Arizona coach Sean Miller, who works closely with the conference on issues of basketball strategy, told the Hotline that he’s a proponent of the move from 18 to 20. They are part of a tightly bunched eight-team pack that currently occupies the third through 10th spots in the standings, with just two games separating the group. A flurry of Arizona State 3-pointers put the Colorado Buffaloes in a hole from which they could not escape Saturday, and the Buffs dropped an 80-66 decision at Wells Fargo Arena.
Were it up to Miller, it seems, the Pac-12 would have already made the change. “We don’t want to be the conference that needs a couple years to catch up.” No, it most certainly doesn’t. It means the home stretch will be the decisive run for a couple of those teams as they battle for a top-four conference finish and a first-round bye in the March 7-10 Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas. Colorado rallied from an eight-point deficit in the first half to tie the game at intermission, 32-32, then scrapped to a 48-45 lead with to go. 21 Sun Devils, who had hit just three of their 21 3-pointers up to that point, rattled in five in a row and six of their next seven to build a 10-point lead with to go.
Defensively, Arizona State allows 75.1 points per game on 42.9 percent from the field.
Senior guard Tra Holder leads ASU in scoring at 19.2 points per game.
But since that 12-0 start, Bobby Hurley’s Sun Devils have dropped five of their last eight since entering league play.
That includes a 90-81 overtime loss to the Buffs in Boulder and an 80-77 overtime loss at home to Utah on Thursday.
“As always, we will not make any public comments until our process is complete and have no additional information to share at this time.” Parker’s comments came in response to a report published online earlier in the day by former Rocky Mountain Collegian sports editor Justin Michael stating that Parker was interviewing players individually about the coach’s conduct. – — Boyle on Utah: “They’ve been the team that makes plays down the stretch and we haven’t” of the Buffs’ current losing streak to Utah. They’ve beat us a couple times convincingly, but most of the games have come down to the wire.The Buffs, however, aren’t buying that the 15-5 Sun Devils still aren’t among the Pac-12’s elite.Even though ASU is currently 10th in the league standings with a 3-5 conference mark, a half-game behind the seventh-place Buffs, Colorado coaches and players maintain that the Sun Devils are a quality team — and will now have the attitude of a cornered animal after falling at home to the Utes.“It doesn’t get any easier in this league,” CU coach … The Buffaloes have lost two straight but have still won four of seven since dropping its first two Pac-12 games.Colorado is 12-9 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-12 Conference after falling to No. The Buffaloes didn’t win their fourth league game until the 12th contest last year.The Buffs, now sitting on a three-game losing streak after dropping a pair in Arizona last week, have a favorable stretch-run schedule. The Buffs managed to briefly cut the lead back to seven, but the Sun Devils stayed hot down the stretch to collect the win.