Jahii Carson and the Sun Devils will put the new Big East to the testby Tony Capobianco on Nov. 01, 2013, under Arizona State Sun Devils
On top of being possible the most important season of Arizona State basketball history, the 2013/14 season may also be the most intriguing to watch.
This will be a do or die season for the Sun Devils. Their top player, sophomore point guard Jahii Carson, will likely go to the NBA Draft after this season according to many important sources including his own mother.
Center Jordan Bachynski is in his senior season and the Penn State transfer replacing the departed senior leader Carrick Felix, Jermaine Marshall, is also in his last year of eligibility.
Next year will likely be a rebuilding year for Arizona State for it might also be it for head coach Herb Sendek if they don’t make it to the NCAA Tournament this year.
They’ll surly be well tested in the non conference portion of the season. The Big East went through a facelift and has become the flagship college basketball conference of Fox Sports 1.
The Big East. ASU will put their name to the test.
The big date that every Sun Devil fan should circle on their calendar is Monday, the 25th of November, when Marquette comes to Tempe. This is the first of three nationally televised games that will feature Arizona State against a Big East representative.
Marquette finished last season as Big East co-regular season champions and made it as far as the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Eagles may be a bit venerable going into Arizona State, losing their leading scorer and host of other players.
They still have their top shooter in Davante Gardner (.585 FG%) and their top three-point shooter in Jamil Wilson (360 3FG%).
They have a team that coach Buzz Williams can build for the future and be ultra competitive now but if there was ever a time for Arizona State to beat them, at home in November would be the time to do it.
After that, Arizona State will be a part of college basketball’s many early season tournaments (aka the only reason to watch early regular season basketball) as the Sun Devils cap off the month of November at the ESPN created John Wooden Legacy tournament in California where they take on their toughest test of the season.
Creighton is moving into the newly formed Big East this year, but they still have one of the best players in the country in senior Doug McDermott (23.1 PPG 7.6 RPG .548 FG% .490 3FG%). With those stats, he’s like Jimmer Fredette 2.0. Matching up McDermott with Carson will be worth watching.
If the Sun Devils do beat McDermott and the Creighton Blue Jays, they can move forward in the tournament where they’ll likely have a rematch with Marquette.
On December 6, DePaul comes in as the last of the three Big East challengers and the easiest, but that’s not saying much. Their top two scorers, Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young, scores a combined 33.3 points per game.
Their main problem is the perception over their “losing mentality.” They only won two games in their conference last year and with the exception of Seton Hall, the Blue Demons will likely get beat up by everyone else.
That being said, the Sun Devils can not take DePaul so lightly, especially since they lost to them at home last season and now have to go to Chicago to take them.
To prevail over the Big East means instant recognition and relevancy that will put Arizona State on the college basketball map, something that hasn’t quite happen since the days of James Harden.
The Big East. Will they prove to be who they say they are, or will they fail Jahii Carson’s test?
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