Herb Sendek never really got the credit and recognition he deserved coaching in the shadows of the Duke and North Carolina programs when he was at North Carolina State. Now that he has Arizona State poised to make its first NCAA Tournament in years, Sendek is finally being appreciated for the very solid college hoops coach that he is. The Sun Devils head into the Pac 10 Conference Tournament this week as the #3 seed and almost surely have a berth to the Big Dance locked up. Sendek joined KTAR in Phoenix on Tuesday to talk about his superstar James Harden, what it means to have the program on the brink of a postseason berth.
On how Harden is feeling after getting dinged up on Saturday against Cal:
“He bruised his Achilles. He’s getting better each day, and he’s going to be fine.”
On how to prepare for an extremely desperate Arizona Wildcats team in the Sun Devils opening round of the conference tourney:
“The game is important to us, the Pac 10 Tournament is important to us. We know we’re going to have to be at our best to beat Arizona. The games that we have played previously could have gone either way. We were fortunate that the see-saw tilted in our direction but both games came down to the final possession; so you can never control the other side, you have to focus on yourself, which believe me is hard enough.”