Arizona State guard Jahii Carson (1) looks for room to drive during the second half of the No. 1 University of Arizona Wildcats vs. Arizona State University men's college basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona won 91-68. Photo by Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

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Arizona State sophomore point guard Jahii Carson surpassed 1,000 career points  Saturday against Colorado. Here’s how good that is: Sean Elliott scored 1,077 points in his first two Arizona seasons, averaging 17.4 per game.

Carson is averaging 19 points in his career. The big difference is that Carson is likely to leave ASU without ever having played in an NCAA tournament game. At Arizona, Elliott scored 236 points in the NCAA tournament, averaging 23.6 per game, and never fewer than 17 in any of those 10 games.

It’s always fun to be The Man, as Carson is, and a joy to know the green light is always on.

But playing in just one meaningful game in March Madness could trump all of those shoot-it-up nights against Utah and Washington State.

Contact sports columnist Greg Hansen at 520-573-4145 or ghansen@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @ghansen711

Sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star.