Arizona Moves Into First-Place Tie in Pac-10 Basketball as Devils Falter

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The Arizona Wildcats and ASU Sun Devils men's basketball teams have at least a few things in common this season--they both are well-coached (by Sean Miller and Herb Sendek, respectively) and play hard from the opening tip until the final horn.

 

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Arizona's "Pop" McKale, who has a famous basketball arena named after him
​Unfortunately, at least for the Devils, the resemblance ends there, in terms of being able to play a complete 40-minute game that ends with them on top.

This weekend's games proved no exception, with losses to both USC and UCLA that could qualify for the heartbreak category--63-61 to the Trojans and 73-72 in overtime to the Bruins.

In the latter game, which we watched in its entirety, ASU seemed way outclassed for the first 25 minutes or so until mounting a improbable, but steady comeback that gave them a fighting chance to steal a desperately needed win.

 

But losing usually does seem to beget losing, and in the end, the Devils fell to a dismal 1-8 in the Pac-10 Conference at the midway point of the season, dead last in what's not one of the nation's top-dog leagues this year.

Life was much brighter down in Tucson, where the Cats double-dipped the So-Cal teams, moving into a first-place tie with a 7-2 mark at the break. Arizona is tied with the Washington Huskies, a solid bunch that got beat in Pullman last night by archrival Washington State in a game most notable for the maic fan support by the hometown Cougars' faithful.

Guess there's not much else to do on a cold Washington night than cheer on good old WSU--it was both nutty and impressive.

The Arizona schools make the always-dangerous trek to the Bay Area this weekend to take on Stanford and California, two decent teams who seem to play much tougher at home.

A split for the Wildcats would be nice.

A win for the Sun Devils would be a godsend.

 

 

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