ASU men's basketball suffers worst loss of the season vs. Oregon

Presumably, the Sun Devils' NCAA Tournament hopes took a hit after the 28-point loss

The ASU men's basketball team (19-9, 10-6 Pac-12) suffered its worst loss of the season to the Oregon Ducks Thursday night, 79-51. The 28-point loss is the largest margin of defeat for ASU this season, surpassing its 21-point home loss to Washington State.

ASU entered Eugene winning four of its last five games, with a potential berth in the NCAA Tournament in sight. But while shooting an abysmal 3-24 from three-point range, the team was unable to develop a rhythm on offense. Its 51 points was the lowest scoring output of the season.

Defensively, the Sun Devils struggled to contain junior guard Payton Pritchard and freshman forward Louis King, who combined to score 37 of Oregon's 79 points.

After leading by only eight points at halftime, the Ducks came out firing in the second half, outscoring ASU 45-25.

In the loss, sophomore guard Remy Martin scored a team-high 13 points and dished out six of ASU's seven assists.

While it remains to be seen how this loss will affect ASU's NCAA Tournament chances moving forward, the Sun Devils have two more regular season chances to improve their case.  

They will look to get back in the win column Sunday, March 3 when they take on the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis. Tip-off is at 6:00 p.m. MST.


Reach the reporter at kmgianco@asu.edu and follow @Kaleb_Mart on Twitter.

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