1. No. 18 Arizona State Sun Devils
The No. 18 Sun Devils had a chance to pick up two big wins for the conference in SEC country against Georgia and Vanderbilt this past week. However, ASU came away with a split on its first road trip of the season.
Coach Bobby Hurley’s unit looked like two completely different teams in these games. Against Georgia, they found themselves down as much as 18 points before surging back in the second half to steal a win in Athens. In Nashville, a 9-0 start for ASU evaporated into a double-digit deficit that proved insurmountable.
This team is being led by a plethora of youth, and even though they might be the only ranked team in the Pac-12, it is obvious they are still looking to cement their identity on the hardwood.
Against Georgia, guard Remy Martin returned to his 2017-18 form after a lingering ankle injury limited him throughout the first month of the season. The sophomore matched his career-high with 21 points as well as eight rebounds and five assists.
Against the Commodores, transfer guard Rob Edwards showed glimpses of what Hurley anticipated would be the bulk of the ASU offense when he was recruiting from Cleveland State. Edwards scored 14 points off the bench, a positive sign after back spasms kept him out a number of games for ASU.
With the Pac-12 struggling as a whole, Arizona State has a chance to pick up a signature win, not only for the school, but for the entire conference when No. 1 Kansas comes to Tempe on Dec. 22 in the return game of a home-and-home series.