ASU will be without freshman duo in the Pac-12 tournament


Freshmen Josh Christopher and Marcus Bagley will not be available for Arizona State in the Pac-12 mens basketball tournament, head coach Bobby Hurley told the media on Tuesday. . . Hurley had expressed some optimism that Bagley was attempting to give it a shot, but he will be held out. . . Marcus had some pain after the Colorado game and has not quieted down to the point that was necessary for him to have the ability to play, Hurley said. . . For Christopher, Hurley said that optimism never really materialized. . He never even got to the point where it was realistic for this week because he was never able to get out on the practice floor at all, Hurley said. . . The team is facing an uphill battle in the tournament without two starting players, but Hurley believes they have enough leadership to make some noise. . . Remy Martin seemed to be very positive. Alonzo Verge was talking today in practice more than Ive probably heard him talk in a while, Hurley said. . . Martin and Verge are both seniors. . . ASU will have to run the table to four-straight wins in order to extend their season and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament, a feat the team accomplished in 2018 and 2019. . . The Sun Devils start against Washington State on Wednesday, followed by a matchup against No. 1 seed Oregon if they are able to advance.

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