The season gets underway this week, and college basketball betting oddsmakers are selling early on Arizona State.
The Sun Devils, who are led by seventh-year coach Bobby Hurley, have some of the longest odds to win the 2021-22 Pac-12 regular season title on several Arizona sportsbooks and betting apps.
That’s mostly because ASU is coming off an abysmal 2020-21 campaign, where they went from being ranked in the Associated Press preseason poll to finishing 11-14 and missing the NCAA Tournament.
Hurley and his players kick off the regular season against Portland State in Tempe at 5 p.m. Arizona time Tuesday. The Sun Devils’ first televised game is against California-Riverside on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Arizona time on the Pac-12 Network.
ASU Facing Long Title Odds in 2022
It appears Hurley’s quest to make it back to the Big Dance for the first time since 2019 will have to wait at least another year, based on online sports betting in Arizona.
As far as national title aspirations, BetMGM Arizona, DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona and FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona have the Sun Devils at +15000.
TwinSpires Sportsbook Arizona and Caesars Sportsbook Arizona both have the Sun Devils at +10000 to win it all in 2021-22.
ASU Games to Watch in 2021-22
Hurley has once again loaded ASU’s non-conference schedule with high-quality games, including a road trip to San Diego State on Nov. 18 and a home clash against eighth-ranked and defending national champion Baylor on Nov. 24.
From there, the Sun Devils play Washington State at home in their Pac-12 opener Dec. 1, before heading to Eugene to play Oregon four days later.
ASU then hosts Grand Canyon University for the first time Dec. 9, before heading to Creighton on Dec. 14, then closing out the non-conference schedule with home games against San Francisco and Florida A&M on Dec. 19 and 21.
The Sun Devils’ second Pac-12 stint starts with road games against USC and second-ranked UCLA, followed by a home tilt with in-state rival, Arizona on Jan. 8.
Whether Hurley’s squad will be able to make the Big Dance in the new year will likely be determined by the team’s ability to hold court against the likes of UCLA, USC, Oregon, and Arizona during the early portion of conference play.