Clemson kicks off regional play this afternoon with a game against 2 seed Arizona State. Ahead of what is certainly a winnable region, we had a chance to talk to Connor from SB Nation's Arizona State site, House of Sparky. You can follow him @ConnorPelton28. A big thanks to Connor for taking some time to answer our questions, and you can check out Elaine's answers to their questions later today.
STS: Coming into the season what were expectations for Arizona State? And so far has the team managed to meet them?
HOS: I pegged the Sun Devils to finish third in the Pac-12 back in February, and sure enough, the maroon and gold ended up in a tie for third. So by that measure, they definitely met my expectations. But I do not think many expected this team to be in regional hosting contention up until the last week of the season, or win nine of their first ten weekend series, for that matter. Arizona State definitely surprised some along the way, and with the surprises brought new expectations. So when the team dropped five of their final eight games, I think it was more of a regression back to the mean more than a shocking disappointment. The Sun Devils came into the season with the talent of a No. 2 seed on paper, and that's where they sit more than three months later.