Arizona State tops St. John's, 1st NCAA win in 10 years

NCAA Tournament Odds: Latest Betting Trends Heading Into Round Of 64

NCAA Tournament Odds: Latest Betting Trends Heading Into Round Of 64

Arizona State guard Luguentz Dort scored 21 points, and Zylan Cheatham had a double-double as the Sun Devils held off St. John's 74-65 Wednesday night in a First Four game at Dayton, Ohio.

Won and definitely not done. Arizona State got blown out by his former team, which in and of itself might have been enough to incite his rage.

Despite the loss, the Sun Devils rattled off a number of impressive accomplishments during the 2018-19 season, Hurley's fourth in Tempe. Arizona State plays two more times - including next month's ASU Thunderbird Invitational - before the Pac-12 Championship.

They were among the final teams included in the NCAA tournament, both earning at-large selections. The 25 points marked the Red Storm's lowest point total in a half this season.

"We're so close, and we talk so much", Hurley said. Nonetheless, they played in the Big East Conference who has 4 of their 10 teams playing in this 2019 NCAA Tournament.

St. John's (21-13) was the last team picked for the tournament, sneaking in despite a late-season fade.

Shamorie Ponds scored 25 points for St. John's, which hasn't won an NCAA Tournament game since 2000. Looking at the game from that point on over four-minute periods, the ASU deficit grew from nine to 17 to 23 with 10 minutes remaining. Martin injured his groin in the Pac-12 Tournament against OR, but started against St. John's and is still in the Sun Devils' rotation. "And so it's going to be exciting now heading to Tulsa". Last year, they took the Syracuse Orange down to the wire, but one final shot could not fall in a thrilling game.

Unlike a year ago there's no other team from the state of Arizona in the NCAA Tournament so there's a little added pressure for ASU to beat St. John's and advance to the next round.

The Buffalo Bulls enter this tournament on a 12-game winning streak. "I can't really hit it on the head".

Last season, Buffalo sent shockwaves through brackets across the country when, as a No. 13 seed, it upset the No. 4 seed Arizona Wildcats in the first round of the tournament.

As opposed to St. John's, Arizona State racked up a few quality non-conference wins. The Bulls just have too many weapons on offense, and they will be able to outscore the Sun Devils in this one.