ASU Basketball: Sun Devils take on Orange in First Four

Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were bubble teams heading into Selection Sunday. More

Not much, according to ESPN.

After earning a No. 2 seed, the school's highest in two decades, the close-knit Boilers are now studying Friday's opponent, 15th-seeded Cal State Fullerton (20-11).

Rasmussen said the committee was watching Duke and North Carolina closely to see if they won the ACC tournament and beat Virginia to possibly claim a No. 1 seed.

"We understand this is just the beginning", Syracuse guard Frank Howard said. It factors in strength of record, pace, travel, rest and (yes) altitude.

Coach Steve Alford lamented how hard a turnaround a First Four game can be after the Bruins lost to St. Bonaventure Wednesday. However, the Sun Devils can compete with the best as they've beaten two No. 1 seeds this season. ESPN Stats & Info has been tweeting up a storm about tournament odds, too.

It's particularly exciting for Goodwin, the graduate transfer and sixth-year senior who is with her fourth college program, but will play in her first NCAA Tournament. The Sun Devils undeniably limped to the finish line, but some other bubble teams (like USC) did not even have a single win against the tournament field. Missouri Valley teams have been 8-0 in the round of 64 the last five years with four of those wins coming as the lower seed.

DID YOU KNOW? The victor goes to Detroit and plays TCU on Friday at 6:40 p.m.

Their quest as the fourth seed in the tournament's South Region starts with The University of Buffalo Bulls, winners of the Mid-American Conference. They are much more limited there, as the scoring trio has taken 92.6 percent (556-of-600) of its 3-point attempts this season.

Lavin, who will be calling four games from Wichita, Kansas on Thursday along with Brad Nessler and reporter Evan Washburn, believes Ayton is a generational type of player and compares him to some of the NBA's greatest players.

Here is a look at five teams that are underrated in the NCAA Tournament, teams that people will not expect a whole lot from, but could make a sneaky run given their draw. Arizona State's Remy Martin had a good performance, leading the team in scoring with 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting.

Nevada has the best assist to turnover ratio in Division I to go with a No. 30 BPI ranking.

I do think their quality wins slightly outweigh their bad losses, and for that reason they are not the least deserving team in the field.

However, the biggest alarm for now and into the future is the precedent for so many teams with losing records in conference play to get into the tournament. If the interior presence is there to help when the perimeter defense falters, along with the necessary rotations after the ball makes it inside, they can take a real grip on the game by forcing the inefficient Syracuse ball-handlers into poor shots. But when the best attendance number the team did all year was 2,681, the NCAA knows that the overall fan interest is not there.

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