Published: Sun, March 24, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Buffalo’s precision overwhelms ASU, Sun Devils bounced from tourney

Buffalo’s precision overwhelms ASU, Sun Devils bounced from tourney

Most online sportsbooks are predicting a close game, as they favor Arizona State by 2 points over St. John's. The 25 points marked the Red Storm's lowest point total in a half this season. The Red Storm will always be a threat due to the presence of guard Shamorie Ponds, who averages 19.5 points per game and is capable of taking over a game on any given night.

This is officially uncharted territory for this Arizona State team in the Bobby Hurley era. Officials assessed a flagrant-1 foul to Heron.

The Sun Devils' first-round matchup will have extra intrigue. A technical foul on Hurley as he argued over a blocking foul with 25 seconds left in the half helped St. John's trim the deficit to 38-25.

Dort returned and hit a pair of free throws and a layup that blunted the Red Storm's comeback. Cheatham only made 3 of his 11 shots, but it was his defense in the post that made life hard for St. John's. The Buffalo Bulls are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line.

Bobby Hurley's squad returns to the tournament after appearing in the First Four round past year, losing to Syracuse. In his fourth season at Arizona State, he has led the Sun Devils to their first back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances since 1980-81.

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They were among the final teams included in the NCAA tournament, both earning at-large selections. Dort has performed well against tournament teams at neutral sites this year, as evidenced by his 33 and 24 point scoring efforts against Utah State and Nevada respectively.

St. John's is 27-32 all-time in the tournament.

UNC returns to action following a loss to rival Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals, but remains among the favorites to win their second national championship in three years.

Frustration boiled over for the Sun Devils early in the second half when Hurley was unhappy with White, who appeared to turn around and respond to Hurley on the bench as he walked away. The Bulls come into this game with a ton of momentum, having won 12 straight games heading into the tournament. The rest and focus on the game plan has to be a plus as Hurley noted that Martin was moving well in yesterday's practice and he looked like more like he didn't have any issues as of right now.

BT Sport's coverage of Arizona State vs St John's on TV means the match is also being streamed online. St. John's went 13 of 23. The local product and former San Diego State Aztec has been a monster on the boards this year, racking up 20+ rebound performances against UCLA and arch-rival, Arizona.

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