Rivalry weekend is in the books and the Sun Devils brought the broom out in their last two games against the Wildcats.
In a two-game weekend series, Arizona State (19-9, 10-6 Pac-12) overwhelmed the Arizona Wildcats (6-21, 2-14 Pac-12) for the second straight game. In a 69-45 victory, Arizona State dismantled the Wildcats with a better rebounding performance and passed the ball to perfection to find teammates on the offensive end.
The Sun Devils were able to find a rhythm on offense faster compared to their last game against Arizona on Friday in Tempe. ASU was able to push the ball fast and early to give itself an advantage scoring in the paint with 22 on the game. Not only was the inside scoring seen by the Sun Devils, they also displayed a barrage of other offensive tools.
Some takeaways from this game were that Arizona State shot a perfect 100 percent from the free throw line while shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc. In addition, the defense from ASU caused problems for Arizona as the Sun Devils forced 13 turnovers and turned defensive opportunities into instant offense, ASU would go on to score 19 points off the Wildcats’ turnovers alone.
ASU found its mojo again on the boards as the team gathered 40 total rebounds, including 26 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds. In their last game, the Sun Devils and the Wildcats were very similar in their rebounding numbers as both teams were in the 20’s.
The passing of Arizona State seemed effortless at times. The Sun Devils recorded 22 assists and, as a result, ASU’s bench flourished for four quarters. ASU’s bench scored a notable 27 points to add to the Sun Devils’ 24-point victory.
It was a solid weekend for the Sun Devil squad. Now, Arizona State will have to challenge themselves as they go up against the 9th-ranked team in the country — the Oregon Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12), who are currently first in the Pac-12. That game tips off @ 6:00 p.m. MST at Wells Fargo Arena.