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March Madness Preview: Arizona State vs. St. John's
Men's College Basketball

Arizona State’s Taeshon Cherry (35) celebrates after a play against Oregon during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Pac-12 men’s tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP, file)

Arizona State’s Taeshon Cherry (35) celebrates after a play against Oregon during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Pac-12 men’s tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP, file)

Arizona State Sun Devils

Location: Tempe, 22-10.

Nickname: Sun Devils.

Coach: Bobby Hurley.

Conference: Pacific 12.

Bid: At Large

Region: West. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament History: 13-16 in 15 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Syracuse in the First Four.

Team Scoring: 77.8 points per game, 44.7 fg pct, 34.1 3-pt pct, 67.1 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Luguentz Dort 16.1; Remy Martin 13.4; Zylan Cheatham 11.8.

Rebounds: Cheatham 10.4; Romello White 5.3; Avg team margin (plus-4.8).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.00): Martin (5.1/1.9), 154 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 80-76 at home to Kansas on Dec. 22.

Worst Loss: 70-91 at home to Washington State on Feb. 7.

The Skinny: The Sun Devils finished second in the Pac-12 Conference during the regular season before bowing in overtime to Oregon 79-75 in the semifinal round of the conference tournament. Pac-12 freshman of the year Luguentz Dort topped ASU with 16 points against the Ducks. One thing in Arizona State’s favor for an at-large berth is an 11-5 record against teams in Quads 1 and 2, the best showing of any team being projected as a 10 through 12 seed.

St. John’s Red Storm

Location: Jamaica, N.Y., 21-12.

Nickname: Red Storm. Coach: Chris Mullin.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At Large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament History: 27-31, 2 Final Fours in 29 appearances.

Last appearance: 2015, lost to San Diego State in the First Round.

Team Scoring: 78.3 points per game, 45.8 fg pct, 36.7 3-pt pct, 72.8 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Shamorie Ponds 19.5; Mustapha Heron 14.9; LJ Figueroa 14.3.

Rebounds: Figueroa 6.2; Marvin Clark II 5.4; Avg team margin (minus-5.8).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.36): Ponds (5.2/2.0), 165 assists.

Last 10 Games: 4-6.

Best Win: 71-65 at home to Villanova on Feb. 17.

Worst Loss: 71-79 at home to DePaul on Jan. 12.

The Skinny: St. John’s received its first NCAA Tournament berth in Chris Mullin’s four years as coach. St. John’s was considered on the bubbled after another early exit in the Big East tournament as it hasn’t been to the semifinals since 2000. The Red Storm, after topping a ranked Marquette team twice in the regular season, shot a season-low 32.8 percent against the Golden Eagles in the quarterfinals.

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