The Arizona Wildcats Are Alone in 1st Place for the First Time in Six Yearsby Scott Terrell on Feb. 04, 2011, under Sports
Who ordered the perfect night for Arizona Basketball?
The Cats pulled out a clutch road win at Stanford and then Washington shockingly scored a mere 56 points (30 below their average) in losing at Oregon State. It all adds up to the UA being alone in 1st place for the first time since 2005.
How’s this for your starting lineup coming through: With five minutes left and the game tied, the Cats got buckets from Kyle Fogg, Solomon Hill, Derrick Williams, MoMo Jones and Williams again to build a 6-point lead. The UA then sank 8 consecutive free throws. Straight from your How to Close Out Close Games text book.
The Huskies have apparently lost their copy of How to Win a Conference as the Monstrous Favorite. Arizona’s loss to OSU doesn’t look so bad now, does it?
Yeah, it still does. But Washington’s loss looks just as bad.
The UA and UW have shared three road games thus far: Stanford, Washington State and OSU. The Huskies are now 0-3 in those games while Arizona is 2-1.
A perfect night for the Wildcats.
The only negative was the sight of Williams’ fingers. The tape job on his right hand was even bigger than in the USC game. But if you can score 21 points with only eight fingers there’s not a lot of room for complaint.
It certainly helps when you can knock down running left-handers from 10 feet while getting fouled. Or, as Corey Williams said on the Fox Sports broadcast— Wait, this one deserves blockquote:
Derrick Williams attacks the bucket like a fat man at KFC.
I like the blue version of the new uniforms. The added color is a big improvement over the old unis. But do the navy blues have the design on the back? If so it makes about as much sense as when Oregon puts white names on the back of their white jerseys.
In other fashion news, Kyryl Natyazhko’s longer hair made me do a double-take. For a second I thought Robin Lopez was back in school.
Arizona’s “one-man team” alone in 1st place? That’s going to cause a lot of double-takes.
And it’s perfectly fine by me.
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