) and Colorado (38).
In Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology, the Pac-12 led all conferences with seven teams in the field of 68. However, with only two teams projected to get a top-eight seed (Arizona and UCLA) there is a lot to be decided in the final month of the season.
After consecutive wins over Utah, Colorado and California, the Sun Devils currently sit comfortably in the bracket according to Lunardi. The Sun Devils are not among the final four teams in the tournament.
If one thing is certain in the Pac-12 this year, it is that no team has an easy night in conference play, especially not the Sun Devils.