The surging Arizona State Sun Devils (7-0), who jumped to 16th in the country thanks to last week’s victory over USF, go head to head with against a top team from the Big East conference, the St John’s Red Storm (8-1) on Friday at 6:00 p.m. at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Red Storm come off a 68-60 victory over Grand Canyon University at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Tuesday to kick start their West coast road trip. Shamorie Ponds, the Johnnies leading scorer who had a game-high 28 points, has put up at least 21 points in six of the team’s last eight games.
On the other side of the court, Arizona State climbed two spots in the top-25 rankings after an expected win over the San Francisco Dons. Although the Sun Devils failed to score at least 90 points for the first time this season, the offense did not halt.
Freshman forward Romello White paved the way for the Sun Devils against the Dons, with his third double-double of the season after collecting 16 points and 13 boards.
In addition to ASU’s strong backcourt, White has made a huge impact on the glass and in the post, which can be attributed to the Sun Devils early success this season.
Despite St John’s record of 7-1, they don’t have any impressive wins on their resume thus far. Their only loss came to Missouri, which was after the Tigers lost Michael Porter Jr. to injury for the season. Arizona State will be the Red Storm’s first test against a ranked team this year.
Since the Sun Devils are the most well-rounded they’ve been over the past five years, I would not be surprised to see their undefeated streak stay alive after Friday’s game vs. the Red Storm.
ASU is the last remaining undefeated team in the Pac-12 and one of only nine teams in the country without a loss.