This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
Shockingly, the Arizona State Sun Devils have never won the Pac-12 Championship in basketball. Maybe that is not a surprise for those religious followers of the program, but since the Sun Devils joined the conference in 1978 – with rival Arizona, no less – the Wildcats have won the regular season crown 13 times, while the Sun Devils have failed to capture a single regular season title. Ditto for the Pac-12 Tournament. Yet the Sun Devils were sitting at 12-0, ranked third in the country, and began their conference slate with a monumental matchup versus the hated Wildcats that ended in defeat. Despite the loss, could this be the season the tables turn? Or will the Wildcats once again have the upper hand when it's all said and done?
Let's take a look at some other hardwood action in this edition of the College Hoops Barometer.
Yante Maten (F)
Maten was a First Team All-SEC selection last season, and should be considered one of the frontrunners for SEC Player of the Year early on during his senior campaign. Maten has been able to improve on his numbers from a season ago thus far, while also adding a three-point shot to his offensive arsenal. Maten is averaging 20.2 points and 9.3 rebounds. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs may not be very good this season, but that should leave Maten with even more opportunities to score points and gobble up rebounds. He is a threat each and every night for a double-double.