Despite Struggles Devils Start to Improve

It has been said over and over again. Everyone who follows Arizona State Men's Basketball knew that they would have to be patient this year. The question is - how patient? The Sun Devils did show some sings of promise in some of the non- conference schedule but since the beginning of Pac-10 play ASU has found themselves in a funk opening 0-4 in the league.

"I feel like we're more of a team especially after the (Washington) trip," forward Jeff Pendergraph said. "We came together as team, we helped each other out and our defense stepped up especially from the Washington State game to the Washington game. Since we haven't had a conference win yet it can be discouraging, but if you actually see how the team is progressing and getting better every game that makes you feel a lot better."

Pendergraph, arguably the team's most explosive player on both ends of the floor, had really helped lead this young team especially in the last nine games where he is averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds a game. Yet he gives credit to the younger guys for their ability to hold their own during these hard times. "They don't have time to worry about stuff like that especially since were putting a lot on them," he remarked, "so they don't have time to worry about that and act like freshmen, they're doing pretty well."

Herb Sendek said a win during the road trip would have had been nice but he also feels that the team is improving in a number of ways. He also went on to say that, "we continue to be a work in progress and trying to do everything we can to put men in their position to show their strengths."

Pendergraph pointed out that the hardest thing so far this year compared to last year, is that last season the team was able to look at their schedule and possibly have a few guaranteed wins. This year however with the team being so up and down, victories are hard to come by. With their conference home game fast approaching against #15 Oregon and Pac-10 player of the week Aaron Brooks, the ASU standout noted that it would be huge accomplishment to beat the Ducks. "Especially because it's at home, and now that Oregon beat UCLA they're on a little high, it would be a good win."

Oregon player Aaron Brooks even went on to say that their team is invincible, something Freshman Derrick Glasser doesn't believe in. "It's such good conference anyone can win on any given night…there is no such thing as an invincible team."

And wouldn't the young Sun Devils love to prove that theory right at Wells Fargo Arena.

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