One of the last four teams into the NCAA Tournament, Arizona State’s season ended in the First Four round on Wednesday night with a 60-56 loss to Syracuse.
‘CUSE IS CLUTCH!
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 15, 2018
Wednesday night’s final play-in tilt was a defensive slugfest. The Sun Devils, who led by as much as seven in the second half, shot just 34 percent from the field against Syracuse’s vaunted 2-3 zone.
Oshae Brissett led Syracuse with 23 points, while Arizona State was paced by Kodi Justice’s 15.
Perhaps worth noting, Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley missed out on 75 large with the loss.
Bobby Hurley got $50,000 for Arizona State making the tournament. Gets another $75,000 should the Sun Devils win tonight.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 15, 2018
The Sun Devils are also the second Pac-12 team to lose in the First Four round this season after UCLA’s defeat at the hands of St. Bonaventure.
— John Coon (@johncoonsports) March 15, 2018
That leaves only Arizona to represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament the rest of the way.
Arizona State finishes the 2017-18 season 20-12. The Sun Devils started the season red-hot, winning their first 12 games of the year which included victories over Kansas, Kansas State and Xavier.
As for Syracuse, it’ll face No. 6 TCU on Friday in the first round of the tournament.
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