Arizona State regaining momentum behind relentless defense

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A retooled roster and defensive tenacity have helped Arizona State regain some of the momentum it lost during the pandemic. The Sun Devils were in position to reach the NCAA Tournament three straight years for the first time in five decades before the 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled. After a couple of mediocre seasons, Arizona State is off to its best Pac-12 start in 32 years at 5-1. The Sun Devils have been one of the nation’s best teams at defending 2-point shots and have overcome a few bad shooting nights by playing relentless defense.

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