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The Devils experienced some speed bumps in conference play including a blowout loss to in-state rival Arizona at home 71-54. They lost a couple more heartbreakers along the way but also bested the UCLA Bruins by 18, swept the Colorado Buffaloes and handed the Cal Bears their only loss in 10 games.
The talk about the Sun Devils was now about Arizona State's NCAA Tournament chances.
At 20-8, many had the Devils squeezing into the tournament, all they had to do was finish their final four games with two to three victories—they lost all four. Their final home game against Washington was a harbinger of things to come for the Devils, scoring only 59 points. They lost at UCLA and at USC in two very winnable games and then traveled to Tucson to lose, yet again.
The Pac-12 Tournament was their only remaining hope to punch their ticket to the big dance and the Sun Devils narrowly escaped the Stanford Cardinal in the first round after blowing an eight-point lead with a minute remaining in regulation.
They weren't so lucky in the second round.
After a slow start by both teams, ASU took the lead at the 13:45 point in the first half and led by as many as 15 before going ice cold. The Bruins regained the lead with five minutes remaining in the game and outscored the Devils 13-9 down the stretch.
The promise of a good season went down the drain. The Devils not only missed the NCAA Tournament but didn't even garner enough respect to earn a good seed in the NIT and lost on the road in the second round.