The Arizona State Sun Devils conclude their short two-game homestand with a tilt against the Rider Broncs in the Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off- Campus Game. Both teams will advance to Springfield (Mass.) next week with ASU facing St. John's in the Naismith Bracket and Rider facing Columbia in Springfield Bracket.
The Sun Devils are playing its second game after returning from its 10-day China trip. Meanwhile, the Broncs are in the midst of a four-game road trip. This is the first time that the Broncs and Sun Devils have ever met.
Rider looking to get off to best start in more than 50 yearsRider is 2-0 to open the season for the first time since 2016-17. Rider, which has not played in over a week, has road victories over Coppin State and Delaware State. The Broncos have not been undefeated after their first three contests since the 1971-72 season. This is Game No. 3 of a four-game road trip for Rider, which still has to go to UMass.
The Broncs are a veteran team as they return four starters, including their top three scorers from a year ago. And all four returning players are off to great starts. 6-8 forward Frederick Scott (17 points, 8.5 rebounds), who is shooting 63.2% from the field, is the reigning MAAC Player of the Week. Scott is two double-doubles shy of matching his total for last season as he recorded 21 points and 13 rebounds against Delaware State. 6-9 center Tyere Marshall (16 points, eight rebounds), like Scott, has been a highly effective scorer with a scoring efficiency of 2.0 points per shot as he is shooting 86.7% (13-for-15) from the field.
Sun Devils work in progressArizona State evened up its record at 1-1 with a 90-49 shellacking of Central Connecticut State on Thursday. Despite holding the lead for 37 minutes and 37 seconds and limiting the Blue Devils to the fewest points since taking over the program, coach Bobby Hurley called his team a work in progress.
"I think we are a bit of a work in progress, that would be my best call here after tonight. Some bright spots, some things to be pleased about, and some others that we have to improve and get better."
ASU opened its season with a non-conference loss to Colorado (81-71) in China. Remy Martin (18.5 points, 5.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds) has been tremendous through the first two games scoring in double figures in both games. After taking a lead role against Colorado, he took a much more reserve approach versus CCSU. Senior Rob Edwards is also off to a strong start with two straight 20-point games. The 23 points that Edwards against CCSU and the 20 points he had versus Colorado are his second and third-highest scoring output as a member of the Sun Devils.
Freshman Jaelen House, who is the son of former Sun Devil great Eddie House, is third on the team in scoring at 10.5 points a game. Romello White grabbed 11 rebounds in his season debut against CCSU.
The following trends are courtesy of Covers.com:
- Broncs are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Broncs are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win.
- Broncs are 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall.
- Broncs are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Broncs are 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS win.
- Sun Devils are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
- Sun Devils are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games.
- Sun Devils are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- Sun Devils are 18-8-1 ATS in their last 27 non-conference games.