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VIDEO: Sun Devils jump in pool, Dan Hurley overcome with emotion with Arizona State’s NCAA tournament bid


By virtue of the new format of the selection show and the alphabet, Arizona State didn’t have to wait long to learn its fate – and go for a dip in the pool.

The Sun Devils found themselves on the right side of the cut line on Selection Sunday as they earned a bid despite a late-season swoon.

Bobby Hurley’s team celebrated by all jumping into a pool.

The Sun Devils weren’t the only ones celebrating their inclusion in the field of 68, however. Over in Rhode Island, Rams coach and Bobby’s brother, Dan Hurley, gave a few wild fists pumps before being overcome by emotion.

It had to be as big of moment for Dan as it was Bobby as Rhode Island’s loss to Davidson in the Atlantic 10 title game made the Wildcats bid thieves – with the thought being Arizona State could be the victim.

Instead, there are two Hurleys in the Big Dance. And two great celebrations.

Bragg transferring to Arizona State

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Carlton Bragg’s fresh start will come in Tempe.

The Kansas transfer has chosen to join Bobby Hurley at Arizona State, according to multiple reports.

Bragg spent two relatively unproductive, though somewhat eventful, seasons with the Jayhawks. He averaged just 8.9 minutes per game as a freshman in 2015-16 and 13.8 minutes per game this past season in which he put up 5.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest.

His biggest headlines came from off-the-court incidents. He was suspended in December after being charged with misdemeanor battery, but was reinstated after missing one game when the charges were dropped and his accuser was instead charged. He was suspended again later in the season and missed three games for a violation of teams rules. He was charged in February with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

“I loved it at Kansas, but I definitely had ups and downs,” Bragg told ESPN. “I’m looking forward to a new beginning, a fresh start.”

If Bragg can regain his footing in a new place and play like the top-25 recruit he was in the 2015 class, the Sun Devils potentially added a dynamic piece that will be eligible in 2018-19 with season seasons left to play.

Report: Arizona State helps fill North Carolina student section

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The Tar Heels are getting some help from the Sun Devils at the national championship game.

North Carolina didn’t sell out its allotment of student-section tickets, so the space was populated by some Arizona State students, according to USA TODAY.

Tempe is just a short jaunt away from Glendale, the site of the FInal Four. The proximity and available tickets provided for quite the Monday evening opportunity for some Arizona State kids.

“I’m here representing ASU, and I’m excited to be here,” Mitch Johnston told USA TODAY. “This was a huge surprise. I didn’t know what to do yesterday when I realized it. But I was like, ‘Alright, I’m about it. I can’t miss this opportunity.’”

Certainly, big swaths of empty seats in a visible students section wouldn’t translate well to television, nor would the missing energy created by students -apparently, whether their school is one of the participants or not.

Tickets were free and came with little direction other than to wear white, according to the report.

Hey, if the Oscars has seat fillers, why can’t college basketball?

No. 3 UCLA routs Arizona State 102-80 behind 3-point barrage

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Like any shooter in a slump, Isaac Hamilton just kept putting the ball up, figuring it would eventually go in.

Did it ever.

The senior guard scored 33 points – three off his career best – and hit a career-high nine 3-pointers to help No. 3 UCLA rout Arizona State 102-80 on Thursday night.

The Bruins improved to 11-0 at home.

The performance left Hamilton speechless. He cut his tongue in the game and needed stitches afterward, leaving him unavailable to talk to media.

“He’s back,” guard Lonzo Ball said. “I like playing with him like that.”

The Bruins (19-1, 6-1 Pac-12) made 16 3-pointers and shot 60 percent from the field.

Last year if Hamilton wasn’t hitting, the Bruins found it hard to recover on their way to a losing season.

Now, the team is loaded with offensive threats who can pick up the slack for him.

“He gained a lot of confidence in that and he got it rolling,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “The guys did a good job of finding him. That’s what makes us hard to guard. We can make shots a variety of different ways.”

The Bruins led by 25 points in the first half and were up by 16 early in the second before the Sun Devils (9-10, 2-4) got within single digits in the matchup of the league’s top two scoring and 3-point shooting teams.

“We started slow but fought back,” said Torian Graham, who led Arizona State with 26 points. “We overcame adversity and I think we showed we can play with anybody. After we cut it to seven, we didn’t get stops and they got a lot of open looks. They’re very good in transition and that was the difference.”

TJ Leaf added 19 points and nine rebounds, and Ball had 10 points and 12 assists for the Bruins.

“It’s always good to see Isaac shoot well,” said Aaron Holiday, who added 13 points. “That’s a big part of his game and I’m glad he finally got it going.”

Tra Holder tied his career-high with 22 points for Arizona State, which has lost seven straight road games to UCLA. The Sun Devils hit 11 3-pointers, including six by Graham.

Graham scored 10 of Arizona State’s first 22 points in the second half to close to 68-61.

The Bruins’ offense kicked in and they ran off 14 straight points to go up 82-61. Holiday scored eight points, including two 3-pointers, in the spurt.

“It was cool to come back on them, but I didn’t get the result I wanted,” Holder said. “We gave up too many easy baskets. They are a fast team and they score before you know it. The game should not have ended like it did. We cut it to seven, but then they went to a zone and we got all discombobulated.”

The Sun Devils dropped their third straight and fourth in five games.


Arizona St.: The Sun Devils play at Southern California before returning home to face the Washington schools. After that, they have a road game against No. 11 Oregon and will face the Bruins once more in February.

UCLA: The Bruins again built a big lead only to see it dwindle to single digits, a habit that has dogged them at times this season. “We got to start picking things up and stop having those 10 minutes where we don’t do too much,” Ball said.


Arizona St.: Holder joined the 1,000-point club with 1,005 in his first three years.

UCLA: The Bruins had 30 assists for the first time since Feb. 23, 1995, when they had 32 in a win over California. … They have six players averaging double-figure scoring. … UCLA’s 19-1 start is its best since going 21-1 to begin the 1991-92 season.


Arizona St.: Visits Southern California on Sunday to end a stretch of playing five of its first seven Pac-12 games on the road.

UCLA: Hosts No. 14 Arizona on Saturday in game featuring the Bruins’ No. 1 offense in the Pac-12 against the Wildcats’ No. 1 defense.

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Report: Former Buckeye Mitchell headed to Arizona State

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Yet another one of the members of the heralded 2015 Ohio State recruiting class won’t be playing at his second choice of school either.

Mickey Mitchell will transfer to Arizona State after initially planning on going to UC-Santa Barbara upon his exit from the Buckeyes, according to Scout.

Thad Matta lost four players from that top-10 five-man recruiting class with Austin Grandstaff, Daniel Giddens and A.J. Harris all also deciding to leave Columbus.

Grandstaff also did not play at his first choice after Ohio State, deciding to ultimately depart Oklahoma for DePaul after heading to Norman from OSU.

Mitchell, once a four-star recruit, appeared in 23 games for the Buckeyes as a freshman, averaging 2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He is expected to enroll at Arizona State in time for the next semester and will be eligible at the semester break next year for the Sun Devils.

POSTERIZED: Arizona State’s Obinna Oleka throws down oop

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When you’re 5-foot-10 like Purdue’s PJ Thompson, you’re probably not going to have much luck breaking up an alley-oop intended for 6-foot-8 Obinna Oleka of Arizona State.

You’re probably going to end up on the wrong side of a Vine loop.