Arizona State likely punched its ticket to the NCAA tournament after Friday night’s 69-66 double overtime win over No. 2 Arizona.
Jermaine Marshall scored eight of his 29 points in the second overtime and Jordan Bachynski swatted T.J. McConnell’s short jumper with six seconds left, leading to a premature midcourt celebration with time left on the clock. Officials cleared the floor and put 0.7 seconds on the clock. Nick Johnson caught a long pass and had a good look at the basket, but his potential game-tying three-pointer bounced off the front of the rim.
Bachynski finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and eight blocks while Jahii Carson added 17 points and six assists.
Arizona State (19-6, 8-4 Pac-12) has been on a roll since losing by 23 points in Tucson on Jan. 16, winning five of its past six games to get back into the NCAA tournament picture.
SATURDAY MORNING LINKS:
— No. 2 Arizona likes to play defensive games, especially on the road, but the Wildcats aren’t built to win close games because they’re horrendous at the free throw line. They shot 53.3 percent (16 of 30) and was 35 percent from the field. McConnell led Arizona with 17 points and five rebounds. Nick Johnson made 5 of 20 shots for 14 points, Kaleb Tarczewski had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Aaron Gordon finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Arizona fell to 23-2 and 10-2.
— ASU’s Jermaine Marshall is starting to distinguish himself as one of the better players in the Pac-12.
— Here’s our advance of the Washington-California game with a look at Mike Anderson, who was the catalyst in UW’s win over Stanford on Wednesday.
— The Huskies need to be a lot better than they were on Jan. 15 when they lost by 26 points to the Golden Bears at Haas Pavilion.
— Interesting matchup between Kyle Anderson and Delon Wright when UCLA (19-5, 8-3) plays host to Utah (17-7, 6-6).
— When Dakarai Tucker makes shots, Utah is virtually unstoppable.
— The Utes finally got a road win Thursday, but there’s no time to celebrate.
— Washington State is trying to avoid getting swept by Stanford, which one the first meeting 80-48 at Maples Pavilion last month.