Hurley v Refs, Time to Retire Curtain of Distraction?

Not so fast on Arizona State making March Madness. 

No one knows for sure what the basketball selection committee will do when it comes to choosing teams. Remy MartinThe easy answer would be looking at the games  the Sun Devils won back in November and December. Problem is, you’re trying to take a logical approach with a system that doesn’t have any sort of track record. I’ve seen projections of the Sun Devils as low as a 10-seed and as high as eight. Lose Thursday night to Cal, a team with a RPI of 212, and I’d say all bets are off on ASU being an shoe-in for the field of 68…

Two weeks ago when Arizona State played Arizona on ESPN2, color analyst Fran Fraschilla made a statement in the waning moments that Bobby Hurley would not be able to “get away” with his treatment of officials in the NCAA Tournament. client-4842I remembered that line after seeing the 10K fine that the Pac-12 threw down on the Sun Devil head coach earlier this week. Be interesting to see what happens next week with Hurley in Las Vegas at the Conference Tourney(we will be doing the show from Vegas next week)…

Will this be the final weekend that we will ever see the Curtain of Distraction at a Arizona State basketball game? I’ve had more than a few people suggest that the COD has “jumped the shark” and that it’s time to retire the practice. download-5From my view, Curtain of Distraction doesn’t fit the Duke mentality that Hurley has brought to Tempe. When Arizona was knocking down free throw after free throw in the second half earlier this month in route to their road victory, the whole idea of a student jumping around in their boxers smacking their backside felt very flat. It’s one thing to have something fun and different during the final days of the Herb Sendek era, when there was nothing much to talk about with the on-court product, but this is now a national basketball brand. The 942 Crew gets their call-out before the game, that should suffice…