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ASU Best Teams: No. 6 1972 Baseball vs. No. 11 2008-09 MBB

Beard vs. Brock

Photos by Sun Devil Athletics and Hans Deryk/Reuters

We continue our best teams from ASU ever this summer with our next matchup. No. 7 1973 Baseball beat No. 10 1972-73 MBB in our last matchup. Now it’s No. 6 1972 Baseball vs. No. 11 2008-09 MBB.

Here’s the current bracket:

1972 ASU Baseball

Record: 64-8 (18-0 in the WAC)

Head coach: Jim Brock

Notable players: Craig Swan, Jim Crawford, Jim Umbarger

The rundown: The 1972 Arizona State Sun Devils baseball team set a 64-6 record and went undefeated in their conference, which at the time was the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Lead by Jim Brock as the 2nd year coach, the Sun Devils would solidify themselves as, arguably, the most dynamic college baseball team in America at the time. Although, they played formidably in the College World Series, the team would finish 16-5 but would not obtain a championship. However, this is a team that had backbone and a roster made of gold in the silver age of baseball.

No. 11 2008-09 MBB

Record: 25-10, Reached Round of 32

Head coach: Herb Sendek

Notable players: James Harden, Jeff Ayres

The rundown: This 2008-2009 ASU Sun Devils Basketball Squad was a force to be reckoned with. James Harden, who averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists, who also won Pac-10 Player of the Year, led the way for Arizona State. The team also recorded a solid 37 percent clip from behind the arc, which has been the second-best three-point season (1st being the 2013-2014 season at 39 percent) in the last 10 years for the program. The 2008-2009 Sun Devils managed to fight to the Pac-10 Championship game but would lose to USC. The team would finish their basketball season in the Round of 32 during March Madness where they fell to Syracuse. However, since then the Sun Devils have yet to recruit a generational talent such as Harden, who is arguably the best shooting guard in the National Basketball Association.

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