Arizona State is on a roll.
The Sun Devils (17-6, 6-4) are 12-1 at home and have won four of the past five, including victories over two teams with RPIs in the top 50. Three of their six losses were to teams ranked in the RPI top 20, including two in the top 10. All of their losses have been within the top 100, so they are avoiding "bad losses."
Head coach Herb Sendek's crew defeated Oregon State in overtime on Thursday night, thanks in large part to the play of Jordan Bachynski, who notched his 12th double-double of the season with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Bachynski's seven blocks set the all-time Pac-12 record for career blocks with 279. "It was huge," Bachynski said in the postgame press conference, per Jake Anderson of the TheSunDevils.com. "I am honored to hold the title. It's because of guys like Bill Walton who laid the foundation before me that I can have the record."
With 10 games down and eight remaining, the Sun Devils face a tough 11-day stretch hosting Oregon and Arizona and then traveling to Boulder to take on Colorado. Two out of the three are "must-wins" in order to keep their tournament hopes alive.
Here are the midterm report card grades for Arizona State's starters and key backups.