Game Day Grades: No.7 Texas

MILWAUKEE - Although struggling to contain Texas' Cameron Ridley, 10th-seed Arizona State almost escaped the second round thanks to Jordan Bachynski's play down the stretch, but ultimately fell 87-85 Thursday night. hands out the grades.

Offense: B-

Arizona State's offense was clicking in the first half (going 14-for-27 from the field), but what prevented the Sun Devils from doing even more damage were turnovers. Texas was able to create six Arizona State turnovers in the first half, five coming off of steals.

Although Texas did do a good job of cutting off any passing lanes at times, the Sun Devils, particularly guard Jahil Carson, weren't stronger with their passes. Carson was responsible for five of the six first-half turnovers. To his credit, Carson committed just one turnover after halftime and scored 12 of his 19 points in the final 20 minutes.

Jordan Bachynski led all scorers with 25 points, falling a point shy of tying a career high, while Jermaine Marshall, who had struggled shooting the ball over the last two games, finished with 17. The Sun Devils were able to continue their consistent shooting from the field, finishing the game at 48.2 percent (27-for-56). Even when the Sun Devils weren't able to get the basketball to Bachynski in the low post, they were able to connect from 3-point range - going 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) in the game.

Texas' size on defense altered Arizona State's offense with five blocks. Cameron Ridley had a team high four blocks, with his biggest block of the game coming under 30 seconds when he was able to swat Carson's shot in to the stands.

Defense: C

As Arizona State was trying to continue matching points with the Longhorns in the first half, they couldn't find a way to slow down Texas offense early. The Longhorns made their first six shots and continued to shoot a hot basketball in finishing the game 31-for-58 (53.4 percent) from the field.

In addition to his blocks, Ridley was able to make as big of an impact for the Longhorns' offense by scoring a team high 17 points, including the game-winning basket as time expired. Martez Walker was a huge lift off of the Longhorns' bench by scoring 10 of his 16 points in the first half.

Although allowing Texas to score 42 points in the paint, Arizona State won the rebounding battle 32-30, impressive considering Texas ranks fourth in the NCAA with an average of 41.8 rebounds a game. Arizona State was able to find themselves in good position at times around the rim was able to convert 12 second-chance points.

Texas' size advantage over the Sun Devils forced Arizona State into some bad matchups against the Longhorns defense. With Texas finding ways to attack the hoop, the Longhorns found themselves at the free-throw line at a high rate - going 20-for-27 (74.1 percent) in the game. Texas was able to consistently attack the Sun Devils that they forced Arizona State into 10 team fouls in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Arizona State only managed to force Texas into turning the basketball over nine times, which they translated into 16 points. ASU struggled cutting off passing lanes and couldn't get its hands on as many loose balls, only coming up with two steals in the game.

Overall: C

It was a game about runs and even when Arizona State was able to take the lead twice late in the second half, they weren't able to make a play on defense that would give them a chance to build on its lead.

In one instance, Arizona State was able to hold Texas scoreless in the first half for six minutes and 13 seconds. Even though Texas was up 30-21 at the start of the drought, Arizona State could only close the deficit to two points before the Longhorns next field goal.

But despite Texas' runs, the Sun Devils slowly were able to chip away at a 14-point second-half deficit. The Sun Devils were able to eventually tie the game at 80 with 3:20 to go in the game, thanks to a made three by Marshall.

Arizona State's comeback was thanks in large part in getting to the free throw line (23-for-33) and Bachynski, who Texas had no answer for in the second half.

Game MVP: Jordan Bachynski. Bachynski scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half after his teammates started consistently feeding him the ball in the low post. Once Bachynski got the ball down low, he went to one of his post moves and get a lay up, drew a foul or kicked out to one of his teammates. With Bachynski being a threat scoring down low, he helped keep the Sun Devils balanced on offense. Bachynski also tied for a team-high seven rebound with Marshall and recorded the only block of the game for Arizona State.

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