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Arizona State to finally face Rutgers after cancelled game

Yes, a women’s basketball post, I know. But considering Arizona State is in the Elite 8, I’m paying a bit more attention to the tournament than I normally would. I’ll keep it short.

On November 25th, Arizona State was scheduled to face Rutgers in the championship game of the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. Families and friends of the players on both teams had travelled there to watch the Tournament and celebrate Thanksgiving together. One of the family members was 15-year-old Jordan Johnson, brother of ASU basketball player Aubree Johnson. Just hours after watching his sister play, Jordan died in his sleep from an enlarged heart.

The Arizona State team decided that they would not play in the tournament final out of respect to Aubree & her family. All Rutgers had to do was show up at the gym and they would be guaranteed a win.

But they didn’t. Coach Stringer & Rutgers refused to play in the game as well, so it was cancelled.

As fate would have it, the Sun Devils and Scarlet Knights will face off on Monday with a spot in the Final Four on the line. ASU reached the regional final with a win over Bowling Green, while Rutgers shocked #1 seed Duke. The two teams will finally get to face each other in the most important game in each program’s history.

We see so many stories of poor sportsmanship, so it’s nice to take a moment to appreciate a time when the right thing was done. No matter who comes out on top, both teams will be winners.

(That said - Go Sun Devlis)

Sources: (USA Today & AZ Central)

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