Arizona-ASU pregame: Miller still wary of Carson

2014-01-16T12:45:00Z 2014-01-16T13:18:57Z Arizona-ASU pregame: Miller still wary of CarsonBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

So Jahii Carson has hit only 34.5 percent of his shots over four Pac-12 games, and just 4 of 13 three-pointers.

That doesn’t necessarily make Sean Miller feel any better about tonight’s UA-ASU game (7 p.m., Fox Sports 1, with Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery).

“No player is perfect through 30-plus games,” Miller said. “You have your peaks and valleys. But he’s experienced enough and talented enough that whatever slump or brief stint he’s in that it can change very quickly. We don’t want it to change on us.”

Miller said ASU still runs an effective four-out offense, with some tweaks.

Jordan “Bachynski is one of the best shot-blockers and on offense he’s picked up right where he left off,” Miller said. “He continues to be more sure of himself. You can’t underestimate what he’s able to do with a lot of low post catches and offensive rebounds.

“He plays off of Carson very well. Like any good guard, Carson gets him easy baskets. So between (Jermaine) Marshall on the perimeter, Jordan Bachynski inside and one of the best guards we’ll play against in Jahii Carson, we have a very good team to face. We know we have to be at our best to have a great night.”

Do they? The Sun Devils were so bad during a practice earlier this week that Herb Sendek walked out.

Some other pregame coverage of possible interest:

-- Sendek says Sean Miller's recruiting is "absolutely astonishing."

-- Steve Rivera looks at whether UA is establishing a dominance in the rivalry.

-- Javier Morales looks at UA's resources.

-- Our coverage today: We went inside UA's team chemistry, with an accompanying photo gallery, and sidelines notes.

-- Race car driver Kurt Busch is headed to the game.

--Here’s the school-produced notes from Arizona and ASU.

Arizona requires NBA scouts to pay $128 for tickets, though the Wildcats are viewed as one of the more accommodating schools for NBA observers, according to an interesting read by Draft Express' Jonathan Givony.

The Pac-12 is selling single-session tickets for the Pac-12 Tournament today only. They will be available again sometime next month, with only all-session seats available until then.

Joe Lunardi's updated Bracketology has six Pac-12 teams: Arizona (1), Colorado (6), Oregon (6), UCLA (8), Cal (10) and Stanford (12).

SI's Brian Hamilton says UA's first loss will be... Feb. 19 at Utah.

Cal continued rolling against Washington.

Josh Huestis went for a haircut and suddenly found himself a new man in Stanford's win over WSU. His mom was pretty happy about it, too.

Colorado is hoping cohesiveness will help overcome setbacks. Jaron Hopkins will step into Spencer Dinwiddie's starting spot.

May not be a whole lot of defense played in the Civil War on Sunday.

While UA and ASU play on Fox Sports 1, the Pac-12 Networks will have a mountain doubleheader:

UCLA at Colorado, 6 p.m.

And USC at Utah, 8 p.m.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Arizona 8 1 0 0.889 20 2 0 0.909
Utah 6 2 0 0.750 16 4 0 0.800
Stanford 6 3 0 0.667 15 6 0 0.714
Oregon 5 4 0 0.556 15 7 0 0.682
Oregon State 5 4 0 0.556 13 7 0 0.650
UCLA 5 4 0 0.556 13 9 0 0.591
Washington State 4 5 0 0.444 10 11 0 0.476
Colorado 4 5 0 0.444 11 9 0 0.550
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 6 0 0.333 12 11 0 0.522
California 2 6 0 0.250 12 9 0 0.571
USC 1 7 0 0.125 9 11 0 0.450

AP Top 25

Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 88-89
Colorado at
1/31 59-72
Utah at
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
2/1 1:00 pm
Washington at
2/4 7:00 pm
2/5 7:00 pm
Washington State at
Oregon State
2/5 8:00 pm
USC at
2/5 9:00 pm
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