Arizona State at California Men's Basketball Open Thread

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Quote of the day: "We're going to take care of business." ~Leon Powe, talking about his Golden Bears.

Gametime. Let's go.

After the jump, take a look at some answers from House Of Sparky, SBN's ASU site.

1.  Predict a final score.

I am an optimistic Sun Devil fan who believes in his team's ability to keep a game close against more talented teams (Duke, Baylor, BYU, etc). This is a huge game for both teams and I expect it to be a closely contested game. In the end, I want the Sun Devils to win, but I think the Bears will take it down to the tune of 85-77. Pretty similar to the last game, I guess.

2. Bears were able to shed that tough matchup zone of yours in Tempe. Think the Sun Devils get the best of us with everything on the line?

If ASU can beef up their inner zone defense, they might have a good shot of it. Our zone keeps evolving and has done a good job stopping UA and Stanford. With the conference title on the line, Herb Sendek might pull out all the stops. Eric Boateng needs to have another huge game today if ASU is to have a chance - which is never an easy task against Cal.

3. Arizona State is projected to finish with the same record as Cal and share the conference title. Is this a satisfactory result even if you guys miss the tourney?

I can't imagine how a 22 win Pac-10 team could ever miss the tournament. Regardless, it has been a great year for us considering the talent we have had to replace. How can you make up for the loss of the 3rd overall pick? Ty Abbott has done an admirable job of being the go-to guy when he needs to be. I would have been happy with 17 wins this year - it's all gravy now.

4.  Do you think ASU will get a tournament bid this season? 


I really hope they do. If they win today, I say there's about a 75% chance of it. If they lose today, sweep the LA schools and win a game in the Pac-10 tournament, I say it's 50/50. It's a very week bubble year.

5.  What should Cal fans expect from ASU on offense.

I wish I knew the answer to that. Ty Abbott drops 28 on Sunday, and barely even hits the scoresheet on Thursday. Abbott might try to take over the game, but the guy you need to watch is Derek Glasser. If he hits a couple threes early in the game, he will be composed and try to pick apart the Cal defense. In the end, it's all about shutting down the 3 ball.

Lately, ASU has been running the ball through Boateng in order to facilitate open threes from the post. It has been working pretty well, with some unintended results (Boateng unloading on Stanford). We might see something completely new today, but I won't be shocked if the first possession is Boateng's.

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