Hoops Preview - ASU

On the road again, the Washington Huskies have to guard against an upset Thursday night when the Dawgs travel to face the Arizona State Sun Devils. The game will tip at 5:30 PT from the Wells Fargo Arena. The game will be televised on ROOT Sports and also Fox Sports Arizona.

Arizona State, at this time, is arguably the worst team in the conference. Sitting at No. 9, the Sun Devils have a record of 6-13, 2-5 with only one notable win over Wake Forest.

Washington is pretty banged up, with C.J. Wilcox still considered doubtful for the Arizona road swing, but ASU is beat up too. With arguably their best player gone from the team (Keala King), their most exciting freshman ineligible (Jahii Carson), the Sun Devils must solely rely on Trent Lockett to be the star player - and he's considered questionable for Thursday night's game with an ankle injury. A 6-foot-4 junior guard, Lockett averages 13.9 points a game on 55 percent shooting (No. 144 in the nation). The Minnesota native is also swiping away 1.5 steals a game, but is allowing 3.2 turnovers of his own, No. 74 in the country.

Trying to pick up the scoring with Lockett is now No. 2 leading scorer Carrick Felix. A 6-foot-6 junior wing, Felix is averaging 10.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 steals a game. The talent starts to fall off after those two with Kyle Cain, Chris Colvin, Jonathan Gilling and Chance Creekmur.

As a team, Herb Sendek's squad is not in the upper echelon of most categories. However, the Sun Devils do rank No. 48 in effective field goal percentage (53.1), No. 57 in true shooting percentage (56.2), No. 59 in 3-point percentage (37.1) and No. 76 in free throw rate (40.6). On the negative side, ASU's list is long and bad. Most notably they are No. 5 in turnover percentage (25.9), No. 7 worse in turnovers per game forced (10.9), No. 19 in turnovers per game on offense (16.4) and No. 285 in rebounds per game (32).

Historically, ASU and UW are tied at 36-36 and Washington is just 13-21 in Tempe. However, UW is 16-3 since 2003.


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