4. Arizona State Sun Devils (11-5, 2-2 Pac-12) LW: 1
For Arizona State, this season has been littered by inconsistency, and that is a trend that has continued early in Pac-12 play.
After an 80-66 win against California on Wednesday and an 85-71 loss to Stanford on Saturday, the Sun Devils find themselves sitting at 2-2 since the start of conference play.
One of the main problems plaguing the Sun Devils this season is slow starts, especially on the road.
Against Cal, coach Bobby Hurley’s team only hit one of their first 12 shots and the Golden Bears took advantage, running out to an early 14-point lead before the Devils finally kicked into gear and made up lost ground.
Just a few days later, that slow start proved to be too much, as ASU tried to battle back for much of the game against the Cardinal and could never get over the hump.
Sophomore guard Remy Martin continued his streak of strong play over recent games as he led the team in scoring with 24 points against Cal to go with two rebounds and a team-best eight assists.
The Sun Devils will have the chance to turn things around at home this weekend against Oregon State on Thursday and Oregon on Saturday.
With his team struggling of late, it will be crucial for Hurley to find a way to jumpstart his team and walk away from this weekend 2-0 to have a chance for an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament.