ASU Basketball: Maintaining stability a key against Cal

Despite mixed results against the Utes and Buffaloes, coach Bobby Hurley maintained a stoic expression Tuesday afternoon, describing his team’s first two games as ‘nothing to get excited about.’

ASU only swept one weekend of its conference schedule in 2018 — wins over UCLA and USC at home — overshadowing a 12-0 start and pushing the Sun Devils to the brink of the NCAA Tournament bubble.

Jones’ strategy favors ASU as he heavily relies on his starters, a group that features no player taller than 6-foot-8 and concedes almost 80 points per game.

By comparison, the Sun Devils score nearly 80 points per game and have shown a capability to play a lineup with the smallest player on the court standing at 6-foot-4.

While a win gives ASU a chance to snap a streak of road 34 series without a sweep, the key is building confidence and re-establishing an identity that will benefit it later in the season.

Against Colorado, freshman guard Luguentz Dort and sophomore forward Kimani Lawrence both reached double figure scoring.

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