The CS-FULLERTON and the ARIZONA ST will both be gunning for a victory on 11/6/2018 at 8:00 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
CS-FULLERTON vs ARIZONA ST
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Where: Wells Fargo Arena (Tempe), Tempe, Arizona
|735||CS-FULLERTON||-12 (-110)||153.5 (-110)||550
TV: 8:00 PM
PREDICTION: ARIZONA ST , CS-FULLERTON
Oddsmakers currently have the ARIZONA ST listed as -12 point favorites versus the CS-FULLERTON, while the game’s total is sitting at 153.5.
Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley has reconfigured his roster after losing his top three scorers and faces of last season’s successful “Guard U” program identity. The new-look Sun Devils’ first challenge is Tuesday night’s season opener against visiting Cal State Fullerton, the defending Big West Tournament champion.
Guards Tra Holder, Shannon Evans and Kodi Justice are gone, taking with them their combined averages of 47.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 8.9 assists. In their place is more size and – hopefully, from Hurley’s viewpoint – more versatility and defensive ability as Arizona State’s 12-0 start fizzled into a 8-12 finish a year ago, including a First Four loss in the NCAA Tournament. “I have a lot of roster flexibility,” Hurley said last month at the Pac-12’s media day gathering in San Francisco. “I have different lineups, more size, more ability to maybe generate turnovers and get out in the open floor. Also, our closeouts now are guys that have a 7-1 wing span. So it certainly is going to help, I think, our defense and our ability to get stops more regularly.”
TV: 8 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network
ABOUT CAL STATE FULLERTON (2017-18: 20-12): After making only the program’s third NCAA tourney appearance in 44 seasons, the Titans are picked to finish only behind UC Irvine in the preseason Big West media poll. Leading the way are senior guards Khalil Ahmad and Kyle Allman, a pair of first-team preseason all-conference selections who averaged a combined 34.6 points a season ago. Jackson Rowe, a 6-foot-7 forward, is another one of the team’s four returning starters after averaging 12.7 points and a team-leading 6.7 rebounds.
ABOUT ARIZONA STATE (2017-18: 20-12): The Sun Devils do have one member of their potent 2017-18 backcourt returning in sophomore Remy Martin, chosen as the Pac-12’s Co-Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 9.6 points and 2.9 assists off the bench. He’ll run the point this year and be joined by Rob Edwards, a Cleveland State transfer and second-team All-Horizon League selection in 2017, and highly touted Canadian freshman Luguentz Dort. Up front, 6-foot-8 Romello White returns after averaging 10.5 points and a team-most 7.1 rebounds, while newcomers Zylan Cheatham, a 6-foot-8 San Diego State transfer, and 6-foot-8 freshman Taeshon Cherry will be counted on to team with returning reserves De’Quon Lake (7.2 points, 5.2 rebounds) and Mickey Mitchell (5.8, 5.2) to provide some strength and length.
1. Arizona State was picked to finish sixth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, trailing Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Arizona and USC.
2. The Sun Devils’ recruiting class, headlined by Dort and Cherry, was ranked 11th nationally by 247Sports.
3. Cal State Fullerton’s Allman led the league in scoring with his 19.5 average and was the Big West Tournament MVP in leading the Titans to the title.
PREDICTION: Arizona State 78, Cal State Fullerton 72