Arizona may still be in the Top 25 come Monday, but who have they beaten? Their three wins are over Northern Arizona, UMBC and CSU Bakersfield. By quick contrast, Arizona State should be ranked on Monday after winning the Las Vegas Invitational with a 102-86 beatdown of No. 15 Xavier.
Arizona ??? pic.twitter.com/toVJwtEYtl— Mark Titus (@clubtrillion) November 25, 2017
The Wildcats continue to play without sophomore Rawle Alkins (broken foot) and under the hangover of the FBI investigation that resulted in former assistant Book Richardson getting arrested and then indicted. In the way of the FBI investigation, numerous high-profile recruits — including R.J. Barrett (Duke), Bol Bol (Oregon), Nassir Little (UNC) and Simi Shittu (Vanderbilt) — all dropped Arizona from consideration and then picked other schools. Jahvon Quinerly also decommitted and has yet to announce his future plans. On the bright side for Arizona, DeAndre Ayton (22 points, 8 rebounds) is playing like a potential No. 1 pick, even if it’s unclear how he and fellow big man Dusan Ristic play together. Freshman Brandon Randolph (17 points) has also been a bright spot in an offense where the spacing has been horrible. It’s only November, but Arizona could make history on Monday. And not in a good way. Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And Like ZAGS on Facebook
Arizona State is about to be ranked in Men’s Basketball… pic.twitter.com/rSqqtfBYPW— Christian (@Nice_Chris_Nice) November 25, 2017