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Arizona State is one of those schools that could knock off anyone if caught at the wrong time. No. 1 seed Arizona found that out the hard way recently.
And it all starts with Jahii Carson, the electric scoring point guard with takeover ability. You won't find many quicker playmakers than Carson, who can get to any spot on the floor and rise and fire for a makable shot.
He could also be going up against two freshman point guards in his first two games—Texas' Isaiah Taylor and Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr.
Down low, Arizona State dresses the country's leading shot-blocker in Jordan Bachynski. He's become a much bigger presence on the interior this season, not only as a rim protector, but as a scorer and rebounder.
In between, the Sun Devils have gotten plenty of production on the wing from Penn State transfer Jermaine Marshall, who's averaging 15 points on 40 percent shooting from downtown.
For Arizona State, it's just a matter of putting it all together and clicking on all cylinders because the talent is definitely there.
Since they haven't played very well lately, most people are likely to write them off in the Round of 64. But their first opponent, Texas, has been just as shaky, having lost five of its last eight games.