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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Half: Stanford 29, Arizona State 28

By Arash Markazi

LOS ANGELES – Maybe this is why some have pegged the Pac-10 as a one-bid conference this season. Arizona State is a bubble team needing to win at least two games to secure a bid in the NCAA tournament and the Sun Devils find themselves trailing Stanford, 29-28 at halftime. Arizona State has never led while Stanford has led by as many as 10.

Stanford finished tied for eighth in a dismal Pac-10 and yet the Cardinal have dominated the Sun Devils in the paint, outscoring them 14-to-6 while getting 12 points off turnovers.

Rihards Kuksiks seems to be the only active player on the court for Arizona State as he has 15 points and four rebounds. No other Sun Devil outside of Derek Glasser has more than seven points. Meanwhile seven players have scored for Stanford and their balanced attack.

If the Sun Devils, who swept the Cardinals this season, are to win this game they will have to stop settling for bad 3-point shots and get Ty Abbott, who is 1-of-5 and only has two points, more involved in the game.