Team of the Week: Arizona State

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January 9, 2018

by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor (@CHN_AdamWodon)

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When you’re not getting wins, sometimes it’s hard to demonstrate to your players that you’re improving.

After all, improvement is Arizona State’s goal, and has been since the program started three seasons ago — just get better every day, every month. You’re not making NCAA tournament yet, so the wins themselves are not as important.

On that score, Arizona State has improved by leaps and bounds over its three seasons, and that was evident even though the team had just four wins this year entering last weekend’s tournament in Las Vegas.

That said, wins are nice. They provide motivation, and the instant gratification of knowing you did a good job. More importantly, however, stringing together two very good wins last weekend gave the Sun Devils their first piece of hardware — an IceVegas Invitational tournament trophy. And that’s something.

“I’m just proud of our guys, it’s a good moment for those kids they earned it,” Sun Devils coach Greg Powers. “They’ve been through a ton of adversity. Every one of them had options to go someplace else, and they wanted to come here and build this program for moments like these. They earned this special moment. I’m proud of them. I’m happy for them, and it’s a really good moment for our program.”

The Sun Devils defeated Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan to win the tournament.

Last year, ASU had a three-game win streak at one point, and wound up with 10 wins overall. There’s a tough schedule ahead, including Quinnipiac, Boston University and Masschusetts-Lowell, so cracking 10 again will be a challenge. But the team has played better overall, Powers believes.

“We havve a team with not many upperclassmen, learning how to contribute and learning how to win,” Powers said. “We played really well (in the Three Rivers tournament) against Lake …

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