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Bracketology: ASU basketball boosts resume with big Arizona win

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Herb's happy about ASU's recent success.
Herb's happy about ASU's recent success.
Ralph Freso

With every passing week, the Sun Devils' resume gets better and better. After beating the Arizona Wildcats in a double overtime thriller, ASU has given its NCAA Tournament chances a huge boost.

Unless the Sun Devils have a huge breakdown to end the season, they will be participating in March Madness for the first time since 2009. They still have several big opportunities to impress the selection committee, beginning on Wednesday with a tough road matchup against the Colorado Buffaloes in Boulder.

Here's the full ASU breakdown, with all information from CBS Sports:

Overall Record = 19-6

Pac-12 Record = 8-4 (3rd place)

Home Record = 14-1

Away Record = 4-3

Neutral Record = 1-2

Top 50 Record = 4-4

Top 100 Record: 8-5

RPI = 28

SOS = 52

Signature Wins (RPI 1-30) = Arizona (2), Colorado (26)

Quality Wins (RPI 31-100) = Oregon (43), @ California (45), Marquette (75), Oregon State (84), Utah (94), @ UNLV (98)

Bad Losses (RPI 101 or greater) = Miami (FL) (115)

Bracketology experts have given Arizona State a lot of credit for beating the 'Cats, and it shows. CBS, ESPN and USA Today all moved up the Sun Devils into the single digit seeds for the first time this season.

Jerry Palm from CBS Sports gave ASU an 8 seed and a first round matchup against the Xavier Musketeers. In the East bracket, a win would likely pit the Sun Devils against the undefeated Syracuse Orange.

Joe Lunardi from ESPN has slotted the Devils as a 9 seed in Midwest, slated to compete against New Mexico out of the Mountain West Conference.

Shelby Mast of USA Today projects the Sun Devils as an 8 seed in the East, taking on Gonzaga. Mast bumped up ASU three seeds, up from an 11 seed last week.

At 19-6, the Sun Devils need to win 23 games to comfortably make the NCAA Tournament. With six regular season games left and the Pac-12 Tournament still on the docket, this is a very reasonable goal. If ASU can finish out the season strong, they will have an opportunity to move as high as a six seed in the NCAA Tournament.