While many of us have been focused on the start to the College Football Playoff, college basketball has seen some major programs fall to lesser opponents.
As Jon Rothstein‘s recycled “epitome of brutality” tweets have let us know, Texas A&M lost to Texas Southern, Wake Forest fell to Gardner Webb, and Illinois dropped one to FAU.
All three of those teams were at home, and now a ranked team coming off of a huge win is in trouble.
No. 17 Arizona State, fresh off a big win over then-No. 1 Kansas, is getting a serious run from Princeton.
The Sun Devils picked up a huge 80-76 win over Bill Self’s club last Saturday, pulling away thanks to 49 second-half points.
A week later, and ASU trails their Ivy League opponent 46-45 midway through the second half.
Devin Cannady leads the way with 15 points for Princeton, while Jerome Desrosiers has chipped in 14.
Princeton hasn’t even been aided by a great shooting night. The Tigers are just 7-of-23 from three, and are shooting 35-percent from the field, though they have taken advantage on 12-of-14 free throw attempts.
The problem: Arizona State can’t buy a bucket.
ASU still in a dogfight. Shooting 30.9 percent from field, 0 of 10 from 3.
Dort 2 points, 1-5 FG
Princeton, 49-45 with 11:30 left.
— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) December 29, 2018
ASU has gotten to the line a lot, knocking down 17-of-24, but is scoreless from deep and shooting just over 30-percent from the floor.
Arizona State is 9-2 on the year, while Princeton is 6-5, without a win against a power conference opponent.