Bruins won’t take Sun Devils lightly

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first_imgLOS ANGELES – Arizona State lost its last four games by only a combined 14 points, and earlier this month missed an open shot and a chance to beat Washington State in the closing seconds. When the Sun Devils visited Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 18, they held an early lead and trailed by a handful of points before UCLA pulled away for a 10-point win. For that reason, the No. 5 Bruins will not take last-place Arizona State lightly tonight at Wells Fargo Arena. Count Bruins coach Ben Howland among those who do not believe UCLA hurt its chances of earning the No. 1 seed in the West in the NCAA Tournament with last Saturday’s loss to West Virginia. “It’s all based on what we do from here on out, depending on how we go,” Howland said. “It’s a loss. We’re still No. 1 in the RPI. So, although it’s a loss, it’s a loss against a good team on the road. But that remains to be seen. “It’s totally depending on what we do with the rest of our games here in the regular season.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “It doesn’t look good over the long haul, but each individual game is different,” Arron Afflalo said. “That team has the potential to beat you. If you look at each individual game, that potential to win was always there. But they’re so young, and they don’t have the experience of winning all the time, that can catch up with you.” Arizona State is heading toward the first winless season in Pac-10 history. If the Sun Devils fail to get out of the weekend with a win, they will be the first Pac-10 team to lose its first 15 conference games. last_img read more