In a week that saw five top-10 teams in the AP poll fall at least once, Arizona State provided an exclamation point to the wild week with a 95-85 win over No. 2 Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse.
The loss was the second in as many games for the Jayhawks as KU fell to Washington earlier in the week in a pseudo home game at Kansas Cityâ€™s Sprint Center.
The college basketball landscape was littered with surprises all week. No. 5 Florida fell to in-state rival Florida State at home before dropping another game in the Oâ€™Connell Center to Loyola (Chi). The Ramblers are a respectable 10-1, but had not tallied a victory over a quality opponent prior to the Florida win.
The Gators went from being up 17 vs No. 1 Duke two weeks ago to letting that lead slip away and dropping three straight before righting the ship with a 66-60 win over No. 17 Cincinnati Saturday.
Speaking of Duke, the Blue Devils were not immune to the trappings of this week as they fell to Boston College in Chestnut Hill to kickoff their ACC slate. Duke has flirted with losses this year and could have easily dropped games to Texas, Florida and and Indiana, but they were unable to escape a hot-shooting Eagles squad.
No team was going undefeated, but this game is more of an indication that Boston College could be finally climbing out of the ACC basement. The Eagles are 7-3 and Ky Bowman is as good of a point guard as there is in the ACC.
No. 9 Notre Dame fell to Ball State on a last second three from the Cardinals, while No. 7 Texas A&M fell to Arizona in a tight game in Phoenix.
The top-10 carnage leaves the open-ended question….should Arizona State be No. 1? Is there more to Arizona State basketball than the famed “Curtain of Distraction?”
It is unlikely that the pollsters will move the Sun Devils from No. 16 to No. 1, but they may well have the most impressive resume of any team in the country and deserve at least a top-five ranking.
ASU boasts a 9-0 record with wins over No. 15 Xavier in the Las Vegas Invitational Championship Game and No. 2 Kansas in Lawrence. The Sun Devils also have wins over tournament caliber teams like San Diego State, Kansas State and St. Johnâ€™s.
Coach Bobby Hurley has said this Sun Devil team may be the best offensive team heâ€™s ever seen- not small words from a guy who played with Grant Hill and Christian Laettner at Duke. ASU scored 58 points in the second half their wins over the Jayhawks and Musketeers and the Sun Devils have scored at least 90 points in seven of their nine games.
Because of the preseason polls, it seems as though the Sun Devils will have a hard time leaping Villanova and Michigan State, despite having a superior resume. ‘Novaâ€™s two best wins are against Tennessee in Atlantis and Gonzaga in what amounted to be essentially a home game in Madison Square Garden.
Michigan State looks like the No. 1 team, but they have the loss to Duke and the wins over Notre Dame at home and North Carolina in Portland are not as impressive as Arizona Stateâ€™s neutral site win over Xavier or their road win at Kansas.
We entered the season thinking that a team from the Grand Canyon State would be a national championship contender. However, that team may reside in Tempe, not Tucson.