clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

ASU Basketball: Sun Devils make NCAA Tournament for first time in Hurley era

New, 25 comments


NCAA Basketball: California at Arizona State Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona State Sun Devils were selected to play in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, and will face Syracuse as an 11-seed in a play-in game at Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday evening at 6:10 p.m. MT.

The winner between the Sun Devils and Orange will play 6-seed TCU on Friday in Detroit, Michigan.

ASU landed in the Midwest bracket. Here is each matchup listed:

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Penn. No. 8 Seton Hall vs. No. 9 NC State. No. 5 Clemson vs. No. 12 New Mexico State. No. 4 Auburn vs. No. 13 Charleston. No. 6 TCU vs. No. 11 ASU/Syracuse. No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 Bucknell. No. 7 Rhode Island vs. No. 10 Oklahoma. No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Iona.

The last time ASU and Syracuse met in postseason play, James Harden and the Sun Devils fell 78-67 in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

UCLA, Arizona and ASU are the lone Pac-12 teams to make the Tournament. Teams listed who Arizona State has beaten are 1-seeded Kansas and Xavier, 9-seed Kansas State, along with 11th-seeded UCLA and San Diego State.

The Arizona Wildcats earned a 4-seed and are slated to play 13-seeded Buffalo.

Arizona State makes its first Tournament appearance since 2014 and the 15th in program history. This is ASU coach Bobby Hurley’s first trip to the “Big Dance” with the Sun Devils, and second overall.

The Sun Devils began the season 12-0, before losing 11 of their final 19 games. Ranked as high as No. 3, Arizona State achieved its highest ranking since 1981 and got off to its best start in program history.