The Underdog Rises: Unpacking Arizona State's Surprise 4-0 Conference Start




Written By Paul Garwood

With a flawless record of 4-0 in Pac-12 games, Bobby Hurley's Sun Devils find themselves on par with Oregon, leading the conference. The team's overall performance stands at 10-5.

It is worth noting that the Sun Devils endured three consecutive defeats in non-conference matches before entering conference play. These losses occurred against San Diego, TCU in Texas, and Northwestern in Phoenix. However, this setback didn't deter them as they went on to secure victories on the road against Stanford (76-73) and California (71-69), and at home against Utah (82-70) and Colorado (76-73). This impressive start in conference play has led some writers to dub the Sun Devils the "Cinderella of the Pac-12."

The question at hand is whether ASU can maintain this momentum. Upcoming fixtures include a game in Washington on Thursday, followed by hosting UCLA on January 17 and USC on January 20.

ASU's performance is garnering attention in the Pac-12 basketball power rankings. After four games into the season, writers are already commending the Sun Devils' prowess.